Emirates has said that it will be upgrading its services to Sydney to an all-A380 operation starting November 4, 2023.

With all three of Emirates’ slots already in use at Sydney airport, the airline is able to commit nearly 2,000 extra weekly seats with the upgrade to its double-decker aircraft on its third daily flight.

The Emirates A380 service, set in a three class configuration, offers 489 seats, will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently being deployed on EK 416 and 417. Each return flight adds more than 260 extra daily seats to and from Dubai.

The third A380 service will complement the two other Sydney A380 four-class services, which both offer Emirates’ premium economy cabin. The latest A380 flight will depart from Dubai at 9.30pm, arriving in Sydney at 6.20pm. The return flight departs Sydney at 9.10pm, arriving in Dubai at 4.30am.

Emirates currently operates 63 weekly services to Australia, offering close to 56,000 seats to and from its four major gateways.

Melbourne and Sydney operate thrice daily, Brisbane is served with double daily flights, and the airline also operates its A380 daily to Perth.

Emirates has also reintroduced services from Melbourne to Singapore, in addition to connecting Sydney with Christchurch.

Today, the airline flies its flagship A380 to over 50 destinations, with more cities set to welcome the aircraft in the coming months.

With the introduction of the Airbus A350 into Emirates fleet in the summer of 2024, it will free up more of Emirates’ long-range aircraft to serve points including Adelaide.

Emirates said that it was “in close discussions” with Adelaide Airport to recommence nonstop services.


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