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Watch Emirates Break the Record for World's Shortest A380 Flight

July 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)


Emirates' EK857 & EK858 are currently the world's shortest Airbus A380 flights at 1 hour, 25 minutes and 1 hour, respectively. They travel between Dubai, UAE to Kuwait City, Kuwait, a route which saw the Boeing 777 up until mid-July, when the superjumbo took over and this video was made on the inaugural.

The switch to the A380 coincides with Emirates' 25th Anniversary of service to Kuwait, so the video concludes with all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds such a milestone.

The short film is actually quite a comprehensive look, as it begins with the moment the A380's Captain says goodbye to his family to head to the airport. There's the crew briefing—including a fresh swipe of lipstick for the female flight attendants—and even the hot towel delivery to Business Class once they're gotten underway. Overall, it depicts the flurry of activity necessary to deliver Emirates' signature service during such an abbreviated flight.

Curious how much it'll cost to fly the route? These segments would typically be part of longer itineraries for those traveling to/from other parts of the world for Kuwait, changing planes in Dubai, but it is possible to book just the tiny hop. For flights in August, the cheapest economy seat is asking $300 roundtrip in Economy, $1200 in Business, and $1800 in that famous First Class, although a 1-hour flight means you'll have to have your priorities straight for enjoying all the amenities.

It's worth noting that the Dubai-Kuwait flight steals the title of shortest A380 route from Emirates' own Dubai-Jeddah, at 2.5 hours. Flying to Jeddah would definitely be the better option if you're flying just for the First Class experience, because then at least you'll have time to shower and hit the Upper Deck bar.

[Video: Emirates]

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