New route is the world's shortest hop for an A380

EMIRATES has announced the world's shortest hop for one of their giant Airbus A380s at just over an hour's duration.

The route from Dubai to Doha is only 379 kilometres and will take just an hour and 20 minutes, with the return leg only an hour and ten minutes.

The route is roughly the same as that from Brisbane to Biloela or from Sydney to Armidale.

The first A380 to fly the route landed with a water cannon greeting and was welcomed by key officials and trade guests at a reception in the terminal. 

Emirates has steadily grown its presence in Doha and now operates with nine daily flights, making it the most served destination in the airline's network.

Demand between Dubai and Doha is strong, and in the last five years Emirates has carried over 3.7 million passengers between the two cities.

The timing of the A380 service means customers from Doha flying to popular destinations like New York, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Manchester, Dusseldorf, Milan, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam, can now fly their entire route on an A380.

The Emirates A380 serving Doha operates in a three-class configuration, with 429 generously pitched seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.