Emirates has launched one of the world’s longest
scheduled non-stop flights.
Emirates’ flights between Dubai and Auckland
will bring New Zealand much closer to destinations in Europe and
the Middle East, with an estimated flight time of
just under 16 hours from Dubai to New Zealand and 17 hours 15
minutes in the other direction, cutting journey times by almost
three hours each way.
Travellers now have more
options – travelling to Auckland with a stopover in Australia on
one of the airline’s three daily A380 services,
flying non-stop direct into Auckland on the Boeing 777-200LR, or
flying to the South Island on the daily Boeing 777-300ER
“This is an important
development for our customers, for Emirates, and for New Zealand.
We anticipate high demand for the route, providing a further boost
to inbound tourist traffic into New Zealand that now exceeds three
million a year. We also expect the service to be popular with New
Zealanders seeking faster connections to Europe and the Middle
East,” said Gary Chapman, President Group Services & dnata,
Boeing 777-200LR aircraft that will operate the new non-stop
route are purpose-built for ultra-longhaul flights, carrying up to 266 passengers.
Like Emirates’ other New Zealand flights, the
aircraft will offer three cabin classes: in the case of the Boeing
777, 8 First Class suites, 42 lie-flat Business Class seats
and 216 comfortable Economy Class seats.
Passengers will have the
airline’s usual generous free baggage allowances – 30kg for Economy Class, 40kg for Business Class, and 50kg for First Class.
nearly 400 New Zealanders, including 140 cabin crew and 95 pilots.
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