Emirates to add second daily A380 service to Perth from 1 August 2016

A6-EEP Airbus A380-861 (MSN 138) of Emirates, over the Swan Valley, Perth - 2015.
A6-EEP Airbus A380-861 (MSN 138) of Emirates, over the Swan Valley, Perth – 2015.
Flight EK420 from Dubai, turning onto the approach path for Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 5:36 pm.
Photo © Geoff Selby.

14 January 2016 – copyright © David Eyre

Emirates today announced that it will start a second daily Airbus A380 service from Dubai to Perth on 1st August 2016, replacing the current Boeing 777-300ER aircraft operating on the early morning EK424/EK425 service.

Emirates was the first airline to operate scheduled A380 services to Perth, starting from 1 May 2015 on the evening EK420/EK421 service. Prior to this, several Emirates A380s made unscheduled visits, from 15 August 2009.

However, this will not actually be the first time that an A380 has operated EK424/EK425, as A380 A6-EOL operated the service on 21 July 2015, which was also A6-EOL’s first revenue service with the airline. A6-EEH also operated EK424-425 on 30 July 2015.

EK424 departs Dubai at 10.10am, arriving in Perth at 12.50am the next day, so the first of the upgraded EK424/425 services will actually arrive and depart Perth on 2nd August 2016. EK425 departs Perth at 6.00am, arriving in Dubai at 1pm same day.

With the new A380 morning service, Emirates will have the capacity to transport over 14,000 passengers per week between Dubai and Perth. Australia is the third largest A380 destination for Emirates globally. From August, 7 of the airline’s 11 daily flights between Dubai and Australia will be operated by an A380.
Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380s, with 72 in service and another 68 on order.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

8 thoughts on “Emirates to add second daily A380 service to Perth from 1 August 2016

  • January 14, 2016 at 6:49 pm
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    This is the worst news for Perth regarding the airport since a long time. The A-380 is the worst noise offender that makes window glazing vibrate and children cry up to 12 km from the airport each night around 10.45 pm. So we will now have the same problem at 6 am in the middle of the FIFO old horror planes each morning. Why does Perth Airport think they can get away with that ?thecall for a night time curfew will get louder. At least there will be the possibility to sleep then as the second worst offender the A-340 SA-281 ‘Springbok’ from South African Airlines will not bother us at 0:30 anymore.
    It becomes impossible to live in a radius of 10 km around the airport

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  • January 14, 2016 at 10:59 pm
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    Shame about the late arrival and early departure.

    Would have been good to see this addition during the day.

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    • January 15, 2016 at 7:56 am
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      Hi Craig,
      EK425 departs Perth during early daylight hours (when the days are long enough in summer), and the evening EK420 flight also arrives in daylight.
      Regards,
      David

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      • January 20, 2016 at 5:42 pm
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        Does this mean that in t he shorter days of winter this plane will have a later departure time.

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        • January 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm
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          Hi Roberta,
          That is something that you would need to check with Emirates.
          Regards,
          David

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  • January 15, 2016 at 12:10 am
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    A travel agent friend recently told me that SQ might substitute an A333 orB777 for an A380.
    No idea when, but their flights to PER are always well subscribed.

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    • January 15, 2016 at 8:01 am
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      In the past, SQ have increased capacity on Perth services through additional flights using 777-200 or A330, or have substituted larger 777-300s onto the current schedule.
      It is therefore unlikely that Perth will see SQ A380s for a while yet, but SQ could prove me wrong.
      Regards,
      David Eyre

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  • January 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm
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    Looks like the loadings for the morning flights EK424 and return EK425 have not been as expected as it’s back to a 777 from early Feb’17.

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