By Staff writer
Upgrade on route to Australian city from August 1 comes as airline says superjumbo will serve more destinations this year
Emirates Airline said on Thursday it will launch a second daily A380 service from Dubai to Perth on August 1, replacing the current 777-300ER aircraft.
The second daily A380 service to Perth follows Emirates’ recent announcement that its flagship A380 aircraft will serve more destinations in 2016.
For East-bound destinations, this includes a new two-class A380 service to Kuala Lumpur which launched on January 1, and a two-class A380 service on the Taipei route starting May 1.
Other A380 destinations on the airline’s Far East and Australasia network are Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and Brisbane.
“Introducing our flagship A380 aircraft onto a second daily Perth service reaffirms our long standing commitment to Australia. With more A380s on order, we look forward to continue utilising this highly popular aircraft to serve customer and capacity demand on key routes,” said Thierry Antinori, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Emirates.
Emirates was the first airline to begin A380 services to the West Australian capital in May last year. With the up-gauge of the second service to an A380, Emirates said it will be able to transport over 14,000 passengers inbound and outbound between Dubai and Perth per week.
Australia is the third largest A380 destination for Emirates globally, and from August, seven of the airline’s 11 daily flights between Dubai and Australia will be serviced by an A380.
This includes an additional daily A380 service from Melbourne starting in March. Emirates currently offers a double daily A380 service from Sydney, as well as daily A380 services from Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
The Emirates' A380 has a capacity of 519 passengers including 14 luxurious First Class Private Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 429 seats in Economy Class.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.