Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will introduce regular scheduled commercial Airbus A380 services to Osaka in Japan on October 28, subject to government approval.

The deployment of the double-decker aircraft represents a capacity increase of 38 percent, the carrier said.

It added that the A380 will replace the 777-300ER aircraft currently operating on the EK316/EK317 service to and from Osaka.

The Emirates’ Airbus A380 aircraft serving the Dubai-Osaka route will offer a total of 489 seats in a three-class configuration.

This year marks the 10th year of Emirates’ A380 operations. With a fleet size of 103, and with 59 additional aircraft on order, Emirates is the largest Airbus A380 operator in the world.

Osaka is one of seven prefectures in the Kansai region which forms the core region of western Japan. Osaka is also the gateway to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital.

Emirates started operations to Japan in 2002 and currently operates one daily flight from Narita, Haneda and Osaka airports to Dubai.

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