Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, expanded the network of destinations served by its highly-popular A380 aircraft with the launch of the first A380 service into Perth, Australia.
Perth is the fourth Australian city to welcome a regular Emirates Airbus A380 service and from today onwards, the revolutionary double-decker aircraft will transport up to 982 passengers in-bound and outbound daily between Perth and Emirates’ hub, Dubai.
“Emirates is pleased to introduce the first A380 service into Perth. The A380 is a state-of-the-art aircraft offering our flagship product in all three classes, and we look forward to providing this outstanding experience to our Perth passengers as well as to international visitors flying into this vibrant city,” said Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East.
“The fact we now offer A380 services into four Australian cities is a testament to the strong global demand for travel into Australia, a premier tourist location and key destination on our global network. The addition of the Perth A380, as well as our partnership with Qantas, offers more Australians the opportunity to experience some of our European and American destinations on a seamless A380 journey through Dubai International Airport’s Concourse A, the world’s first purpose built A380 terminal,” added Barry Brown.
Together with partner airline Qantas, a total of seven daily A380 services now operate from Australia to Dubai with onward connections to Emirates’ global network of more than 140 destinations.
“Emirates first commenced services to Perth 13 years ago, in 2002, and Perth Airport is very proud to welcome their first A380 today, connecting more passengers to destinations around the world and offering Western Australians the opportunity to experience an outstanding aircraft,” said Brad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport.
In line with the arrival of the A380, Emirates is also further investing into the West Australian market with an expanded lounge at Perth Airport. Set to open later this year, the lounge will offer increased capacity in order to cater for the passenger numbers that will be travelling on the A380.
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 aircraft, with 60 in the fleet and 80 on order.
Emirates’ A380 aircraft offers spacious seating in economy class, while allowing all passengers to stay connected in the air with Wi-Fi throughout the plane and 10MB of data for free or just USD $1 for 500MB.
Passengers are also entertained with over 2,000 channels to choose from on Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice.
The Emirates A380 flying to Perth is set in a three-class configuration, with 401 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
Passengers in the First Class cabin can freshen up in one of two on-board Shower Spas before joining fellow premium class travellers in the On-Board Lounge where they can socialise, network and enjoy complimentary fine wines, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and delicacies prepared by five-star chefs.
As with all Emirates flights, passengers will benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class and 40kg in Business Class.
Emirates’ Perth A380 service operates 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.