Emirates brings Airbus A380 to Perth

By David Flynn, December 16 2014

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.

Emirates' competitor Etihad Airways began flying to Perth in July and has also earmarked the city for one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners down the track.

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.

Read: Qatar Airways CEO promises Airbus A350 for Perth 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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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

30 Aug 2013

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I'm still amazed that EK still have angled-flat J seats in their 777s (which still comprise the majority of their fleet). They believe they are the worlds best airline but continue to operate an outdated product.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2013

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And yet passengers still flock to this outdated product.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

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Not much choice out of Perth nowadays though

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Truer words have never been spoken, smit0847 and alatar144.

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19 Feb 2014

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It amazes me that apparently an "airline of the year" and a "full service airline" still have 3x4x3 in economy on 777s.

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28 Apr 2012

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i am looking forward to travelling on Emirates A380 from Perth and its great to see an airline looking after Perth customers by upgrading services not reducing them. I have flown on SIA, QF and MH A380's so I will see how Emirates A380 compares with them

Yep, looking forward to this as well, have flown their 77W from DXB-PER, was ok, but was hanging out for their A380 to arrive when the airport finally gots its act together and finished the necessary upgrades...   Again, how many other airlines can make Perth work and QF can't...  I've flown OZ and TG A380 so nice to compare to this as well...

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04 Mar 2013

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One thing about QF in Perth that the overwhelming majority of people forget (or ignore, depending on their preference) is that for virtually all the other airlines - SQ, CX, CZ, MH, EK, EY, QR etc - they are all connecting Perth flights to significant global hubs with much more connecting power than what Qantas can muster. Considering that these airlines - SQ and CX in particular - can offer huge amounts of capacity to cater to both the connecting and O&D traffic, it leaves a small slice of the profitability pie for Qantas to have. 

Now I'm not saying that this is the only problem (Qantas could definitely try a different approach and fly to strategically important places with a different strategy capacity wise - i.e. PER-DXB with 787 if they get them; SIN with perhaps a narrowbody etc) but it is certainly a significant factor.

12 Feb 2014

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The end-of-the-line issues Qantas faces are real, but the airline has worked hard to put in place a strategy to address these limitations, particularly through the partnership with Emirates and its membership of OneWorld. These arrangements allow seamless travel through some of the world's best connected airports and airlines.

There should be no reason why Qantas can't make Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore work from Perth. Qantas customers have code shares with Emirates, Cathay and their own JetStar to take them further, as well as lounge access and ground support. They just have to get back in the game.

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04 Mar 2013

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We are in complete agreement :)

16 May 2014

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Flown recently both EK's 777 and A380

Prefer the A380 seating in business than on the 777. Bar is a bit of a novelty but it wears off pretty quick.

I did have a better sleep on the A380 tho so good news its coming here.

And QF cannot even manage a single flight :/

12 Feb 2014

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So let us do the sums, that's an A380 and five 777s daily to the ME and beyond. In terms of market size and maturity that puts Perth not far behind Melbourne and probably ahead of Brisbane. That is a lot of traffic by any measure.

QF does a great job servicing the domestic market in WA, but then inexplicably ignores the international opportunities at its western doorstep. It is one of the most bizarre and sad sights at any Australian airport to see the large number of red kangaroos that dominate one side of the runway, contrasted with the complete and embarassing absence of them on the other.

At the least one of those EK 777s should be subbed by QF metal, if only to provide consumer choice. It is meant to be a 'partnership'.

It's interesting that QF commit to far less popular routes like Santiago, Hawaii and Johannesburg, where competition is minimal, yet stay away from taking on the big boys of the ME carriers and the blingy subsidised service standards they can run. Lack of nerve? Lack of assets for sure. I hope they have a plan to address it soon. After all, Perth 'feels like home' too Alan.

Obligatory rant over.

Horse has probably well and truly bolted...  There was a time to defend it when you still had product in the market and loyal customers used to booking and flying with you...

Everyone has now found and gotten used to the alternatives, the foreign competitors are all lining up to put some of the latest, fuel efficient planes on the Perth route by the sound of it so even if QF did come back and could be half price competitive it would only be with A330s...

Lot more expensive to try and win back a market that service it properly and try to maintain it in the first place...  Who knows when we'll see them again apart from a few seasonal services which don't amount to much...

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24 Aug 2011

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Perth QF fans - you need to let go. The QF-EK partnership was intended for you to fly with EK instead of QF. They won't  compete in small cities such as Perth with outbound international against non-stops from foreign hub airports. 

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29 Jul 2014

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When you think of it perth is similar to Manchester airport UK with the national carrier abandoning it and a mass of other airlines flying to some of the best airports in the world Ba could of made big bucks at Manchester but they choose gatwick(Which is the bucket and spade airport/lcc) Typicall of these legacy carriers abandoning bases for high amounts of flights from big hubs 

12 Jun 2013

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>It's interesting that QF commit to far less popular routes like Santiago, Hawaii and Johannesburg, where competition is minimal, yet stay away from taking on the big boys of the ME carriers and the blingy subsidised service standards they can run. Lack of nerve? Lack of assets for sure. I hope they have a plan to address it soon. After all, Perth 'feels like home' too Alan.

Why is that "interesting"? It's just plain sensible.

Now personally I'll never fly Emirates or any other airline from a non-democratic country, I don't feel like using my dollars to prop up illegitimate and just plain evil regimes, but that's a whole different discussion.

12 Feb 2014

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Not sure flying Emirates amounts to supporting an evil regime, Hugo, but I get your drift and respect your choice.

What I'm saying is I think Qantas would have a good chance of making solid money on a daily Perth-Dubai service. It would need the right aircraft and it would need to time for a connection with an onward QF to London. It would pick up Perth/Adelaide custom and any European visitors wanting to fly into the country one side and out the other. I'm sure their market research probably shows the same. They will have done the number crunching already.

I'm just wondering about the dual aerobridge, would they be docked on to the lower decks or one on lower and one on upper?

01 Jul 2011

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Emirates J on the A380 is a nice product but the service is sooooooooo ssslllooowww because theres so many pax in J it's just rediculously slow. Flew CDG-DXB on the A380 and for a 6 hour 'over night' flight you end up with an hour to sleep since the service took well over 4hrs, still didn't even get dessert due to it being so slow!

Great product and F is even better look forward to having the option out of Perth now!

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26 May 2014

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The reference to QFi pulling out of Perth in the article would seem to have been intended to encourage the discussion on QFi returning to Perth (I don't count the seasonals).  Any clues yet on the "soon to be announced" city to have 3 flights a week to Tokyo ?  I see the shedule for BNE-NRT is set up to interleave the second city.  The delay in completing the annoucement is very curious.  Maybe there is more news from QFi to come at the same time.

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16 Jul 2014

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This is awesome news and very much over due for Perth! Lets Hope poor Qantas get there sh*t together and send an A380 Perth way aswell.

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17 Dec 2014

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I am so frustrated with the outworking of this partnership and hate that I don't have the option of flting out of Perth on a Qantas flight. I buy a Qantas ticket but cannot check in online via the Qantas site. Cannot check in online via Emirates site without an Emirates booking ref. the first time this happened I rang Qantas ff and they gave me an Emirates ref but this did not seem to be possible last weekend when I flew to London again. As a result, I had no choice of seats because of course Emirates has no record of my preferences. Writing to Qantas has  not helped - when they finally replied it was a vague letter which did not address these issues. Can Aus BT investigate please?

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19 Feb 2014

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Now.  Let's hope for an easterly/north easterly wind for the inaugral flight for the best view!

QFF

19 Sep 2013

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Just tried booking a J all-EK 380 codeshare through Qantas PER-LHR for Sep-Oct next year. No luck - no seats available unless you are prepared to pay an almost first class cost. Even then, Qantas wants to put you on QF9 out of DXB, with its sloping Skybed II seats.
Naturally no problems to book same trip through Emirates. May go back to CX... 

QFF

19 Sep 2013

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Just tried booking a J all-EK 380 codeshare through Qantas PER-LHR for Sep-Oct next year. No luck - no seats available unless you are prepared to pay an almost first class cost. Even then, Qantas wants to put you on QF9 out of DXB, with its sloping Skybed II seats.
Naturally no problems to book same trip through Emirates. May go back to CX... 


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