Vienna Airport recently welcomed Emirates’ milestone 80th A380 aircraft which flew in direct from the Airbus production facility in Hamburg.
The invite-only event witnessed attendance from Austrian dignitaries, officials and VIPs at the airport. They were the first ever non-operational people to set foot inside this brand new aircraft.
Emirates will commence services on the A380 from Vienna effective 1 July 2016 making it the first airline to operate a scheduled A380 service into Vienna.
This special one-off visit by the aircraft, captained by Austrian national Florian Ragg, was the final stage in this detailed planning. By deploying the A380, which has a capacity to seat 519 passengers, the airline will now be able to carry over 1,700 passengers between Dubai and Vienna every day.
Tourism in Austria, as well as directly or indirectly linked industries such as trade, transport and infrastructure will benefit from the introduction of the A380. Over the past few years, Austria and Vienna, have developed into one of the fastest growing markets from the Middle East. In 2015, over 115,000 visitors arrived into Austria from the UAE alone, a 34.8% increase compared to the year before.