Though the Airbus A380 might have vanished from many airlines during COVID-19, happily Emirates isn’t one of them. The Dubai-based carrier has long been the biggest operator of the superjumbo, even during the pandemic.
And with Australia’s international borders fully open from 21 February 2022, Emirates is kicking things up a notch with daily A380 flights to Brisbane from 1 March 2022. The airline also previously announced daily A380 services to Melbourne and a double-daily connection to Sydney.
These resplendent double-decker jets are outfitted with 14 First Class Suites and 76 lie-flat Business Class seats on the upper deck, plus 426 Economy Class seats on the main deck. If you’re looking to put your points to good use, all cabins are bookable with Qantas Points as reward seats.
Emirates A380 Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane schedule in 2022
With New South Wales and Victoria open for international travel, Sydney and Melbourne are the first two cities to welcome back the Airbus A380. Brisbane joins that list from 1 March 2022. Here are the details of the current A380 flights (all times are local):
|10:15 am from DXB|
9:45 pm from SYD
|7 am in SYD|
5:15 am in DXB
|2:00 am from DXB|
6:00 am from SYD
|10:30 pm in SYD|
1:20 pm in DXB
|3:00 am from DXB|
10:30 pm from MEL
|11:20 pm in MEL|
5:40 am in DXB
|2:50 am from DXB|
8:55 pm from BNE
|10:40 pm in BNE|
5:30 am in DXB
In the meantime, Emirates is still flying the smaller Boeing 777-300ER to Perth three times a week, with plans to ramp up later on when demand increases. At this stage, WA Premier Mark McGowan is expected to announce a new border re-opening date by the end of February 2022.
Booking Emirates flights with Qantas Points
Apart from Emirates Skywards Miles, Qantas Points remain one of the only ways to book Emirates First Class reward seats. Availability throughout the year is patchy, but the seats are there if you’re flexible. Economy and Business Class reward seats are more plentiful.
At the time of writing, we see some availability in First (and occasionally, Business) class on the new Brisbane-Dubai Airbus A380 flights from April 2022 onwards.
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Emirates’ Airbus A380s are regarded as one of the most comfortable ways to travel. Because of the real estate across two floors, Economy is reasonably spacious while First Class is extravagant – we love the onboard shower spa! Its Business Class seat isn’t the most competitive, but Emirates does stand out with their onboard bar.
We can only hope that Perth services return to the Airbus A380 and Emirates puts Adelaide back on the map this year, if all goes well. And we hope to bring you fresh reviews of Emirates flights later on in 2022!
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