Emirates will deploy their flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Bali starting June 1st, 2023, marking a milestone in Indonesia’s aviation history as the first-ever scheduled A380 service to the country.
On Friday (March 24, 2023), Emirates announced that they will deploy their signature Airbus A380 super jumbo to Bali starting June 1st, 2023, marking the milestone first-ever scheduled A380 service to Indonesia. The new two-class Emirates A380 service will replace one of the two daily services currently operated with a two-class Boeing 777-300ER. The debut flight, EK368, will depart Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 03:23, and will arrive at Denpasar International Airport (DPS) at 16:35. The return flight, EK369, will depart Bali at 19:40 and arrive back in Dubai at 00:45 (all times local).
In Friday’s announcement, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer, Adnan Kazim, said,
“The Emirates A380 is synonymous with our fly better promise and world-class products and services, and we’re excited to offer our travellers the opportunity to experience its uniqueness and unmatched beauty on flights to and from Bali. Needless to say that we’ve been working closely with our partners at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to ensure our A380 operations will be seamless and smooth. We’d like to thank the authorities and our partners for all their support.
“Bali continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in our network and strategic markets in Southeast Asia, and the Emirates A380’s debut in Indonesia underscores our long-standing commitment to its travel and tourism sector. We look forward to driving more inbound traffic to the island, while also offering leisure and business travellers more opportunities to connect to Dubai and beyond to cities across Europe and the Americas through Emirates’ extensive global network.”
Also commenting on the new milestone A380 service, PT. Angkasa Pura’s President Director, Faik Fahmi, said,
“The scheduled operations of the Airbus A380 in Indonesia will be a historic moment for Indonesian aviation and Angkasa Pura I. We welcome the Emirates A380 service, which will operate in early June, and are honored to be the first airport operator to receive regular commercial flights of the aircraft in the country. This is the result of well-established coordination, synergy, and cooperation between Angkasa Pura I as the airport operator, Emirates, and the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia as the regulator. We hope the A380 operations in Indonesia, especially Bali, will have an increasingly positive impact on the tourism and economy sectors, and will further allow more opportunities for cooperation and investment in other sectors of the industry in Indonesia.”
Emirates launched direct daily service between Dubai and Bali in 2015, complementing scheduled service to Jakarta which began in 1992. Since that time, Emirates has operated over 49,000 flights between Dubai and Indonesia, carrying more than nine million passengers. Currently, Emirates offers 28 weekly flights to both Bali and Jakarta, as well as seamless onward connectivity in Indonesia through partnership agreements with Garuda and Batik Air.
Emirates’ two-class A380 features 58 lie-flat Business Class seats, and 557 generously pitched Economy Class seats. Guests traveling to/from Bali will enjoy a spacious and comfortable cabin, signature products such as the Onboard Lounge, and regional cuisine, including a number of Indonesian dishes. Additionally, Emirates award-winning ice inflight entertainment (IFE) system offers over 5,000 channels of on-demand entertainment with a wide selection of Indonesian content. Emirates continues to expand their flagship A380 network, which currently includes 41 destinations, end will likely expand to nearly 50 destinations by the end of summer 2023.