The flight will be welcomed in Islamabad with a traditional water cannon salute.

(Photo: Rohma Sadaqat) Source Khaleej times

Spirits were high on Sunday morning as Emirates' special one-off A380 flight took off for Islamabad. This will be Emirates' first A380 to touch down in Pakistan's capital.

Flight EK2524 took off from Dubai at 8:20 and will be welcomed in Islamabad with a traditional water cannon salute.

Passengers onboard the flight hoped that the historic occasion will be followed with the launch of a dedicated A380 route, not just to Islamabad, but to several other cities in the country.

"We are proud to bring our flagship A380 aircraft to Islamabad and we look forward to showcasing our innovative products on board this iconic aircraft with the signature Emirates service. While this is a special flight, we are very keen to launch a scheduled A380 service to Pakistan and will continue to work with authorities to realise these plans," said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice-president, commercial operations centre, Emirates.

About Emirates A380

The Emirates A380 aircraft on this special one-off service will be in a two-class configuration offering seats in economy class and seats in business class as well as Emirates' onboard lounge. Passengers in all classes enjoy free Wi-Fi.

Emirates and Pakistan have a shared history tracing back over 30 years when the airline's flight landed in Karachi on October 25, 1985. In the last three decades, Emirates has progressively expanded its operations and offering global connectivity to Pakistan's major cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Sialkot, and Multan.

Emirates currently has 104 A380s in service and 58 pending delivery, more than any airline globally. The airline also recently announced a $16 billion deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft.

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