Sydney and Auckland have become the third and
fourth destinations to join Emirates’ rapidly-expanding Airbus A380
Emirates will operate its A380, dubbed ‘a
premium hotel in the sky’, from Dubai to Sydney and across the
Tasman to Auckland every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The service
will progress to a daily, effective 1st May 2009.
the test flight for a longer-term green flight initiative
involving the Air Navigation Service Providers of Australia, the
UAE, Oman, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives working with
Emirates and other airlines to pioneer best environmental practice
over the world's third-largest oceanic region. The programme
will officially commence in the first half of 2009.
Despite a challenging global economic environment, visitors from
the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) visiting Australia are
expected to grow by 8% this year and by 15 % in 2010, according to
a forecast by the Tourism Australia Aviation and Economics
In its last annual study, Tourism New South
Wales recorded close to 30,000 overnight visitors from the region,
representing 43.3% of its total visitors and a 32.9% increase
from the previous year’s study.
In a move aimed at facilitating travel,
New Zealand signed a visa-waiver agreement with the six member
States of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Trade benefits will
also accrue as the Middle East is a valuable market for New
Zealand products including wool, dairy products, meat,
manufactured goods and services. At the same time the region is an
important source for New Zealand’s crude oil, polymers and fertilisers.
The new service will also benefit
Australians and New Zealanders travelling to their preferred
cities in Europe and the Middle East, and will facilitate a seamless A380 experience from Auckland/Sydney to Dubai and onwards
to London Heathrow – an important route for travellers from
To maximise its environmental efficiency, EK 412
adopted the following measures:
- Priority departure from Dubai
and an unrestricted climb from UAE Air Traffic Control to ensure
optimal fuel burn.
- Flexible, ultra-efficient routings
over countries and their air space such as Oman, the Maldives and India.
- Dynamic re-routing to allow for weather
changes, particularly high-altitude winds, to save journey time
- Arranged with AirServices Australia to
allow a continuous descent arrival to ensure fuel is saved and
noise is minimised.
- Arranged with Airways Corporation
of New Zealand for the continuation of the green initiatives on
EK412 between Sydney and Auckland.
- Emirates and
Airways New Zealand used the concept of User Preferred Routes to
further reduce fuel and emissions over the Tasman.
Emirates’ A380 has received glowing reviews from passengers and the
travel trade with its
Shower Spas and other impressive facilities.
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