Emirates brings the A380 back to Melbourne

Melbourne is set to see its first Emirates superjumbo in almost two years.

By David Flynn, November 22 2021
Emirates brings the A380 back to Melbourne

Melbourne will see its first regularly-scheduled Airbus A380 in almost two years when Emirates brings the superjumbo back to the southern capital in February 2022.

The Gulf carrier and Qantas partner will switch its daily Dubai-Melbourne service from a Boeing 777 to an Airbus A380 from February 1, according to the airline's schedule.

The move will result in a near-50% boost to the number of seats available on the route, which feeds into Emirates' network of flights from Dubai to the UK, Europe and Africa.

Dubai-Sydney gets the A380 bump-up from December 1, although Emirates has so far declined to comment on a timetable for reopening its lounges at the international terminals of both Sydney and Melbourne.

Emirates' Australian-bound A380s feature 14 enclosed first class suites and 76 business class seats, although not the airline's new premium economy, launched in December 2020 and still found on only a handful of jets.

However, those premium economy recliners will be added to 52 of Emirates' flagship Airbus A380s – along with and 53 Boeing 777s – from the end of 2022 through to mid-2024.

Also read: Five things you need to know about Emirates' new premium economy

(As previously reported, Emirates is also assessing an all-new business class seat with a modern 1-2-1 layout for its Boeing 777 fleet.)

The airline warns that its cabin crew will look a little different, clad in full personal protective equipment (PPE) kit – one of the most obvious signs that what people are calling 'post-pandemic travel' is still taking place in the shadow of Covid-19.

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

The upper deck cocktail bar is once again open for business and first class passengers, although the airline notes that "capacity is currently limited to a maximum of four seated customers and standing in the lounge is not permitted."

Also read: Why Emirates boss Tim Clark thought his A380 bar might be a flop

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Jun 2014

Total posts 20

Noticed over the weekend that my March flights had changed from 777 to 380. Also noticed it was showing PE for a $468 per seat upgrade for a LHR to DBX flight later in the schedule.

31 Mar 2014

Total posts 377

"Melbourne will see its first Airbus A380 in almost two years when Emirates brings the superjumbo back to the southern capital in February 2022."

Melbourne has been getting a weekly China Southern A380 for many months.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 363

Full PPE….really?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 205

nothing says relaxing flying like being served in full PPE.....

If you don't like it you are free to fly with another airline.

11 May 2020

Total posts 9

Im flying out with them on Christmas Day. Is there no lounge access at all then? Not even to one of the "inferior" lounges?

If the timing of your Emirates flight on December 25 aligns with the timing of Qantas flights that day, you'll be able to use the Qantas First Lounge. No word on when the AMEX lounges will reopen though, in case that was a fallback option.

11 May 2020

Total posts 9

Unfortunately it doesn't... flight out is at 10.30pm. I believe the last Qantas flight out that day is several hours before that...

29 Sep 2017

Total posts 3

Last flight out on QF metal QF93 at 22:25 to lax.

11 May 2020

Total posts 9

Only 5 times a week and not on Saturdays unfortunately. 

01 Oct 2021

Total posts 12

Im flying from London to Melbourne 1st December and Melbourne to London 23rd January. Really wish EK had reintroduced the A380 from 1st Dec or 1st Jan :(

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 336

GREAT to see that beauty flying again!!!

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