Starting part of the airline’s expansion of services to Australia, Emirates will relaunch its flagship A380 to Perth as of December 1.
With nearly 500 seats available on each flight, Emirates will be able to carry more passengers between its hub in Dubai and Perth as a result of the change.
Flight EK420 from Dubai will take off at 02:45 and land in Perth at 17:20 the same day, while flight EK421 from Perth will take off at 22:20 and land in Dubai at 05:25 the next day. The daily Boeing 777-300ER service between Perth and Dubai will be replaced by the daily A380 service.
Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President Australasia said: “The reintroduction of our flagship A380 aircraft to our Perth services is an important milestone and highlights our longstanding commitment to the Australian market.
It comes as we celebrate 20 years of flying to Perth, a destination that has been an important part of our Australian network. It’s exciting to be boosting our services in line with what can only be described as exponential demand.
This is in addition to our increased services in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane as well as the debut of our Premium Economy product to Australia. It’s a testament to our superior offering and the ongoing support of the Australian people who trust us with their travels.”
Kevin Brown, CEO, of Perth Airport, said: “Perth Airport is delighted to welcome back Emirates A380 aircraft. Having recently celebrated 20 years of flying to Perth, Emirates continues to demonstrate its commitment to the people and businesses of Western Australia.
We are seeing strong demand for international travel and the additional seats will certainly be welcomed by our customers looking to reconnect with family and friends, take a well-deserved break, or do business across Emirates’ global network.”
Since its first flight from Dubai to Perth back in August 2002, Emirates has carried nearly 6 million people on over 24,000 trips, covering more than 220 million kilometers.
Due to the high demand for travel, the airline’s seamless connectivity offered, its award-winning product, and hospitality, the airline increased its Perth operations from its original four times weekly service. This expanded to a daily operation in May 2003, and in February 2006, Emirates’ first Perth lounge opened.
Emirates introduced its distinctive First Class Suites in March 2008 in response to the demand for its upscale offering, which was expanded across other services.
In May 2015, the airline made its first landing with its flagship A380, underscoring its continued dedication to the market and putting its customers first with great service and a premium travel experience in all classes.
With substantial demand across all of its cabins, Emirates has experienced a large rise in passenger bookings to and from Australia, especially since the launch of its Premium Economy, which was originally offered on one of its daily Sydney routes on August 1.
Eight of Emirates’ top ten most popular destinations for Australian travelers right now are located in European locations, which has been the strongest driver of demand for the airline.
The UK sits at the top of the list, with Italy, France, Greece, and Ireland rounding out the top five. The final five places on the list—Spain, Lebanon, Germany, the Netherlands, and Turkey—make up the top 10.