An enthusiastic crowd greeted the first Airbus A380 to land at Manchester Airport earlier this afternoon, marking the end of an 18-month, £10m upgrade of the airport to accommodate the beast.
Emirates will operate a daily Manchester-Dubai service, meaning the former has the honour of being the first regional airport anywhere in the world to handle A380 flights every day.
Manchester Airport's MD Andrew Cornish enthused: "This is a really significant day for aviation here in the North West and we aim to celebrate it appropriately."
Emirates Airline and group executive vice chairman, Maurice Flanagan, joined the love-in with: “This is a historic moment for Emirates as we bring our 21st century superjumbo to the North West 20 years after our first flight from the region. Our Manchester service has been an incredible success story, and we’re delighted to be opening the next chapter today."
Gulf News explains that Emirates' A380 flight "EK017 leaves Dubai daily at 07:55 hours and arrives in Manchester at 12:25 hours", while "EK018 departs Manchester at 14:10 hours, arriving in Dubai at 00:15 hours the next day".
The Manchester Evening News has updated coverage on the A380's arrival here. ®