If this happens, they will be the first airline to operate Airbus A380 commercial flights to and from Manila. Emirates is presently hopeful that air talks between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would resume as it looks to increasing its capacity by upgrading the aircraft used for Manila flights. Satish Sethi, Emirates country manager in the Philippines said they working closely with the Philippine government.
Presently, Emirates utilizes its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Manila which seats from 354 to 428 passengers. An upgrade would mean that they may use the Airbus A380 which has a capacity of 489 to 615 passengers.
Sethi said Emirates has initially requested for at least three more flights a week to be added to its services to Manila. With the present congestion and lack of slots in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), it is likely that Emirates may upgrade its aircraft to the A380 for added capacity should talks be successful between the Philippines and UAE. Emirates last used its A380 to Manila in 2014 when the airline moved its operations to NAIA terminal 3. It was piloted by Capt. Franklyn Desiderio, a Filipino.
Emirates is hoping that air talks will continue after negotiations between the Philippines and UAE ended in a deadlock last April 2017.