By Staff writer
Dubai airline announces sixth daily superjumbo flight Down Under and second daily service to Singapore from March 2016
Emirates Airline has announced its sixth daily A380 service to Australia and second daily service to Singapore with the upgrade of its current service between Dubai and Melbourne via Singapore.
From March 1 2016, EK404 and EK405 will be operated by the superjumbo, replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, providing more customer options as well as additional seat capacity on the route.
With this up-gauge, Melbourne will be served twice daily with an Emirates A380.
With the addition of this service, Australia will become the third largest A380 destination for Emirates globally with a total of six daily A380 services from Dubai to four Australian cities.
This includes a double daily A380 service to Sydney and Melbourne and a daily A380 to Brisbane and Perth.
The busiest Emirates A380 destination, with nine daily services from Dubai, is the United Kingdom, with the second being the United States.
Emirates partner Qantas also operates two daily A380s between Dubai and Australia, and with this upgrade, eight of the 13 code-shared flights between Qantas and Emirates to Australia each day will be served by an A380 aircraft.
“Emirates’ daily service between Dubai and Melbourne, through Singapore has proven a popular choice amongst travellers and we’re pleased to be able to provide additional capacity on this route by up-gauging the aircraft to our flagship A380,” said Barry Brown, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Commercial East.
“The A380 is one of the world’s most efficient and comfortable ways to fly, and with 65 A380s in the Emirates fleet serving 35 destinations globally, and a further 75 aircraft on order, it remains firmly embedded in the future expansion plans for our global network,” said Brown.