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Emirates’ ‘Journey to the Future’ A380 lands in Melbourne

written by Adam Thorn | May 7, 2022

Emirates A380 A6-EVK celebrates Dubai’s new Museum of the future. (Victor Pody)

Australian Aviation photographer Victor Pody on Saturday took this photo of an Emirates A380 arriving in Melbourne with a special-edition livery.

The aircraft, A6-EVK msn 260, departed from Dubai at 10:48am on 6 May as flight EK406 and landed in the Victorian capital at 5:34am.

The unique design celebrates Dubai’s recently opened Museum of the Future, a squashed, ring-shaped building created from 1,024 pieces of stainless steel.

Standing at seven stories tall, it features no support pillars and is decorated with quotes in Arabic penned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The museum only fully opened in February, though exhibitions have been held there since 2016.

“Arabic calligraphy encapsulated building encircles both sides of the aircraft and features the message ‘Journey to the Future’ across the fuselage, covering a total of 336 square metres on the A380,” said Emirates at its unveiling last week.

The business added it will eventually produce 10 museum liveries in total, which will fly to around 30 destinations.

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In March, Australian Aviation reported how an Emirates A380 returned to Brisbane for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, as it ramped up its flight schedule servicing the Queensland capital.

Flight EK430, operated by aircraft registration A6-EVC, touched down at Brisbane Airport at 10:57pm on Tuesday, 1 March, following its nearly 14-hour stretch from Dubai.

Museum of the Future. (WikiCommons, Lyonerov)

It marked not only the return of the iconic aircraft but also the start of daily flights connecting Brisbane and Emirates’ hub of Dubai.

Prior to Tuesday, Emirates was operating six times per week into Brisbane, using its fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The news means Emirates will now offer an additional 3,000 seats per week to and from Brisbane, a decision the airline said will allow it to keep up with increasing demand for international travel from the Sunshine State.

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