Emirates will deploy its signature A380 aircraft to Bali starting from June 1, marking a milestone in Indonesia’s aviation history as the first scheduled A380 service to the country.
The new two-class Emirates A380 service will replace one of the two daily services to Bali currently operated by two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The airline’s debut A380 flight EK368 will depart from Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 0325, arriving in Denpasar International Airport (DPS) at 1635 local time. The returning flight, EK369, will depart Bali at 1940, arriving in Dubai at 0045 local time.
“The Emirates A380 is synonymous with our fly better promise and world-class products and services, and we’re excited to offer our travellers the opportunity to experience its uniqueness and unmatched beauty on flights to and from Bali.
Needless to say that we’ve been working closely with our partners at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to ensure our A380 operations will be seamless and smooth. We’d like to thank the authorities and our partners for all their support,” said Emirates chief commercial officer, Adnan Kazim.
Emirates says that Bali continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in its network.
“The scheduled operations of the Airbus A380 in Indonesia will be a historic moment for Indonesian aviation and Angkasa Pura I.
We welcome the Emirates A380 service, which will operate in early June, and are honored to be the first airport operator to receive regular commercial flights of the aircraft in the country.
This is the result of well-established coordination, synergy, and cooperation between Angkasa Pura I as the airport operator, Emirates, and the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia as the regulator,” said Faik Fahmi, President Director of Angkasa Pura I.
He added: “We hope the A380 operations in Indonesia, especially Bali, will have an increasingly positive impact on the tourism and economy sectors, and will further allow more opportunities for cooperation and investment in other sectors of the industry in Indonesia.”
Emirates launched a non-stop daily service from Dubai to Bali in 2015, adding to flights to Jakarta which began in 1992.
The airline has so far operated more than 49,000 flights and carried over 9 million passengers between Indonesia and Dubai.
Emirates currently serves Indonesia with 28 weekly flights to both Bali and Jakarta and offers increased connectivity to 29 more domestic cities via the two gateways through its partnership agreements with both Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air.
Emirates’ two-class A380s seat more than 600 passengers – 58 in lie-flat business class and 557 in economy.
Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft is currently deployed to 41 destinations, with plans to expand to nearly 50 destinations by the end of the summer.