Emirates to launch fourth daily A380 service to Sydney

The new service will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week

Dubai airline Emirates has announced plans to introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from March 25, 2018.

The airline already operates three A380 daily services to the Australian city.

The new service will also be operated by an A380 aircraft, and will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound and outbound, a statement said.

From March 25-30, the inbound service EK416 will depart Dubai at 8.40pm, arriving in Sydney at 5.20pm the following day.

Due to daylight savings from March 31, the arrival time will change to 4.30pm the following day.

Between March 26-31, the outbound service EK417 will depart Sydney at 5.05pm, arriving in Dubai at 12.25am the following day.

Due to daylight savings from April 1, the departure time of the flight will change to 4.15pm.

The launch of the new service will provide passengers travelling from Europe and North Africa greater connectivity to Australia, said Emirates.

It also comes after Emirates’ partner Qantas re-routed its current Sydney to London service via Singapore (instead of Dubai).

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The new flight represents a 7.3 per cent increase in capacity for Emirates’ Australian services, the statement said.

Emirates currently operates 77 weekly flights from Dubai to Australia, with flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Earlier this year, the Dubai airline announced plans to enhance its Australian services, with a third daily service set to be introduced between Dubai and Brisbane from December 1 , to be operated by a B777-200LR.

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Emirates will also change its third daily flight between Dubai and Melbourne from a B777-300ER to an A380 from March 25, 2018.

Following the switch, all three of the carrier’s daily flights to Melbourne will be serviced by A380 aircraft.

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The third daily service to Brisbane and fourth daily service to Sydney will boost its Australian services to to 91 weekly flights.