Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub is the latest to join the exclusive set of destinations served by Emirates A380. On Saturday, 1st October, the city greeted the first ever Emirates A380 flight that landed up at the O R Tambo International Airport from Dubai.
The development made Johannesburg the first African city to be served by Emirates A380 and 16th in the world. The flight was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute at the airport.
Emirates is a pretty popular airline in South Africa. The airline is reported to have carried some 900,000 travellers across three South African gateways – Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in the past one year.
A special reception was organised at the O R Tambo International Airport to celebrate the landing of first Emirates A380 flight in Johannesburg. Guests invited at the event were offered an opportunity to explore the A380 aircraft. The aircraft plying between Dubai and Johannesburg will feature almost 400 economy class seats. It sure is good news for travellers who want to revel in the glory of A380 but are more inclined to pay cheap flight tickets. Indeed, budget travellers who seek cheap travel tickets on flights between Dubai and Johannesburg will be the happiest lot with the development. Apart from being an economic powerhouse, Johannesburg is a top holiday destination and lures many from the Middle East.
Emirates is the largest operator of the A380 aircrafts in the world. The airline currently offers A380 services to destinations like London Heathrow, Manchester, Bangkok, Shanghai and Sydney. Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, Lufthansa, Air France and Korean Air are other airlines that operate A380 services.