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Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.
Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Emirates to operate world’s biggest A380 with 615 seats

Dubai based Emirates airline has revealed its plans for the world’s largest configured scheduled passenger airplane with a whopping 615 seats. The airline is configuring some of its A380s in to a two class configuration, eliminating the first class, and reducing its business class to 58 seats and increasing its economy class to a whopping 557 seats.

This 615 seat behemoth surpasses the previous record of 563 seats operated by Japan Airlines (JAL) using a special Boeing 747-100BSR SUD (stretched upper deck) variant on Japan domestic routes till 2006.

Japan Airlines Boeing 747-100BSR SUD with 563 seats. <br>Photo by japjap - 自身によるもの. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Japan Airlines Boeing 747-100BSR SUD with 563 seats.
Photo by japjap – 自身によるもの. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Emirates will deploy these ‘high density’ A380s initially on the Dubai Copenhagen route from December this year, and will then add the Dubai London Gatwick route too.

Both these routes provide a large number of value concious passengers, typically tourists to the middle east, south-east Asia, and beyond. We can expect Emirates’ move to impact the Copenhagen Bangkok flight of low cost long distance carrier Norwegian and fellow gulf carriers Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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