Date Posted: 16/01/2019
In a disappointing announcement released by Emirates last week, the Middle Eastern carrier is set to downgrade the aircraft on routes bound for Adelaide effective from 1 February 2019 to a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. With a smaller aircraft, there will no longer be a First Class cabin on offer to passengers looking to travel in luxury to Dubai.
Currently Emirates has relied upon their much larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to operate the direct daily service from Dubai to Adelaide. Flight arrival and departure times will remain unchanged and will continue operate as normal with the inbound flight ‘EK440/QF8440’ departing Dubai at 0200hrs, and arrive into Adelaide later that day at 2050hrs. The return flight back to Dubai ‘EK441/QF8441’ will depart Adelaide at 2235hrs and arrive the following morning at 0515hrs.
Aviation Enthusiasts and Plane Spotters in Adelaide are excited to see a new aircraft gracing our skies, but it comes with sadness at the same time, there’s just something about the size of the Boeing 777-300ER that makes it look good as it descends into the Aussie sunset. Emirates was the only international carrier to schedule regular Boeing 777-300ER service into Adelaide, with all other international carriers relying on Airbus A330’s, A350’s and Boeing 787’s.
Emirates was the final carrier to also offer a luxurious First Class cabin to passengers departing Adelaide, with the new Boeing 777-200LR only configured into two classes.
For passengers looking at travelling in Emirates’ First Class cabin they would need to connect through Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney or Perth. For anyone that has booked a First Class ticket on this flight, the airline will re accommodate you onto a flight departing Melbourne if it is suitable.
The Boeing 777-200LR offers a greater range when compared against is larger brother, the aircraft can travel a maximum distance of 7,880 nautical miles (14,594 kilometres) being powered by two GE90-110BL1 engines.
“The changes we are implementing to our network schedules in 2019 are in line with this approach, taking into consideration global market dynamics and operational limitations”Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline
Business class passengers will get to enjoy a brand new cabin interior, so it’s not all bad news! If you are lucky enough to be travelling at the front you can enjoy fully lie-flat seats featuring a new diamond stitch pattern. There is a small touch screen panel that controls the seats and the inflight entertainment system. Various lighting options are available throughout the flight, privacy panels can be raised or lowered between all seats and each passenger can relax knowing that there is a fully stocked mini bar next to their seat.
The Business Class cabin is configured in an awkward 2-2-2 layout with only the centre seats and aisle seats offering direct aisle access throughout the flight.
The cabin can seat up to 38 passengers, with the new Business Class cabin also offering a mini lounge with as assortment of snacks and finger food throughout the flight as well as a full beverage section.
In Economy, passengers can relax in spacious seats with full leather headrests offering the best support and comfort throughout the flight. Each seat has direct access to Emirates’ award winning inflight entertainment system ‘ice’ with over 4,000 channels on offer. Wifi connectivity and Live TV is available across both cabins on board.
The economy cabin is configured to a 3-4-3 layout, with a total of 264 seats available.
With a smaller aircraft being deployed on this route, there will be a reduction of 407 seats each week between the two destinations adding up to 21,164 less seats on this route each year.
It’s a shame to hear that Emirates has chosen to supply Adelaide with a smaller aircraft indefinitely. First Class passengers will miss out the most with no First Class cabin being offered. For those passengers travelling in Business they will notice a huge improvement with the new cabin fit-out and lie-flat seats compared to the angled seats on the old aircraft type. If you are travelling in Economy you will be able to rest peacefully in the new seats, and if you don’t manage to get any sleep you won’t go bored with all the entertainment offerings.
“Through the year, we will continue to keep a close watch on global markets and will maintain our flexibility to optimise the usage of our aircraft assets.”Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline
Be in awe on the 31 January 2019 as Emirates flies its largest Boeing 777-300ER into Adelaide for the final time, fingers crossed its an amazing sunset that night!