Emirates to use Airbus A380 to Perth

ABOVE: A6-EDE Airbus A380- of Emirates, lining up for take-off from runway 21 at Perth on 15 August 2009.
The aircraft had been en-route from Dubai to Sydney was forced to divert to Perth Airport at 6am, after a female passenger was thought to have suffered a stroke (later found to be a virus). This was the second visit by an A380 (first was a promotional visit by VH-OQA of Qantas on 14 October 2008) and the first by an Emirates A380. The Airbus departed for Sydney at 4:37 pm.
Photo © John Krepp

15 November 2012 © David Eyre

Emirates has announced its intention to use Airbus A380s  to Perth as soon as an A380-compatible air bridge is completed, which is expected to occur by late 2013.

Emirates has 27 A380s in service and another 63 on order,  making it the world’s largest operator of A380s.

Emirates is increasing Perth services from 1 December 2012,  adding a new daytime service (EK422/EK423) between Perth and Dubai. The new service will use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and is to operate five times per week from 1 December 2012,  becoming daily from 1 March 2013. This is in addition to the current twice daily services between Perth and Dubai.

Once the A380 airbridge is completed, Emirates will operate  a daily A380 service and twice-daily 777 flights to Dubai.

Airbus A380s of Emirates have visited in the past – the first occasion was a medical diversion on 15 August 2009.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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