Emirates to grow Oz services

Emirates’ services to Australia are to grow to 70 a week, providing the capacity to cater to the increasing demand from around the airline’s network.Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney are all to receive additional flights.

Emirates has confirmed it will:

? Grow services from the current 49 flights a week to 56 flights a week during 2008;
? Increase services to 70 flights a week during 2009;
? Fly twice daily to Brisbane in 2008;
? Fly three times daily to Melbourne and Sydney from 2009; and
? Launch Airbus A380 direct services from Dubai to Sydney and Melbourne in 2009

The second daily service to Brisbane will be introduced in October 2008 using the state-of-the-art Airbus A340-500 and the third daily service to Melbourne will commence in February 2009. Sydney will go to a triple daily service in late 2009. These three additional flights will all be non-stop from Dubai.

Emirates’ Airbus A380 services to Australia will commence in the first quarter of 2009 with a direct service to Sydney. The A380 service to Melbourne will come online as more aircraft are delivered from Airbus. Australia will be among the first countries to be served by Emirates’ A380s.

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From July 2008, Emirates’ existing daily service to Brisbane via Singapore will be served by the new Boeing 777-300ERs, which offers passengers industry-leading levels of comfort and service in all three cabins.

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said, “The introduction of the Emirates Airbus A380 heralds a new dawn in long-haul passenger aviation making the journey to and from Australia even more spacious, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable.

“The Airbus A380 is a very important aircraft to Emirates. Our first aircraft are the ultra-long range version in a 489 seat, three-class configuration which is ideally suited for Australian flights and will address the current seat capacity shortage at many Australian airports.”

The new Boeing 777-300ERs slated for the Brisbane route in July 2008 features eight enhanced First Class enclosed suites that Emirates launched onboard its A340-500s in 2003; 42 Business Class mini-pods; 304 Economy Class seats; and ice Digital Widescreen that presents one of the broadest range of inflight entertainment options in the skies.

Emirates’ ice [information, communication and entertainment] system offers more than 1,000 channels of entertainment, over 10,000 music tracks and unique user functions that provide a more personalised entertainment experience.

Emirates currently offers 49 flights every week from Dubai to Australia. This includes double-daily services to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and a daily to Brisbane. One service daily from Sydney operates via Bangkok while one service daily from Melbourne operates via Singapore. The flight to Brisbane is operated via Singapore.
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