Emirates is increasing its services to Australia with plans to go all-A380 operations to Sydney, and the resumption of flights to Adelaide.
In a release, the Dubai-based carrier announced it will upgrade its aircraft on its third daily flight to Sydney to its flagship Airbus A380 from November 4. The A380 will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently used for flights EK416/EK417.
The A380 to be used on the upgraded flights will have 489 seats in a three-class configuration, complementing the four-class A380s used on the other two flights that offers Emirates' latest Premium Economy product.
With all three of Emirates' flights to Sydney using the A380, the airline will offer 2,000 seats weekly and 250 extra seats per day between Dubai and Sydney.
Resumption of Adelaide Route
As Emirates anticipates the delivery of the first Airbus A350 during the summer of 2024, Emirates has stated its plans to resume flights to Adelaide.
“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 as part of its commitment to reconnect travellers from every corner of Australia to its network,” Emirates said in a statement.
Emirates currently operates 63 weekly flights to Australia, offering close to 56,000 seats to four cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth. Emirates recently reintroduced flights between Melbourne and Singapore, and offers the only Trans-Tasman A380 flights with its Sydney-Christchurch route.