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Emirates Makes Kiwi Connection

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline,
today announced a new daily connection between Sydney, Australia, and
Christchurch, New Zealand, commencing 15th July 2005.The new air link will operate as an extension of Emirates’ Dubai-Sydney
daily non-stop service and replace the airline’s current
Dubai-Melbourne-Christchurch routing, which will instead connect Melbourne
to Auckland on 15th July.  Also effective that same day, Emirates’
Dubai-Singapore-Melbourne-Auckland service will terminate in Melbourne.

Richard Vaughan, Emirates’ Senior Vice President East Asia and Australasia
said: “This move caters to our customer’s changing requirements, in
particular the strong passenger demand for travel between Sydney and
Christchurch. We keep a close watch on market trends, and are taking the
opportunity to review our services in Australasia as we expand our network
and aircraft fleet.”


Emirates will continue to operate four flights a day from Dubai to New
Zealand - daily to Christchurch, and thrice a day to Auckland. On the new
Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch routing, Emirates will operate its Airbus A340-500
aircraft which offers over 500 channels of on-demand personal entertainment
in all classes; 12 luxurious First class suites; 42 and 204 seats in
Business and Economy classes respectively; as well as 14 tonnes of bellyhold
capacity for cargo.



From its modern Dubai hub, Emirates offers passengers and shippers from
Africa, Europe and the Middle East a speedy one-stop service to New
Zealand’s north and south islands, as well as excellent flight options to
four cities in Australia - Sydney (twice daily), Melbourne (twice daily),
Perth (daily) and Brisbane (daily). Emirates also plans to double its
services to Perth by October this year.