Emirates will add a second daily flight on its Dubai-Melbourne route from May 1, bringing its customers a total of fourteen weekly services between the two cities.
The move is supported by the Victorian government to help fast-track the return of international flights to Melbourne and bring more visitors to the state.
The addition of the second daily A380 service will also offer customers greater convenience, with the option of a morning or evening flight, to facilitate onwards connections when stopping in Dubai.
Flights from Dubai will depart at 10.05 and arrive in Melbourne at 05.30 the next day, while flights from Melbourne will depart at 05.15 and arrive in Dubai at 13.10. They join the existing service which flies daily from Dubai, departing at 02.40 and arriving at 21.50 in Melbourne, and from Melbourne, departing at 21.15 and arriving in Dubai at 05.15 the next day.
The aircraft offers 14 First Class suites, 76 seats in Business Class and 426 in Economy Class.
Australia is the third-largest destination for Emirates’ A380 operations and the airline will be increasing flights on its flagship to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to 42 weekly flights in May, twice daily flights from Victoria and News South Wales, and once daily for Queensland.
Emirates will also fly daily to Perth with the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER from May 1.