Emirates to Operate the Airbus A380 Aircraft to Gatwick Airport, London
Thursday, 26 December 2013
The Emirates Airbus A380 taxiing at London Gatwick airport during a one-off service in November.
DUBAI - Emirates announced it will operate a scheduled Airbus A380 service to London Gatwick airport London, starting from 30 March 2014. The airline’s 489-seat Airbus A380 will replace the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on EK flight 09/10, marking a 36 percent increase in capacity on one of the three daily flights.
Thierry Antinori, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Emirates Airline, said: “London Gatwick was our first destination in the UK when we launched our services to the airport in 1987. It continues to be a strategic gateway not only into London but also into the regions of the Southeast and we are pleased to be the first airline to introduce a daily scheduled A380 service to the airport.” 
“Our long term strategic partnership with London Gatwick enables us to bring our flagship A380 on a regularly scheduled basis and build on our robust presence at the airport.

"Our support for London Gatwick’s long-term growth plans is aligned with our global strategy to optimise capacity on our major routes and to offer our passengers with ever more opportunities to fly on our A380s. The A380s are highly popular with our customers because of all travel comforts - thoughtful touches and luxury features - that we have packed into it.”
Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer of London Gatwick, added:  “Scheduled A380 services further demonstrate Gatwick’s emergence as a world-class airport, which now supports routes to established and emerging markets across the globe, and is rapidly becoming London’s airport of choice for both business and leisure passengers. It also adds to Gatwick’s already unique mix of aircraft models and carrier types.”

“Emirates and Gatwick have worked successfully together for more than 25 years so we are delighted that we will welcome its iconic A380 next year. This news is testament to the strong partnership we have with Emirates and its confidence in Gatwick as a dynamic, ambitious airport which has vastly improved and enhanced facilities for its airlines and passengers in recent years.”
The two decks of the Emirates A380 will offer 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 14 luxury First Class Private Suites. Passengers travelling in premium cabins can mingle in the Onboard Lounge, and First Class passengers can arrive at their destination refreshed in one of two onboard Shower Spas.
Emirates has a fleet of 44 Airbus A380 aircraft and 96 on order, the Dubai based airline received this year 13 Airbus A380 aircraft. Emirates’ A380 destinations are:  Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Mauritius, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, and Brisbane. Emirates will start operating scheduled A380 services to Zurich and Barcelona from January and February 2014 respectively.