Emirates airline to fly A380 from October


DUBAI – Dubai-owned Emirates airlines, the largest carrier in the Middle East, said on Sunday it would begin flying its fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos in October.

Emirates is scheduled to fly the giant double-decker plane for the first time on October 1, on a non-stop flight from Dubai to New York after which the flight would become daily, a statement said. The company said it will open a daily Dubai-London service with the A380 starting December 1 and from Dubai to Sydney and Auckland starting February 2009.

Emirates is the largest single customer of Airbus’s A380 with 58 on order. It expects to receive the first five units later this year.