The double-decker aircraft touched down in Perth on Friday and will now fly daily to the city, direct from Dubai, replacing the Boeing 777 that previously operated the route. Perth becomes the fourth Australian city to be served by the A380, following Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The A380 used to fly to Perth offers three cabins, with 14 seats in first class, 76 in business class and 401 in economy.
“Emirates is pleased to introduce the first A380 service into Perth,” said Barry Brown, the airline’s divisional senior vice president of commercial operations. “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,” he added.
Emirates’ new A380 service will depart Dubai daily at 0255, arriving at Perth International Airport at 1735 the same day. The return flight then leaves Perth at 2210, getting back into Dubai at 0525 the following day.
Combined, the Emirates-Qantas partnership now offers of seven daily A380 services between Australia and Dubai.