The award-winning Emirates A380 touched down at Cairo International Airport on 2nd October.

The arrival marked the debut of the popular aircraft in Egypt.

The landing highlighted the readiness of the airport to adapt to the A380, which is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet.

Egyptian captain Hesham Essawy led the flight with first officer Abdullah Alyammahi, a national of the United Arab Emirates.

A ceremonial salute with water cannon was used to welcome the jet.

A number of important Egyptian officials also welcomed the flight, including Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation chairman General Ahmed Maher Geneina and Cairo Airport Authority chairman Ahmed Fawzy.

Emirates’ chief operating officer Adel Al Redha was on the flight, as were a number of prominent members of the business community in the UAE.

Al Redha said that the day had been a long time coming, and that the grand debut of the aircraft in Egypt was the result of a lot of hard work and planning.

Al Redha added that the arrival of the company’s flagship aircraft in Egypt marked the start of a new chapter in Emirates’ long-running relationship with the country.

Emirates is hoping to support trade and tourism in Egypt and bring the nation closer to the rest of the world.

Al Redha thanked the Ministry of Transport, the Egyptian Government and all of the government agencies that helped make a success of the first Emirates A380 service in Egypt.

The Emirates A380 service to Cairo has a three-class configuration and offers 14 First Class Suites, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class, and 426 Economy Class seats.

First-class passengers also have the option of relaxing and rejuvenating with one of two Shower Spas.

The Onboard Lounge is open to Business Class passengers and offers a wide array of delicacies and drinks.

Passengers in every class are able to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, food and drink, service and hospitality from the multinational Emirates cabin crew.

There are also as many as 4,500 channels on the airline’s award-winning ‘ice’, featuring movies, music, podcasts and TV shows.

Premium customers and members of Platinum and Gold Skywards can also enjoy the Cairo Airport Emirates Lounge, which opened last year.

Egyptian travellers have made a number of Emirates network destinations popular, including cities in Australia, the Americas and Asia such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, Washington DC, Bangkok, Sydney, New Delhi and New York.

Emirates’ Cairo operations began in April 1986 with just three flights per week.

Since then, the flights have grown to carry over 7.3 million passengers in and out of Cairo.

Operations have increased in both capacity and frequency in order to meet customer demand.

There are now 21 weekly flights operated by Emirates between Cairo and Dubai.

Anyone who is intending to use the Emirates A380 or any other aircraft will need to take out travel insurance.

Travel insurance is a great way to safeguard your finances against sometimes unavoidable travel problems such as cancelled flights and unexpected illnesses.


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