In order to better serve its passengers on the popular route, Emirates announces that its flagship A380 service will begin flying to Bengaluru for the first time on October 30. At Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport, Emirates also becomes the first airline to run regularly scheduled passenger services using the A380, the largest commercial aircraft in operation.
Up till now, Emirates Airlines has used a Boeing 777 to fly passengers between Dubai and Bengaluru. So let’s speak about the qualities that make the A380 the largest passenger aeroplane in the world before it touches down in Bengaluru.
Is A380 bigger than 777?
The Emirates fleet consists of 118 A380 aircraft in total. Since 2018, it has flown more than 1 billion kilometres and carried more than 105 million passengers. The A380’s shortest trip is 1,700 km between Dubai and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, and its longest flight is 14,193 miles between Dubai and Auckland in New Zealand.
On which routes does Emirates fly the A380?
According to the schedule, the daily A380 flights will run as EK568/569 and feature three classes: economy class seats, business class seats, and first-class seats. Emirates will provide 777 flight alternatives as well.
In order to accommodate strong consumer demand on routes that are well-travelled by passengers from across the world, Emirates has begun deploying its flagship A380 aircraft to an expanded list of destinations.
The A380 aircraft has up to a 45 per cent higher capacity per trip than the Boeing 777 aircraft. In August, the Emirates A380 will fly to more than 30 airports on six continents, covering a total of over 130 destinations in the airline’s global network.
The 4,000-acre Kempegowda International Airport is owned and run by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), a public-private partnership. It is the third busiest airport in India in terms of passengers and cargo handling, and it is the 29th busiest airport in all of Asia. It links 23 different foreign locations all over the world.
How many runways does Bangalore airport have?
It has two parallel runways that are 4,000 metres long, 45 and 60 metres broad, and one has CAT I ILS landing capability and the other is newly constructed with CAT III ILS landing capability.
The runway will have CAT IIIB ILS and be able to accommodate all sorts of aircraft, including Code-F aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8. The new runway will be connected to the current north runway, the aprons at Terminal 1 and the planned Terminal 2 by two cross-field taxiways on the east of the runway as well as by an associated parallel taxiway. The hotels nearby are also connected to the nearby train station, which is close to Kempegowda International Airport by bus service.