Emirates has announced that it will be introducing a second daily A380 service between Dubai and Birmingham, from 29th October 2017.
The existing service, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will now be operated by the Emirates A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which features 615 seats. This means that from October, the airline will operate a twice-daily, all-A380 service to the Midlands.
Since the first A380 service from Dubai to Birmingham launched on 27th March 2016, over 300,000 passengers have already flown on the aircraft between the two cities.
As with the current A380 used on the route, the aircraft will operate in a two-class configuration, featuring 58 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 557 spacious seats in Economy Class, as well as Emirates’ popular Onboard Lounge.
In addition, Emirates will provide an all-A380 service on its Beijing and Shanghai services effective from 1st July 2017.
This will increase capacity to both Beijing and Shanghai, offering Emirates passengers more connections between the two Chinese cities and over 30 international points, including 18 points in the UK and Europe, via its hub in Dubai. This upgrade strengthens Emirates’ overall mainland China offering, which also includes services to Guangzhou, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou.
The additional seats on the routes will support more business and leisure travel departing to and from China.
The popular Emirates A380, which offers up to 519 seats in a three-class configuration on Chinese routes, now flies to seven North Asian cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul in South Korea and Narita, Japan.
Finally, Emirates has confirmed the introduction of a third daily service to Brisbane, Australia from 1st December 2017.
The direct service, to be operated on a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 216 in Economy Class, will increase capacity on the route by 3,724 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Brisbane and Emirates’ hub Dubai.
This will give passengers in the United Kingdom, greater access to Australia with just one stop in Dubai as part of Emirates’ global route network, which includes over 150 destinations in more than 80 countries and territories.
The outbound service will depart Dubai at 22:00hrs, arriving in Brisbane at 18:15hrs the following day. The inbound flight will depart Brisbane at 22:25hrs, arriving in Dubai at 07:00hrs the following day.
The service will operate alongside two existing daily services to Dubai which operate nonstop between Dubai and Brisbane and onwards to Auckland, New Zealand, and from Dubai to Brisbane via Singapore. Additionally, with codeshare partner Qantas, Emirates offers services to Singapore twice daily from Brisbane.
The news comes as Emirates announced it would be upgrading its third daily service to Melbourne from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A380 operation from 25th March 2018, allowing passengers to travel aboard Emirates’ A380 on all three daily flights between Melbourne and Dubai.
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