Is the pandemic and travel shutdown over? Not by a long shot. But with Emirates Airlines once again flying its 500-seat A380 super jumbo jets, perhaps the pandemic has reached manageable proportions. Or as Winston Churchill put it in a different context, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
According to a spokeswoman. Emirates has resumed A380 services to five cities. Customers can currently fly the Emirates A380 daily to Amsterdam, four times a week to Cairo, twice daily to London Heathrow, once daily to Paris, and starting on August 8, once weekly to Guangzhou. The airline will “gradually expand the deployment of this popular aircraft in line with demand and operational approvals.”
With no vaccine yet available, what is driving passenger demand enough to get the giant A380s flying again for Emirates? It undoubtedly helps that Emirates is the first airline to offer passengers free global coverage for potential COVID-19 health expenses (up to 150,000 euros) and quarantine costs.