Emirates makes aviation history with launch of A380 service to Canada

    Luxurious double decker aircraft features private First Class Suites,
    shower spas, onboard lounge and more

    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Emirates airline will make history today when its
Airbus A380 touches down at Lester B Pearson Airport at approximately 3:45
p.m. marking the first commercial 'superjumbo' jet to land on Canadian soil.
The 13-hour flight took off at 9:55 a.m. Dubai time with 489 passengers and 30
cabin crew on board.
    The A380 is the world's only twin-deck, four-aisle airliner that has 35
per cent more seats than its closest rival. It towers at 24 metres or
approximately 8 stories in height with a wingspan of nearly 80 metres.
    "Emirates is committed to providing the best service possible from
Canada. We are extremely pleased to celebrate the A380's inaugural flight from
Dubai to Toronto - the first commercial service to touch down in Canada and
only the second in North America," said Emirates President Tim Clark. "We hope
the aircraft's increased passenger capacity will allow us to address some of
the unmet needs and fulfill consumer demand for Emirates' flights from
Toronto," he added.
    The most environmentally advanced commercial aircraft in the sky today,
Emirates' A380s have a range of approximately 15,000 kilometres and offer
better fuel economy than most hybrid passenger cars. The A380 burns up to 20
per cent less fuel per seat than today's next largest aircraft. The A380 is
also quieter as it generates less than half the noise of other aircraft on
    "Flying the first commercial service of the Emirates A380 to Canada was
thrilling," said Emirates pilot and Burlington Ontario native, Captain David
Heino. "Although bigger than any other civil aircraft, the A380 is smoother
and quieter than any other commercial aircraft I have flown."
    The Emirates' A380 - with 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 Business
Class and 399 Economy seats - represents the latest innovation and technology
from a company recognized internationally for its in-flight amenities and
services. Unique to the Emirates aircraft are its Shower Spas - two
fully-equipped bathrooms in the First Class cabins with shower facilities. An
Onboard Lounge attended by a bartender, completes the First Class and Business
Class in-flight experience on the second level.
    A380 passengers enjoy an elaborate menu created by top international
chefs and complemented by the finest beverages, including champagne, wines and
ports sourced from the world's top wine-producing regions. Passengers on the
inaugural A380 voyage are the first to see Emirates' new cabin crew uniform.
Carrying through the well-known beige and red theme of the previous outfit,
the latest apparel gives a sharper, more business-like feel to the onboard
    A380 passengers can relax to Emirates' award-winning ICE (information,
communication, entertainment) in-flight entertainment system that offers more
than 1,200 channels of on-demand entertainment. Each cabin is also equipped
with an advanced mood lighting system, complete with a starlit sky, which
adjusts throughout the flight to reflect the time at the destination and to
help combat the effects of jet lag.
    Airports globally are preparing to accommodate the Airbus A380 by
investing billions of dollars in facilities enlargement, according to a report
by consulting company Frost & Sullivan. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority
has rebuilt Toronto Pearson Airport over the course of the last decade. All
runways are equipped to handle the A380, as are certain taxiways and gates.
Two aircraft gates are equipped with double bridges that will allow quicker
loading and unloading of passengers.
    Beginning June 1, Emirates will operate the world's largest passenger
aircraft three times a week on its Toronto-Dubai route on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays. Emirates is restricted to thrice-weekly flights however it hopes
by adding this new ultra-efficient aircraft to Toronto the Canadian government
will allow additional service to meet the strong demand for passenger and
cargo service. This request is consistent with the federal government's Blue
Sky policy on air liberalization, supported by several provincial and
municipal governments and dozens of business and tourism stakeholders across

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