LONDON – Emirates has announced that the Airbus A380 will be making more of a permanent presence into Amman, Jordan. This comes following the historic one-off flight operated by the carrier back in September 2016.

Services will take place between June 1 and October 26 of this year on one of the three daily flights, as flights EK903/904.

This will be the first time that Emirates will operate a scheduled A380 service to the destination.

Commenting on this boost was Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Senior VP of Commercial Operations for Gulf, Middle East & Iran who emphasised how much of “strategically important market market in this region”.

“The upgrade to an A380 service to Amman during the peak summer period is in line with our strategy to better serve seasonal peaks, and strengthen our presence in key markets by providing an industry-leading experience for our customers, and offering them a seamless A380 experience via Dubai to major destinations around the world”, he added.

EK903 will depart Dubai at 1400L, arriving into Amman at 1555L, with the return, EK904 departing Amman at 1800L, arriving back into Dubai at 2200L.

The A380s that will operate on this route will be set via a three-class configuration, offering 427 seats in Economy, 76 in Business and 14 in First Class.

The airline’s relationship with Jordan stems back to 33 years ago, which has resulted in 5.5 million passengers carried from the airport alone.

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The thrice daily service was usually operated by the Boeing 777, but will now see two Boeing 777s and one A380 on the route.

Over the course of this year, Emirates will expand its A380 strategy as six more units are set for delivery over the financial year of 2019/20. 53 are still pending delivery with the airline currently operating 109 units at the time of writing.

Over 116 million passengers have flown with Emirates’ A380s since its launch back in 2008.

It is positive news that even in the wake of runway closures in Dubai, that new routes are still being launched.

Thanks to the utilisation of the A380, cancellations have been minimal, with frequency reduction being offset with larger equipment for said flights.

It will be interesting to see how Emirates get on with the runway closures and what level of impact it will have going forward.