Emi­rates Dou­ble-Deck­ers make it a New Zealand dou­ble-header

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Emi­rates notched up a mo­men­tous dou­ble-header when it in­tro­duced its flag­ship A380 dou­ble-decker air­craft on two New Zealand routes on the same day.

The air­line’s step-up in ca­pac­ity on both its Christchurch ser­vice and its non-stop DubaiAuck­land flight means that Emi­rates now has an all-A380 of­fer­ing across its five daily New Zealand ser­vices.

On the same morn­ing, flight EK448 sets off from Dubai on its 16-hour jour­ney to Auck­land, on the non-stop sched­uled A380 route pre­vi­ously op­er­ated by Boe­ing 777-200LR air­craft, while an Emi­rates A380 takes off en route to Christchurch as the air­line up­graded the route to New Zealand’s main South Is­land gate­way from a Boe­ing 777300ER op­er­a­tion.

As well as the non-stop route, Emi­rates cur­rently also op­er­ates three other daily A380 ser­vices be­tween Dubai and Auck­land via Aus­tralia (Syd­ney, Mel­bourne or Bris­bane).

Emi­rates is the first air­line to of­fer reg­u­lar sched­uled A380 ser­vices to and from Christchurch with the up­grade of the cur­rent daily Christchurch ser­vice, which will en­able pas­sen­gers to travel all the way be­tween Dubai and Christchurch, with just one stop in Syd­ney.

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, in­clud­ing Malta, as well as a num­ber of cities in Africa and the Mid­dle East.

All New Zealand ser­vices will con­tinue to of­fer three classes of travel – First, Busi­ness and Econ­omy, with gen­er­ous 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 quiet lux­ury in the com­fort of their pri­vate suites and en­joy the in­dus­try’s only On­board Shower Spa. First Class and Busi­ness Class pas­sen­gers can so­cialise and sam­ple canapés and cock­tails at the pop­u­lar On­board Lounge and pas­sen­gers in all classes can en­joy the gourmet cui­sine, Emi­rates’ award-win­ning in­flight en­ter­tain­ment, ice, with more than 2,500 chan­nels and free Wi-Fi, which is avail­able on all of Emi­rates’ A380s.

Emi­rates op­er­ates daily sched­uled flights be­tween Malta and Dubai on a Boe­ing 777-300 air­craft. Emi­rates flies twice weekly to Malta, on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days, via Lar­naca in Cyprus, and on Sun­days, Tues­days, Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days the air­line op­er­ates the Dubai - Malta route on a cir­cu­lar rout­ing via Tu­nis in Tu­nisia. The re­turn flight flies di­rect from Malta to Dubai.

Tick­ets can be booked on­line through www.emi­rates.com or au­tho­rised travel agents.

The Emi­rates A380 ar­riv­ing in front of an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd near Christchurch In­ter­na­tional Air­port

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