Emirates is giving travellers to and from Oman more choice, comfort and luxury with the first arrivals of its double daily A380 services to Muscat.
Flights EK 862 and EK 864 were each welcomed with water cannon salutes upon arrival, ushering in the new services to Oman’s capital, Muscat.
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president Commercial Operations Centre, said: “The incredibly popular Emirates A380 has arrived in Oman and we are pleased to give our customers travelling between Muscat and Dubai the opportunity to experience the iconic products and services on this aircraft.
“The move is the latest in Emirates’ efforts to offer a well-defined range of experiences for our customers travelling for business or leisure from Oman.
“We have been committed to serving the Omani market for over 26 years, and in the spirit of continuing our growth with the introduction of the A380, we are providing customers more comfort and convenience as they make their journey to Dubai and beyond.”
Sheikh Ayman Bin Ahmed Al Hosni, chief executive officer of Oman Airports, said: “We at Oman Airports are proud of Muscat International Airport, which became the embodiment of the hospitality and warmth of the Sultanate of Oman.
“Since its opening, the airport has gained wide international recognition and won many international awards for its unique architecture that reflects the traditional Omani character with state-of-the-art technical specifications that enable it to offer an exceptional experience to the passengers traveling through “the Gate of opportunities and beauty”, in addition to its distinct operational standards that meet the requirements of international airlines.
“Once again, we are pleased at Oman Airports to welcome the launch of Emirates A380 flights, which comes one year after the first one-off A380 flight that marked 25 years of operations between Muscat International Airport and Emirates.
“The introduction of the daily A380 flights from and to Muscat is a tribute to the efforts of our strategic partner, Emirates Airline.
That is also shorter than the internal wiring of the A380, which when stretched from end to end reaches a distance of over 500km.
The double daily A380 operations underscore Muscat International Airport’s modern infrastructure and readiness to handle aircraft operations.
Both A380s flying to Muscat will be operated in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, and 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
Passengers travelling across all three classes will enjoy the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice.