Qantas partner Emirates will begin flying its flagship Airbus A380 between Perth and Dubai from May 1 2015, less than 12 months after Qantas axed regular international flights from Perth.
Emirates will upgrade its daily EK420/421 flights to the superjumbo, which boasts private first class suits as well as inflight showers and a bar for first and business class passengers.
As an added bonus, there'll be free wireless Internet on the A380.
EK421 is wheels-up from Perth at 10:10pm, touching down in Dubai at 5:25am the following morning.
On the return, EK420 leaves Dubai at 2:55am to reach Perth at 5:35pm just in time for dinner.
This will be Perth's first regular A380 service, following the airport's completion of a superjumbo-friendly boarding gate fitted with two aerobridges to speed the transfer of passengers.
Emirates' other two daily Perth-Dubai flights will continue to run on a mix of Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which offer angled lie-beds in business class rather than the fully-flat beds found aboard the A380.
Emirates is also building a new lounge at Perth Airport's new international pier. The lounge will be located directly under Emirates' current lounge, and substantially larger. Construction is expected to begin in January 2015 ahead of an opening by the end of May 2015.
Rounding out the Gulf trio, Qatar Airways already runs a daily Boeing 777-300 service between Perth and Doha and has revealed plans to upgrade this to its new Airbus A350 in early 2015.
Thai Airways also debuted its own Dreamliner flights between Perth and Bangkok in September on the five-times-weekly TG483/484 services, with the aircraft set to return to the mining capital from January 17 next year.
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