Emirates Airline has announced that Brisbane will become its third Australian destination to welcome the airline’s flagship Airbus A380 later this year.
The Dubai-based carrier said in a statement that it will operate the superjumbo on the Dubai to Brisbane and Auckland route from October 1.
Adding the A380 to one of Emirates’ two daily Brisbane services will see an increase in capacity of 135 seats for sale per flight and 1,890 week, it said.
The double-daily service is currently operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, it added.
Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior vice president Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia, said: “On the back of growing passenger demand on the route as well as demand for our flagship aircraft, we will become the first airline to bring the state-of-the-art A380 to Brisbane.
“The Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland route is a popular choice among business and leisure travellers alike and the new Emirates A380 service will be instrumental in helping Emirates meet its passenger demand as well as deliver considerable economic benefits through inbound seats and travel connections,” he said.
Obaidalla added: “Australia represents an important market for Emirates and ranks in the top three countries on Emirates’ global network.
"Central to this relationship is the ongoing support for tourism and trade provided by adding larger capacity aircraft between our two countries, and this fourth A380 for Australia will further complement our partnership with Qantas."
Together with Qantas, from October a total of six daily A380 services will operate to Dubai.
The Brisbane announcement caps off a range of recent upgrades to Emirates’ Australian services, including the introduction of a daily Melbourne A380, a daily Adelaide service and a three times daily Perth service. A second A380 for Sydney from June has also been announced.
Emirates sets the pace for A380 deployment, with the aircraft having carried 14 million passengers on 35,000 trips spanning 200 million kilometres since A380 operations commenced five years ago.
In 2012 alone, Emirates added 11 A380s to its fleet and is the largest operator of the aircraft, with 33 in the fleet and 57 on order.