Scotland welcomed its first Airbus A380 service yesterday when Emirates marked 10 years of operating from Glasgow Airport.
The one-off visit was met by thousands of aviation enthusiasts at Glasgow to see the aircraft first-hand, which stands more than 24 metres high and has a wingspan of 80 metres.
The A380 was captained by Scottish-born Iain Weir with 476 passengers onboard including Emirates’ senior divisional vice president commercial operations west Hubert Frach and vice president dental clinic Dr Brendan Carr.
“As the world’s largest A380 operator, we feel privileged to mark this historic milestone in Glasgow, which also represents a historic milestone for Scotland, as it welcomes an A380 into the region for the first time. Scotland continues to be a vital passenger and cargo market for Emirates and we hope that today underlines our continued commitment to the region,” said Frach.
The aircraft departed for Dubai in the afternoon to arrive in Dubai this morning. Emirates currently offers more than 43,000 passenger seats a month to and from Glasgow on a double daily service.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport said: “Over the course of the past 10 years Emirates has established itself as Scotland’s leading long-haul airline and we are honoured it has chosen to mark our successful partnership by operating Scotland’s first commercial A380 service. This is a significant milestone for Glasgow and for Scottish aviation.”