Dubai carrier Emirates announced that it will launch its sixth daily A380 service to Australia and a second daily service to Singapore through the upgrade of its Dubai-Melbourne routes via Singapore.
The upgrade on the route, which is currently being serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER, will be effective from March 1, 2016.
With the addition of the new service, Australia will become the third largest A380 destination for Emirates globally with a total of six daily A380 services from Dubai to four cities in the continent.
Currently Emirates operates an A380 to Australian cities of Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Emirates partner Qantas also operates two daily A380s between Dubai and Australia. Following the upgrade, eight out of the 13 codeshare flights between Qantas and Emirates to Australia will be served by an A380.
“The A380 is one of the world’s most efficient and comfortable ways to fly, and with 65 A380s in the Emirates fleet serving 35 destinations globally, and a further 75 aircraft on order, it remains firmly embedded in the future expansion plans for our global network,” said Emirates divisional senior vice president of commercial east Barry Brown.
Emirates, which has the largest fleet of A380s in the world, has launched the superjumbo jet on many routes it services to fuel passenger traffic.
Recently the Dubai airline announced plans to upgrade all its daily services to London to an A380.
The UK is the busiest A380 route for Emirates with nine daily services from Dubai, followed by the US.
Emirates also occasionally launches a one-off A380 service on certain routes, either to cope with a sudden demand on that specific route or as a test for a permanent service.