Since the launch of our flights to Australia in 1996, we have carried more than 19 million passengers, providing a boost to the country’s AUD 28 billion income through tourism. In 2012/13, we carried more than 3 million passengers and 112,109 tons of high-value cargo on our Australian flights.
Our flights to Australia from Dubai have reached 84 per week, with daily service to Adelaide, twice daily to Brisbane, and three times daily to Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, and 28 of those flights connect onwards to Auckland and Christchurch.
In September 2012, we introduced the A380 on our direct service to Melbourne, increasing capacity on the route by 38%. We marked our fifth Australian destination in November with the launch of flights to Adelaide, followed by the addition of a third daily flight to Perth in December. In April 2012, Sydney received additional services in the form of a second dedicated weekly freighter, adding 103 tons of cargo capacity. Capacity on our direct passenger service to Sydney has increased by 38% with a second A380 added to the route in June 2013.
Our recent global partnership with Qantas marks another important milestone in our relationship with Australia. The new agreement opens up more access to Australia via the extensive Qantas domestic network and connects Australia more seamlessly with the rest of the world via our Dubai hub.