Emirates to deploy A380 aircrafts to Christchurch in October, offer non-stop Dubai-Auckland flights

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An Emirates Airbus A380-800 takes off from San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, February 13, 2015. Reuters/Louis Nastro

Emirates will be deploying Airbus A380 aircrafts to serve five daily flights between Dubai and New Zealand starting Oct. 30.

The super jumbo jets will replace the Boeing 777-300ERs that currently serve the Dubai-Christchurch service. With the fleet upgrade, Emirates said it will remove the en-route stop in Bangkok, Thailand, and maintain a single layover in Sydney, Australia.

Emirates will also start deploying non-stop flights between Auckland and Dubai late next month. Currently, Emirates operates three daily A380 flights between Auckland and Dubai via Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

“Emirates is the only airline offering year-round scheduled A380 services to and from New Zealand,” the airline said in a statement.

Industry watchers said the A380 flights will produce at least 95,000 additional seats to Christchurch every year and drive prices of plane tickets to go down.

A380 flights to boost tourism

For his part, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism CEO Vic Allen said the new daily A380 flight will make Canterbury and the South Island more accessible to tourists and improve tourism.

"The South Island of New Zealand is a premium destination and that fits very well with the A380,”Allen said.

"Having one of the biggest airlines flying their biggest aircraft into your airport, it puts you on the map.”

Considered as the biggest passenger plane, the A380 aircraft can seat 14 firs class suite passengers, 76 business class passengers and 399 economy class passengers. The A380’s upper deck is dedicated to Emirates’ premium travellers. It features an inflight bar for first and business class passengers as well as an onboard spa reserved for first class passengers.

UAE’s flagcarrier, Emirates has 80 Airbus A380 aircrafts in its fleet serving over 41 destinations worldwide. Emirates has ordered 62 more units of the super jumbo jets.

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