Perth Airport welcomes first scheduled Airbus A380 service: 1 May 2015

A6-EOE Airbus A380-861 (MSN 169) of Emirates, at Perth Airport - Fri 1 May 2015. First scheduled service to Perth by an A380. Flight EK420 from Dubai landing on runway 21 at 5:29pm. Photo © David Eyre
A6-EOE Airbus A380-861 (MSN 169) of Emirates, at Perth Airport – Fri 1 May 2015.
First scheduled service to Perth by an A380. Flight EK420 from Dubai landing on runway 21 at 5:29pm.
Photo © David Eyre
A6-EOE Airbus A380-861 (MSN 169) of Emirates, at Perth Airport - Fri 1 May 2015. First scheduled service to Perth by an A380. Flight EK420 from Dubai taxying in on Taxiway S at 5:36pm, receiving a traditional water cannon salute from airport fire crews. Photo © David Eyre
A6-EOE Airbus A380-861 (MSN 169) of Emirates, at Perth Airport – Fri 1 May 2015.
First scheduled service to Perth by an A380. Flight EK420 from Dubai taxying in on Taxiway S at 5:36pm, receiving a traditional water cannon salute from airport fire crews.
Photo © David Eyre
Cutting the cake at the Reception for Emirates first A380 service to Perth, in the Observation Deck at Perth Airport - Fri 1 May 2015. Flanked by two Emirates Flight Attendants, are Darren Tyrell - Emirates Regional Manager, WA; Rob Gurney - Emirates Divisional Vice President Commercial Operations, Australia; Captain Steve Darnell - Emirates A380 pilot, who flew the inaugural service; the Hon. Dr Kim Hames MLA - Minister for Tourism; and Brad Geatches - CEO of Perth Airport. Photo © David Eyre
Cutting the cake at the Reception for Emirates first A380 service to Perth, in the Observation Deck at Perth Airport – Fri 1 May 2015.
Flanked by two Emirates Flight Attendants, are Darren Tyrell – Emirates Regional Manager, WA; Rob Gurney – Emirates Divisional Vice President Commercial Operations, Australia; Captain Steve Darnell – Emirates A380 pilot, who flew the inaugural service; the Hon. Dr Kim Hames MLA – Minister for Tourism; and Brad Geatches – CEO of Perth Airport.
Photo © David Eyre
A6-EOE Airbus A380-861 (MSN 169) of Emirates, at Perth Airport - Fri 1 May 2015. First scheduled service to Perth by an A380. Purser (in dark uniform) showing the First Class Suite on the forward part of the upper deck, and a typical meal on Royal Doulton bone china plates with Robert Welch cutlery. Photo © David Eyre
A6-EOE Airbus A380-861 (MSN 169) of Emirates, at Perth Airport – Fri 1 May 2015.
First scheduled service to Perth by an A380. Purser (in dark uniform) showing the First Class Suite on the forward part of the upper deck, and a typical meal on Royal Doulton bone china plates with Robert Welch cutlery.
Photo © David Eyre

1 May 2015 © David Eyre

Hundreds of spectators gathered at Perth Airport on 1 May 2015, to witness the sunset arrival of the first scheduled Emirates Airbus A380 service to Perth.

The first service was operated by a 9-month old Airbus A380-861, registered A6-EOE, the 169th A380 built.

The A380 landed on Perth’s runway 21 at 5:29pm Perth Time, after a flight time of 9 hours 56 minutes from Dubai.

Welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute by airport fire crews, flight EK420 parked at the special dual-aerobridge gate at Bay 51. The return flight EK421 took off from runway 21 at 10:21pm. After a flight of 10 hours 36 minutes, it landed at Dubai at 4:57am local time (8:57am Perth time).

AviationWA was invited to attend the reception ceremony and had a look aboard the A380. See our photos, the official Emirates video and a Google Street View of the A380.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

3 thoughts on “Perth Airport welcomes first scheduled Airbus A380 service: 1 May 2015

  • May 11, 2015 at 6:45 am
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    At long last the A380 has arrived in Perth. I hunt this plane down, when I fly, as it is the most wonderful way to fly long distances, particularly to London. Perth being so isolated should have had this type of aeroplane a lot sooner. We are a very isolated city and we should be at the forefront of change for the better.

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  • May 12, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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    And the rumour that QF may use one or more of it’s older A380’s for Per-Mel, Per-Syd runs.
    Domestic was popular with the 744 so they should be lining up overnight for the A380.
    Question is when?
    Also, how many flights would be sacrificed to accommodate these new flights?

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    • May 12, 2015 at 7:55 pm
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      Hi Steve,
      I have not heard or read of that rumour anywhere, and I would be very surprised if it happened.
      The Qantas A380 fleet is heavily committed to international services, from what I have read.
      Regards
      David Eyre

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