Emirates to Fly A380 to Manila

Dubai-based carrier Emirates will be the first airline to use the Airbus A380 jet to Manila for a commercial flight on October 7.  

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The A380 will be utilised on flight EK334, which arrives in Manila at 10:10 pm.  It will depart Manila as EK335 at 11:50 pm.  It is believed that Captain Franklyn Desiderio, the first Filipino pilot certified to fly the A380 will be on board flight EK334.

According to the Emirates' Facebook page, the carrier is bringing its flagship aircraft to celebrate its move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.  However, this is billed as a one-time event.  No further appearances for the world's largest aircraft have been scheduled at Ninoy Aquino International Airport by Emirates or any other carrier.  

Although this is the first commercial A380 service to Manila, the A380 itself has actually flown to Manila on several occasions in the past, making its first appearance during a test flight in 2007. Customers of Lufthansa Technik Philippines regularly fly their A380 aircraft to NAIA for much-needed routine maintenance.

Although the A380 has proven that it is capable of taking off and landing on Runway 6/24 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), it remains to be seen whether NAIA's terminals can handle the flow of passengers. With a total of up to 517 passengers to serve, congestion at the holding area is set to increase as Terminal 3 only provides gates with a maximum of two aerobridges.

Most airports that regularly service the A380 aircraft offer gates with three aerobridges specifically designed for the large aircraft. If the A380 were to serve Manila on a regular basis, it is likely that the holding area of some gates at NAIA's terminals would have to be expanded in order to provide a sufficient amount of seating for waiting passengers while the aircraft is preparing to depart.

18 comments:

  1. This is the good idea, but wait, how could Airbus A380 fit on NAIA Terminal 3 tarmac?

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    1. It probably can. It's just that there's no appropriate gate for the A380, but it probably can fit (not a 100% sure though). By this, I mean that there is no gate to support the upper deck and that first class cabin is not open for reservation for this A380 service. (according to http://airlineroute.net/2014/10/02/ek-mnl-oct14/)

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  2. A380s are regularly serviced by Lufthansa Technik at MNL. Some creative thinking and proper terminal operations could make a regular service here feasible. Is the Airport Authority up to the challenge?

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  3. If the market demands A380s, there is no way business will be denied by Manila Airport Authority. Remember, money talks! Let the good times begin! This means more foreigners will be coming to RP to spend, spend, and spend money. Kudos to Emirates, a well-liked and reliable airline!

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  4. PUTANG INA!
    THE PHILIPPINES SHOULD BE THE MOST ADVANCED AND CLEANEST AIRPORT IN THE WORLD. IF THE MONEY COLLECTED FOR THE TERMINAL FEE THAT EVERY DEPARTING PASSENGERS ARE PAYING ARE USED TO FINANCE BEAUTIFICATION AND ADVANCEMENT.
    PUTANG NA WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

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  5. I WILL START TO CAMPAIGN TO ALL AIRPORT AROUND THE WORLD TO CHARGE $500 TERMINAL FEE TO ALL PHILIPPINE PASSPORT HOLDER.
    THAT WAY ALL THE CORRUPT OFFICIALS WILL REALIZED THAT THE TRAVELLING PHILLIPINE PASSPORT HOLDERS WILL HAVE HARDSHIP IN DEALING WITH THE AIRPORT FEES AND THEY WILL STOP COLLECTING TERMINAL FEES

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    1. I'm very agree with you. Let's do it now!

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    2. Very well said. This corrupt politicians should be hanged on the wings of the airplanes.hahaha

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    3. It is your fault Filipinos! Why vote for dumb movie stars, and not real lawyers who should be enacting laws that benefit you all ? Why take a bribe during election and still vote for those bribing candidates? Poverty will continue to squeeze your stomachs if you do not learn your lessons.

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    4. true buddy, the filippino peoples are not aware about rights and the power of you peoples. next time when they beg for vote, show them what you can do.

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    5. Virtually every airport charges a terminal fee. Kasama nga lang sa ticket prices kaya hindi obvious. In NAIA's case, the airport will start incorporating it in tickets rather than directly collect it before flights.

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    6. Ganyan na mula martial rule ni Marcos at hindi na inalis iyang airport fee. Napaka disorganized talaga iyan at nakakahiya pa sa mga turista na dapat nag-eenjoy diyan sa Pinas pero lalo silang naeestress! Sino pa ang babalik diyan ? At ikaw na nagsasabng iincorporate na sa ticket, I hope na ikaw ang chief ng Manila Airport Authority at paki-bilisan mo lang alisin ang kaguluhan and kahihiyang iyan. Kahit bukas na bukas (tomorrow) na!

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  6. In the Netherlands no terminal fee to be paid cash. But there is a big but... Take a good look to the extra charges indicated below your flight intiary. You also see a lot of taxes and fees. You pay the same fees, it is only charged in a more practical way. Does not withstand the question "what the hell are they doing with the money" ? It ends up with the happy few families you all vote for again and again because they give a free t shirt.

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  7. the captain of that aircraft is a filipino :))

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  8. A380 could be a game changer in phil. tourism its just that they need a facilities to turn and ground handle the a380 beast.

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    1. If a B747 can land in Manila Airport, a A380 can do so as well. Besides that airport is at sea level meaning it does not need longer runways like Mexico City or La Paz, Bolivia (wherein their altitudes are high as the sky). The only issues would be the terminal gates and the taxi areas which need to be expanded or improved.

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    2. The reason why it needs a longer airport in those high altitude cities is because the air is very thin. Remember about breathing issues of athletes at the Mexico City Olympics decades ago? So, even aircrafts need a lot of air in order to perform well during takeoff and landing!

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  9. The Federal Trade Commission proclaimed a ban on up-front fees for debt settlement firms. firms that promise to cut back your mastercard or different debts, won't be able to Prepare to collect a fee till the do their job.

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