Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and airport officials on Monday welcomed passengers and crew of a double-decker, A380 "superjumbo" jetliner, ushering in new daily service between Dubai and Los Angeles.
Emirates Airlines' A380 plane, making its first official flight from Dubai, touched down at Los Angeles International Airport's Tom Bradley International Terminal Monday afternoon to fanfare and a water salute.
The 489-seat A380 plane features 14 private first-class suites with access to two in-flight showers, 76 business-class beds, 399 economy-class seats, and a bar lounge on the plane's upper deck.
A first-class round-trip flight between Dubai and Los Angeles aboard Emirates' A380 plane -- booked more than two months ahead -- would set travelers back by around $26,000, based on the airline's booking website.
At 16 hours, the service between Dubai and Los Angeles is the world's longest route aboard the A380, city officials said. The daily flight arrives at LAX at 12:50 p.m. and departs at 4 p.m.
LAX is the second United States airport with Emirates A380 service. Emirates also has daily A380 service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Emirates is the seventh airline to begin daily A380 flights at LAX, according to LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles.