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Emirates to Exclusively Operate A380s on Sydney Route by November, plans return to Adelaide

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Emirates has announced that it will upgrade its services to Sydney to an all-A380 operation as part of its commitment to giving passengers greater access to its route network. Emirates can commit to around 2,000 additional weekly seats with the upgrade to its double-decker aircraft on its third daily route, beginning 4 November 2023, despite the fact that all three of the airline’s slots at Sydney Airport are now in use.

The Emirates A380 service, with 489 seats in three classes, will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently serving EK 416 and 417. Each return trip brings more than 260 new daily seats to and from Dubai, as well as worldwide access to key onward destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The third A380 service will supplement the two current Sydney A380 four-class services, both of which include Emirates’ latest Premium Economy cabin.


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Emirates presently offers around 56,000 seats to and from its four main gateways on 63 weekly routes to Australia. The airline operates three times daily between Melbourne and Sydney, twice daily between Brisbane, and daily between Perth and its flagship A380. In addition to connecting Sydney and Christchurch, Emirates has also resumed service from Melbourne to Singapore, giving passengers the only Trans-Tasman A380 experience.


By allowing the airline’s fleet to increase and freeing up more of its long-range aircraft to serve locations like Adelaide, the debut of the Emirates Airbus A350 in the summer of 2024 will facilitate further expansion of the airline’s worldwide network. As part of its commitment to reconnecting travelers from every region of Australia with its network, the airline is in close contact with Adelaide Airport regarding the restart of nonstop services.

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At 2130 hours, the third Sydney A380 flight will leave Dubai and land in Sydney at 1820 hours local time. The return flight takes out from Sydney at 21:10 and lands in Dubai at 04:30 local time.

As travel demand around the world rises, Emirates is continuing to increase the deployment of its flagship A380. More cities are expected to welcome the airline’s flagship A380 in the coming months. Currently, the company serves over 50 destinations with the aircraft.