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Emirates to increase flights to Brisbane

Emirates Boeing 777

Emirates is to add a third daily flight from Dubai to Brisbane from December 1.

The airline will operate the extra flight to the Queensland city using a Boeing B777-200LR aircraft featuring first, business class and economy cabins.

The new service (EK430) will leave Dubai at 22.00 for arrival into Brisbane at 18.15 the next day, while the return flight (EK431) will leave Brisbane at 22.25 to arrive in Dubai at 07.00 the next day.

Emirates Group, the Dubai-based airline’s parent company, revealed yesterday that its profits had fallen by 70 per cent to $670 million for the financial year ending on March 31, 2017. Emirates Airline itself made a profit of $340 million over this period.

The company has attributed this fall in profit to the “relentless rise of the US dollar against currencies in most of Emirates’ key markets”, which knocked $572 million from the airline’s revenue and “bottom line”.

CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the 2016-17 financial year had been “one of our most challenging years to date” due to issues such as Brexit, terrorist attacks and new policies affecting flights to the US.

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