Qantas partner Emirates will drop one of its three daily flights between Perth and Dubai from July – a mere two months after the airline commences Airbus A380 services to the mining capital.
On the chopping block: EK423 and its late afternoon departure from Perth, along with EK422 on the return: an overnight flight that touches down just after lunch.
Operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft, passengers travelling on or after July 6 will be funnelled onto either an early morning service from Perth – also on a Boeing 777 – or onto the late evening Emirates Airbus A380 flight, which is unaffected by this change.
Passengers can then fly home to Perth on the A380 to reach the city in time for dinner, or on a Boeing 777 that touches down just after midnight.
The missing link...
However, Perth-based travellers will lose the option to connct from Dubai to London on Qantas flight QF1 – which linked-up perfectly with EK423 – nor can they grab QF2 on the first leg of their journey home from Europe, which paired with EK422.
Instead, Perthites can ride on the Emirates A380 from Perth to Dubai after May 1 (EK421) and can then hop on QF9, another Qantas-operated Airbus A380 service to London Heathrow.
That doesn't work on the return home from London – if passengers choose the Qantas A380 service in QF10, they'll need to choose the Emirates Boeing 777 homeward from Dubai, breaking the link in an otherwise all-A380 journey.
When connecting from Dubai to other European destinations, the removal of the early evening service from Perth also means you'll touch down around noon, rather than in time for breakfast.
A380 on the way
In a statement sent to Australian Business Traveller, Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations East, said that “in making the decision to suspend EK422/423, Emirates considered the needs and preferred travel patterns of the West Australian travelling public."
“Emirates is committed to Perth passengers and looks forward to being the first airline to bring the state-of-the-art A380 to the city from May,” he added.
As part of the shake-up, Emirates will upgrade its remaining Perth Boeing 777 service from a 777-200LR to a 777-300ER, which has the same number of seats in first class and business class but with room for almost 100 extra travellers in economy.
Emirates' dedicated Perth lounge is also undergoing expansion works to make room for the extra business and first class passengers aboard the airline's Airbus A380 flights, with the superjumbo housing up to 40 more passengers on its upper deck than at the pointy end of the Boeing 777 it replaces.
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