Emirates is winging its way back to Adelaide, with flights resuming in late October to reconnect South Australians with Emirates’ Dubai hub and through it, the rest of the world – especially Europe and the UK.
From Monday October 28, the daily Boeing 777-200LR aircraft will carry some 38 travellers in Emirates’ flatbed business class – arranged in a 2-2-2 layout, although there's an all-new 1-2-1 business class just over the horizon – along with 264 economy recliners, as this particular 777 doesn’t include Emirates premium economy.
Flight EK441 will depart Adelaide at 10:35pm and arrive into Dubai at 5:15am the following day; flight EK440 is wheels up at Dubai around 2am to reach Adelaide at 8:50pm the same day.
Emirates says the timetable for these 13-hout flights dovetails into the airline’s “prime European arrival and departure times, offering a seamless travel experience and optimal connections of less than four hours.”
The Gulf carrier first graced Adelaide’s skies in 2012, but flights came to a halt in March 2020 following the outbreak of the global pandemic. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth have all seen Emirates come soaring back, and now Adelaide is once again on the airline’s map.
And as a Qantas partner, these Emirates flights can be booked under a Qantas codeshare carrying a QF8xxx flight number which also earns a full serve or Qantas Points and Status Credits.
“The return of Emirates to Adelaide has been highly anticipated by passengers and industry for some time,” says Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President Australasia said.
“We are equally as excited to again service South Australia and provide the state with opportunities across leisure, culture and tourism and support trade growth.”
Emirates’ return to the City of Churches is backed by the South Australian state government, which says the daily flights are forecasted to generate a whopping $160 million in annual tourism expenditure and freight exports.
“Reinstating Emirates flights to Adelaide has been a key priority for the State Government,” says SA Premier Peter Malinauskas.
“This is a major recovery milestone for our state’s tourism industry, providing a crucial link into South Australia’s traditionally strong European markets, as well as the UK, Middle East, India, and the east coast of the US,” added Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison.
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