There’s some good news for Emirates customers who want to head to and from Sydney, with the airline turning the route all-A380.
The upgrade will commence from the 4th of November onwards, taking all three services to operate with an Airbus A380. As Emirates only has three slots at Sydney Airport, it is working with that limitation, adding an extra 2,000 weekly seats on the Dubai-Syndey city pair by using the double-decker aircraft to increase capacity.
The Emirates A380 service, set in a three-class configuration offering 489 seats, will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently being deployed on the EK416/EK417 pair. For those seeking the Premium Economy product, you’ll need to look at Emirates’ other services that operate on the route.
Each return flight adds more than 260 extra daily seats on the route, allowing more connection opportunities to and from Dubai, and access to destinations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The third A380 service will complement the two other Sydney A380 four-class services, which both offer the Premium Economy cabin.
Tickets as usual can be scooped up at the Emirates site, or via the usual sale channels. For those already booked on the EK416/417 pair, it might be a good idea to check any existing seat assignments – as there’s a good chance they might have changed.
Adielade – but not quite yet…
There is movement on the relaunch of a service between Dubai and Adelaide – the capital of South Australia – with a lot of the route relaunch resting on the Airbus A350 fleet.
According to the airline, the introduction of the Emirates Airbus A350 in the summer of 2024 will facilitate further expansion of the airline’s global network by allowing its fleet to grow and freeing up more of Emirates’ long-range aircraft to serve points like Adelaide.
The airline is in close discussions with Adelaide Airport to recommence nonstop services, with no dates announced at this time.
A big market
Austraila is a major market for Emirates, as part of the “Falcon-hop” route, as the airline funnels its passengers through Dubai International, and onto other destinations across its network
The airline operates 63 weekly services to Australia, offering close to 56,000 seats to and from its four major gateways, with Melbourne and Sydney operating three times daily, Brisbane is served with double daily flights and Perth has a daily A380 flight. Emirates services do have some additional routings, with Dubai-Singapore-Melborune, as well as a fifth-freedom flight between Sydney and Christchurch, providing additional connectivity to New Zealand.
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