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Emirates boosting SYD/MEL to three flights daily and restarting Christchurch services

The increased capacity means the Gulf carrier is already back to its pre-pandemic capacity.

Emirates will add an extra flight to Sydney from 1 May 2023

Soaring travel demand will see Emirates further boost its services between Dubai and Australia with a third daily flight to begin operating from both Sydney and Melbourne in the coming months using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The extra capacity also means Emirates will be able to resume services to Christchurch some six months after originally scheduled.

The extra Boeing 777-300ER service will leave Dubai as EK416 at 9:30pm, landing in Sydney at 5:20pm the following day. The return service EK417 sets off from Sydney at 8:10pm, landing back in Dubai at 4:30am the following day.

Christchurch will benefit from one of Emirates’ two daily A380 superjumbos, with EK412 leaving Dubai at 10:15am, landing in Sydney the following day at 7am. Instead of sitting idle in Sydney the most of the day, the aircraft will head to the New Zealand city at 8:45am, arriving in Christchurch at 1:50pm.

The extra flight will feature the carrier's popular business class.

The return journey will begin as EK413 from Christchurch at 6:20pm, touching down back in Sydney at 7:40pm before beginning its journey back to Dubai at 9:45pm, landing in Dubai at 5:15am the next day. For Sydneysiders, the revised timetable means there will be three non-stop flights to Dubai every day.

Melbourne will retain its two daily direct services, with the third flight routing via Singapore in both directions. EK404 will leave Dubai at 9:15pm, landing in Singapore at 8:50am the following day before continuing on to Melbourne at 10:25am, touching down in the Victorian capital at 8:35pm.

In reverse, EK405 will take off daily from Melbourne at 3:25am, landing in Singapore at 3:25am, landing in Singapore at 8:15am before setting off for Dubai at 9:40am, arriving at 1pm local time.

Once fully operational, Emirates will boost its daily schedule to 63 flights weekly between Dubai and Australia.

Emirates Divisional Vice President Australasia, Barry Brown, said the extra service will add 500,000 extra seats between Australia and Dubai each year.

“To have the two cities operating back at pre-pandemic frequencies is a phenomenal milestone in our restoration of Australia capacity and testament to our longstanding commitment to flying down under,” Brown said.

Travellers on the Boeing 777-300ER service will have the option of economy, business and first class, with the carrier’s new premium economy seats only available on the A380 for now as more aircraft are retrofitted with the new cabin class.


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 23 January 2023

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