As proof of its commitment to its Australian and New Zealand customers, Emirates will launch a new daily service between Dubai and Brisbane via Singapore on 26 October. The Dubai-based international carrier will also be extending flights on to Auckland, the commercial capital of New Zealand, as
it provides even greater choice for British customers travelling or shipping
goods `down under`.
Brisbane, state capital of Queensland, will become the airline`s fourth destination in Australia after Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The new service will boost tourism and trade ties. Emirates has full traffic rights between
Singapore and Brisbane, and thereon between Brisbane and Auckland.
Initially, the flights will be operated with an Airbus A330-200 in three-class configuration, offering 18 First class seats, 42 in Business and 183 in Economy.
From 1 December, a Boeing 777-300 will be operated on the route, increasing the number of available Economy seats to 320, with the same number of First and Business class seats. Thus, an additional 2,660 Emirates seats per week
will then be available into Brisbane. The Boeing 777-300 will also carry 23 tonnes of cargo.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates` Executive Vice-President Commercial Operations
Worldwide, said: “These flights are a demonstration of our commitment not only to our Australian and New Zealand customers but also to our determination to become a serious player on the Trans-Tasman route. We are here to stay.”
He added: “We offer an extremely good service with fast and convenient connections at our Dubai hub to points throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe.”
The new service will provide a 33 per cent increase in flights per week into Brisbane. It will also increase by 18 per cent the number of seats per week
on the competitive Singapore-Brisbane route.