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Emirates to Become First Carrier Flying A380 to London Gatwick

Dec. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Emirates plans to begin flying regular A380 service to London’s Gatwick airport, becoming the first operator to serve London’s second airport with the Airbus SAS double-decker jet.

Emirates from March 30 will replace the current Boeing 777-300ER planes on one of its three daily services into the airport, the airline said in an e-mailed statement.

The A380s flying there will be fitted with 490 seats, 399 in economy class, 76 lie-flat seats in business class, and 14 first-class private suites, the airline said.

The airline now has 44 A380s after taking delivery of two more earlier this month. Those two planes began service Dec. 21, initially operating on flights to Munich and Mauritius.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Rothman in Toulouse at aerothman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net

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