Emirates will introduce a second daily A380 service between Dubai and Birmingham on 29th October 2017, the airline announced today. 

Flight EK39/40, which is currently operated by a Boeing 777, is to be operated by the popular Emirates A380, complementing the existing daily A380 service between the two cities. This means that from October, the airline will operate a twice-daily, all-A380 service to the Midlands.

The new service, which follows the recent discontinuation of one of Emirates’ B777 services, will see 615 seats added to the route daily. Emirates’ decision to employ a double-daily A380 service was in part driven by “huge demand” from passengers to travel on the iconic aircraft.

On-board bar with Emirates A380

On-board bar with Emirates A380

Photo: Emirates

As with the current A380 used on the route, the aircraft will operate in a two-class configuration, featuring 58 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 557 spacious seats in Economy Class, as well as Emirates’ popular Onboard Lounge.

Emirates’ flight EK39 departs from Dubai at 07:25 and arrives in Birmingham at 11:25. The outbound flight, EK40, departs from Birmingham at 13:30 and arrives in Dubai at 00:35 the next day.

In 2016, Emirates launched new passenger services to destinations including Cebu and Clark in the Philippines, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou in mainland China, Yangon in Myanmar and Hanoi in Vietnam. On 1st July 2017, Emirates will also start flying daily to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Emirates first flew to Birmingham on 18th December 2000 and has carried over 5.2 million passengers between Dubai and the Midlands city.