Emirates, a global connector of people and places will be giving travellers heading to Perth, Australia the opportunity to experience the Emirates Airbus A380 on the route for the first time, commencing 1st May 2015. The airline has announced that it will up-gauge one of its three daily services between Dubai and Perth to its flagship aircraft, demonstrating the growth of Perth as a global destination.
The change from a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity of 136 seats per flight and 1,904 seats per week, reinforcing Emirates’ commitment to business and leisure passengers visiting the capital city of Western Australia.
“Emirates looks forward to being the first airline to bring the state-of-the-art A380 to Perth, offering residents the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft and the best service in the sky first-hand, including spacious seating and generous luggage allowances in Economy Class, Wi-Fi throughout, 2,000 channels on ice, our award-winning inflight entertainment system, access to the world’s only on-board Shower Spas for First Class passengers and the On-Board Lounge where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise at 40,000 feet,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations – East.
“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,” he continued.
“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,” Mr Brown concluded.
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.
Today’s announcement caps off a range of recent upgrades to Emirates’ Australian services, including the introduction of a daily A380 to Brisbane and Melbourne, a double daily A380 to Sydney and a daily Adelaide service.
Emirates was the first airline to place an order for the iconic A380, and is today the world’s largest operator of this efficient and spacious twin-deck aircraft, with 56 in the fleet and 84 on order.
Emirates’ A380 programme has seen 12 new double-decker aircraft join the fleet and launch to ten new A380 destinations in the past 12 months; Barcelona, London-Gatwick, Zurich, Mumbai, Frankfurt, Dallas, Kuwait, San Francisco, Milan and Houston. Glasgow, Manila, Tehran and Vienna have also experienced the flagship Emirates aircraft when it touched down on their tarmac for a one off showcase in 2014.
Via one convenient stop in Dubai, Emirates passengers will be able to fly the A380 to Perth from over 35 European cities including 12 which Emirates also serves with the A380. In addition they can connect from over 20 passenger destinations in Africa, 17 in the Middle East and nine cities in the United States – including being able to enjoy a seamless A380 experience from Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York (JFK).
The Emirates A380 is set in a three-class configuration, with 401 seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
Emirates’ Perth A380 service will operate daily as EK420 departing Dubai at 0255hrs and arriving at Perth International Airport at 1735hrs the same day. The return flight, EK421, will depart Perth at 2210hrs and arrives in Dubai the following day at 0525hrs, a flying time of 11 hours 15 minutes.