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Emirates to Launch Double Daily Airbus A380 Flights to Melbourne, Australia

(24 Mar 2022, 11:53 +07)  Emirates is preparing to launch a second daily Airbus A380 flight between Dubai and Melbourne, Australia.

Effective 1 May, the airline will offer fourteen flights per week between the two cities, increasing Emirates seats to over 1,000 a day and over 700,000 per year.

With 516 seats on Emirates Airbus A380, travellers can choose from 14 First Class suites, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 426 ergonomically designed seats in Economy Class.

From 1 May, the additional daily flight is scheduled to depart Dubai at 10:05, arriving in Melbourne at 05:30 the next day. From Melbourne, the flight is timed to leave at 05:15 and arrive in Dubai at 13:10.

Emirates Airbus A380 reg: A6-EOB. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Emirates Airbus A380 reg: A6-EOB. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

The additional flight will join the existing service which flies daily from Dubai at 02:40, arriving at 21:50 in Melbourne. From Melbourne, the flight is slated to depart at 21:15, arriving in Dubai at 05:15 the next day.

Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia, said, As an international airline that has been serving Australia for over 25 years, we are especially delighted to boost our services to Melbourne, adding yet more seats and flight options to the Victorian capital. Our second daily A380 service reaffirms our ongoing commitment to Australia and our loyal passengers as demand for international travel continues to increase. The newly expanded flight schedule also means our customers can experience three continents in one day, enjoying their breakfast in Australia, lunch in Dubai, and dinner in Europe.

Emirates inaugural flight to Australia arrived in Melbourne in 1996. Since then, the airline has carried more than 11 million passengers on the route.

Before the pandemic, international flights brought more than 3.1 million visitors to Victoria each year and injected $8.8 billion into the economy. Emirates carried 22% of the 1.3 million passengers that arrived in Victoria from key European countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland, adding $86 million to the Victorian economy in 2019.

With Australia being the third-largest destination for Emirates A380 operations, the airlines flights to Australia will soar to 42 weekly flights in May, with the airlines flagship flying to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

From then, Victoria and News South Wales capitals will be served by twice daily flights and the Queensland capital once daily, operating on the iconic A380 aircraft.

Emirates also provides passenger services to Perth with the airlines other wide-body aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 777-300ER, which will operate daily from 1 May.

Emirates says its A380 experience remains highly sought after by travellers for its spacious and comfortable cabins, which is why it is gradually expanding the deployment of the flagship aircraft in line with growing demand and operational approvals, with 29 destinations now served on a scheduled basis.

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