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Emirates operates one-off A380 service to Tehran


Emirates celebrates the launch of its fourth daily nonstop passenger service to Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran with the landing of a one-off Airbus A380 service. 

On-board the A380 flight was a VIP delegation from Iran and Dubai, senior executives from Emirates led by Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations Centre, as well as international media.

“Iran is one of the most active aviation markets in the world and an integral part of Emirates operations. Air links are important enablers of trade and tourism and with our fourth daily service, Emirates is helping to contribute to the economy and meet the increased demand on this busy route – both passenger and cargo,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations Centre.

Emirates began flights to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1990 when Emirates Airline was only five years old. Since then over 6.6 million passengers have travelled between the two countries. Today, Teheran has become the latest airport on the Emirates network to welcome the Airbus A380.

The Emirates A380 flight on today’s Teheran to Dubai route offers 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 full-flat bed seats in Business Class and 429 seats in Economy Class.  It was operated as EK979 and departed Dubai at 1415hrs, arriving at 1600hrs. The return flight EK980 departed Imam Khomeini International Airport at 1905hrs arriving in Dubai at 2150hrs.

Emirates currently operates its 53 A380s to 30 destinations across its ever expanding global network and the airline has a further 87 A380s on order.

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