Emirates has announced it will increase the capacity of its flights out of Western Australia from July this year, upgrading its EK424/425 service from a B777-200 to a B777-300ER aircraft.
This follows the recent announcement that the first A380 will enter the Perth market on flight EK420/421 on 1 May this year. The upgrade to larger and more modern aircraft will provide an additional 229 seats on the flights to Dubai, conveniently increasing capacity during peak time.
Emirates divisional senior vice president commercial operations east Barry Brown said Perth travellers continue to embrace the service to Dubai, which connects them to a vast network of global destinations.
“By increasing capacity in the morning and evening we can provide the optimum level of capacity at these times and greater connectivity to our network, particularly to our popular European destinations,” Mr Brown said.
Emirates has also announced it will suspend the operation of the third daily Perth-Dubai flight (EK423) and the return Dubai-Perth flight (EK422) as of 6 July this year.
Mr Brown said the decision was made in consideration of the travel patterns of their Western Australian passengers.
“Emirates is committed to Perth passengers and looks forward to being the first airline to bring the state-of-the-art A380 to the city from May offering residents the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft on our evening departure, as well as provide more seats for travellers on our early morning departure with the introduction of the B777-300ER on that flight,” Mr Brown said.
Emirates has also invested in expanding the Perth Airport lounge in order to cater for the increase in passengers travelling on the new aircraft.
The upgraded lounge is scheduled to open later this year.