Emirates welcomes two A380 aircraft to its Australia operations
Emirates has commenced significant enhancements to its Australian services from 25 March 2018, with the launch of its fourth daily Sydney service and the upgauging of its third daily Melbourne service to an A380. This makes both routes all A380 operations, increasing capacity by a total of 8,736 seats a week.
The changes, which follow the addition of a third daily Brisbane service in December last year, demonstrate the airline’s commitment to the market while also satisfying demand from those travelling to and from Australia.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding the iconic A380’s footprint in the Australian market, highlighting the growing demand for connectivity to Dubai and beyond on our world-class aircraft,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President for Australasia.
“Australia continues to be one of the most progressive markets for Emirates in both the tourism and trade landscapes, so we are continuously looking at ways to strengthen the connection between Australia and our growing global network, while also ensuring the journey is unsurpassable in standard,” said Mr Brown.
Highlighting Emirates’ long-standing commitment to Australia, the changes will see travellers enjoy a seamless travel experience and greater connections to Emirates’ vast global network via its hub in Dubai.
Complementing Emirates’ existing three daily A380 services from Sydney, the addition of a fourth flight between Sydney and Dubai will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week. Operated by an A380, passengers can enjoy an afternoon departure from Sydney and a convenient arrival in a range of European cities the following morning. It also allows passengers to depart a range of European cities in the morning with an afternoon arrival in Sydney the next day, and a short connection in Dubai.
The upgauge of Melbourne’s third daily flight, EK408 and EK409, from a Boeing 777-300ER to an A380 operation, will see the route become serviced solely by the iconic A380, increasing weekly capacity by 10 per cent and allowing for an additional 1,890 passengers to travel between the two hubs.
Melbourne has been a core destination in Emirates global route network since it became Emirates’ first Australian destination in 1996. Today, Emirates operates 21 weekly flights between Melbourne and Dubai, connecting travellers to an expansive array of global destinations including Zagreb, Rome and Paris.
From 25 March, Emirates will stop operating its daily services from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland. Customers will instead be able to book codeshare flights to Auckland as Qantas increases its capacity on its existing trans-Tasman routes, highlighting the strength of the Emirates-Qantas partnership.
Emirates will continue to operate its daily Dubai to Auckland service and will introduce a new Dubai to Auckland service, via Bali, from 14 June 2018 which will be operated by a B777-300ER. This brings its daily New Zealand services to three, complimented by its current daily A380 service between Dubai and Christchurch via Sydney.
Emirates, the world’s largest A380 operator, placed an order for 36 A380 aircraft worth US$16 billion. The aircraft are set to be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards, affirming Emirates’ commitment and belief in the A380 programme.
Emirates offers travellers a world class service and hospitality both inflight and on ground. In addition to receiving up to 20MB of complimentary Wi-Fi, passengers across all classes can enjoy up to 3,500 channels on Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system ice, gourmet food and generous baggage allowances.
Praised for its unsurpassed comfort and features, the double-decked A380 boasts 489 seats in a three-class cabin configuration with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 399 spacious seats in Economy.
In addition to the recent introduction of Brisbane’s third daily service, Sydney’s fourth flight will see Emirates operate a total of 91 weekly flights from Australia, with flights between Dubai and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.