Emirates has announced that it will deploy an A380 on its Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland route from October.
The Gulf carrier is adding the jet to one of its two daily Dubai to Brisbane services from October 1. The double-daily service is currently operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
In doing so, there will be an increase in capacity of 135 seats per flight and 1,890 seats per week.
Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' senior vice president commercial operations, Far East and Australasia, said: "On the back of growing passenger demand on the route as well as demand for our flagship aircraft, we will become the first airline to bring the state-of-the-art A380 to Brisbane, offering Queenslanders the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft and the best service in the sky first-hand.
"The Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland route is a popular choice among business and leisure travellers alike and the new Emirates A380 service will be instrumental in helping Emirates meet its passenger demand as well as deliver considerable economic benefits through inbound seats and travel connections."
Together with Qantas, from October a total of six daily A380 services will operate to Dubai.
Earlier this year, Emirates announced it will operate a second Airbus A380 aircraft on its Dubai to Sydney route from June 1, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER on one of three daily services (see online news, February 26).
For more information, visit emirates.com.
Report by Graham Smith