Emirates Airline will introduce its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to Riyadh on April 21, 2019.
The Saudi Arabian capital will be the 51st destination to join the Emirates Airline A380 network.
Flight EK 817/818 will be operated five times a week, with flight EK 817 departing Dubai at 18:50, arriving in Riyadh at 19:35. The return flight EK 818 leaves Riyadh at 21:25, arriving in Dubai at 00:35 the next day.
The deployment of the iconic double-decker aircraft will offer business and leisure travellers from Riyadh even more connection opportunities for a seamless ‘all A380’ journey to business hubs such as New York, London and Hong Kong, as well a leisure centres like Mauritius and Barcelona.
Senior vice president commercial operations – Gulf, Middle East and Iran, Adil Al Ghaith noted: “With the introduction of a regularly scheduled A380 service to Riyadh, Emirates Airline is once again reaffirming its ongoing commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by catering to growing passenger demand.
“This A380 service complements the newly introduced Game Changer Boeing 777-300ER on the route, which means that customers travelling to and from Riyadh can enjoy our latest flagship products. It also supports Saudi Vision 2030 by helping to grow the Kingdom’s aviation sector through stimulating robust traffic growth, increasing connectivity and deepening its global footprint.”
The A380 aircraft operating the Riyadh route will be set in a three-class configuration, with 429 spacious seats in economy on the main deck, 76 fully flatbed seats in business class and 14 first class private suites on the upper deck.
Emirates has been facilitating tourism and trade in the Kingdom for more than 30 years, developing its services to Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina, and Dammam. Today the airline serves these four gateways in the Kingdom with 84 weekly flights to Dubai and connecting travellers to key business and tourism destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.