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Emirates’ Airbus A380 Returns To New York’s JFK – Simple Flying

Emirates’ A380 has officially made a return to New York JFK after over a year of absence. The airline brought forward the return of the superjumbo from July as demand on the route begins recovering. Let’s find out more about the return of the A380.

Emirates will complement the A380 service with a one-stop fifth freedom route through Milan. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Back in action

After over a year of just being served by the Boeing 777, Emirates has officially brought back the Airbus A380 at the beginning of summer. Flight EK201 departed Dubai International Airport (DXB) bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) at 08:43 AM local time. However, unlike the usual 777-300ER service, this time the superjumbo is back in action.

The journey to New York is scheduled to take 13 hours and 55 minutes, although it routinely reaches 30 minutes to an hour before its scheduled time. At the time of writing, the A380 is just entering the Canadian coast of Newfoundland is on its way to the eastern seaboard of the United States. The flight is expected to land at 14:15 local time.

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The flight is expected to reach 30 minutes early despite leaving 10 minutes behind schedule. Data and Map: RadarBox.com

The A380 service will operate daily, which means Emirates expects there to be substantial traffic going forward. While there is not one more direct service, the carrier is also operating its Dubai-Milan-JFK fifth freedom route again. This service is operated by a 777 and takes four hours extra due to the stop, so keep an eye out while booking.

The return flight will operate as EK202, departing New York at 23:00 local time. Since flying eastwards is faster, the return leg will only take 12 hours and 55 minutes (usually shorter than this).

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