The FINANCIAL — The world’s one of the largest commercial aircrafts, the majestic Airbus A380, will fly into Perth Airport for the first time today on a scheduled Emirates service, and will be welcomed by a VIP delegation and an impressive water cannon salute.
As part of Perth Airport’s $1 billion redevelopment, an A380 capable gate was commissioned at Terminal 1 in December 2013 and, as a result, the announcement by Emirates of this new service in December 2014 was warmly received.“Emirates first commenced services to Perth 13 years ago, in 2002, pioneering the now very popular connections through the Middle East to an extensive network of final global destinations,” said Brad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport.
“Emirates is continuing to lead the way, and their decision to be the first airline to introduce their A380 to scheduled Perth services is an exciting development for all Western Australians,” said Mr Geatches.
The Emirates A380 has a three-class configuration, with 398 seats in economy on the lower deck, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in business class and 14 first-class private suites on the upper deck, according to Perth Airport.
Emirates’ A380 Perth service will operate daily as flight EK420, departing Dubai at 2.55am and arriving into Perth at 5.35pm on the same day.
The return flight, EK421, will depart Perth at 10.05pm and arrive into Dubai the next day at 5.15am local time, a flying time of 11 hours.
Perth Airport is committed to Western Australian tourism through increased services and establishing new and improved airline partnerships that encourage growth in visitor numbers to Perth and Western Australia.