Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, on Wednesday, 2 January 2013, achieved another first with the inaugural departure of an A380 flight from the new and world’s only dedicated and purpose-built A380 concourse at Dubai International Airport.
Part of the airport’s Terminal 3 complex, Concourse A will become the “home of the Emirates A380,” from where passengers will connect to more than 20 Emirates A380 destinations around the world, including A380 flights to Europe on Australian airline, Qantas, in terms of the global partnership announced recently which is pending the approval of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
More than 500 passengers across First Class, Business Class and Economy Class became the first travelers to experience boarding through the unique double decker air contact bridges connected to the aircraft, one of the key features of the facility.
With 528,000 m2 spread across eleven floors and the capacity to handle 15 million passengers a year, the concourse offers Emirates customers a seamless and unrivalled experience in terms of comfort, convenience and choice of facilities.
From direct lounge boarding for First Class and Business Class customers to an expansive duty free shopping area, food courts, cafes and fine dining options, a Timeless Spa and the largest First Class and Business Class lounges in the world.
The concourse also offers a dedicated hotel floor with both a four and five star offering. Passengers are transported between Terminal 3 and Concourse A by underground trains and shuttle busses from where they can depart through 20 gates when the facility becomes fully operational.