Brisbane is all set to become Emirates’ third Australian destination to welcome the airline’s flagship Airbus A380, with the announcement, that Emirates will operate A380 on Dubai to Brisbane and Auckland route from 1st October 2013. Adding the A380 to one of Emirate’s two daily Brisbane flights will see an increase in capacity of 135 seats for sale per flight and 1,890 week, reinforcing Emirates’ commitment to its Queensland and Auckland passengers. The double-daily service is currently operated by Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.
According to Salem Obaidalla, Emirates ‘ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations , Far East and Australia , the Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland route is popular choice among business and leisure travellers alike and new Emirates A380 service offer Queenslanders the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft and the best service in the sky first-hand. He further added that, Australia represents an important market for Emirates and ranks in the top three countries on Emirates global network.
Today’s announcement caps off a range of recent upgrades to Emirates’ services to Australia including the introduction of a daily Melbourne A380 flight, a daily flight to Adelaide and three times daily flights to Perth. A second A380 for Sydney from June has been announced.
This is also a significant announcement for New Zealand. From 2nd October 2013, Auckland will be welcoming its third daily Emirates A380. In the words of Mr. Obaidalla, this third daily A380 will give customers more flexibility on their routes to Australia and onwards. Emirates sets the pace for A380 deployment, with the aircraft carried 14 million passengers on 35,000 trips spanning 200 million kilometers since A380 operations commenced five years ago. In 2012 alone, Emirates added 11 A380s to its fleet and is the largest operator of the aircraft, with 33 in the fleet and 57 on order.