Ngurah Rai to be the first Indonesian airport to receive Airbus A380, with Emirates set to add giant plane to Dubai-Bali service in June

An Airbus A380 operated by Emirates. Photo: Emirates
An Airbus A380 operated by Emirates. Photo: Emirates

Air travel between Dubai and Bali is about to get bigger and more comfortable, as Emirates has announced that its Airbus A380 plane will serve the route starting in June.

That would make Ngurah Rai the first Indonesian airport to receive the world’s largest passenger carrier, as not even Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta currently has the facilities required to welcome the full double-decker plane.

According to Emirates, starting June 1, the A380 is going to replace one of two Boeing 777-300ER planes currently servicing the Dubai-Bali route twice daily.

Emirates’ maiden A380 flight to Bali is scheduled to touch down at Ngurah Rai at 4:35pm that day, with the return flight scheduled for 7:40pm.

Ngurah Rai Airport General Manager Handy Heryudhitiawan said the airport has met all the requirements to receive A380 planes, be it in terms of parking space, passenger waiting areas, and more.

Emirates launched its Dubai-Bali route in 2015. A direct flight between the two destinations takes approximately nine hours. The A380, which is renowned for its exceptional flight comfort, has the capacity for 853 passengers in a single class or 644 in a two-tiered class.

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