Emirates Airline will stop using the double-decker Airbus A380 on its daily route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Dubai for several months.
Instead, the carrier will use a Boeing 777-300ER on the route from Feb. 1 until September before switching back to the A380, the airline said.
“This is a temporary adjustment as part of our fleet optimization, and we plan to bring our A380 service back on DFW-DXB route by 1 September,” the company said in an e-mail statement. “We remain committed to DFW and will continue to service the route with our exceptional product and services.”
Emirates began using the A380, which carries 489 passengers, on the route in October 2014. However, the Persian Gulf airline has faced stiff competition from Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, which also offer direct flights from DFW to the Middle East.
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Since it launched the A380, there have been some months where the flight’s average load factors indicated the plane leaving DFW only half full of passengers.
“Airlines make periodic adjustments to their schedules for a variety of reasons, which Emirates is doing temporarily substituting the 777-300ER for the A380 service,” said DFW Airport spokesman David Magaña. “We expect to see the Emirates A380 back at DFW in the fall.”
The Boeing 777-300ER in Emirates’ fleet carries between 354 and 442 passengers, depending on the configuration.