Emirates says it has no plans to drop trans-Tasman Airbus A380 flights from Melbourne and Brisbane in the wake of a decision to shutter the daily superjumbo service between Sydney and Auckland.
From July 13 2017, Emirates will no longer send its A380 – complete with first class suites, lie-flat business class beds and an inflight bar – darting across the ditch, relying instead on partner Qantas to bridge the capacity gap with Airbus A330s.
However, other superjumbo services between Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand seem safe from the axe.
A spokesperson for Emirates told Australian Business Traveller that Sydney-Auckland aside, "all other Emirates Trans-Tasman services will continue to operate as normal."
“There is significant capacity on the Sydney-Auckland route, and of Emirates’ Tasman services it is the most highly-competed route," the spokesperson observed.
"Our partnership with Qantas allows us to better meet capacity with an aircraft that is more in line with projected demand on this specific route."
Air New Zealand CEO Chris Luxon recently told Australian Business Traveller that while he didn’t consider Emirates’ A380s as “a big threat” due to the timing of their schedule, "it's just that the amount of added capacity coming into the Tasman from those players is the challenge."