|The first class lounge of the A380. Photo: Emirates
[Avionics Today 10-02-2014] The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has commenced Emirates Airbus A380 superjumbo daily service to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, became the first airline to offer direct service from DFW to the Middle East in 2012 and the transition from Boeing 777-200 aircraft to the Airbus A380-800 allows Emirates to increase its capacity on the DFW to Dubai route by more than 80 percent.
To accommodate this increase, the airport has installed a new seating configuration that doubles the seating capacity in the Terminal D15 and D16 gate waiting area. DFW has also reconfigured these two gates to simultaneously accommodate A380 flights while on the ground, using a total of three boarding bridges. DFW Airport also completed modifications to the airfield — specifically ramps and taxiways — in order to accommodate A380 service.
"Commencing an A380 service to Dallas-Fort Worth allows us to provide the region with an additional 223 seats on the route each day, which will allow a greater number of people access to Emirates' home and hub of Dubai, and our global network including India, Africa and the Far East," said Hubert Frach, Emirates' divisional senior vice president.