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Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:49 am

Does anyone have info on Emirates first revenue flight with the A340-500 that took place today. It was a non-stop flight from Dubai to Sydney. I'm curious as to how long it took and anything else about this flight.
 
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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:54 am

The flight is daily 3 class service and takes just under 14 hours to fly.
Departs DXB at 10.15 am
Arrives SYD at 07.10 am local time
 
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:17 am


News article on the flight;

Long range passenger jet lands in Sydney
Source: SYDNEY AAP
Date: 2003-Dec-02 07:09 PM

The world's longest-range passenger aircraft - engineered for flights of up to 19 hours - touched down in Sydney.

The 14-hour nonstop journey from Dubai to Sydney was the world's first commercial flight of an Airbus A340-500, capable of flying 16,000 kilometres in one haul.

Until now Dubai-based international airline Emirates, which owns the plane, has had to fly to Sydney via Singapore.

The airline will now begin a daily nonstop service between Sydney and Dubai.

The new aircraft features atmospheric effects to minimise jet lag by simulating dawn and sunset, including stars on the ceiling panels at night and birdsong in the "morning".

First class passengers are able to take advantage of enclosed suites with beds, incorporating a vibrating massage system, a mini-bar and "room service".

About 200 guests from the business, media and travel industries were treated to brief demonstration flights above Sydney and Canberra.

Emirates Airlines president Tim Clark said the A340-500, which carries up to 258 passengers, meant people leaving Sydney at 10pm could be in Casablanca or Nairobi by midday the next day.

"The aeroplane has got enormous legs," Mr Clark said at Sydney Airport.

"It's something we've been dreaming abut for years, to be able to cut across the continents and deliver the non-stop product."

With three A340-500s in the stable and six more on order, the company is lobbying the federal government to allow it to make two daily return flights to Sydney.

By Adam Joyce
 
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:23 am

This is really impressive, I envy all the lucky Aussie expats in Dubai who have first class air perks in their contracts!
 
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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:23 am

I wonder why they never operated a low density 772 on this route.

Its about the same distance (within 4 nm) of LAX-SYD, and a 772 could just do LAX-SYD is my guess.

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Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:27 am


A double daily flight to SYD for emirates will be the icing on a big cake. This route will certainly win a huge amount of pax from LON. Why fly the usual bunch via SIN or BKK when you can do a 6 hour hop from LON to DXB and then connect to this service, hope they do some great deals for pax. Does this whole flight sequence fall into place or is there a long standover in DXB to connect to this flight???? Good on EK!! It has to be a winner!
 
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:28 am


It'll be interesting to see how Gulf Air does competing with Emirates. My guess is that if they will also have to commence non-stops if they are going to survive in the market.
 
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:44 am


Further information on Emirates plans;

Emirates pleads to fly twice
By Steve Creedy
December 3, 2003

EMIRATES officials will head to Canberra today with a new submission they hope will break the deadlock on the airline's push for double daily services to Sydney.

The lobbying effort is backed by Sydney airport chief executive Max Moore-Wilton, who said a second daily service to Sydney was "not only in Emirates' interest but is in Australia's interest in every respect".

Launching new non-stop Sydney-Dubai flights using an ultra-long-range Airbus A340-500, Emirates president Tim Clark said it was no secret that the airline was frustrated by its inability to get further access to Australia's biggest city but hoped to be able to boost services next year.

The 258-seat A340-500, which features luxurious business class suites worth $US150,000 ($206,000) each and a 500-channel entertainment system, allows Emirates to fly non-stop to Dubai but carries 122 fewer passengers than its predecessor.

"What we don't want to do is find we're having to turn people away simply because we haven't got enough seats," Mr Clark said.

"In our view, Sydney-Dubai would take about 600 and 800 seats a day easily."

Mr Clark also revealed that the airline was looking at establishing in Australia two high-end resorts similar to its $US1000-a-night Al Maha Desert Resort in the United Arab Emirates.

He said the airline had looked at up to 16 locations throughout the country.

Queensland, Victoria and NSW led the field but there were also fantastic opportunities in Western Australia.

"We've got it down to four possibilities now - they represent about $25 million, $30 million each - and at the moment we're looking quite seriously at two of those to link in the Maha arrangements," he said.

The Emirates executive said the airline was happy with its recently launched trans-Tasman services, which had received a boost from the Rugby World Cup and were averaging load factors of 60 to 65 per cent.

The Australian

 
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 7:23 am

Well,well,well! Its amazing that I brought up the topic of Emirates commencing Dubai - Sydney service & no one replied!
All I can say is that Emirates has impressed me from day one. Commencing services back in March 2000 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays using a A330-200 aircraft. Wasn't long before I saw the 1st upgrade going to daily flights & aircraft changed to a B777-200. Shortly after Emirates upgraded to a -300LR aircraft.
Realizing it wasn't worth leaving the aircraft in idle from 9am until 9pm they decided to fly onwards to NZ & compete with Qantas & ANZ.
Introducing the A345 just tops its all off & not to mention EK is the launch carrier.
Aussiestu, like you said,this new service is the icing on the cake! The government would be stupid not allowing them to commence 2 daily services & lets not forget that EK want to continue with the NZ service so really its 3 daily services!

Way the go Emirates! Show them how its done!
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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 7:26 am

Shortly after Emirates upgraded to a -300LR aircraft.

No such aircraft currently exists

That, and since EK's 773ERs dont arrive for quite awile... you were probably referring to a 773A.  Big grin
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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 7:51 am

Thanks for the correction ConcordeBoy. Just noted that the LR is a -200 series & -300ER not LR.

Thanks
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:11 am

Not just that EK413, but Emirates' 777-300s are the base model. No ER.

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Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:39 am

Thanks Gigneil

When you refer to 'base model' you mean 'the Main Variant' in the fleet or 'Mother ship' right.
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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:49 am

What I mean by base model is that there are 3 markets of 777- A, B, and C.

The 777-200 is offered in all three. The basic 777-200, or A, the 777-200ER, b, or 777-200LR, C.

The 777-300 is only offered in A and B. So you have the basic model, the 777-300 that has "X" capabilities, and the 777-300ER with the next generation of capabilities.

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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:59 am

Ok, thanks for clarifying the information Gigneil.

Thanks
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:17 am

DXB-SYD!!!!!!!!!

I wonder how long it is before EK start a DXB-LAX service. On their website they show this route as a potential service for the A345.

Does anyone know of their plans on this route, or what their first US destination is likely to be?
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:23 am


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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:40 am

Im pretty sure that Emirates has San Francisco, New York & Los Angeles in mind. Services are to begin in 2004.
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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:05 am

If anyone is interested in what a flight is like, head to the trip reports section. I was lucky enough to be on the launch demo flight out of Canberra yesterday morning.
 
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:44 am

Aussie_
How did you get onto the Demo flight???

I was aware of the flights but was told that it was for the media.
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RE: Emirates Began DXB-SYD Today With A345

Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:52 am

What's economy pitch like? I'm flying SYD-DXB on 14 December...looking forward to it.
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Wed Dec 03, 2003 11:34 am

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