Melbourne travellers will find the same standards of seating aboard all Emirates flights from March 25 2018 as the Qantas partner upgrades its final Boeing 777 service to the Victorian capital to its flagship Airbus A380.
The most noticeable improvement comes for business class passengers with the Boeing 777’s angled-flat beds replaced by fully-flat sleepers on the superjumbo in a 1-2-1 layout, providing direct aisle access to every traveller and a welcome improvement to the disappearing 2-3-2 configuration.
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At the rear of business class, an inflight bar and lounge area where high flyers can order cocktails, snacks and light bites as they socialise with companions or make new acquaintances:
First class passengers will find near-identical suites at the pointy end with closing doors for privacy...
... but with the addition of two spacious ‘shower spas’ at the front of the cabin:
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Economy class retains its 3-4-3 layout with seating on the A380’s main deck, although as the superjumbo’s passenger cabin is slightly wider than the outgoing Boeing 777, the seats here provide a little more shoulder space for a more comfortable journey.
Emirates flights EK408/409 are the last of its Melbourne services to be upgraded to the Airbus A380, with the airline offering two daily non-stop Melbourne-Dubai flights and a third that routes Melbourne-Singapore-Dubai.
Airbus A380s are also used on Emirates’ flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, although Brisbane continues to see Boeing 777s on one of Emirates’ two daily flights, and Adelaide remains an all-Boeing 777 destination for the Gulf airline.