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Brisbane’s First Emirates A380 Touches Down

October 3, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Brisbane welcomed the arrival of its first Emirates A380 service when EK434 touched down this morning from Dubai, before continuing its journey to Auckland.

The daily A380 service, one of Emirates’ two daily flights to Brisbane, offers an increased capacity of 132 seats for sale per flight, which adds an additional 193,000 seats per year in and out of Brisbane, reinforcing Emirates’ commitment to providing Queensland passengers with a superior travel experience.

Emirates Image 1“This is a significant moment in Brisbane’s aviation history. The flagship aircraft represents Emirates’ ambition to break new ground and transform the way people view air travel,” said Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East

“The demand for the aircraft and the popularity of the route is clearly demonstrated by strong load factors. Forward bookings average around 90 per cent, while the load factor in Business Class from October to December has increased 35 per cent when compared to the same period last year,” Mr Brown said.

“The Auckland-Brisbane-Dubai route is a popular choice among business and leisure travellers alike and the new Emirates A380 service is already proving instrumental in helping Emirates meet the growing passenger demand,” he said.

“The A380 will also deliver considerable economic benefits through inbound seats and travel connections, as well as supporting trade between our countries,” he continued.

“This year marks Emirates 10th year anniversary of operations in Queensland and it is only fitting that Queensland welcomes its very first A380 to celebrate,” he concluded.

Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey welcomed passengers on the first flight, the first A380 to land at Brisbane airport.

“Today’s arrival strengthens Emirate Airline’s commitment to Queensland, a commitment that is set to deliver great benefits for tourism and business across our great state,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Queensland’s first A380 service is expected to bring up to an additional 188,000 visitors into Queensland and generate an estimated $23 million into the Queensland economy”

“The Newman Government has committed to doubling Queensland’s overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020, increased airline capacity into the state such as this will be an important factor for us in achieving this objective” said Minister Stuckey.

Since last April, Australian travellers have begun to enjoy seamless connectivity across the Emirates and Qantas networks, exclusive frequent flyer benefits and now, the choice of six daily A380 departures to Dubai.

Qantas and Emirates are the only airlines operating to Dubai International’s  ultra-modern Concourse A, built exclusively for the A380. Concourse A has the capacity to handle 15 million passengers a year, offering customers an experience in terms of comfort and convenience, as well as the ability to connect to Emirates’ expansive network of 135 destinations around the world.

Since flights to Melbourne commenced in 1996, Emirates footprint in Australia has created more than 3,500 jobs, carried over 16 million passengers and 350,000 tonnes of cargo, as well as invested more than $85 million in Australian arts, community and sports sponsorships.

Emirates sets the pace for A380 deployment, with the aircraft having carried 14 million passengers on 35,000 trips, spanning 200 million kilometres since A380 operations commenced five years ago.

Emirates currently has 37 A380s in its fleet with a further 53 on order, following the arrival in Brisbane, Emirates now flies its A380s to 22 destinations on its ever expanding network.

Brisbane’s first A380 service follows a period of growth for Emirates’ presence in Australia. In June of this year Sydney received its second daily A380 service and Perth services were upgraded to three times a day. In 2012, Melbourne received a daily A380 service and daily services to Adelaide commenced.

Emirates’ non-stop EK434 service leaves Dubai at 1025hrs and arrives in Brisbane the next day at 0605hrs before departing Brisbane at 0750hrs arriving in Auckland at 1415hrs. On its return journey, EK435 departs Auckland at 1830hrs arriving in Brisbane at 1915hrs before departing Brisbane at 2100hrs arriving in Dubai at 0520hrs the next day.

For flight information and bookings for Emirates’ new daily Brisbane A380 service, contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or www.emirates.com/au.

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