Emirates’ inaugural flight to Christchurch received a warm welcome on its arrival today. Photo shows Emirates’ Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide, Ghaith Al Ghaith being greeted with the traditional Maori ‘hongi’ at Christchurch International Airport.
Also at the airport to receive the inaugural flight were New Zealand’s Minister for Economic Development Hon Jim Anderton and Christchurch Airport’s Chief Executive George Bellew.
Emirates Christchurch service is an onward connection from its Dubai-Melbourne nonstop service launched yesterday July 1st. Operating the new A340-500 aircraft, Emirates’ Dubai - Melbourne - Christchurch service will double from current three a week to six - weekly by August 16.
With the launch of its Christchurch services, Emirates, the world’s fastest growing intercontinental airline, now flies to 77 destinations in 54 countries. Christchurch is Emirates’ second destination in New Zealand after Auckland, were it currently operates daily flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. By mid August Emirates will offer 27 flights a week to New Zealand.