In another announcement today, all of Emirates’s Melbourne services will be operated by their flagship A380 by March 25th. This change is in partnership with Qantas dropping the direct Melbourne – Dubai – London service.
Emirates currently offer 3 services to Melbourne. 2 are direct services, one with the A380 and one with the 777. The other service is also operated by an A380 but has a stop through Singapore. The A380 will be placed on the EK408/409 service which is currently being operated by the 777-300ER. Here is the schedule for the flight:
EY408 leaves DXB at 2:40 am and arrives in Melbourne at 9:50 pm.
EK409 leaves MEL at 5:00 and arrives into Dubai at 1:00 pm.
The upgauge in aircraft is absolutely fantastic for passengers, especially those in First and Business Class. In First Class, passengers have more up to date suites which are a little more modern but ironically the 777 suites feel a bit more spacious.
Also on the A380 are Emirates’s famous shower suites. The aircraft has 2 of them onboard and are exclusively for First Class passengers.
The aircraft upgrade is a massive positive for Business Class passengers. The 777 featured older angled flat seats, the A380 on the other hand features lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration allowing every passenger to have direct aisle access.
And on top of all that, passengers in both First and Business are able to enjoy the onboard bar which is located at the back of the Business Class cabin. Quick note – If you’re in First but would like to drink Dom Perignon or any other drink they offer, the crew will go and get it and bring it to the bar just for you.
Overall this is another step In Emirates’ plan to make every Australian flight operated by an A380. The aircraft upgauge is a fantastic choice and this will really benefit passengers.