It’s bad news for Singapore-based flyers with not only a service reduction to Dubai but also the daily Singapore – Melbourne route completely removed from the roster for at least a year from now.
The carrier’s Airbus A380s, last seen at Changi in mid-March this year, will also not be making a return under the current plans before late 2021.
In positive news, the Dubai-based carrier is continuing to plan deployment of its newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the latest enclosed First Class Suites fitted on regular services to and from the Lion City.
This opens up the possibility to experience this rare product to Dubai or all the way to Europe when travel restarts in 2021, with award space already loaded up to a year in advance.
Melbourne is axed
Emirates last served Melbourne via Singapore on 22nd March 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak took hold and grounded almost all international services. The airline subsequently wiped availability on this longstanding route through to the end of the published schedule some weeks ago.
Singapore – Melbourne is currently axed from the Emirates network through October 2021.
Now the airline has removed Singapore – Melbourne flights from the booking systems completely in its latest update, which covers the period from now through to the end of October 2021.
Normally operated on a daily basis as the continuation of a Dubai – Singapore service, this fifth freedom route looks completely axed for the time being, with Emirates also removing the Dubai – Singapore element of the service (EK404/405), scaling back to just three daily links to its Middle East hub from Changi.
Emirates services between Singapore and Melbourne featured the airline’s latest Business Class seats.
Emirates will continue to codeshare on planned Qantas services between Singapore and Melbourne, currently programmed using one Airbus A330 and one Boeing 787-9 each day from 28th March 2021, but with Emirates codeshare availability only loaded from 14th June 2021.
Emirates customers continuing their journeys from Singapore to Melbourne will likely have to choose Qantas services for the foreseeable future. Emirates is currently serving its non-stop Dubai – Melbourne route three times weekly, with a limited schedule to and from other Australian cities as follows:
Airbus A380s are gone
In more bad news for Singapore travellers, Emirates’ flagship Airbus A380 is not currently planned to appear on Singapore services at all for the rest of this winter and the northern summer 2021 season, between late March and later October next year.
Although the Middle East carrier is the world’s largest Airbus A380 operator, and has resumed passenger flights with the type on its network, Changi now looks set to miss out for the next year or so.
A shower at 37,000ft is one of the more unique experiences when flying First Class on the Emirates Airbus A380.
All three daily flights between Changi and Dubai next summer are planned using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which means no onboard shower for those in First Class and no bar for First and Business Class passengers.
That’s a shame since Emirates has recently reinstated operation of both those facilities on its superjumbos, with new health and safety measures in place.
The Emirates A380 bar for First and Business Class passengers is back, but not for the Singapore route.
Emirates is currently operating five times per week between Singapore and Dubai, with a mixture of EK352/353 and EK354/355 services. This schedule is retained until the end of the northern winter season on 28th March 2021, thereafter increasing to three times daily operation for the northern summer 2021 period.