Friday 23 February 2018

A380 in Dublin: Emirates postpones historic visit until further notice

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Emirates A380. Photo: Deposit
Emirates A380. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Emirates has postponed the planned stopover of an A380 in Dublin until further notice.

The decision, which will be hugely disappointing for aviation fans, is due to "operational reasons outside of Emirates' control", the airline says.

Emirates had previously confirmed that an A380 "will visit Dublin at the end of March," stirring huge excitement among Irish plane-spotters. 

An A380 has never landed at Dublin Airport, leading some to compare the anticipation to that surrounding visits by Concorde in the 1980s. 

The Airbus A380, which first entered service in 2007, is the world's largest passenger plane. Emirates is its largest global operator, with 93 A380s currently in service.

This week, Emirates Ireland boss Enda Corneille tweeted that the A380 visit has been "delayed" rather than postponed, with new date a possibility.

The Dublin visit was to have marked the airline's fifth anniversary in Ireland.

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