Emirates Launches World’s Shortest A380 Flight

The 340-kilometer journey between Muscat and Dubai will take just over 40 minutes. 

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Forty minutes—that’s all it takes to reach Oman’s port capital of Muscat from Dubai by flying. The 340-kilometer journey is Emirates’ shortest flight operated by its A380 superjumbo, launched on July 2.

According to the Dubai-based airline, the route says is just “five minutes longer than the time taken to clean an A380 by a team of 42 people”.

Currently, two— EK862/863 and EK864/865—of its three daily flights to Muscat are served by an A380 aircraft, with the third operated by a B777-300ER.

Configured for three classes, Emirates’ A380 features 429 seats in economy, 76 in business class, as well as 14 first-class-suites.

Previously, the airline’s shortest A380 service was between Dubai and Doha, but these flights to Qatar have been suspended due to cutting of diplomatic ties.

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president of 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.”

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