DUBAI, 24 June 2016: Emirates will operate its daily nonstop services between Dubai and Auckland using an A380 aircraft instead of a Boeing 777, effective 30 October, the airline announced Thursday.
After less than a year using a Boeing 777 Emirates’ flagship double-decker A380s will take over on a route, currently the world’s longest for a nonstop flight .
The airline has been flying the route since 1 March, in addition to three daily A380s flying from Auckland to Dubai and beyond via Australia, and a daily Boeing 777-300ER from Christchurch.
Operating eastbound as flight EK448, the service will depart Dubai at 1005 and arrive in Auckland the following day at 1110 (local time). Westbound, flight EK449 will depart Auckland each night at 2115, arriving in Dubai the following morning at 0535 (local time) connecting with Emirates’ 39 European destinations, as well as other destinations in West Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
This flight also connects in both directions with 10 A380 destinations, providing passengers the opportunity to fly all the way from Auckland to Europe on Emirates’ flagship aircraft.
As the largest A380 operator, Emirates now has 80 Airbus A380s serving its network. Last month, Emirates placed a new order for an additional two A380 aircraft, to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing its order books for the aircraft to 64.
Emirates A380s currently serve 40 destinations worldwide – one out of every four destinations on the airline’s passenger network. Vienna will become the next A380 destination starting from 1 July.