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

Emirates to Buy Two Airbus A380s For $70 Million

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.

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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.

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Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas has broadened its codeshare partnership with IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline, enhancing travel options between Australia and India. This expansion allows customers to seamlessly connect from Qantas flights in Singapore to IndiGo’s services to both Delhi and Mumbai.

Previously, the codeshare arrangement enabled passengers on Qantas flights arriving in Bengaluru and Delhi to connect onto IndiGo domestic services to 21 destinations across India. Now, travelers can enjoy a more streamlined journey by transferring through Singapore.

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Additionally, the new arrangement allows customers to incorporate overnight stopovers in Singapore into their travel plans before continuing to Delhi or Mumbai. This provides greater flexibility and convenience for those wishing to explore the city or rest before their onward journey.

Qantas passengers traveling on IndiGo flights benefit from the same checked baggage allowance as their flight from Australia and receive complimentary food and beverages. Furthermore, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and redeem points on connecting IndiGo flights (with a QF code) between Singapore and India.

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This partnership expansion comes alongside Qantas’s recent announcement of increased flights to both India and Singapore. Specifically, flights between Sydney and Bengaluru will become daily during the peak holiday season, complemented by additional flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Singapore.

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Virgin Atlantic Sued Over Alleged Age Discrimination: Cabin Crew Seek Justice

Virgin Atlantic Sued Over Alleged Age Discrimination: Cabin Crew Seek Justice

Virgin Atlantic finds itself embroiled in legal proceedings as over 200 former cabin crew members launch a lawsuit against the airline, alleging discriminatory practices during the period of the pandemic.

The dispute centers on accusations that the company unfairly targeted older employees for dismissal while retaining newer, less costly hires.

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The pandemic’s onset in March 2020 triggered a cascade of challenges for the aviation industry, leading Virgin Atlantic to ground a significant portion of its fleet. In response, the airline swiftly implemented cost-cutting measures, including the reduction of its workforce by over 40%, amounting to the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Additionally, it established a “holding pool” for potentially rehiring redundant staff once normal operations resumed. However, the crux of the legal battle lies in the claim that Virgin Atlantic retained approximately 350 new cabin crew members, some with minimal training periods as short as a week.

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While simultaneously letting go of experienced onboard managers, many of whom boasted an average age of 45 years and two decades of service. This perceived discrepancy forms the backbone of the lawsuit, with former employees contending that age became a determining factor in the airline’s decision-making process.

In response, a Virgin Atlantic representative stated: “Virgin Atlantic had to make very difficult decisions following the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry.” Regretfully, this meant a 45% reduction in the total number of employees within the company.

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End of an Era: Qantas Retires Final Boeing 767 Freighter

End of an Era: Qantas Retires Final Boeing 767 Freighter

Qantas has officially bid farewell to its last Boeing 767 aircraft, marking the end of an era that began nearly four decades ago.

The final 767, a dedicated freighter variant registered as VH-EFR, operated its last flight on May 17, 2024. This concluding journey took it from Hong Kong (HKG) to Sydney (SYD) under the flight number QF7526, closing the chapter on Qantas’s use of the 767 after 39 years.

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The Australian airline commemorated the occasion with an Instagram post on Friday, announcing the retirement of VH-EFR, their last remaining 767. According to Cirium Ascend Fleet Analyzer data, this aircraft is a little over 18 years old. It joined the Qantas fleet in 2011, having previously served Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) as a cargo plane.

Despite being owned by Qantas, the aircraft was operated by Express Freighters Australia under the Qantas Freight brand.

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The Boeing 767 has had a versatile history with Qantas. Initially, the aircraft was used on international routes, flying to destinations in New Zealand, Asia, and North America. Following the 1992 merger with Australian Airlines, the 767s were increasingly deployed for domestic services as well.

Although Qantas is retiring this specific freighter, the Boeing 767-300 freighter model remains active globally. Records indicate that 280 of these aircraft are still operational, serving 14 airlines around the world.

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