Emirates completed its debut A380 service to Cairo International Airport (CAI) yesterday as the airline brought its largest aircraft to Egypt for the first time.
The landing demonstrated the airport’s readiness to accommodate the world’s largest commercial passenger jet, the airline said.
Welcomed with a ceremonial water cannon salute, the A380 flight was led by Egyptian captain Hesham Essawy and UAE national first officer Abdullah Alyammahi.
Travelling on the flight from Dubai was Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ CEO, as well as prominent members from the UAE business community.
Al Redha said: “This day has been in the making for some time, and the Emirates A380’s grand debut in Cairo is the culmination of a lot of planning and hard work. We mark a new chapter in our long-relationship with Egypt by bringing our flagship aircraft to the country.
“We hope to play a part in Egypt’s success by supporting trade and tourism, and bringing the country closer to the world.
“We would like to thank the Egyptian government, the Ministry of Transport and the government authorities who have been invaluable in making Emirates’ first A380 service a tremendous success. We look forward to operating the A380 on a scheduled basis to and from Cairo.”
The Emirates A380 operating to Cairo is set in a three-class configuration, and will have 426 seats in economy class on the lower deck, 76 flat-bed business class seats and 14 first class suites.
Emirates operates 21 weekly flights between Cairo and Dubai. Earlier this year, Emirates announced it will increase the frequency of flights between Dubai and Cairo, adding four additional flights a week to its existing thrice-daily service.
Globally, the airline employs more than 2,000 Egyptian nationals in a variety of roles across the Emirates Group, including over 1,000 cabin crew.