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Emirates Provides New NZ Connections

1 June 2005


Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, today announced a new
daily connection between Christchurch and Sydney, commencing July 16, 2005.

The new air link will operate as an extension of Emirates' Sydney-Dubai
daily non-stop service and replace the airline's current
Christchurch-Melbourne-Dubai routing, which will instead operate
Auckland-Melbourne-Dubai from the same date.

Richard Vaughan, Emirates' Senior Vice President East Asia and Australasia,
said: "This move caters to our customers' changing requirements, in
particular the strong passenger demand for travel between Christchurch and
Sydney. We keep a close watch on market trends, and are taking the
opportunity to review our services in Australasia as we expand our network
and aircraft fleet."

Emirates will continue to operate four flights a day between New Zealand
and Dubai - daily from Christchurch, and thrice a day from Auckland. On
both the new Christchurch-Sydney-Dubai routing and the
Auckland-Melbourne-Dubai service, Emirates will operate its Airbus A340-500
aircraft which offers more than 500 channels of on-demand personal
entertainment in all classes; 12 luxurious first class suites; 42 business
seats and 204 Economy seats; as well as 14 tonnes of bellyhold capacity for

From its modern Dubai hub, Emirates offers New Zealand passengers and
shippers a speedy direct service to destinations in Europe, Africa and
other parts of the Middle East.

Emirates' routes (and aircraft types) from New Zealand from July 16 will

· Auckland-Melbourne-Dubai (Airbus A340-500)
· Auckland-Sydney-Bangkok-Dubai (Boeing 777-300 ER)
· Auckland-Brisbane-Singapore-Dubai (Boeing 777-300)
· Christchurch-Sydney-Dubai (Airbus A340-500)

From July 16, Emirates daily departures (all times local) will be:

Flight EK 413, departs Christchurch 6.10pm, arrives Sydney 7.25pm; departs
Sydney 9.10pm, arrives Dubai 5.45am (next day)

Flight EK 419, departs Auckland 3.50pm, arrives Sydney 5.15pm; departs
Sydney 6.45pm, arrives Bangkok 1am (next day); departs Bangkok 2.30am,
arrives Dubai 5.35am.

Flight EK 433, departs Auckland 5.25pm, arrives Brisbane 7pm; departs
Brisbane 8.30pm, arrives Singapore 2.15am (next day); departs Singapore
3.25am, arrives Dubai 6.25am.

Flight EK 407, departs Auckland 5.55pm, arrives Melbourne 7.45pm; departs
Melbourne 9.30pm, arrives Dubai 5.40am (next day)

Emirates flies to 78 cities in 54 countries in Europe, North America, the
Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Asia-Pacific. Since January
2004 the airline has launched services to 10 new destinations, including
the Seychelles, Seoul and Alexandria this year. Later this year it will
start services to Hamburg, and will being flying to Beijing in February


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