Emirates to suspend Brisbane-Singapore flights

By Chris Chamberlin, December 8 2015

Qantas partner Emirates will temporarily suspend its Boeing 777 flights between Brisbane and Singapore next year in favour of jetting non-stop between the Queensland capital and Dubai.

Between May 9 and September 29 2016, EK433 – which normally routes as Brisbane-Singapore-Dubai – is pushed back from a 2:30am departure to a 5am take-off sans Singapore stop, arriving straight into Dubai at 1:20pm.

On the return, EK432 leaves Dubai at 2:45am, reaching Brisbane at 10:30pm local time: again as a non-stop flight.

According to Emirates, this revised schedule “allows for necessary runway construction works in Brisbane… as the (flight’s usual) arrival and departure times fall during the planned overnight runway closures.”

“Emirates will resume services between Brisbane and Singapore and onwards to Dubai when the runway works are completed at the end of September,” the airline affirms.

Emirates’ daily Airbus A380 flights (EK435/434) from Brisbane to Auckland in the mornings and Dubai in the evenings are unaffected and will operate as normal during this period.

Qantas flights between Brisbane and Singapore will also continue without interruption, which can be booked under an EK flight number and are available to passengers affected by Emirates’ own flight suspension.

Gulf neighbour and competitor Etihad Airways axed the Singapore detour from its Brisbane-Abu Dhabi flights in June 2015, making the route a permanent non-stop service using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Read: Etihad goes non-stop on Brisbane-Abu Dhabi flights

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

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Given all these Middle East carriers cutting their Singapore stopovers - I wonder if this is an opportunity for Virgin Australia to get in there and develop some market share on AUS - SIN, perhaps even code sharing with their partner SQ. Depends whether SQ will allow it under their agreement with VA though?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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Emirates isnt axing the flight, it's temporary.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

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Good point!

But if they get good numbers flying direct, they may keep it direct especially now that their partner QF is offering a competitive product on the route?

07 Oct 2012

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May, or may not. For the time being Emirates say this is a suspension.

In any case, there is currently a fair amount of capacity into Singapore. It's one thing to fly a route and another thing for it produce a good yield.

KK
KK

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Dec 2012

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Yes, it's for BNE's overnight runway work.

I think Virgin already codeshares with SQ on the SIN route (SQ metal).

UPDATE: Just checked VA's website. Yes, they codeshare on SQ flights to Singapore.

07 Oct 2012

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I think the OP was suggesting that VA fly to Singapore with an SQ code.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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So what will people on the route get who booked it as a BNE-SIN service?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

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They'll likely get put onto Qantas.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

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Wouldn't complain, the Emirates flights can have non fully flat seats. It's quite annoying on business. Either way, it's a good choice. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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In business you will have non fully flat seats as it's only the B77W that flies between BNE and SIN.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

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Ah well that's my mistake then. 

Qantas

13 Jun 2015

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Or even considering SQ

09 Dec 2015

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Hopefully they will recomence with an A380 service...

 


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