EMIRATES will upgrade one of its thrice-daily services between Dubai and Perth to an Airbus A380 aircraft, commencing May 1, 2015.
The change from a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will increase capacity on the sector by 136 seats per flight and 1,904 seats per week.
Emirates’ Perth A380 service will operate daily as EK420, departing Dubai at 02.55 and arriving at Perth International Airport at 17.35 the same day. The return flight, EK421, will depart Perth at 22.10 and arrive in Dubai the following day at 05.25, a flying time of 11 hours 15 minutes.
“For business and leisure travellers, the Dubai-Perth route is a popular choice and our new Emirates A380 service will be instrumental in helping the airline meet this growing passenger demand as well as deliver substantial economic benefits through travel connections and inbound seats,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, commercial operations – east.
“Australian customers are strategic to Emirates, and the deployment of a fifth Emirates A380 service to the country in association with Qantas demonstrates this further,” he added.
Together with Qantas, from May 2015, a total of seven daily A380 services will operate from Dubai to Australia with onward connections across the country via Qantas’ domestic network.
Besides the announcement of the A380 service to Perth, Emirates also recently introduced a daily A380 service to Brisbane and Melbourne, a twice-daily A380 service to Sydney and a daily Adelaide service.