The Emirates A380 operated as EK 862 and EK 863 departing Dubai at eight.25am and arriving in Muscat at 9.35am. The return flight departed Muscat at 12.05pm, arriving in Dubai at 1.10pm.
The aircraft was operated by Omani captain Mussallim al Dawoodi, and UAE national, very first officer Nasser Abdullah al Owais.
After its arrival at Muscat International Airport, it received a ceremonial water cannon salute. Upon docking at the air bridge, the Emirates delegation was greeted with a welcomie ceremony. Government and trade officials, VIPs and members of media had been then offered a guided tour of the aircraft by Emirates cabin crew.
Sheikh Majid al Mualla, divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations Centre, Emirates stated, “The arrival of the Emirates A380 to the Sultanate of Oman is a significant milestone, commemorating our strong 25 years of partnership with the country. Oman is an important destination in the region for us and we remain committed to providing our customers in Oman with world-class services and to growing our operations further in the market. We thank and share our appreciation to the Muscat International Airport authorities, who have helped make this one-off service a momentous and successful event.”
Khalid Bel Jaflah, divisional vice president, Commercial Operations, UAE and Oman, Emirates stated, “We are proud to fly the first scheduled A380 service to Muscat as Emirates marks a significant milestone of 25 years of service to the Sultanate of Oman. It is a very important destination for us in the region and we maintain our strong commitment to the country. We look forward to showcasing our innovative products and stylish amenities onboard this iconic aircraft to our trade partners and travel industry stakeholders in Oman.”
David Wilson, chief operations officer, Oman Airports stated, “On behalf of Muscat International Airport, we thank Emirates Airline and express our appreciation for the historic arrival of a scheduled A380 service to the sultanate. The arrival of the aircraft is a valuable initiative which will highlight our new international airport terminal and we look forward to celebrating our long-standing commitment with Emirates Airline.”
The Emirates A380 flying to Muscat had a 3-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the reduced deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
Emirates is supplying travellers a likelihood to avail particular fares to Dubai in celebration of the airline’s 25 years of service to Muscat. Economy Class passengers can appreciate fares beginning for RO69 and Business Class passengers can appreciate fares beginning at RO220.
The supply applies to booking beginning Sunday till July 10.
Information Source: Muscat Daily