Emirates will strengthen the capacity of its services at its hub Dubai to Sydney by operating only flights in Airbus A380 superjumbo instead of Boeing 777-300ER.
Knowing that Emirates’ three slots are already in use at Sydney Airport and that it cannot add a fourth flight, the Dubai airline is able to offer almost 2,000 additional weekly seats thanks to the entry into service of an A380 on its third daily service, from November 4, 2023.
The tri-class Emirates A380, with 489 seats divided into First, Business and Economy, will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently deployed on EK416/417 flights. Each round-trip flight adds more than 260 additional daily seats and more connection options to and from Dubai, and global access to popular destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The third A380 service will complement the two other Dubai-Sydney services already operated in the four-class A380, which offers the recent Premium Economy cabin, in addition to First, Business and Economy.
This third EK416 A380 flight will depart Dubai at 9:30 p.m. and arrive in Sydney at 6:20 p.m. local time. Return flight EK417 will depart Sydney at 9:10 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 4:30 a.m. local time.
Emirates currently operates 63 weekly services to Australia, offering almost 56,000 seats to and from its four main gateways: Melbourne and Sydney three times daily, Brisbane twice daily and Perth once daily by A380.