The shortest A380 service of the world was launched by Emirates two years ago on December 1, 2016 but seems not to be active anymore. The airline flew a distance of 379 km in about 1.5 hours from Dubai to Doha, and the return journey took around 1 hour and 10 minutes.
A380’s shortest flight: 9 daily flights
Back then, the company has increased its flights to Doha, Qatar, with two additional flights, reaching a total of nine daily flights, this being Emirates’ route with more flights. Demand between the two major Arab cities had been increasing, with 700,000 passengers transported in 2016. As soon as the flight started, the city would be the 45th destination of the Airbus A380, also becoming the shortest route on the A380, with 01h05 flight traveling 379km.
First Class even in A380’s shortest flight
The world’s largest passenger aircraft used on flight EK841, departing from Dubai at 07:45 p.m. and landing in Doha at 08:05 p.m., both local time. The return flight was EK842 departing from Doha at 9:05 am and arriving in Dubai at noon, also local time. The A380 used in a 3-class configuration with 429 seats in the Economy on the main deck.
On all A380 flights at Emirates, passengers took advantage of free Wi-Fi on board to connect with their family and friends as well as access social networks. On the upper deck were 76 executive bed-seats and 14 private first-class suites. Once cruise altitude was reached, Executive and First class passengers enjoyed the lounge on board, being able to socialize, had some drinks, and enjoyed special delights.
A380’s shortest flight: A high business demand
The two most prominent countries in the Middle East today are the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, which historically are major partners. In 2015, they entered into bilateral agreements with businesses valued at $7 billion dollars. This amount of business will grow over the next five years, with Expo 2020 – World Expo Dubai will host – as well as Qatar host the 2022 Football World Cup.
Other flights on the same route
The route between the two desert mega cities has 36 daily flights, operated by Emirates, Qatar Airways and Fly Dubai. The flights are operated by a wide variety of aircraft, such as the Boeing 737, 777 and 787, and the Airbus A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, A350, and the A380.