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Complete List Of A380 Flights

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Given the amount of publicity it has received, it’s mildly disconcerting to realise that there are only three airlines (Qantas, Singapore and Emirates) actually letting the general public fly on the Airbus A380. If you want to test out the mega-plane, you’ll need this list of flights which offer A380 service.

If you’re a regular traveller, the A380 does have a lot to recommend it, particularly in terms of productivity and entertainment options. For many travellers, the most tempting concept is the extra space, though this will vary between airlines since each carrier is free to design its own seating layout. (A maximally greedy carrier could cram 840 economy seats into an A380, though that hasn’t happened yet.)

Given the paucity of airlines flying the A380, Australia is pretty lucky, since Sydney and London (Heathrow) are the two destinations which all three currently active airlines have included in their schedule. Melbourne residents can also get some A380 love, albeit only when flying east to the US on Qantas. Singapore has the most active A380 flights, running daily services for all its options, while Emirates and Qantas both favour a three-day-a-week option. if you really fancy sampling the aircraft, flying Emirates to Auckland is undoubtedly the cheapest option.

Specific flight times haven’t been included in this list since they vary according to daylight savings status. However, we have included basic information on the times of day involved. As ever, the more flexible your schedule, the better your odds of getting a seat on an A380. Of course, that may not always be the cheapest option, though it won’t necessarily be any more costly depending on when you book. Also bear in mind that last-minute aircraft substitutions can happen for “operational reasons”, so even with the best plans in the world, you might still end up on a 747.

Qantas

Sydney-Singapore-London QF31 Tuesday, Friday, Saturday (depart afternoon, arrive early morning next day in London or late evening same day in Singapore)
London-Singapore-Sydney QF32 Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday (depart middle of day, arrive evening next day in Sydney, or early morning next day in Singapore)
Melbourne-Los Angeles QF93 Monday, Wednesday (depart morning, arrive early morning same day)
Los Angeles-Melbourne QF94 Monday, Wednesday (depart late evening, arrive morning two days later)
Sydney-Los Angeles QF11 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday (depart midday, arrive morning same day)
Los Angeles-Sydney QF12 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday (depart late evening, arrive morning two days later)

Singapore

Singapore-Narita SQ637 Daily (depart late evening, arrive morning next day)
Narita-Singapore SQ638 Daily (depart lunchtime, arrive evening same day)
Sydney-Singapore SQ222 (depart evening, arrive morning next day)
Singapore-Sydney SQ221 (depart evening, arrive early morning next day)
Singapore-London SQ318 Daily (depart midday, arrive evening)
Singapore-London SQ322 Daily (depart late evening, arrive early morning next day)
London-Singapore SQ317 Daily (depart midday, arrive morning next day)
London-Singapore SQ321 Daily (depart late evening, arrive evening next day)
Singapore-Paris SQ334 Daily (depart late evening, arrive early morning next day — commences June 2009)
Paris-Singapore SQ333 Daily (depart midday, arrive early morning next day — commences June 2009)

Emirates

Auckland-Sydney-Dubai EK413 Monday, Tuesday, Saturday (daily from May 1 2009) (depart Sydney evening, arrive early morning next day)

Dubai-Sydney-Auckland EK412 Sunday, Wednesday, Friday (daily from May 1 2009) (depart morning, arrive Sydney early morning next day)
Dubai-London EK001 Daily (depart morning, arrive afternoon same day)
London-Dubai EK002 Daily (depart midday, arrive very early morning next day)
Dubai-New York JFK EK201 Daily (depart morning, arrive afternoon same day)
New York JFK-Dubai EK202 Daily (depart evening, arrive evening next day)
Dubai-Toronto EK242 Monday, Wednesday, Friday (depart evening, arrive evening next day)
Toronto-Dubai EK241 Monday, Wednesday, Friday (depart morning, arrive afternoon)
Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman is slightly annoyed that none of his upcoming trips have yet coincided with a useful A380 flight option. His Road Worrier column, looking at technology and organising tips for travellers, appears each week on Lifehacker.


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