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World’s largest commercial plane begins Dubai–Glasgow service

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The 500-seat Airbus A380 will fly the Emirates-operated route twice a day for six months

On 16 April, the world’s largest passenger aircraft started its regular service between Dubai and the second Scottish city of Glasgow. Operated by Emirates, the Airbus A380 is scheduled to fly twice a day for six months.

Glasgow airport long prepared for the arrival of the superjumbo. It has invested over $10.4m (£8m) in readying the airport. The preparations included the introduction of a triple airbridge to smoothen the transit of a large number of passengers.

The Dubai–Glasgow route was established 15 years ago. It has carried more than 4.5 million passengers so far. Prior to the Airbus launch, a Boeing 777-300 aircraft operated the service.

“The decision by Emirates to introduce the A380 is not only a huge milestone for Glasgow airport, it marks what is a first in the Scottish aviation industry,” Mark Johnston, managing director of Glasgow airport, said regarding the December announcement of the launch.

“We have forged a valued relationship with Emirates since its inaugural flight in April 2004 and the introduction of Scotland’s first-ever scheduled A380 service represents a major vote of confidence in the city,” he added.

The Tuesday launch did not mark the first time the A380 landed at Glasgow. Its first touchdown at the airport was during the celebrations of Emirates’ ten-year anniversary of flying into Glasgow in April 2014.

However, for the next two months, the service will operate once a day instead of twice. It is due to Dubai International Airport’s planned runway works.

The A380 is two blue whales long and five giraffes tall

Airbus A380 double-decker jet is estimated to be the length of two blue whales and the height of five giraffes, or about 24 metres tall. Its wingspan is nearly 80m.

Passengers can expect three classes onboard — Economy, Business, and First, which are Emirates’ private suites.

Despite its impressive dimensions, the aircraft is most likely doomed. Airbus has announced the end of its production in February following a reported slowdown in sales.

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