The introduction of theAirbus A350-900 in the summer of 2024 will allow Emirates to serve mid-sized cities in Australialike Adelaide or Darwin, which are not busy enough to be served by the A380 super-jumbo.
Dubai airline confirms it is already “in close discussions with Adelaide Airport” to resume this Australian service suspended in early 2020 due to the pandemic. “Emirates’ addition of non-stop services to Adelaide is part of our commitment to Australia to expand and improve connectivity options for travelers“, Barry Brown, director of Emirates Australia, told the local press. “We look forward to being back in Adelaide and once again playing a key role in South Australians’ international travel plans.”
Emirates plans to take delivery of its first A350-900s in mid-2024, which it says will “will facilitate the expansion of the airline’s global network by allowing its fleet to grow and serve more points like Adelaide“. The UAE airline has not yet revealed how it plans to equip its A350-900s, of which it has 50 aircraft on order, although a three-class configuration (Business, Premium Economy and Economy) is considered the most likely.