Emirates to Operate Airbus A380 on Flights to
Christchurch, New Zealand
[HD video below] Emirates Airbus A380s will fly between Dubai and
New Zealand five times daily from 30 October with the introduction
of the airline’s popular double-decker flagship aircraft on
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.
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).
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 the next day (local time).
flight EK413 will depart Christchurch at 18:45, touching
down in Dubai at 05:15 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 Southeast 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
and arrive in Auckland at 15:55 the following day (local
The return service, via Sydney and Bangkok, operating as
flight EK419, will depart Auckland at 16:30 and arrive in
Dubai the following morning at 06:45.
Known as the
Garden City, Christchurch is the main gateway to the South Island
and is set on the Canterbury Plains. The picturesque Avon River
runs through the middle of the city of more than 380,000
residents. The banks of the river feature cycle paths, the green
expanse of Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Other tourist attractions include the International Antarctic
Centre, the Christchurch Art Gallery and the start point for
scenic journeys on the Trans Alpine passenger train.
Emirates is the only airline offering year-round scheduled A380
services to and from New Zealand.
All daily A380 flights
provide connections in Dubai with direct Emirates flights to and
from 38 destinations in Europe, as well as a number of cities in
Africa and the Middle East.
On many of Emirates’ routes, Auckland
and Christchurch passengers will be able to fly all the way in
both directions on an A380, including on services connecting New
Zealand with London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Manchester, Paris,
Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Munich, Barcelona and Zurich.
The introduction of the new service will also mean
Sydney-based travellers will have a wider choice of routings and
timings on A380 flights, with the Christchurch A380 in addition to
two current daily Emirates A380 services plus partner Qantas' A380
service to Dubai.
All New Zealand services will continue to
offer three classes of travel – First, Business and Economy, with
free baggage allowance up to 35kg in Economy, 40kg in Business and
50kg in First Class.
On Emirates‘ A380s,
First Class passengers can look forward to their own private suites and enjoy the industry’s only
Onboard Shower Spa. First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise and sample canapes and cocktails at the popular Onboard
Lounge. Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates‘ award-winning inflight entertainment, ice, with
more than 2,500 channels and free Wi-Fi, which is available on all
of Emirates’ A380s.