Emirates, one of the world’s largest airlines by international passengers, will start a direct flight to Melbourne, Australia from October — saving passengers around two and half hours of travel time.
Operated by an Emirates B777-300ER aircraft, the flight will depart Dubai at 3am and arrive in Melbourne at 11.20pm. The return flight will leave Melbourne at 6am and land in Dubai at 1.05pm, Emirates said in a statement.
Currently, Emirates flies from Dubai to Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur.
Emirates offers a total of four daily flights from Dubai to Melbourne through its codeshare with Australian airline Qantas. Those flights include three services operated by an A380 aircraft and one flight on an Emirates B777-300ER.
Emirates and Qantas both operate 91 flights per week to Australia from Dubai. Of these 91 flights, Emirates has 77 services, which operate to and from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, including six daily A380 flights.
Emirates forged a partnership with Qantas in 2013, and the tie-up between the two airlines extends for a period of five years.
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