Emirates becomes first airline to operate A380 to Jeddah’s new terminal

The superjumbo landed at the airport’s Terminal 1 and was met by a water cannon salute

Emirates has become the first airline to operate an Airbus A380 to Terminal 1 at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA).

The aircraft landed at the airport on Monday (March 29) and was greeted with a water cannon salute.

Emirates deployed its latest flagship for the inaugural flight, which features premium economy seats and further enhancements across every cabin.

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“Moving to Terminal 1 represents a significant improvement in the customer experience,” said Mohammed Alnahari Alhashmi, vice president of commercial operations for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi. “Emirates customers will have access to world-class amenities, including restaurants, retail outlets, airport lounges and much more. We would like to thank the General Civil Aviation Authority, King Abdulaziz International Airport, and the local authorities who have been providing their support and working closely with us to make this move a success and ensure that Emirates passengers arriving and departing from Terminal 1 enjoy a seamless airport experience as well as best-in-class services.”

Throughout the pandemic, Emirates has been supporting Saudi Arabia through passenger and cargo operations, ensuring the highest health and safety standards are met. This includes the distribution of hygiene kits, PPE, regular sanitation, deep cleaning of aircraft and the use of industrial grade HEPA air filters.

The airline is also supporting the airport’s international trade links, whilst also playing a crucial role in the transportation of medical supplies, vaccines, PPE and other necessary equipment.

KAIA’s new Terminal 1 – one of Saudi Arabia’s largest airport infrastructure projects – supports investments the facility has made within the aviation sector. This is part of KSA Vision 2030, which aims to diversify the economy, forge broader trade and tourism links and connect the hub to destinations in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Terminal 1 is one of the largest buildings at the hub, with capacity to handle 30 million passengers per year. Up to 70 aircraft can be accommodated, including the Airbus A380.

Meanwhile, Emirates announced yesterday (March 30) that it will be resuming its four-weekly services to Orlando, beginning June 2. This enhances connectivity within Dubai whilst being able to offer more travel choices for customers.

With the addition of Orlando, the Middle Eastern carrier will be operating more than 60 weekly services to and from 11 US destinations including Boston, New York (JFK), Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Newark (in June).