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Thu, 3 March 2016

Emirates Launches Non-Stop Dubai - New Zealand Flights

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 Christchurch service.

“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, Emirates Group.

The 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.

Emirates employs nearly 400 New Zealanders, including 140 cabin crew and 95 pilots.

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