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Emirates brings A380 to Vienna for first time

Emirates operated a one-off A380 service last night to mark its ten-year anniversary and continued commitment to Austria.

This important milestone signals the first ever commercially scheduled A380 service to Vienna International Airport.

Emirates has been flying to Austria since May 2004.

On the flight deck of last night’s A380 flight to Vienna were captain Ali Kashwani and Austrian born first officer Markus Ausserhofer.

Over 600 plane spotters and spectators gathered around the edges of the airport to witness the giant aircraft touch down in Vienna. 

Speaking at an official reception held at Vienna International Airport, Thierry Aucoc, senior vice president commercial operations for Europe and the Russian Federation said: “Emirates has developed its operations over the last ten years to Austria. 

“We’ve worked closely with trade and industry partners to gradually increase services based on tangible market demand.

“Emirates is proud to contribute to attracting trade and investment into Austria, and we will continue to support the country’s multi-billion Euro tourism sector by promoting Austria as a destination and drawing in visitors from a host of points across the globe.

“Emirates is proud to serve other European capital cities like London, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam with our iconic A380 and we hope that one day we will be able to bring the flagship to Vienna.”

Last year, the number of visitors from the UAE to Austria grew to over 70,000, an increase of over 14 per cent.

Tourism is the Austria’s biggest foreign exchange earner and the fastest growing sector. 

Over 220,000 people in 40,000 tourist establishments generate 10 per cent of Austria’s economic output, according to the Austrian Tourism Board.

Norbert Kettner, director of Vienna Tourism said: “For many years, Middle Eastern and Asian markets have been instrumental to Vienna’s tourism growth. 

“Between 2003 and 2013, overnight stays for Middle Eastern visitors grew at an exponential rate of almost 359 per cent, increasing to 277,000 room nights.

“Emirates has been an important contributor to the tourism growth of Vienna.

“The upgrade of its frequencies within the last ten years from four to 13 flights per week is a direct reflection of this development, which is good news for Vienna.”