Emirates Plane Makes First Johannesburg Landing

Double-decker craft arrives on inaugural scheduled flight
Monday , 03 October 2011
First Officer Kenneth Hubbard proudly waves the South African flag just after landing the A380
First Officer Kenneth Hubbard proudly waves the South African flag just after landing the A380
The Emirates A380 was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute at O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg
The Emirates A380 was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute at O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg

Emirates have added a new destination to their routes. On Saturday (1 October) the A380 touched down in Johannesburg, South Africa marking the first ever flight by the double-decker plane.

“The demand for Emirates’ services in and out of Johannesburg has always been high, with passenger growth of more than 27 per cent over the last year,” said Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates’ Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations in Africa.

“The UAE and South Africa’s strong and successful relationship has been built on the twin pillars of trade and tourism. In introducing our flagship aircraft and the extra capacity it offers, Emirates will help to further boost this important partnership,” continued Luc.

It has been reported that Emirates transports 900,000 passengers to the three South African cities, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesberg, every year. Now with the added A380 service which comes complete with 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites, passenger numbers are set to grown even more.

The A380 also flies to London Heathrow, Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Jeddah, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland. From 1 December 2011, the A380 will also begin serving Kuala Lumpur and Rome, followed by Munich from 1 January 2012.

INFO: The A380 to Johannesburg departs Dubai daily at 4.40am and arrives back in the city at 12.10am. To book your flight on the A380 visit emirates.com.