Emirates is removing the chance factor from its Australia-to-Dubai services and ensuring that almost every flight uses a near-identical aircraft.
It’s all about “product consistency”, says the Dubai flag-carrier, and making sure that customers can confidently expect the same in-flight experience no matter which time or day they fly.
The move involves replacing two Airbus A340s from the Perth and Brisbane routes and swapping these for Boeing 777s.
Perth is first in line, and as of last week both the morning (EK425) and evening (EK421) services will run an identical Boeing 777-200LR.
The Brisbane-Dubai service is also set to receive an upgrade from January 1, with the current Airbus A340 making way for a Boeing 777-300ER. Both of the twice-daily flights will be made on a 777-300ER, mirroring the same arrangement introduced in Melbourne earlier this year.
The sole exception will be Sydney-to-Dubai, which runs an Airbus A380 as the evening EK413 flight two hours after the departure of EK419’s Boeing 777-300ER.
Emirates is the world’s largest 777 operator with a fleet of over 90 Boeing 777s – primarily the 777-300ER, with more than twice as many 300ERs in its fleet as any other airline – and 40 more of the long-range wide-body jet on order.
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