A380 Service Links Dubai To Kuwait

July 18--DUBAI -- Emirates has launched a new A380 service to Kuwait, the world's shortest scheduled A380 flight.

The arrival of the upgraded EK857 service, which touched down at Kuwait International Airport on Wednesday, marks 25 years of Emirates' flights to the country.

"This is a proud moment for the airline," said Sheikh Majid Al-Mualla, Emirates' divisional senior vice President, commercial operations, who was aboard the inaugural flight from Dubai.

"We have gradually built up our services to Kuwait since 1989 and we now offer five daily flights, soon to become six."

"This is no surprise when you look at the superb product offering on board," added Sheikh Majid.

"All of our A380s are equipped with Wifi, up to 1,800 channels of in-flight entertainment on the award winning ice system, an Onboard Lounge and On board Shower Spas -- all supported by 25 friendly and multi-national cabin crew."

The surprisingly quiet aircraft offers 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 mini-pods in Business Class and 399 seats in Economy Class.

The Emirates' A380 flight to Kuwait is just one hour and 45 minutes, the shortest A380 service in operation today. Since 2008, the airline has carried 27.5 million travelers on its now 50 A380s.

Kuwait is only the second market in the Middle East to be served by the airline's flagship aircraft after the Saudi Arabia. EK857 leaves Dubai at 1600hrs and arrives in Kuwait at 1645hrs local time. EK858 departs Kuwait at 1825hrs and lands in Dubai at 2110hrs.

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