Emirates has announced that it will operate a one-off service with the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, the A380, to Muscat International Airport on July 1 to celebrate its 25th year of service in the country.
According to a press release, the service will also re-affirm if the the newly-opened terminal at Oman International Airport has the infrastructure to handle A380 operations.
The new passenger terminal opened its doors in March 2018.
“The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 862 and EK 863, departing Dubai at 0825hrs and arriving in Muscat at 0935hrs. The flight will depart Muscat at 1205hrs arriving in Dubai at 1310hrs on the same day,” the release stated.
Khalid Bel Jaflah, divisional vice president commercial operations - UAE and Oman, Emirates said, “We are proud to fly the first scheduled A380 service to Muscat as Emirates marks a significant milestone of 25 years of service to Oman. It is a very important destination for us in the region and we maintain our strong commitment to the country. We look forward to showcasing our innovative products and stylish amenities on-board this iconic aircraft to our trade partners and travel industry stakeholders in Oman.”
David Wilson, chief operations officer, Oman Airports said, “On behalf of Muscat International Airport, we thank Emirates Airline and express our appreciation for the upcoming historic arrival of a scheduled A380 service to Oman. The arrival of the aircraft will be a valuable initiative which will highlight our new international airport terminal and we look forward to celebrating our long standing commitment with Emirates Airline.”
Emirates inaugurated its first service to Muscat in 1993 and has since then, carried more than 4.3mn passengers to and from Oman.