An otherwise mundane statement by the University of Melbourne announcing a new travel agreement with Emirates breaks the news Emirates will–finally–send the A380 to Melbourne (emphasis added):
Emirates spokesperson Stephen Holl said that the airline operatesthree daily flights ex Melbourne to Dubai using their Airbus A340-500and Boeing 777-300 aircraft with two direct services from Melbourne toDubai and one service via Singapore to Dubai.
Emirates operate one of the most modern fleets of all the globalairlines and by early April 2010, the airline will commence directservices between Melbourne to Dubai using the A380 super jumbo.
It’s the weekend, so no comment and further details from Emirates until Monday. The current Emirates schedule only shows A340-500s and B777-300ERs operating on the route.
Melbourne will now have A380 service from the same carriers as Sydney does (although perhaps not for long with Malaysia Airlines poised to bring its A380 to SYD). This further points to how Melbourne is catching up and will eventually surpass Sydney as Australia’s largest city. We recently got a taste of that with Viva Macau’s announcement it would cancel its Sydney service in favour of more flights to Melbourne.
Update Monday 1 Feb
Stephen Holl comments:
Unfortunately, only this weekend we were advised of a change to our operating plan for the coming financial year, hence I’m saddened to say that the arrival of the A380 into Melbourne will not [be] in April. We’ve yet to be advised of the date for Melbourne, as these are pending delivery from Airbus.