Emirates flight EK368 departs Dubai at 03:10 and arrives in Bali at 16:20. Return flight EK369 will depart Bali at 19:40 and arrive in Dubai at 00:45. All times are local time.
The world’s largest airliner landed smoothly to the cheers and excitement of passengers and spectators, accompanied by a spectacular water cannon salute. His Excellency Abdulla Salem AlDhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Indonesia, Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Far East Commercial Operations, and a number of dignitaries received the aircraft, including: Professor Wihana Kirana Jaya, Special Adviser to the Minister of Transport for Economic Affairs and Transport Investment; Ni Made Ayu Marthini, Deputy Minister of Marketing, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy; Faik Fahmi, President of PT. Angkasa Pura I; me and Wayan Koster, Governor of Bali Province; and Zubin Karkaria, CEO of VFS Global.
Orhan Abbas underscored the momentous moment, commenting: “We are very pleased with the arrival of our iconic A380 aircraft in Bali. It is the culmination of months of careful planning and execution. We are in Indonesia “Commencement of A380 operations is also an extension of our long-term commitment to the market and a testament to our strong partnership with I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport and local authorities. We look forward to providing our valued customers with the A380 to and from Denpasar, while passing Superjumbo serves the growing demand for international travel as one of two daily flights to the island.”
Mohammad Al Attar, Emirates Indonesia Country Manager, said: “The deployment of our iconic A380 aircraft on flights to Denpasar will go a long way towards meeting growing customer demand. We are delighted to have achieved this milestone, which will greatly strengthen Our business in Indonesia, and business plans for future markets.”
Faik Fahmi, President of PT Angkasa Pura I, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Emirates A380 aircraft to I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. This represents a triumphant achievement for the Indonesian aviation industry, and Angkasa Pura I in particular. It will be a catalyst to restore and revitalize tourism and the economy of Bali and Indonesia.”
Handy Heryudhitiawan, General Manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, said, “The Ministry of Transport, in cooperation with Angkasa Pura I and the Emirates team, inspected the airside and landside facilities at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali to ensure that it is compliant to serve the Airbus A380 Flight requirements.We have prepared a garbarata or aviobridge with two trunks to allow passengers to get on and off the plane between the aircraft and the airport terminal, and we have also facilitated specific parking arrangements around the Airbus A380.
Through our frequent joint coordination meetings with key stakeholders such as the Airport Authority, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali Air Force Base, ground handling and other interested parties at the airport, we will ensure that A380 operations continue to run smoothly. “
Emirates’ inaugural A380 flight to Bali will be operated by a three-class aircraft, allowing passengers, VIP delegations and airport officials to get a closer look at the double-decker’s unique offerings, including the award-winning First Class suite. The airline will continue its A380 operations in Bali with a two-class A380 offering 58 lie-flat seats in business class and 557 seats in economy class.
Emirates launched a daily non-stop service from Dubai to Bali in 2015, adding to its regular service to Jakarta which began in 1992. The airline currently serves Indonesia with 28 weekly flights to Bali and Jakarta, and offers additional connections to an additional 29 domestic cities through the two gateways through partnership agreements with Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air.
In addition to the launch of its flagship A380, Emirates continues to demonstrate its long-term commitment to Indonesian tourism through other initiatives. In early May, Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy at Dubai Arabian Tourism Market to continue promoting Indonesia as a preferred travel destination through joint marketing campaigns and programmes.
Passengers from Indonesia can look forward to the A380’s spacious and comfortable cabin, signature products that provide passengers with the best in-flight experience such as the in-flight lounge, and an award-winning inflight entertainment system that includes more than 6,500 on-demand entertainment channels. The Emirates A380 is currently deployed to 46 destinations, including Dubai, with the potential to expand to nearly 50 destinations by late summer.
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