Emirates says Melbourne to become all-A380 route

Dubai-based airline says it will upgrade its third daily flight from the Australian city from next March

Emirates will provide an all-A380 service from Melbourne when it upgrades its third daily flight from the Australian city from a Boeing 777-300ER to an A380 next year.

The move will add 945 seats per week to the Australian city from March 25, 2018, representing a 10 percent increase in capacity, the airline said in a statement.

This means Emirates customers can enjoy even more A380 to A380 connections via its hub in Dubai to 18 points in the UK and Europe, it added.

The Emirates A380 offers 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.

Melbourne was Emirates’ first Australian destination, when the airline started flights with a three-times-weekly service in 1996.

Emirates said it has gradually added flights and upgraded capacity on the route to meet consumer demand.

Aside from Melbourne, Emirates also operates flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, with a combined total of 77 weekly services to Australia per week, of which 49 are currently operated by an A380.

Emirates is the world’s largest A380 operator with 95 of this iconic double-decked aircraft in its fleet and a further 47 on order. Since 2008, Emirates has flown over 80 million passengers on its A380 fleet.

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