- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 10:31AM
Emirates will use Airbus A380s between New Zealand and Dubai five times daily from the end of October with the introduction of the airline's double-decker aircraft on Christchurch services.
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.
The new service will mean 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.
The launch of the Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the A380 on Emirates' daily non-stop route between Auckland and Dubai. It is currently the longest flight in the world.
Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australian eastern cities.
The surge in capacity and the arrival of new airlines is helping fuel a price war to and from New Zealand.
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