Emirates is adding a fourth daily service to Sydney, Australia. The new service will be operated by an A380 aircraft from 25 March 2018. The airline already has three daily A380s services. The new service will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Sydney and Emirates’ hub in Dubai; a 7.3 percent increase in capacity for Emirates’ Australian services.
The airline says that the move “builds on Emirates’ partnership with Qantas, meeting continued demand for services to Dubai and complementing Qantas’ re-routing of its current Sydney to London service via Singapore (instead of Dubai)”.
The new service will offer passengers an afternoon departure from Sydney and an arrival in main European cities the following morning. It also introduces a new option for passengers to depart London and main European cities in the morning with an afternoon arrival in Sydney the next day with a short connection in Dubai.
The new service is in addition to further Australian services announced earlier this year including a third daily service set to be introduced between Dubai and Brisbane from December 1, 2017 operated by a B777-200LR, an upgauge of its third daily flight between Dubai and Melbourne from a B777-300ER to an A380 from March 25, 2018. Thislast change will ensure all three of Emirates’ daily flights to Melbourne will be serviced by A380 aircraft.
Between 25 March and 30 March 2018, the inbound service EK416 will depart Dubai at 20:40, arriving in Sydney at 17:20 the following day. Due to daylight savings from 31 March 2018, the arrival time changes to 16:30 the following day.
Between 26 March to 31 March 2018, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney at 17:05, arriving in Dubai at 00:25 the following day. Due to daylight savings from 1 April, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney 16:15, arriving the same time the following day. All services will be operated by an A380 aircraft.
Emirates currently operates 77 weekly flights from Dubai to Australia, with flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The third daily service to Brisbane and fourth daily service to Sydney will bring this to 91 weekly flights.