Emirates plans Perth Airbus A380 flights from mid-2013

By John Walton, November 16 2012

Emirates plans to upgrade its Perth flights to an Airbus A380 service next year.

"Emirates Airline will fly the 489-seat A380s to Perth as soon as the WA airport completes a dedicated boarding bridge now being built," Emirates country manager Khalid Al Zarooni revealed today via Twitter.

In a statement issued by Emirates' Australian PR agency in reponse to an enquiry from Australian Business Traveller the airline stopped short of making any firm committment, saying only that  "Once Perth Airport is A380 compliant, Emirates will certainly assess the feasibility of operating there.”

The Gulf carrier is likely to be the launch customer for Perth Airport's first double-decker boarding gate, which is due to open in the "second half" of 2013 according to airport CEO Brad Geatches.

This will be capable of loading passengers onto both decks of the superjumbo.

Double-level gates mean that business and first class board upstairs on Emirates' A380s, while economy passengers board on the main deck.

Read: Perth Airport's $700m makeover: what you'll see, and when

It's good news for Qantas passengers who will start heading from Perth to Dubai on Emirates as part of the Qantas-Emirates alliance beginning in April -- they'll enjoy the significantly better business class on the A380 compared with the Boeing 777 Emirates currently uses for Perth flights.

That means fully flat beds with direct aisle access for all business class passengers, replacing the angled lie-flat seats on the Boeing 777.

Compare the two: check out our review of Emirates' A380 business class and what you'll find on board the less spacious Boeing 777-300ER business class.

Fully flat beds -- and nobody having to hop over the aisle seats -- mean a better night's sleep on the leg to Dubai.

The spacious upper deck business class bar, quieter A380 cabin and a less dry cabin atmosphere are extra superjumbo benefits for passengers.

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

John Walton
John Walton

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.



Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Nov 2012

Total posts 12

Great news for Perth! But a blow to Brisbane! I always thought BNE would secure an A380 before PER considering the international terminal has A380 gates available for near 2 years now. I guess the demand for the A380 in BNE is just not there as of yet :(.



Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

Total posts 182

I'm sure the Emirates service will be terrific. 

However, the poor standard of Perth airport, it's dire passport control and security hall and the overcrowded departures area will surely be overwhelmed by the volume of passengers on A380 services.  I have also queued for nearly an hour at passport control in Perth due to there been a large number of flights departing at the same time and only two officers on duty.

Also, the QF lounge is dismall with little or no food there nowadays though I know this is an article about emirates and we should soon be able to use their lounge.  Perth airport really is a national disgrace and national embarrassment



04 Nov 2010

Total posts 674

You did see the article about Perth airport undergoing a massive upgrade? http://www.ausbt.com.au/perth-airport-s-700m-makeover-what-you-ll-see-and-when

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