Dubai-owned airline Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 (B777) and Airbus 380 (A380) aircraft, will temporarily replace the B777 with the A380 for its Glasgow (GLA) flights in 2019, as Dubai Airports implements upgrade works at Dubai International Airport (DXB).
Emirates said in a statement that it will introduce a daily A380 service for “a temporary period” between the Scottish city and Dubai, starting 16 April, 2019. The A380 (pictured) will replace Emirates’ current twice-daily B777 until 31 May, 2019.
Dubai Airports, in this duration, plans to close DXB’s southern runway for upgrade work, according to Emirates. The consequent single-runway operation will require airlines to reduce and adjust their operating schedules.
“The deployment of the A380 is to minimise the reduction of Emirates’ capacity from Glasgow to Dubai and beyond during this period,” the airline added.
Between 1 June and 30 September, the double-daily service will return, with A380 operating the day’s first flight, and a B777 will be used for the second, both to meet seasonal summer demand. The twice-daily B777 operation will return thereafter.
As a result of the change, Emirates’ A380 flight on the DXB-GLA route will depart at 2.50pm and arrive at 7.45pm, whilst the return flight will leave GLA at 9.30pm and land in Dubai at 7.55am the following day.
DXB’s southern runway will close for 45 days in 2019, so workers can resurface the asphalt airstrip that is nearing the end of its operational life. As part of the renovation programme, 60,000 tonnes of asphalt and 8,000m3 of concrete will be deployed to strengthen and resurface the runway and its connecting taxiways. Additionally, more than 5,500 ground lights will be replaced, and 800km of cables will be installed, as part of the operation.
In October 2017, Arab Centre for Engineering Studies (Aces) revealed it had conducted a study on the condition of DXB’s southern runway and its associated taxiways. The analysis included the inspection of general service equipment roads around the airport facilities, as well as concourses.
Aces was contracted for the work by Dar Al Handasah, and the study included both destructive and non-destructive evaluation methods.