NZ Pilot at Controls When Emirates Returns to Berlin

Press Release – Emirates Airlines

NZ Pilot at Controls When Emirates Returns to Berlin Air Show

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will return with an Airbus A380 to ILA Berlin Air Show 2016 tomorrow, and in command will be a New Zealand-born captain.

The Emirates A380 will be the largest aircraft to be showcased and the only A380 displayed at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport in Schoenefeld. It will be on display and open for visitor viewing on the first two show days – June 1 and 2.

The aircraft on static display in Berlin will be the airline’s 79th A380 aircraft, a brand new delivery directly from Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. The flight deck crew bringing the brand new aircraft from Hamburg to Berlin will be Captain Thomas Ziarno, originally from New Zealand, and UAE-national First Officer Abdulrahman Mohamed Al Busaeedi.

The Emirates Airbus A380 has been part of ILA Berlin Air Show since 2010, underlining the airline’s steadfast commitment to the German market and to the Airbus flagship. All Emirates A380s are being fitted at Airbus in Hamburg including significant cabin interior work and final livery.

Emirates has three A380 services daily out of Auckland, flying to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane en route to Dubai and beyond; in addition to its daily non-stop Dubai service.

One in every three A380s in the sky today belongs to Emirates and wherever the Emirates A380 is deployed, the experience continues to generate excitement and fascination amongst passengers and those who come to airports just to catch a glimpse of the aircraft.

As the largest A380 operator in the world, Emirates will have 79 of the double-decker aircraft serving its network once this new aircraft joins the fleet. Last month, Emirates placed a new order for an additional two new A380 aircraft, to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing its remaining order book for the aircraft to 64.

Emirates A380s currently serve over 40 destinations worldwide – one out of every four destinations on the airline’s passenger network. Vienna will become the next A380 destination, starting from July 1.

Emirates redefined the First Class experience, led the design of the first private suites in commercial aviation and was first to put them into service. The fully-equipped A380 Onboard Shower Spa was also a first in the industry and has been overwhelmingly popular with First Class passengers ever since. First and Business Class passengers can enjoy the exclusive A380 Onboard Lounge and Business Class passengers can relax in new-generation full-flat seats, each with direct aisle access.

Passengers in all classes have access to Emirates’ award-winning ‘ice’ inflight entertainment system, which features over 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment. The latest technology allows passengers to stay connected throughout the flight with free high-speed Wi-Fi access as well as mobile phone and data services.

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