Emirates Airlines has revealed the addition of a scheduled Airbus A380 service to Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia.
The route, which is currently serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER, will soon switch over to an A380 aircraft that will operate five times a week.
Emirates flight EK 817 will depart Dubai at 1850hrs, arriving in Riyadh at 1935hrs. The next day, the return flight EK 818 will depart Riyadh at 2125hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0035hrs.
The capital of Saudi Arabia will be the 51st destination added to the Emirates A380 network.
Adil Al Ghaith, SVP of Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East & Iran said: “With the introduction of a regularly scheduled A380 service to Riyadh, Emirates is once again reaffirming its ongoing commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by catering to growing passenger demand.
“This A380 service complements the newly introduced Game Changer Boeing 777-300ER on the route, which means that customers travelling to and from Riyadh can enjoy our latest flagship products.
“The introduction of the A380 to Riyadh also supports Saudi Vision 2030 by helping to grow the Kingdom’s aviation sector through stimulating robust traffic growth, increasing connectivity and deepening its global footprint. We would like to thank the Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation who have been instrumental in making this service possible.”
The A380 aircraft servicing the Dubai-Riyadh route will be set up in a three-class configuration. Featuring 429 seats in Economy class, the remainder seating will comprise of 76 flatbed seats in Business class and 14 First Class private suites.
To date, Emirates operates services to Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina and Dammam with a combined 84 flights to and from Dubai per week.