Emirates Flight EK 2524 Goliath Airbus 380 Update:
All eyes were on Pakistan’s capital as its first A380 touched down at the airport on Sunday afternoon. The one-off flight by Emirates marked a special moment in the airline’s history. Emirates Flight EK 2524 Goliath Airbus 380.
Largest passenger airplane of the world, Emirates Airbus A380 ✈️, landed for the first time at the new Islamabad International Airport today. It arrived from #Dubai with six hundred fifty passengers on board. #Pakistan🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/cmyM7qoRnY
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) July 8, 2018
Flight EK 2524 touched down at Islamabad International Airport amid hopes that the airline will soon announce more A380 routes to Pakistan’s major cities. Emirates Flight EK 2524 Goliath Airbus 380.
Our @Airbus A380 has touched down in Islamabad International Airport today for a historic one-off service, marking the first time ever that the iconic double-decker aircraft has landed in Pakistan. https://t.co/vjIb3dp2Vm pic.twitter.com/FWQbGZRcSt
— Emirates Airline (@emirates) July 8, 2018
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice-President of Commercial Operations – Centre, Emirates, says that the airline looks forward to launching its official A380 route as soon as the authorities in Pakistan give the airline the all clear. Emirates Flight EK 2524 Goliath Airbus 380.
— سالم بن تميم الريامي (@salim_bin_tamim) July 8, 2018
Flight EK2524 took off from Dubai at 8:20am and was welcomed in Islamabad with a traditional water cannon salute.
The first flight of A380 in Pakistan arrived with 650 passengers on board from Dubai. Emirates Flight EK 2524 Goliath Airbus 380.
— PakistanAviation (@PKAviation) July 8, 2018
Two Emirates alumni pilots including Captain Ejazul Haq and Captain Fazle Ghani, who operated the first ever Emirates flight from Dubai to Karachi on October 25, 1985 were also among the guests on board. Captain Haq had operated the second Emirates flight from Dubai to Mumbai on the same day.
— CAA Pakistan (@AirportPakistan) July 8, 2018
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice-president, commercial operations centre, Emirates said on this occasion:
“We are proud to bring our flagship A380 aircraft to Islamabad and we look forward to showcasing our innovative products on board this iconic aircraft with the signature Emirates service. While this is a special flight, we are very keen to launch a scheduled A380 service to Pakistan and will continue to work with authorities to realise these plans.”
Weighing 577 tons, the aircraft is 240 feet long, while its wingspan is 260 feet. The double-decker plane stands 80-foot high from the ground and flies at the speed of 945 kilo meters per hour with its four powerful turbo engines.
The first A380 test flight was conducted in 2005, but commercial flights began in 2007, courtesy Singapore Airlines. Emirates, Qantas, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, British Airways, Asiana Airlines, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways all have fleets of this airplane.
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