Australia is now the third largest A380 destination for Emirates in the world, after the airline cranked its Aussie services up a notch. As of March 1 2016, EK404 and EK405 will be operated by Emirates flagship A380 aircraft, replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, providing more customer options as well as an additional capacity on the route. With this up-gauge, Melbourne will be served twice daily with an Emirates A380. On top of upping its Australian engagement, Emirates has also announced a second daily service to Singapore, with the up-gauge of its current service between Dubai and Melbourne via Singapore. The aircraft up-gauge will provide travellers with another seamless A380 connection option when travelling to Melbourne or Singapore from a number of US, Europe and Middle East destinations globally through its hub in Dubai.