On February 1, 2022, Emirates restored its daily A380 Dubai-Melbourne route, nearly two years after it stopped all A380 flights to Australia because of the epidemic.
The reinstatement of the popular A380 aircraft delivers a near 50 percent boost to capacity on Emirates’ flights between Melbourne and its Dubai hub.
As Australia’s foreign borders reopen and travel demand rises, this gives tourists more flexibility.
The A380 aircraft arrived in Melbourne with a special Expo livery, as Emirates is the official airline and partner of the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai.
“We at Emirates are thrilled to see the A380’s return to Melbourne. Now that the Victorian capital has once again become the latest destination in our A380 network, Australians will have more opportunities for leisure and business travel,” Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia said in a statement.
“This year marks 25 years of our service to Australia, with Melbourne being where it started for us, as our first Australian destination in 1996. Our commitment to this country remains as strong as it was back then. Adding more seats to our Melbourne service is yet another way of demonstrating our commitment, as we continue to ramp up our services to Australia.”
The third-largest destination for Emirates’ A380 operations is Australia. Melbourne joins Sydney in delivering Emirates’ A380 services, which resumed on December 1, 2021.
The A380 will take the place of the Boeing 777-300ER, which flew to Melbourne four times a week.