Brisbane avgeeks brace yourselves for the temporary removal of Emirates A380 aircraft. Yes you heard right. The airline will make its Airbus A380 disappear from Brisbane skies later this year replacing them with Boeing 777s from June.
Emirates is the only airline to fly the A380 in and out of Brisbane Airport. The airline claims that the move is temporary but it is hard to tell. For those flying out of Brisbane on Emirates between June and August 2018, a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will be deployed on services EK434 and EK435.
It is a disappointing move by Emirates with the current crop of 777s not up to standard compared to its A380 product. Whilst First and Economy will be relatively minor in terms of change it is Business Class passengers who will be most affected with their seat and configuration downgraded from a 1-2-1 flat bed to a 2-3-2. In addition a number of the 777 interiors are tired and the Economy configuration is cramped and hellish at best.
In more positive news for Brisbane flyers, Malaysia Airlines is set to return to Brisbane after cancelling service in 2015 in the wake of the MH370 and MH17 disasters. The return of the airline will see Queenslanders offered more options to fly to destinations such as India, south-east Asia and the UK via Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia Airlines will recommence flights on June 6 on its Airbus A330 aircraft.