Emirates flagship A380 to make a return to Morocco

An Emirates Airbus A380 flies above cloud.
Photo Credit: Emirates

LONDON – Emirates has announced that it will reintroduce its flagship Airbus A380 to Casablanca as part of the airline’s ramp up of operations to Morocco. 

Starting from 15 April, the airline will replace the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently used between Dubai and Casablanca with its flagship A380 to meet growing demand on the route.

The A380 service, operating as EK751 departs from Dubai at 0730hrs, arriving in Casablanca at 1255hrs. EK 752 departs from Casablanca at 1445hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0115hrs the following day.

The enhancement of capacity between Casablanca and Dubai will offer leisure and business travellers more opportunities to connect to Dubai and beyond to cities across the Middle East and GCC, Europe, the Americas and West Asia.

The flagship A380’s deployment to Morocco is also a testament of the airline’s commitment to support inbound visitor arrivals as the country double downs its efforts to reinvigorate its tourism industry.

Last year, Emirates enhanced its partnership with Royal Air Maroc to a codeshare, providing more travel options and connection choices for customers of both airlines between Dubai and Casablanca, and beyond.

Casablanca is a popular leisure destination on Emirates’ global network, and demand on the route has seen steady growth since being launched in March 2002. The airline has been operating to Morocco for over 20 years, and has carried more than 3.5 million passengers on the route.

About the A380

The Emirates A380 experience remains highly sought after by travellers, with the spacious double-decked aircraft offering 14 First Class suites and 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class, as well as 401 generously pitched seats in Economy Class.

Customers travelling to and from Casablanca can look forward to enjoying Emirates’ spacious and comfortable cabins, signature products that offer travellers the best experiences in the sky like the Onboard Lounge, First Class suites, Shower Spa, and regional cuisine including a number of Moroccan dishes.

The airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system offers more than 5,000 channels of on-demand entertainment with a selection of up to 565 channels of Arabic music including a number of well-known Moroccan artists.

Emirates A380 deployment

Emirates is the largest operator of Airbus A380, with more than 80 aircraft currently in active service.

The airline has been gradually accelerating the deployment of its flagship A380 aircraft in line with growing demand for air travel. Emirates currently deploys its flagship A380 to 40 destinations worldwide.

By the end of this summer, the popular aircraft will be serving almost 50 destinations, which represents close to 90% of the airline’s pre-pandemic A380 network.

The upgrade of A380 services to Casablanca also means the flagship now flies to three destinations in Africa together with Johannesburg and Cairo.

The UAE flag carrier has certainly kicked off 2023 with a vengeance as far as its long-haul flight operations goes. Last week the airline announced the scaling up of its A380 operations into Glasgow Scotland, Birmingham England and Nice France.

The airline first launched A380 operations to Birmingham in 2016; Nice in 2017; and Glasgow in 2019.

With the lifting of restrictions across mainland China, Emirates will also resume passenger services to Shanghai starting with two weekly flights operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft from 20 January 2023, and bolster its services into Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Similarly, the Dubai-based carrier has added to its already existing Dubai – Bangkok – Hong Kong route, with the return of non-stop daily flights to Hong Kong with its flagship A380 fleet.

It seems the airline has wasted no time in bolstering its long haul A380 route services in the wake of lifted border restrictions and the attendance surge in travel demand.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 5 Min Read
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