Emirates has announced that it will resume Airbus A380 flights to Perth as demand for travel continues to rise.
Starting 1st December 2022, Emirates will operate its EK420/EK421 rotation with its Airbus A380 aircraft. EK420/EK421 is a daily flight between Dubai International Airport and Perth International Airport which runs with the following schedule:
- Departure time: 02:45
- Arrival time: 17:20
- Flight time: 10 hours and 35 minutes
- Flight number: EK420
- Departure time: 22:20
- Arrival time: 05:25 (the next day)
- Flight time: 11 hours and 05 minutes
- Flight number: EK421
Presently, the flights are operated by Boeing B777-300ER. B777 will be replaced by A380 on EK420/EK421 starting 1st December 2022.
Emirates won’t operate the A380s with the newly-launched Premium Economy Class (those are used on flights to London, Sydney and Paris). Perth flights will be operated by A380s featuring 14 First Class suites, 76 lie-flat Business Class suites and 427 standard Economy Class seats. Emirates’ A380s come with the famous Inflight showers and onboard bar.
The reintroduction of our flagship A380 aircraft to our Perth services is an important milestone and highlights our longstanding commitment to the Australian market. It’s exciting to be boosting our services in line with what can only be described as exponential demand.said Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President – Australasia, Emirates.
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Emirates says that the superjumbo-sized demand has been supercharged by the European summer, with cities in Europe making up 8 of its top 10 destinations Australians are currently flying to.
United Kingdom is the most visited destination by Australians this summer, followed by Italy, France, Greece and Ireland in the top 5. Spain, Lebanon, Germany, The Netherlands and Turkey round out the Top 10 destinations.
Emirates also says that many of its passengers are taking advantage of stopover travel, with the airline seeing a strong increase in the number of passengers who have enjoyed a brief stop in Dubai. Dubai Experience, which launched in April across 20 markets including Australia, helps passengers explore everything about Dubai and the UAE.
20 years of flying to Perth
2022 marks 20 years since Emirates began flying to the capital of Western Australia.
Since its inaugural flight to Perth back in August 2002, Emirates has flown close to 6 million passengers between Perth and Dubai, travelling more than 220 million kilometres on over 24,000 flights.
Initially starting as a four times weekly service, the airline expanded its Perth operations due to strong demand for travel. This grew to a daily operation in May 2003 and was followed by the opening of Emirates’ first Perth lounge in February 2006.
In recognition of the demand for its premium offering, Emirates introduced its signature First Class Suites in March 2008 which was extended across multiple services. The airline introduced its Airbus A380 on flights to Perth in May 2015.
Emirates has also been a longstanding supporter of arts, cultural and sporting institutions during this period in Western Australia, with investments across a number of initiatives.
The airline’s cargo arm, Emirates SkyCargo, has also been an important contributor to the local economy, exporting meat, fruit and vegetables and mining equipment across the airline’s global route network including the Middle East, Europe and beyond.
Recently, on 28th July 2022, Emirates reopened its lounge at Perth International Airport, in line with Sydney and Melbourne. The standout feature of the lounge is that passengers can board the Emirates flight directly from the lounge.
The Emirates lounge is accessible by passengers flying in First and Business Class. In addition, Platinum and Gold frequent flyers in both the Emirates Skywards and Qantas Frequent Flyer programs can also access the lounge, given that Emirates has a partnership with Qantas.
In addition to its Perth services, Emirates also operates twice daily A380 services from Dubai to Melbourne and Sydney, and a daily service from Dubai to Brisbane.
Featured image by Emirates
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