The first and only Airbus A380 flights to and from Canada began on June 1, 2009, when an Emirates A380 Dubai to Toronto flight landed at Pearson International Airport.
Toronto (YYZ) to Dubai (DXB) flight time is 12 hours, 55 minutes, while the duration of Dubai to Toronto flights is 13 hours, 15 minutes.
Emirates Toronto to Dubai flights are three times weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Emirates Dubai to Toronto flights are also on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
All Emirates flights from Dubai, UAE, depart from Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport and arrive at Terminal 1 at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. Flight EK241 departs Dubai at 9:55 am and arrives in Toronto at 3:45 pm the same day. Flight EK242 departs Toronto at 9:40 pm and arrives in Dubai at 6:35 pm the following day.
The airline began non-stop Toronto-Dubai service in October 2007 on Boeing 777 aircraft. Emirates is lobbying the Canadian government to increase flights to daily service to meet passenger and cargo demand.
"The A380 is the flagship of our fleet," says the Manager Canada Commercial for Emirates. The world's largest passenger jet is the only double-decker, two-aisle airliner in the world, with the widest airline cabin in the world.
For Toronto to Dubai and return flights, the Emirates A380 has 489 seats. There are 399 economy class seats on the lower deck. The upper deck has 76 individual pods for business class and 14 personal cabins for first class passengers.
Emirates economy class
Passengers on flights between Toronto and Dubai have access to an in-flight digital entertainment system with interactive audio, video, games, communication and connectivity support.
With ICE Digital Widescreen systems, passengers can select from 1,000 entertainment channels (including movies, TV, live business, news and sports coverage). Emirates passengers can also phone, e-mail and text (SMS) from their personal in-seat entertainment systems.
Economy class passengers on the Toronto-Dubai route enjoy multi-course meals with complimentary drinks.
Emirates business class
All business class seats have aisle access. On Toronto to Dubai flights, passengers can convert their seats to flat beds, using touch screens. Emirates business class pods also have in-seat power supplies for laptops, mini-bars, storage space and privacy dividers.
Besides the ICE Digital Widescreen entertainment system, A380 business class passengers can relax in an upper deck lounge with a stand-up bar. Emirates business class passengers enjoy complimentary drinks, including champagne, as well as five-course lunches and dinners.
Emirates first class
First class passengers on A380 flights travel in private cabins. Each first class cabin has an extra-large fully reclining seat, storage space, closet, mini bar and a 23-inch wide LCD screen for the ICE entertainment system.
Emirates first class passengers on the Toronto-Dubai and other A380 routes also have access to a shower spa. Besides the lounge and stand-up bar, with complimentary in-flight drinks, passengers enjoy on-demand meal service, with an à la carte seven-course menu and vintage wines.
"Emirates wants to offer the best service possible," says a manager. "We'll likely be one of the longest haul carriers in the world by 2013, and we've done this in less than 25 years."
Fuel efficient engines
A380 aircraft used on Emirates flights, between Toronto and Dubai, have a range of up to 15,000 km. The fuel economy per passenger kilometer is better than many hybrid passenger cars, including the Toyota Prius.
The A380s are quieter, inside the aircraft and during take-off, when they create less than half the noise of a Boeing 747-400.
A380 flights to and from Dubai
Emirates also operates A380 flights every day between Dubai and New York (JFK), London (Heathrow), Bangkok, Auckland and Sydney.
Emirates offers 83 flights each week to Australia, between Dubai and Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Flights between Dubai and Sydney are on A380s.