Emirates has announced that, beginning 4 November, all Sydney flights will be operated by A380 aircraft.
The move is part of the airline’s efforts to enhance customer connectivity and capacity and to provide passengers with even more travel options.
With all three of Emirates’ slots already in use at Sydney airport, the airline is able to commit nearly 2,000 extra weekly seats with the upgrade to its double-decker aircraft on its third daily flight, starting 4 November 2023.
This service will replace the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft presently utilised for EK 416 and 417.
The upgraded Emirates A380 service will feature a three-class configuration with 489 seats, increasing the daily passenger capacity by more than 260 seats.
This upgrade will improve connections to and from Dubai and access to many global destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
It enhances the two existing Sydney A380 four-class services, which feature the newest Premium Economy cabin from Emirates.
Emirates is already a significant player in the Australian aviation market, with 63 weekly services and nearly 56,000 seats connecting its four primary gateways.
These include three daily flights to Melbourne and Sydney, double daily flights to Brisbane, and a daily A380 service to Perth, the airline’s flagship service.
In addition, the airline has reinstated services between Melbourne and Singapore and created a unique A380 experience between Sydney and Christchurch.
Return to Adelaide
The introduction of the Emirates Airbus A350 in the summer of 2024 will facilitate further expansion of the airline’s global network by allowing its fleet to grow and freeing up more of Emirates’ long-range aircraft to serve points like Adelaide. The airline is in close discussions with Adelaide Airport to recommence nonstop services as part of its commitment to reconnect travellers from every corner of Australia to its network.
The third Sydney A380 flight will depart from Dubai at 2130hrs, arriving in Sydney at 1820hrs local time. The returning flight departs Sydney at 2110hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0430hrs local time.
Emirates continues to expand the deployment of its flagship A380 to meet ever-increasing travel demand globally. Today, the airline flies its flagship A380 to over 50 destinations, with more cities set to welcome the aircraft in the coming months.