An Emirates A380 has successful touched down in Beirut for a historic one-off service to Rafic Al Hariri International Airport (BEY). The landing indicated the airport’s readiness to accommodate A380 operations.
EK 957 flight was operated by Captain Robert Nicholls and First Officer Hasib Bu Alwan, and carried 517 passengers.
The flight to Beirut featured a three-class configuration comprising of 429 economy class seats, 76 business class seats, and 14 first class suites. Additionally, the first class and business class passengers will have access to shower spas and an onboard lounge.
A top-level delegation was also present onboard. This comprised of Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand; H.E. Hamad Saeed Sultan Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon; H.E. Elias Bou Saab, Advisor to the Lebanese President for International Cooperation; Dr. Nejib Ben Khedher, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Skywards; Ali Jaber, Managing Editor – MBC Media; Marwan Rahbani, Owner - Rahbani Productions; Raymond G Khouzami, Chief Executive Officer - Al Thuriah Building Contractors Ltd; Joseph Nassib Ghessoub, Chief Executive Officer – CMS and Jihad Hitt, Chief Executive Officer - GETAC Group.
Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional SVP, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand said: “The Emirates A380 is fundamental to our overall strategy, and bringing this popular aircraft to Beirut represents a significant milestone in our operations to Lebanon, a country we have been serving for over 27 years and we remain wholly committed to stimulating further growth within the market.
We thank the Lebanese government, the Ministry of Transport and the government authorities who have worked hard to make today’s one-off service a tremendous success.”