Emirates to restart A380 flights to JFK in late 2010


DUBAI – Emirates Airline, the biggest customer for Airbus’ A380 aircraft, Thursday said it plans to redeploy the superjumbo on its New York service during the second-half of the year after pulling it off the route last June.

“It remains our intention to reinstate the A380 on the DXB-JFK route in the second half of the year,” a spokesperson told Zawya Dow Jones.

Emirates, which took delivery of its eighth A380 earlier this month, started flying the double-decker aircraft to New York late 2008, but pulled the superjumbo from the route months later due to falling passenger demand.

The carrier now flies the superjumbo to Toronto, London Heathrow, Paris, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney and Auckland. It will start A380 services to Jeddah from February.

Emirates currently has 58 A380s on order at a value of more than $17 billion at list prices.