By Andy Sambidge
Dubai carrier to launch flagship superjumbo to Melbourne and Tokyo in 2012
Emirates Airline said on Wednesday it will launch its superjumbo A380 on new routes to Australia and Japan next year.
As the Dubai-based carrier welcomed its 20th Airbus A380 to its fleet, it said Melbourne and Tokyo would become new destinations for its flagship aircraft next year.
The A380 will operate as EK406, the non-stop flight from Dubai to Melbourne and on to Auckland from October 1 2012, the airline said in a statement.
Melbourne joined the Emirates network in 1996 and the airline now operates three daily flights from Dubai, one non-stop, one via Singapore and the other via Kuala Lumpur.
Melbourne’s A380 service will be Emirates’ second A380 operation in Australia and New Zealand, following the introduction of the aircraft on the Dubai-Sydney-Auckland route in 2009.
Emirates added that rising demand on the Dubai – Tokyo route has prompted the need for the current daily service to be operated by an A380 from July 1 2012.
“This announcement demonstrates our commitment to the Far East and Australasian region, as Emirates takes delivery of its 20th Airbus A380 aircraft,” said Richard Jewsbury, senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Far East & Australasia.
Emirates took delivery of its first A380 in July 2008 and will serve a total of 17 destinations from January 1 2012 when it starts services to Kuala Lumpur.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
It is good news that Emirates is introducing it A380 flights to Australia. Beside Melbourn let them add Perth and Sydney. Wish all the best
They're already serving Sydney with the A380 along with Auckland (Since 2009). As for Perth and/or Brisbane, the markets are a bit thin for by then.
This strategy will of course place a lot of pressure on Air NZ for their Kiwi-London Route.
For the rising Gulf carriers, they're the only ones that fly direct from Japan to their respective hubs at the Gulf. (EK- Dubai, EY- Abu Dhabi, QR- Doha).