Emirates upgrades second Sydney-Dubai flight to Airbus A380

By John Walton, February 26 2013

Emirates is upgrading a second daily Sydney-Dubai flight to the Airbus A380 superjumbo from 1 June, with markedly improved business class and economy seats on board.

Together with Qantas' daily A380 flight under the Red Roo's alliance with Emirates, that'll be three superjumbos winging their way westwards every day.

The upgraded flights are EK415 (which is the 2130 departure from Sydney) and the 0600 EK414 Dubai-Sydney service.

In addition to the quieter cabins on board the A380 and a lower cabin altitude, you'll also find specific benefits in first, business and economy classes.

First class will remain the swanky Emirates suite, but you'll also have the chance to take a shower at 30,000 feet.

Not only will there be more business class seats to Dubai on the A380, they'll also be significantly more comfortable.
Not only will there be more business class seats to Dubai on the A380, they'll also be significantly more comfortable.

Business class passengers will see an improvement from the old Boeing 777's angled lie-flat seat to a fully flat bed with direct aisle access.

Read more: AusBT reviews the Emirates Airbus A380 fully flat beds and the airline's Boeing 777 lie-flat seats 

And there's a stand-up bar at the back of business class upstairs too.

Stretch your legs and have a snack at the Emirates' business class bar -- only on the airline's A380s.
Stretch your legs and have a snack at the Emirates' business class bar -- only on the airline's A380s.

In economy, you'll find over an inch of extra elbow room on the A380 compared with the 777. That's well worth it on the long flight to Dubai.

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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

05 Oct 2012

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The other thing to remember with the new A380 service coming on stream is the increased capacity of award space (at least thats the theory) given that a 777-300ER has 42 seats in Business whereas an A380 has 76 (and a total of 14 in First) as opposed to 8 in First for the 777.

From personal experience, I've found award space much much easier to come by on EK as opposed to QF

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Oct 2012

Total posts 122

I agree with you , In fact I find most other carriers to be easier than QF when it comes to award space .

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Oct 2012

Total posts 122

More reason to fly EK instead of QF. What is in it for QF, when EK,s fares are still considerably lower in J and F?

Not to mention that Emirates sell the fares cheaper on their site than Qantas. But of course you won't earn status credits cuz its an Emirates booking and ticket number. But if you want the SC then you need to fork out an extra $1-2k per ticket to have a Qantas flight number.

13 Dec 2011

Total posts 30

I think you may have your times wrong.

414 leaves DXB at 0100 or 0200 (depending on season)

06 Jun 2012

Total posts 7

I think you have your times wrong. Sorry to be an anorak but...

The upgraded flights are EK415 (which is the 2130 departure from Sydney) and the 0600 EK414 Dubai-Sydney service.

But emirates says;

Flight : EK415(1)

Days : Mo | Tu | We | Th | Fr | Sa | Su 
From : Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
Depart Time : 06:00
To : Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Arrive Time : 14:30
Duration : 14hrs 30min


Flight : EK414(1)
Days : Mo | Tu | We | Th | Fr | Sa | Su 
From : Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Depart Time : 02:15
To : Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
Arrive Time : 22:05
Duration : 13hrs 50min


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