Best Airline Goes All Double-Deck to Spain

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Emirates Onboard Lounge/Travelarz, CC BY-SA3.0 via Wikimedia Commons


  • Four daily A380 service in each direction between Dubai and Barcelona/Madrid
  • Total daily seat capacity between Dubai and Spain of 2,044 seats in each direction
  • Strong ties between Dubai and Spain through Real Madrid sponsorship and SkyCargo operation

DUBAI, U.A.E., 26th April 2017 – Today Emirates announced that all of its flights to Spain will be operated by the iconic A380. Moreover, in addition to the existing double daily A380 service to Barcelona, the airline will operate a double daily A380 service to Madrid, significantly boosting seat capacity from Dubai to Spain. This change enables more A380 to A380 connections to and from key business and leisure destinations such as Australia, China, South Korea and South East Asia with just one stop in Dubai.

Madrid as typified by one of its emblematic buildings, the Edificio España (Photo: Michael Paraskevas, CC BY-SA3.0)

Commencing 1st September 2017, Emirates flights EK143/144 will be operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft in a 3-class configuration: 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class, 399 comfortable seats in Economy Class.

Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to Wi-Fi and over 2,500 channels of films, TV shows, music and games, including an impressive selection in Spanish, through ice Digital Widescreen, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system. They will also experience the famed hospitality of the airline’s multi-cultural cabin crew, with Spanish speakers on all flights to and from Spain, as well as fine wines and regionally inspired cuisine using the finest ingredients.

First and Business Class passengers can travel to and from the airport in style with Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service as well as enjoy Emirates exclusive lounges at select airports around the world. On board, premium class passengers receive luxurious Italian-made Bulgari amenity kits. They’ll enjoy the Emirates Onboard Lounge. First Class passengers can freshen up at the Emirates Shower Spa.

Emirates currently operates two daily services between Dubai and Madrid, as well as a double daily A380 service between Barcelona and Dubai. From the airport, Emirates enables seamless rail connections from Barcelona and Madrid to 25 cities across Spain through its partnership with Renfe rail.


Strong ties between Dubai and Spain

The links between Madrid and Emirates extend way beyond the airline’s double daily service. Emirates has been a proud sponsor of Real Madrid since 2011.



Through its SkyCargo division, Emirates facilitates the import and export of key products, connecting Spanish companies to the world. In 2016, this amounted to over 70,000 tons of cargo from Spain including: apparel, food products like fish and olive oil, pharmaceuticals and shoes bound for the UAE, Africa, Hong Kong, USA, Australia and Mexico.

Amirates Airbus A380/Björn Strey, CC BY-SA2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Best Airline in the World

Earlier this month, Emirates was recognised as the ‘Best Airline in the World’ at the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for airlines. The award was based on thousands of reviews Emirates received from the TripAdvisor community over the past twelve months. Emirates was the most positively reviewed airline in the industry over that period of time.