Airbus A380

Airliner World’s Gordon Smith and Martin Needham were granted special permission to join the Emirates team at Manchester Airport to learn more about the discipline and teamwork required to turn around the super jumbo.


When Emirates launched its first service to Manchester on November 2, 1990 – a twice-weekly Airbus A310 routing via Paris/Charles de Gaulle – few would have predicted the colossal growth over the three decades that followed. Had you asked a Mancunian at the time about the prospect of a newfangled twin-deck airliner linking the northwest of England with a place called Dubai, chances are the McDonnell Douglas MD-12 would have sprung to mind rather than anything by Airbus.

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