(24 Mar 2022, 11:53 +07)
Emirates is preparing to launch a second daily
Airbus A380 flight between Dubai and Melbourne, Australia.
Effective 1 May, the airline will offer
fourteen flights per week between the two cities, increasing Emirates’ seats to
over 1,000 a day and over 700,000 per year.
With 516 seats on Emirates’ Airbus A380, travellers
can choose from 14 First Class suites, 76 lie-flat seats in
Business Class and 426 ergonomically designed seats in Economy
May, the additional daily flight is scheduled to depart Dubai at
10:05, arriving in Melbourne at 05:30 the next day. From
Melbourne, the flight is timed to leave at 05:15 and arrive in Dubai at
Emirates Airbus A380 reg: A6-EOB. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
The additional flight will join the existing service
which flies daily from Dubai at 02:40, arriving
at 21:50 in Melbourne. From Melbourne, the flight is slated to
21:15, arriving in Dubai at 05:15 the next
Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia,
said, “As an international airline that has been serving Australia
for over 25 years, we are especially delighted to boost our
services to Melbourne, adding yet more seats and flight options to
the Victorian capital. Our second daily A380 service reaffirms our
ongoing commitment to Australia and our loyal passengers as demand
for international travel continues to increase. The newly expanded
flight schedule also means our customers can experience three
continents in one day, enjoying their breakfast in Australia, lunch in Dubai, and dinner in Europe.”
inaugural flight to Australia arrived in Melbourne in 1996. Since
then, the airline has carried more than 11 million passengers on the
the pandemic, international flights brought more than 3.1 million
visitors to Victoria each year and injected $8.8 billion into the
economy. Emirates carried 22% of the 1.3 million
passengers that arrived in Victoria from key European countries
such as Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland,
adding $86 million to the Victorian economy in 2019.
With Australia being the third-largest destination
for Emirates’ A380 operations, the airline’s flights to Australia will soar to 42
weekly flights in May, with the airline’s flagship flying to
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
From then, Victoria and News South
Wales capitals will be served by twice daily flights and the
Queensland capital once daily, operating on the iconic A380
Emirates also provides passenger services to Perth with
the airline’s other wide-body aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing
777-300ER, which will operate daily from 1 May.
Emirates says its A380 experience remains highly
sought after by travellers for its spacious and comfortable
cabins, which is why it is gradually expanding the deployment of
the flagship aircraft in line with growing demand and operational
approvals, with 29 destinations now served on a scheduled basis.