With the introduction of Emirates’ A380 service on the Christchurch route, the airline will fly the double-decker aircraft between Dubai and New Zealand five times daily from 30 October.

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The Dubai-based carrier will be the first airline to run regular A380 services to and from Christchurch. Currently, the service is operated by Boeing 777-300ERs.  An en-route stop in Bangkok will also be removed, enabling passengers to travel between Christchurch and Dubai with just one stop in Sydney.

The launch of Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the double-decker aircraft on the airline’s daily non-stop route between Dubai and Auckland. Currently, the Gulf airline operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane).

EK412 will leave Dubai airport at 10:15 hours and arrive in Christchurch at 13:50 hours the next day (local time) after a stopover in Sydney. The return flight EK413 will depart Christchurch at 18:45 hours, touching down in Dubai at 05:15 hours the next day after its stop in Sydney.

Flight EK418 will leave Dubai at 08:55 hours and arrive in Auckland at 15:55 hours the following day (local time) after stopovers at Bangkok and Sydney. For the return service, flight EK419, via Sydney and Bangkok, will depart Auckland at 16:30 hours and arrive in Dubai the following morning at 06:45 hours.

All daily A380 flights offer easy connections with direct Emirates flights to and from dozens of 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 enjoy seamless A380 service in both directions, including on services connecting New Zealand with London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Munich, Barcelona and Zurich.