Emirates will deploy Airbus A380s on both daily Dubai-Munich flights from March, after one of the two services has been operated with Boeing 777-300ERs.
The capacity increase comes as the existing bilateral agreement between the UAE and Germany allows the Gulf carrier to land only at four airports within Germany – Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and Hamburg . However, the airline has also been interested in flying to other cities, including Berlin and Stuttgart.
The aircraft change - which will be effective with the summer schedule, starting on 30 March - will add almost 1,800 seats per week to and from the German hub, says Emirates.
“Munich is a key airport for us in Germany and in Europe. Passenger demand has been steadily growing and our second A380 will add much needed seat capacity,” says the carrier’s chief commercial officer Thierry Antinori.
Emirates temporarily operated both Munich flights with A380s in October 2013.
The airline has been flying the double-deck aircraft to the Bavarian capital since November 2011.