This special flight marked 25 years of Emirates’ service to Oman, and reaffirms the newly opened airport’s infrastructure readiness for A380 operations.
The Emirates A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet, was operated by Omani national, captain Mussallim Al-Dawoodi and UAE national, first officer, Nasser Abdulla Al Owais.
The Emirates VIP delegation was led by Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president commercial operations centre at Emirates.
The aircraft landed at 09.35hrs at Muscat International and was met with a ceremonial water cannon salute.
Sheikh Al Mualla said: “The arrival of the Emirates A380 to the Sultanate of Oman is a significant milestone, commemorating our strong 25 years of partnership with the country.
"Oman is an important destination in the region for us and we remain committed to providing our customers in Oman with world class services, and to growing our operations further in the market.
"We thank and share our appreciation to the Muscat International Airport authorities, who have helped make this one-off service a momentous and successful event.”
In 1993, Emirates inaugurated its first service to Muscat and since then, has carried more than 4.3 million passengers to and from Oman.
The airline started operating with a Boeing 777-200 aircraft with a four weekly services. Today, the airline flies to Muscat with three daily services utilising Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.