With Emirates continually increasing its global footprint opening more routes, from this week the leading Gulf and global carrier, together with partner airline Qantas, operates a total of seven daily A380 services from Australia to Dubai with onward connections to Emirates’ global network of more than 140 destinations.
Emirates adding an A380 aircraft on its service to Perth, means that Perth becomes the fourth Australian city with a regular Emirates A380 service, with Barry Brown, Emirates divisional senior VP, commercial operations east saying, “The fact we now offer A380 services into four Australian cities is a testament to the strong global demand for travel into Australia, a premier tourist location and key destination on our global network,”
Emirates is also expanding its lounge at Perth Airport, to offer increased capacity for passenger travelling on the A380.
Emirates’ Perth A380 service operates daily, with a flying time of 11 hours 15 minutes, and EK420 departing Dubai at 02:55hrs, arriving in Perth at 17:35hrs the same day and the return flight, EK421 departing Perth at 22:10hrs and arriving in Dubai the following day at 0525hrs.
Emirates’ divisional vice-president commercial operations, Rob Gurney, [pictured] told The Australian that he believes the A380 will prove to be a big drawcard for West Australians, with the A380 replacing a Boeing 777 service and featuring 14 first class private suites, 76 fully flat business seats and 401 seats in economy and the signature on-board showers and lounge bar.
He added, “For us this is a good, logical extension”, “The service operates at prime times, connects into our hub banks and provides maximum opportunity for West Australian customers to connect on to the Emirates network. It also opens up more bandwidth, more capacity and a better product for inbound visitors, both business and leisure, into Western Australia.’’ “We’re very well known here and well regarded but I think the aircraft coming in will just add another dimension to that.
Commenting to The Australian about the WA resources slowdown, Mr Gurney said West Australians continued to travel and Emirates took a long-term view of its market commitments, adding, “The economy in Western Australia is not booming to the extent it was a few years ago and we know the reasons why, but it’s still an extremely important market and still a very substantial economy,” and “The airline was still seeing strong demand from the Australian market, despite the lower dollar”.
To check out a great video of Emirates’ A380 arrival in Perth click on the video box below:
Written by : John Alwyn-Jones