Emirates Airbus A380 goes double daily to Sydney

The well-appointed superjumbo, with its first class showers and cocktail bar, will fly twice daily between Sydney and Dubai.

By David Flynn, February 10 2022
Emirates Airbus A380 goes double daily to Sydney

Fourteen hours between Sydney and Dubai is a long haul indeed, but doing it on an Airbus A380 – especially in business or first class – makes the marathon so much more bearable.

And from March 2nd, Emirates will offer a choice of two daily superjumbo departures – EK415 at 6am or EK413 at 9.45pm – doubling up from the current single daily service as the Gulf carrier and Qantas partner continues to rebuild of its Australian network.

It's another cheering sign that international travel is bouncing back, and follows Australia's decision to open its borders to all tourists from February 21.

Emirates is eager to bring more Airbus A380s back to Australian skies.
Emirates is eager to bring more Airbus A380s back to Australian skies.

Emirates' Sydney-bound A380s feature 14 enclosed first class suites and 76 business class seats, which are well suited to the trek between Australia and Dubai, where the airline offers a slew of connections to the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Emirates' Airbus A380 first class suite.
Emirates' Airbus A380 first class suite.

First class flyers will be happy to find the two shower suites still in operation – it's still among the most indulgent experiences you can enjoy on a commercial aircraft.

Every Emirates A380 also features that iconic cocktail bar towards the rear of the upper deck, either in its original 2008 form...

The original Emirates A380 inflight bar, circa 2008.
The original Emirates A380 inflight bar, circa 2008.

... or the classier 2017 edition, which the airline says was "inspired by private yacht cabins."

Emirates' glammed-up second-gen A380 inflight bar.
Emirates' glammed-up second-gen A380 inflight bar.

That includes a cleaner, sleeker design, with a lighter colour palette of ivory and (appropriately) champagne accented by bronze and woodgrain.

The seating has also been revamped to include cafe-style tables with a window view, while other areas have been opened up to make mingling easier.

The revamped bar gained extra seating to become more of a social lounge.
The revamped bar gained extra seating to become more of a social lounge.

However, these Australia-bound A380s are yet to see the airline's new premium economy, launched in December 2020 and still found on only a handful of jets.

Emirates is also flying its A380s to Melbourne, with Brisbane slated to follow from July 1 – although Emirates' lounges at all three international airports remain closed for now, the airline has confirmed its plan to reopen them in the second half of 2022. 

qantas

10 Oct 2013

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does anyone know if emirates are planning to return to adl?

26 Mar 2020

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Why are the cabin crew still wearing Hazmat suits? Surely a little outdated from 2020 now that vaccinations are now in place?

Not sure again why standing is not permitted at the bar considering at on arrival at the baggage carasole or even aero bridge upon boarding your standing shoulder to shoulder. 

"Why are the cabin crew still wearing Hazmat suits?" Consider it an 'abundance of caution', Qatar Airways does the same thing. It's a bit un-nerving!

emercycrite Banned
emercycrite Banned

01 Oct 2021

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Don't like the airline's policies, don't fly.

05 Oct 2017

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I agree, it's definitely unnerving! Having said that, officials in Asian countries are still wearing hazmat suits at airports too. Looks like something out of a cheap science fiction movie and would have been laughed off as a "conspiracy theory" back in 2019 if anyone had suggested airports were going to be transformed from their usual busy selves to empty, dystopian places full of men and women clad in white suits.

Shame about bar limits - vertical consumption is the best way to fly

24 Jun 2020

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80 first and business class seats and only 4 allowed in the bar - that could be a problem

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Apr 2017

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I was pretty disappointed about being booked on a 777 out of Melbourne, but with the A380 bar effectively closed I suppose the only difference will be aisle access.


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