Emirates is set to operate its Airbus A380s on daily flights to Bali, making it the first carrier to deploy the superjumbo to Indonesia.
The Middle Eastern carrier will from 1 June operate its two-class A380s – configured to seat over 600 passengers – on the route, replacing one of the two daily services flown by its Boeing 777-300ERs, which can seat up to 442 passengers.
Emirates’ commercial chief Adnan Kazim says: “Bali continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in our network and strategic markets in Southeast Asia, and the Emirates A380’s debut in Indonesia underscores our long-standing commitment to its travel and tourism sector.”
The airline has a fleet of 118 A380s, with seating capacity of between 484 and 615 seats. Emirates first launched direct flights to Bali in 2015, and also flies twice-daily to Jakarta from Dubai.
Faik Fahmi, president-director of Bali Denpasar international airport operator Angkasa Pura I, hails the “historic moment” of the first A380 service.
“We welcome the Emirates A380 service, which will operate in early June, and are honoured to be the first airport operator to receive regular commercial flights of the aircraft in the country.