By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline will operate superjumbo from May 1; will add more than 1,900 weekly seats on route
Emirates Airline has announced plans to launch its A380 superjumbo on its route to Perth, Australia next year.
The Dubai-based airline said the new service will start on May 1, 2015 and will be an upgrade of one of its three daily services between Dubai and Perth.
The change from a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity of 136 seats per flight and 1,904 seats per week, the airline said in a statement.
Barry Brown, Emirates' divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations - East, said: "Emirates looks forward to being the first airline to bring the state-of-the-art A380 to Perth.
"Australian customers are extremely important to Emirates, and the deployment of a fifth Emirates A380 service to the country in association with Qantas demonstrates this further," he added.
Together with Qantas, from May 2015 a total of seven daily A380 services will operate from Dubai to Australia with onward connections across the country via Qantas' domestic network.
The latest announcement caps off a range of recent upgrades to Emirates' Australian services, including the introduction of a daily A380 to Brisbane and Melbourne, a double daily A380 to Sydney and a daily Adelaide service.
Emirates was the first airline to place an order for the iconic A380, and is today the world's largest operator of this efficient and spacious twin-deck aircraft, with 56 in the fleet and 84 on order.
Emirates' A380 programme has seen 12 new double-decker aircraft join the fleet and launch to ten new A380 destinations in the past 12 months - Barcelona, London-Gatwick, Zurich, Mumbai, Frankfurt, Dallas, Kuwait, San Francisco, Milan and Houston.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.