Emirates is soaring back to Adelaide

The Gulf carrier resumes daily flights between Adelaide and Dubai.

By David Flynn, February 6 2024
Emirates is soaring back to Adelaide

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.

Business class in Emirates' long-range 777-200LR jet.
Business class in Emirates' long-range 777-200LR jet.

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.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

25 Jul 2013

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That's great! Although, I was under the impression Adelaide would be served with the new A350. Interesting to see the 777-200LR instead.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

21 Jul 2019

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Great news for Adelaide, but this is yet another reminder that when it comes to premium travel, Emirates still lags far behind Qatar and Etihad with that antiquated 2-3-2 layout, which will be kicking around for many years yet. Caveat emptor.

03 May 2021

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I’m not really sure why it took so long for them to return but better late then never. Also interesting how it’s the Boeing 777-200LR, when I thought there was all this hype about Adelaide being possibly the first a350 destination.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2015

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It’s not like Adelaide is swimming in choice of aircraft so they can put any old bird on the route 

01 Apr 2014

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The 777-200LR is currently the smallest aircraft in the EK fleet, and typically gets used on new routes, or those with low premium demand. It has 302 seats, compared to a typical A350-900 which will be larger, and the 777-300ER which varies between 354 - 428 depending on the specific EK variant.

EK have x10 777-200LR in the fleet, and x65 A350-900 on order, but the ADL schedules may yet change depending on forward bookings, and also the situation that the A350 introduction entry into service is delayed. Better to surprise people with an upgrade to a factory fresh A350, than to annoy them with the downgrade to a shabby B772  - especially when they are trying to get a route up an running / restarted. In the simplest of scheduling speak - use it or lose it.

FYI - there are currently 17 routes with B772 flights (many with larger B77W or A380 on some days) , with SE Asia being common. The most regular flights are to cities in India & Pakistan, which obviously don't need the long range of the B772, but more about lower demand (or maintaining regular services where larger aircraft cant be justified).


12 Apr 2013

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Meanwhile SAS (i.e. Sydney Aerial Service) does not fly from ADL to overseas at all. Perhaps no market.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Oct 2013

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And having checked the prices on a couple of days I think I’ll stick to Qatar thanks! 

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