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Emirates' New NZ Connections From Tomorrow

Emirates' New NZ Connections From Tomorrow

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, will inaugurate its new daily connection between Christchurch and Sydney tomorrow.

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 tomorrow.

Richard Vaughan, Emirates' Senior Vice President East Asia and Australasia, said: "Bookings on both new routes are very encouraging and indicate that we have made the right choices to meet market demand."

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 16 tonnes of bellyhold capacity for cargo.

>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 flies to more than 75 destinations in 54 countries. Since January 2004 the airline has launched services to 10 new destinations, including the Seychelles, Seoul and Alexandria this year. It plans to start services to Hamburg and Beijing in the coming months.

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

• 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)


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