Dubai-based Emirates has announced it will fly nonstop to Auckland beginning March 1st, 2016.
The new service will be in addition to the airline’s existing flights, which now gives New Zealand five daily roundtrip flights from Emirates. Three flights to Auckland are operated by the airline’s flagship Airbus A380 aircraft via Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney and one Boeing 777-300ER flight to Christchurch. The new nonstop service will give Emirates more than 2,000 seats a day to New Zealand in both directions.
The flight will take just less than 16 hours from Dubai to Auckland and approximately 17 hours 15 minutes from Auckland to Dubai.
Emirates flight 448 will depart Dubai at 10:05am and arrive into Auckland the following day at 11:00am. On the return, EK449 will depart Auckland at 21:30 and arrive into Dubai at 05:45 the following morning. All times are local.
The new flights are conveniently timed to allow customers to connect to over 24 destinations in the Emirates route network, and also connect to a number of other destinations via Emirates’ codeshare partner, Jetstar.
Emirates will operate its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on the route, which seats up to 266 passengers in a three-class configuration.
“Having just one stop on the long haul to New Zealand will make the journey quicker and more comfortable. Tourists, in particular, will now have more options – travelling to Auckland with a stopover in Australia on one of our three daily A380s, flying non-stop direct into Auckland, or flying to the South Island on our daily Christchurch service,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.
Approximately three million people visit New Zealand every year. This new nonstop service doesn’t only benefit tourists. New Zealand businesses and exporters will also benefit. The new flight will give the country more access to Dubai’s multinational trade hub, allowing them to transport goods to countries in Europe and Africa more easily than before.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum added, “Auckland as the major gateway is now a thriving and attractive city of 1.5 million and, together with tourism and business traffic, we are sure that it will easily sustain the introduction of the extra flight.”
Customers who are already booked on the airline’s existing flight to Auckland via Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney will have the option to change to the nonstop flight without charge.
Emirates will also begin nonstop service to Panama City beginning March 31, 2016. This will be the world’s longest route and will also be operated by the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.
Qatar Airways has also said it is planning to start nonstop Doha to Auckland service, which will then be longer than Emirates’ flight at approximately 18 hours 34 minutes.
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