Emirates is introducing daily flights between the emirate and the island nation Bahrain on board an A380 superjumbo throughout June.
While the Dubai airline has previously flown the world’s largest passenger jet between the two destinations on one-off occasions, this marks the first time a regular scheduled service using the A380 has been introduced.
The double-decker jet, which has space for upwards of 500 passengers, will replace the usual Boeing 777-300ER that transports customers between Dubai and Bahrain on two routes.
The A380 will be used on flights EK 839 and EK 840, with bookings now open on the service until Wednesday, June 30. There are three classes to choose from on the Airbus jet travelling between the two destinations: 417 seats in Economy, 76 lie-flat Business class seats, and 14 First Class suites.
EK 839 departs Dubai daily at 3.30pm, arriving in Bahrain at 3.50pm local time. EK 840 leaves Bahrain at 5.50pm, arriving in Dubai at 8pm, UAE time.
The airline will also continue to operate its daily EK 837 and EK 838 services, which depart earlier in the day, on a Boeing 777-300ER.
“The change of aircraft will help meet growing demand to and from Bahrain during the summer, and underscores the airline’s commitment to make connections for travelers to and through Dubai even easier,” Emirates said in a statement.
The airline announced earlier this week that it would bring its popular A380 services back to the US. Emirates will start flying superjumbo stateside services to New York in June, and then to LA in July.
The A380 also flies to Paris, Jeddah, Amman, Cairo, Frankfurt, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Moscow.
As of May 24, the country announced the suspension of entry for travelers arriving from Red List countries, such as India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
It also reintroduced mandatory quarantine for all non-vaccinated travellers arriving in Bahrain. Travellers have to take a PCR test before flying and on arrival, and then also complete a 10-day home or hotel quarantine.
Travelers who are vaccinated and hold a Bahrain-issued vaccination certificate, or an approved vaccination certificate from a GCC country, are exempt from both quarantine and PCR testing requirements, unless coming from a Red List country.
Incoming passengers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait can show evidence of their vaccination through certification or an official mobile application.
Bahrain had earlier announced a vaccine corridor with the UAE, allowing passengers who have received a full dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to travel between the two countries without the need for quarantine in either destination.