Emirates and Qantas have opened bookings for
their new schedule between New Zealand and Australia.
Among a suite of enhancements aimed at
providing more convenience and better connections for travellers
to and from New Zealand, Qantas has retimed its existing
Christchurch-Sydney service enabling more international
connections from Sydney and will launch a new Perth-Auckland
will continue to operate 28 flights a week to New Zealand, with
daily flights to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; and
the daily flight between Sydney and Christchurch.
From 1 October
all Emirates flights to Auckland will be operated by an Airbus
A380. Qantas operates double daily A380 services from Dubai to
Australia with connections to over 100 flights per week to New
Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said the
codesharing, aligned fares and frequent flyer benefits would all
add value for the customers of both Emirates and Qantas.
“These are the first significant signs of the
Qantas-Emirates partnership at work across the Tasman and the
advantages for our customers will continue to increase as the
relationship grows,” said Mr Clark. “We can expect to see benefits
for the tourism industry as well, and that has got to be good news
all round. Through the partnership, the Emirates network
has now been opened up to include Queenstown and Wellington in New
Zealand in addition to the 55 destinations in Australia already on
offer to our customers.”
Qantas Group Chief
Executive Officer Alan Joyce said the new Qantas schedule is one
of many benefits to flow from the Qantas and Emirates partnership
in New Zealand.
“Our new Auckland-Perth service will cater
for demand over the busy holiday season and our new trans-Tasman
schedule offers better flight times and more connections to
flights both in Australia and around the world,” said Mr Joyce. “The new Qantas and Emirates schedule offers around 130
services per week from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown across the Tasman to a joint network covering more than
175 destinations in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, North
Africa, the UK and Europe.”
trans-Tasman services are operated by Airbus A380 and Boeing
777-300ER aircraft, while Qantas’ services are operated by a
dedicated fleet of next generation Boeing 737-800s.