Emi­rates is con­nect­ing Bali and Auck­land

Business Traveller (India) - - Upfront -

Emi­rates will be the sole op­er­a­tor of year-round flights be­tween the In­done­sian is­land of Bali and Auck­land in New Zealand start­ing June 14, 2018, when the car­rier launches a new daily Dubai-Bali-Auck­land ser­vice.

The ad­di­tion of the new route will bring Emi­rates’ to­tal num­ber of daily flights to New Zealand to three, in­clud­ing its ex­ist­ing non-stop Dubai-Auck­land ser­vice and its Air­bus A380-op­er­ated Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch flights.

Emi­rates had pre­vi­ously flown to Auck­land as part of its Dubai-Sydney-Auck­land ser­vice as well, how­ever as of July 13, 2017 the Sydney-Auck­land leg of the route was sus­pended and handed over to joint-ven­ture part­ner Qan­tas.

Mean­while, the stopover in Bali will bring the car­rier’s to­tal flights to the hol­i­day is­land to three dur­ing the north­ern sum­mer sea­son, join­ing its cur­rent twice-daily Boe­ing 777-300ER flights.

As with the cur­rent Bali flights, the Dubai-Bali-Auck­land route will also be flown by the B777300ER, how­ever un­like the air­craft that flies Emi­rates’ ex­ist­ing ser­vices to Bali, the air­craft on the new route will have three rather than two classes.

The Dubai-Bali-Auck­land air­craft will have eight seats in first class, 42 in busi­ness, and 304 in econ­omy.

Emi­rates rolled out its new B777-300ER cabin prod­ucts last year, in­clud­ing Mercedes-Ben­zin­spired new first class suites.

The air­craft’s busi­ness class cabin is laid out in a 2-3-2 for­mat how­ever, which not only lacks direct aisle ac­cess for win­dow-seat pas­sen­gers but also re­quires the cen­tre pas­sen­ger to climb over their neigh­bours in or­der to reach the aisle.

The sched­ule for the new ser­vice is as fol­lows (all times lo­cal):

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