Emirates launches new Adelaide-Dubai flights today

By David Flynn, November 1 2012
Emirates launches new Adelaide-Dubai flights today

Emirates has begun flights from its latest Australian port, Adelaide, where business travellers can now find direct services to Dubai from the City of Churches four times weekly.

Using Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER -- with first, business and economy class on board -- the flights will step up to a daily frequency from 1 February 2013, shortly before the Qantas-Emirates alliance, which begins in April.

Flight EK441 will depart Adelaide at 10.45pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, reaching Emirates' Dubai hub at 5.25am the next day – and from Dubai, of course, Emirates pretty much puts the rest of the world at your feet, with many flights on its flagship Airbus A380.

The return Dubai-Adelaide leg, EK440, is wheels up from DXB at 1.55am for arrival into Adelaide at 8.45pm.

Heading from Adelaide to Dubai? Don't miss our expert guide to the best seats in business class on Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER.

“We are investing in South Australia for the long haul, dedicating a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to the route fitted with our highest on-board product offering and employing more than 150 South Australians in airline and airport service,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, Far East & Australasia.

More flights for Perth still to come...

Emirates will also boost its current double-daily Perth service to a triple-daily from 1 March 2013.

The new EK422/423 service will start on 1 December with five extra flights per week before stepping into daily from March next year.

It'll leave Perth at 3.30pm and reach Dubai at 10.25pm, with the return leg out of DXB at 9.45pm for arrival into Perth at 12.25pm the next day.

That comes on top of the introduction of a daily A380 service from Melbourne, says Emirates Airline CEO Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

“The addition of Adelaide to our network and the boost to our Perth operations demonstrates our commitment to investment and growth in our Australian operations and highlights the economic strength and global demand for the two cities as business, leisure and investment destinations."

Read more: Australian Business Traveller's comprehensive coverage of the Qantas-Emirates deal includes...

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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.

20 Oct 2011

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Brave move departing ADL 15 min before curfew!

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03 Jul 2011

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And it left late - 23:03

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20 Nov 2011

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This great news for Adelaide!  Seriously Qantas you FAIL Adelaide pretty badly.....3 flights per week.  When Emirates go daily QF will preresent <10% of international flights from Adelaide.....

10 Mar 2011

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At least until April... when the Emirates flight has a QF codeshare...

10 Apr 2012

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A great option to consider.For those of us travelling from Europe/UK AND THE Middle East back to Australia and not planning a Stopover in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur going to Adelaide and similarly for the South Australians coming home It Eliminates a long waiting time at the Asian Carriers Home Airport.

10 Apr 2012

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I wouldn't be surprised if ADL gets the chop for Nonstops to Singapore on Qantas or gets downgraded to a 737 in the future.Give ME Singapore Airlines and 10 A330's a week over the Australian Carrier.


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10 May 2011

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Any news wether the aircraft will feature First class suites or the older style seats?

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10 Apr 2012

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According to this sept article in Ausbt


"All Emirates flights to and from Australian feature the'airline's swanky First Class Suite" 

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04 Nov 2011

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When will EK put an A380 on the Perth route? Surley with three 777 birds plying this route, there is a need for the A380?

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25 May 2012

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I don't even know if Perth airport has a gate configured for an A380?!

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23 Mar 2012

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 they are building A380 capable gate as part of the redevelopment. It would be great if Emirates did put an A380 into Perth as the 777 has the worst economy seats of any major airline. Cramped to the MAX!!


11 Nov 2012

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is it true u can fly out of Adelaide at 2200

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