Glasgow Airport/Dubai service aboard world’s largest commercial passenger plane now all year round, boosting salmon exports

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Emirates’ SkyCargo, vital for supplying Scottish salmon around the world, is now in for the long haul.

The Scottish Sun reports that Emirates Airbus A380 is now extended and will remain in Glasgow all year round from March.

Emirates’ SkyCargo on the A380 double-decker jet – largest commercial passenger plane in the world – will be able to continue to carry Scottish salmon every day, further increasing exports to emerging markets in China and the Middle East.

The first-ever route between Scotland and the Middle East was launched at Glasgow Airport in 2004. Emirates then introduced a daily A380 service for a temporary period between Glasgow and Dubai from April last year. The service was then reverted back to a twice-daily Boeing 777 operation in September.

Emirates SkyCargo’s Cool Dollies to ensure salmon can retain its freshness. PHOTO: Emirates SkyCargo

Glasgow Airport managing director Mark Johnston told the publication: “Emirates’ decision to operate a year-round daily service using the Airbus A380 is tremendous news and underlines the airline’s continued commitment to Glasgow Airport and its passengers.

“We invested significantly in our international pier infrastructure to vastly improve the experience for our long-haul carriers and passengers last year. This included the building of Scotland’s first and only triple airbridge, which not only supports a wide range of aircraft types but is perfect for servicing the A380.

“The decision to make such a significant investment was a bold one, however, the return of this iconic aircraft to daily service underlines our continued ambition and is testament to the Dubai route’s enduring popularity with our customers.

An Emirates spokesperson added: “Emirates can confirm that it plans to operate a year round daily Airbus A380 service between Glasgow and Dubai, beginning end of March 2020.”