While they will all be flown by the same A380, there will be four Emirates flights a day using the giant Airbus through Brisbane Airport from 2 October, a Dubai arrival and departure and an Auckland arrival and departure.
The confirmation of the date that had been widely anticipated by retail agents will bring Emirates A380 return flights between Australia and its Dubai hub to four each way each day, two each way from Sydney, and one each way from Brisbane and Melbourne.
There could also have been a daily Emirates A380 each way between Perth and Dubai from July, however the management of Perth airport continues to struggle to meet the expectations of airlines serving Australia’s resources capital at many levels.
The Emirates announcement also demonstrates how the Qantas-Emirates ‘giveaway’ or business partnership will work in the future. The growth will be provided by Emirates, flown on Emirates jets, and for the overwhelming benefit of Emirates’ owners.
Since the end of March when the giveaway took effect Qantas has ceased one stop flights between Brisbane and London (and shortly afterwards, Frankfurt) in favour of buying code-shared seats on Emirates jets.
This lowering of the Australian flag carrier’s presence on all but the Sydney and Melbourne routes to London has met with immense media and analyst enthusiasm, even though it means a smaller Qantas, and one that is no longer an airline for all of Australia on the kangaroo routes.
It also assumes that what customers Qantas had kept in those markets would do their patriotic duty and fly on the Emirates services pretending they were Qantas jets, and make connections to cities other than London in Dubai.
This is part of the Emirates statement:
16 May 2013, Brisbane, Australia: Queenslanders will have the opportunity to experience the state of the art Airbus A380 aircraft for the first time with the announcement that Emirates will operate flights EK434 and EK435 between Auckland, Brisbane and Dubai on the new aircraft from 2 October 2013.
Adding the Airbus A380-800 to one of Emirates’ two daily Brisbane services will see an increase in capacity of 132 seats for sale per flight and 1,848 week, reinforcing Emirates’ commitment to Queensland passengers. The double-daily service is currently operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, offering 354 seats.
“On the back of growing passenger demand on the route as well as demand for the aircraft, we will become the first airline to bring the state-of-the-art A380 to Brisbane, offering Queenslanders the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft and the best service in the sky first-hand,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia.
“The Auckland-Brisbane-Dubai route is a popular choice among business and leisure travellers alike and the new Emirates A380 service will be instrumental in helping Emirates meet this growing passenger demand as well as deliver considerable economic benefits through inbound seats and travel connections”, he continued.
“Australia represents an important market for Emirates and ranks in the top three countries on Emirates’ global network. Central to this relationship is the ongoing support for tourism and trade provided by adding larger capacity aircraft between our two countries, and a fourth A380 for Australia will further complement our partnership with Qantas,” Mr Obaidalla concluded.
Together with Qantas, from October a total of six daily A380 services will operate to Dubai, offering a seamless A380 experience through Dubai International Airport’s Concourse A, the world’s first purpose built A380 terminal, to 21 A380 serviced destinations on the network including London Heathrow, Manchester, Paris and Rome.