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Emirates to operate all flights to Sydney by A380; plots return to Adelaide

Emirates has announced that by the end of November 2023, Emirates will operate all of its flights bound for Sydney by Airbus A380.

All-A380 to Sydney

With all three of Emirates’ slots already in use at Sydney airport, the airline is able to commit nearly 2,000 extra weekly seats with the upgrade to its double-decker aircraft on its third daily flight, starting 4th November 2023.

The Emirates A380 service, set in a three class configuration offering 489 seats, will replace the Boeing B777-300ER currently being deployed on EK 416 and 417. Each return flight adds more than 260 extra daily seats. The third A380 service will complement the two other Sydney A380 four-class services, which both offer Emirates’ latest Premium Economy cabin.

The third Sydney A380 flight will depart from Dubai at 2130hrs, arriving in Sydney at 1820hrs local time. The returning flight departs Sydney at 2110hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0430hrs local time.

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Emirates currently operates 63 weekly services to Australia, offering close to 56,000 seats to and from its four major gateways. Melbourne and Sydney operate three times daily, Brisbane is served with double daily flights, and the airline also operates its flagship A380 daily to Perth. Emirates has also reintroduced services from Melbourne to Singapore, in addition to connecting Sydney with Christchurch, offering travellers the only A380 experience across the Trans-Tasman.

Adelaide return

Emirates’ first A350 is scheduled to enter its fleet sometime in summer of 2024. The introduction of this new aircraft type in Emirates’ fleet 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.

Featured image by Emirates

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