The first ever scheduled service of an Emirates A380 to Spain arrived at El Prat airport in Barcelona.
The special A380 flight, operated by Captain Abbas Shaban, head of the Emirates A380 fleet, and First Officer Juan Muelledes, touched down this morning at Barcelona with 517 passengers, and was welcomed by key officials.
After a welcoming reception hosted by Fernando Suarez de Gongora, Emirates Country Manager for Spain, VIPs, and Barcelona Airport executives, Civil Aviation Authority officials and media enjoyed a guided tour of the double-decker aircraft. The tour gave the guests a chance to see first-hand the innovative amenities provided for passengers on-board.
The Emirates’ A380 is renowned for its First Class Private Suites, Shower Spas and on-board lounge for First Class and Business Class passengers, offering a wide range of drinks and canapes, as well as space to socialise or simply relax.
There are 14 private First Class Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 427 seats in Economy Class. Passengers in all the cabins can enjoy over 1,400 channels on Emirates’ award-winning Digital Widescreen inflight entertainment system and stay connected to the Internet throughout their journey with high speed Wi-Fi access.
In its first seven months of operations, Emirates has carried over 113,000 passengers to and from Barcelona. Emirates usually flies a 777-300ER offering 360 seats with three classes to Barcelona.
‘The arrival of the A380 shows that Barcelona-El Prat Airport offers some of the best facilities and services for both passengers and airlines like Emirates, one of the world’s best carriers,’ said Sonia Corrochano, Director of the Barcelona – El Prat Airport.
The A380 service will also operate on March 1, 2013.