Emirates boosts services to Melbourne by adding a second daily A380 flight

The additional daily frequency between Dubai and Melbourne will take Emirates’ seat count to more than 1,000 per day, a total of 700,000 per year between the airline’s global hub in Dubai and Victoria, with 516 seats on each flight.

SINGAPORE – Emirates announced the second daily flight on its Dubai-Melbourne route, served by its flagship A380 airplane. From May 1, the airline will offer its customers fourteen weekly flights from Dubai to Melbourne. The expansion of services is being supported by the Victorian government to speed up the return of international flights to Melbourne and attract more visitors to the state.

The additional daily frequency between Dubai and Melbourne will take Emirates’ seat count to more than 1,000 per day, a total of 700,000 per year between the airline’s global hub in Dubai and Victoria, with 516 seats on each flight. Travelers can choose from 14 first class suites, 76 sleeper seats in business class and 426 ergonomic seats in economy class. Tickets can be booked on emirates.com, the Emirates app or through online and offline travel agencies.

From May 1, Emirates’ additional daily flight will depart Dubai daily at 10:05 a.m. and arrive in Melbourne at 05:30 a.m. the next day. From Melbourne, the flight will depart at 05:15 and arrive in Dubai at 13:10. The additional flight will join the existing service which flies daily from Dubai, departing at 2:40 a.m. and arriving at 9:50 p.m. in Melbourne. From Melbourne, the flight departs at 9:15 p.m. and is expected to arrive in Dubai at 5:15 a.m. the following day. All times are local. The addition of the second daily A380 service will also provide customers with added convenience with the option of choosing a morning or evening flight, for optimal connecting opportunities during their stopover in Dubai.

Before the pandemic, international flights brought more than 3.1 million visitors to Victoria each year and injected $8.8 billion into the economy. Emirates carried 22% of the 1.3 million passengers arriving in Victoria from key European countries such as Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland, which added $86 million to the Victorian economy in 2019.

Barry BrownEmirates’ Divisional Vice President for Australasia said: “As an international airline that has served Australia for over 25 years, we are particularly pleased to strengthen our services to Melbourne, adding even more seats and flight options to the Victorian capital. Our second daily A380 service reaffirms our continued commitment to Australia and our loyal passengers as demand for international travel continues to increase. The recently expanded flight schedule also means that our customers can discover three continents in one day, having breakfast in Australia, lunch in Dubai and dinner in Europe. »

Emirates’ inaugural flight to Australia arrived in Melbourne in 1996. Since then, we have carried over 11 million passengers on this key route and we are delighted that travelers and businesses in Victoria can continue to enjoy the global reach offered by our vast network.

Emirates’ growing operations

With Australia being the third-largest destination for Emirates’ A380 operations, the airline has been continuously committed to increasing flights to Australia, which will rise to 42 weekly flights in May, with the flagship airline serving Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. From there, the capitals of Victoria and New South Wales will be served by two daily flights and the capital of Queensland once a day, operating on the iconic A380 aircraft. Emirates also provides passenger services to Perth with the airline’s other wide-body aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 777-300ERwhich will operate daily from May 1.

The Emirates A380 experience remains highly sought after by travelers for its spacious and comfortable cabins. The airline is gradually expanding the deployment of this flagship aircraft based on growing demand and operational approvals, with 29 destinations now served on a regular basis.

Fly with Emirates

As travelers across Australia begin to travel overseas again, Emirates has extended its flexible booking policies until August 2022 in case travel plans need to be adjusted. Some tickets can be extended for up to 36 months, in line with the airline’s commitment to flexibility.

Emirates and Qantas customers have access to an extensive network of destinations thanks to the codeshare partnership between the two airlines. In addition to more than 120 destinations served by Emirates, its customers currently have access to nearly 30 Australian destinations through the partnership, while Qantas customers can fly Emirates to Dubai and access more than 50 cities in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Emirates remains focused on reducing travel stress and has been the industry leader in protecting the health of its customers to ensure they feel safe and confident when deciding to travel. Emirates customers travel with the assurance that the latest health and safety measures are in place at every stage of the journey.

Customers are encouraged to review the latest government travel guidelines and ensure they meet the travel requirements of their final destination.

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