Dubai-based airline introduces second A380 on Sydney route


March 1st, 2013

Holidays to Australia and Sydney to be precise are set to prove even more accessible after Emirates Airline announced that a second Airbus A380 would operate the route to the popular city Down Under from its base in Dubai.

Commencing service on June 1st this year, the state-of-the-art A380 aircraft will operate an early morning flight and the introduction of the second service has been confirmed in response to the increasing demand in New South Wales for such aircraft capacity.

The second A380, which is much larger in capacity given its double-decker design, will be replacing a Boeing 777-300ER meaning that the dual operations of Emirates flights EK414 and EK415 allows an extra 1,890 passengers to fly on the route.

Emirates’ senior vice president of Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia, Salem Obaidalla said “Emirates’ decision to commit a second A380 on the flights to Sydney is a clear indication of customer demand for the state-of-the-art aircraft and the growing popularity of the early morning Sydney service.”

Early morning flights mean travellers can begin their holiday even sooner than they might have done with a later alternative and given reports emerging from Sky News today regarding the fact Australia enjoyed her hottest summer on record with an average temperature of 28.6°C, it is no surprise that Emirates have had to meet increasing passenger demand.

According to a report by professional services firm Deloitte, the installation of the second Airbus A380 in co-ordination with the first will contribute around AUS$342m GDP to the economy Down Under with 4,400 jobs set to be forged – 2,800 of these based in NSW.

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