Sep 13, 2017

Emirates grows Australia capacity more than 7% with extra A380s

The backside friendly A380 continues to grow the Emirates presence in Australia

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

The enabler of Emirates growth in Australia, the A380

Despite the doomsayers, Emirates has lifted its seats on sale on Australian routes by 7.3 percent from next March by adding to the frequency with which it flies the Airbus A380 to its global hub at Dubai.

That’s not just more seats, but ones that are wide enough in economy class to give normal sized people the amenity that many airlines seem determined to trash with tight fit seating.

Which is a criticism that can also be made of the Gulf carrier’s own 777 flights, although they are playing a much reduced role in Australia-Dubai flights.

Emirates addresses the move by Qantas to end its A380 flights to London via Dubai head on its announcement.

Emirates is set to introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from 25 March 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services and improving connections globally.

The new service will be operated by Emirates’ iconic A380 aircraft and will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Sydney and Emirates’ hub in Dubai, and represents a 7.3% increase in capacity for Emirates’ Australian services.

The move will provide passengers travelling from Europe and North Africa greater connectivity to Australia. It also builds on Emirates’ partnership with Qantas, meeting continued demand for services to Dubai and complementing Qantas’ re-routing of its current Sydney to London service via Singapore (instead of Dubai).

Emirates’ new service will offer passengers an afternoon departure from Sydney and a convenient arrival in main European cities the following morning. It also introduces a new option for passengers to depart London and main European cities in the morning with an afternoon arrival in Sydney the next day with a short connection in Dubai.

Emirates will also upgauge its third daily flight between Dubai and Melbourne from a B777-300ER to an A380 from 25 March 2018. This change will ensure all three of Emirates’ daily flights to Melbourne will be serviced by A380 aircraft.

Emirates currently operates 77 weekly flights from Dubai to Australia, with flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. A previously announced third daily service to Brisbane and fourth daily service to Sydney will bring this to 91 weekly flights.

Qantas makes low risk money from selling code-shared seats on Emirates flights through its commercial relationship with the UAE carrier. However early next year it will begin to offer a daily A380 flight to London from Sydney using Singapore as the hub for connections from other cities, including a new daily Qantas A380 to Singapore from Melbourne.

At the same time, Qantas will also start a Melbourne-Perth-London service using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, bypassing Dubai. The non-stop sector from Perth to London will have to readily navigate the often less than optimal air traffic control routings that all airlines encounter in Middle East and European skies.

Qantas has 12 A380s. Emirates is about to take delivery of its 1ooth A380. At least 18 Emirates A380s will be deployed serving Dubai non-stops from Australian gateways.

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8 thoughts on “Emirates grows Australia capacity more than 7% with extra A380s

  1. Jacob HSR

    Interesting stuff. Does this mean lower ticket prices?

    When VA increases the MEL to HKG frequency to 7 per week – will ticket prices go down?

    Google Flights does not seem to indicate that. A$560 one way tomorrow and A$560 throughout January. Heck, A$560 per day in Feb and March too.

    1. Creeper

      Qatar are also introducing an arvo Sydney ‘cough Canberra’ departure next year also. Etihad next month upgrades its arvo flight to the A380.

      I think this means just less and less people flying outdated archaic products flown by the likes of Qantas and British Airways and more people finding themselves on these you beaut A380s.

    2. Chris Randal

      Try asking for return fares
      One ways are usually a standard price that doesn’t vary much

    3. ghostwhowalksnz

      That will be the busy season !
      Anyway did it not occur to you $560 for a 9 1/2 hr flight is already a good deal. if you want cheaper, think of a quick stopover on the way, maybe Singapore

      1. Jacob HSR

        Ghostwhowalksnz, I was not complaining but wondering if extra flights will make tickets cheaper. It is true that more airlines flying between the same 2 cities makes tickets cheaper – look how much cheaper it is to fly into LHR compared to MAN. But in this case, it is the same airline flying more frequently between HKG and MEL.

  2. Tom the first and best

    I think this may be evidence that a NW WA hub (probably Port Hedland) may be a better strategy for an Australian airline to compete with Middle Eastern, South Asian and South-East Asian hub carriers.

    1. Jacob HSR

      I did not realise that PHE has international flights. But only to DPS and once per week?

      PHE has no chance of being a hub because:

      People like me want to stop halfway rather than have a 14 hour leg.
      PHE does not have relaxed rules but the same rotten rules as the rest of WA: 18L/min shower heads are illegal – so no decent shower in the hotel. If a hotel is built at PHE.
      Smoking rooms are probably illegal in WA – so the same pathetic situation as MEL airport where people smoke at the entrance of the terminal. Thanks? I would prefer if these smokers are in a smoking room. Political correctness/stupidity gone mad.
      Where would the blankets be washed? Complete Workwear Laundry Services at 13 Assembly Drive, Tullamarine washes the blankets for several airlines except Qantas.

      1. Tom the first and best

        As there would be many destinations served, there would be some much shorter flights as well. It might make many more Indian and Chinese destinations viable for an Australian airline. It would also serve as a hub not just for Australian mainland capitals, but also smaller cities that overseas hub carriers are less willing/able to serve (Newcastle, Hobart, Launceston, etc) and also New Zealand major cities as well. For example, Chennai-Port Hedland-Christchurch would be just about even flight lengths.

        If Port Hedland was being developed as a major airline hub, airline servicing facilities (such as laundries and catering) would be built.

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