Emirates goes four up with new A380 flight to Sydney

Service to be operated by the carrier's superjumbo aircraft from March next year

An Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner, takes part in flying display, during the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Emirates will start a fourth daily A380 superjumbo service from Dubai to Sydney from March 25, 2018, adding to its current three daily services using the world's biggest passenger plane.

The new service will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Sydney and Emirates’ hub in Dubai, and represents a 7.3 per cent increase in capacity for Emirates’ Australian services, the carrier said.

The move will provide passengers travelling from Europe and North Africa greater connectivity to Australia.

It also builds on Emirates’ partnership with Qantas, meeting continued demand for services to Dubai and complementing Qantas’ re-routing of its current Sydney to London service via Singapore instead of Dubai, the Dubai airline said.

The new service is an afternoon departure from Sydney that arrives in main European cities the following morning. It also introduces a new option for passengers to depart London and main European cities in the morning with an afternoon arrival in Sydney the next day with a short connection in Dubai, Emirates said.


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Emirates customers can also avail of the carrier's “A380 to A380” connections to 48 destinations within its global network via its hub in Dubai.

Earlier this year Emirates announced plans to enhance its Australian services, with a third daily service between Dubai and Brisbane from December 1 2017 and operated by a Boeing B777-200LR. The airline will also upgrade its third daily flight between Dubai and Melbourne from a B777-300ER to an A380, also from March 25 next year.

Between 25 March and 30 March 2018, the inbound service EK416 will depart Dubai at 20:40, arriving in Sydney at 17:20 the following day. Due to daylight savings from 31 March 2018, the arrival time changes to 16:30 the following day.

Between 26 March to 31 March 2018, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney at 17:05, arriving in Dubai at 00:25 the following day. Due to daylight savings from 1 April, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney 16:15, arriving the same time the following day. All services will be operated by an A380 aircraft.

The A380 aircraft offers 489 seats in a three-class cabin configuration with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 399 spacious seats in Economy.

Emirates currently operates 77 weekly flights from Dubai to Australia, with flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The third daily service to Brisbane and fourth daily service to Sydney will bring this to 91 weekly flights.