Starting October 1, the Emirate Airlines will be service into Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with its super-jumbo Airbus A380, which will increase the seating availability from 266 on its current Boeing 777-200LR to 489 seats, an 84% increase.

Until now, the largest airplanes to have regularly scheduled commercial service into DFW are the Boeing 747-400’s, a plane that seats up to 372, depending on configuration, and operated by Qantas and British Airways.

Emirates decided to switch to the A380 after DFW lobbied Emirates for the service and to keep ahead of looming competition from Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, both planning to start service into DFW from the Middle East.

The Airbus A380 is currently the world’s largest commercial airplane operating.

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