Emirates will introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from March 25, 2018, adding to its existing three daily A380 services.
The new service will be operated by Emirates’ A380 aircraft and will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Sydney and Emirates’ hub in Dubai, and represents a 7.3% increase in capacity for Emirates’ Australian services.
The move will provide passengers travelling from Europe and North Africa greater connectivity to Australia. It also 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).
Emirates’ new service will offer passengers an afternoon departure from Sydney and a convenient 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.
Earlier this year Emirates announced plans to enhance its Australian services, with a third daily service set to be introduced between Dubai and Brisbane from December 1, 2017 and operated by a B777-200LR.
Emirates will also up-gauge its third daily flight between Dubai and Melbourne from a B777-300ER to an A380 from March 25, 2018. This change will ensure all three of Emirates’ daily flights to Melbourne will be serviced by A380 aircraft.
Emirates recently improved its on-board connectivity with up to 20MB of complementary on-board Wi-Fi.
Between March 25 and March 30, 2018, the inbound service EK416 will depart Dubai at 8:40pm, arriving in Sydney at 5:20pm the following day. Due to daylight savings from March 31, 2018, the arrival time changes to 4:30pm the following day.
Between March 26 and March 31, 2018, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney at 5:05pm, arriving in Dubai at 12:25am the following day. Due to daylight savings from April 1, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney 4:15pm, arriving the same time the following day. All services will be operated by an A380 aircraft.
The A380 aircraft offers 489 seats in a three-class cabin configuration with 14 private suites in first class, 76 flat-bed seats in business class and 399 seats in economy.
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.