Emirates A380s will fly between Dubai and New Zealand five times daily from October 30th with the introduction of the airline’s double-decker flagship aircraft on Christchurch services.
Emirates will be the first airline to offer regular scheduled A380 services to and from Christchurch with the upgrade of the current daily Christchurch service from Boeing 777-300ERs, along with the removal of the en-route stop in Bangkok which will enable passengers to travel all the way between Christchurch and Dubai, with just one stop in Sydney.
The launch of the Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the A380 on Emirates’ daily non-stop route between Dubai and Auckland.
Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane).
Outbound EK412 will depart Dubai at 10:15, seamlessly connecting with southbound services from European destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Manchester and many more of Emirates’ 38 Europe services.
EK412 will stop only in Sydney before arriving in Christchurch at 13:50 hours the next day.
The return flight EK413 will depart Christchurch at 18:45, touching down in Dubai at 05:15 hours the next day after its stop in Sydney, reducing the journey time to Dubai and Europe by about two hours in each direction.
At the same time, the Dubai service to Auckland via Sydney, will feature the opportunity for travellers to explore south-east Asia or Australia en route as this service, EK418, will operate via the popular hub that is Bangkok, as well as Sydney.
Flight EK418 will depart Dubai at 08:55 hours and arrive in Auckland at 15:55 hours the following day.
The return service, via Sydney and Bangkok, operating as flight EK419, will depart Auckland at 16:30 hours and arrive in Dubai the following morning at 06:45.