Emirates Airlines, the Dubai-based carrier perhaps best known for its on-board showers, will bring the double-decker Airbus A380 to Los Angeles beginning in December.
The plane will replace the considerably smaller Boeing 777-300 ER now being used on the Los Angeles to Dubai route. The A380 is outfitted with 489 seats , with 14 first class suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business class and 399 seats in economy.
Unlike the 777, the A380 is fitted with the carrier’s distinctive showers for first class passengers. There are two showers on board.
Emirates, which has a strong route network to the Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East, has served Los Angeles since 2008. Airline analysts say the airline has been successful in picking off connecting passengers that once transited in European airports like Frankfurt and London.
Emirates uses the A380 to 23 destinations worldwide. In the United States, New York John F. Kennedy Airport has twice daily service on the plane.
Airline officials say the Los Angeles to Dubai flight is the longest the carrier flies in terms of distance.