Emirates make that flight from the Dubai International Airport with the A380 only once and the plane fly back to Dubai shortly after at 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
“The main objective of the A380 one-off trip to Manila is to mark the move of the Emirates Airline to the Terminal 3 and show its commitment to the Philippines since 1990,” Emirates said in a statement.
Dubai-based air carrier Airbus A380 touched down at the Terminal 3 NAIA landed by the the first Filipino Super Jumbo Jet Captain, Capt. Franklyn Desiderio.
Capt. Franklyn Desiderio, The 1st Filipino A380 Captain (Photo: PPSG (Phlippine Plane Spotters Group)
|(Photo: PPSG (Phlippine Plane Spotters Group)|
In August this year, Emirates transferred its operations to the NAIA Terminal 3 from its previous home at the congested NAIA Terminal 1
Other international carriers such as Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific also moved to Terminal 3 when it went into full operation.
The completion of the NAIA 3 rehabilitation had been delayed for a decade by legal issues.
Aquino waiting to welcome passengers of Emirates A380, world’s biggest aircraft, from Dubai.
(Photo via Zen Hernandez of ANC )
With two full-length decks measuring a total of 6,000 square feet, the A380 is 50 percent bigger than the Boeing 747 and is widely considered a the solution to the common problems of rising number of plane passengers and congested.