Emirates scrapping A380 services from Brisbane??

By nevetsqld | Jan 04, 2018, 12:33 PM

Does anyone know anything about Emirates scrapping their A380 service from Brisbane? We have a booking in June/July 2018 and have noticed that our BNE to DXB service on EK435 has been downgraded from an A380 to 777-300ER. Not great on a business class booking (going from flat-bed to angle bed and also from 1-2-1 to 2-3-2 seating configuration). Our return flight on EK434 has also been downgraded to the 777-300ER. I've done booking searches on the Emirates website and it seems that all services from about 02 June 2018 onwards are all going to be 777 (direct and through Singapore). Does anyone have any information or confirmation from Emirates about this?

 I also suspect that either EK434 or EK435 will have a time change at some point (when the flights no longer go to AKL). At the moment EK434 is showing as landing in BNE from DXB at 06:25. Departure on EK435 is showing as 21:00. They're not going to leave an aircraft at BNE for 14+ hours so one of these legs will most likely be time changed. Any info on this too?

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By afloskar | Jan 04, 2018, 02:22 PM
The EK434/435 service is swapping to a 77W service from 1 JUN 18 - 31 AUG 18. This is unusual as it is the school holiday period but it may still change back you never know. You are unlucky with your booking time. Btw when are you coming back?
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By nevetsqld | Jan 04, 2018, 02:53 PM

Thanks for that. I hadn't noticed it was reverting back after Aug 2018. We fly back on 23 July 2018.

We are seriously considering cancelling our booking and rebooking with Singapore Airlines if this downgrade looks like it's staying for our travel dates.

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By FrequentFlyer | Jan 04, 2018, 03:06 PM
I'd assume it has something to do with re-timing of their BNE services after the Auckland tag finishes up. Wouldn't be surprised to see one of the two daily ex Bris move to a morning departure. I'd be inclined to re-book either way, wouldn't want to end up on their 777 business for that sector.
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By Bruce777 | Jan 05, 2018, 12:32 AM
for families emirates 777 business is great, and the angle is hardly noticeable. The A380 is better for solo travelers obviously, but apart from the lack of onboard bar, the Emirates 777 is a very decent plane in business class that is often underrated because of its dense configuration. At the end of the day, if there is a comfortable seat and good IFE, then it is the crew and soft product which make or break the flight, something which doesn't change by aircraft.
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By hutch | Jan 05, 2018, 01:53 AM
for families emirates 777 business is great, and the angle is hardly noticeable. The A380 is better for solo travelers obviously, but apart from the lack of onboard bar, the Emirates 777 is a very decent plane in business class that is often underrated because of its dense configuration. At the end of the day, if there is a comfortable seat and good IFE, then it is the crew and soft product which make or break the flight, something which doesn't change by aircraft.

Sorry mate, a 2-3-2 business config with angle seat in 2017 is well below standard on a long haul flight.

A good crew won't help you sleep or climb out of the middle seat. Better than flying economy, but if the OP has other options, I'd be taking them.
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By Timmy22bc | Jan 08, 2018, 10:08 PM
This may have already happened, at around 18:00 last Friday I saw an Emirates 777 Landing @ BNE, about 40 minuets later the A380 landed so the SIN-BNE may have been extremely late.
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By Mightyreds | Jan 08, 2018, 10:11 PM
No, EK since December have had 3 flights daily into BNE. 2 x 777 and 1 x A380.
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By ThePomgolian | Jan 11, 2018, 06:27 AM

Thanks for that. I hadn't noticed it was reverting back after Aug 2018. We fly back on 23 July 2018.

We are seriously considering cancelling our booking and rebooking with Singapore Airlines if this downgrade looks like it's staying for our travel dates.

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Just sack off Emirates and switch to Singapore. Better service (IMO, of course) plus their planes aren't full of tacky 'arabian' gold accents and other gaudiness. Oh and their female attendants don't have that absurd bit of material tucked under their hat as part of their uniform, it looks like a bloomin' curtain !

Second plus, you get a stop at Changi instead of DXB. Hope you have a great trip either way ! :-)

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By John Phelan | Jan 17, 2018, 12:38 AM
You will be right about the retiming after the AKL leg is dropped. But which leg will be retimed is up in the air. If I was guessing, I'd say DXB-BNE will be retimed to depart DXB late in the evening.

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