Dubai airline Emirates will restore non-stop A380 services to and from Auckland and Kuala Lumpur, from December 1, it announced on August 25.
The airline currently serves both cities with a linked Boeing 777-300ER service, which stops in the Malaysian capital before continuing to Auckland.
The start of A380 flights will see the two cities disconnected and served by direct services to and from Dubai, the carrier said in a statement. The new service between Dubai and Auckland will also reclaim its title as the longest route in the Emirates network, at 14,200 km, as well as being one of the longest scheduled non-stop commercial flights in the world.
The Emirates EK448 direct flight from Dubai to Auckland will depart at 10.05am and arrive at 11.05am the next day. The return flight will depart Auckland at 9:15 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 5:25 a.m. the following day. All times are local. Emirates’ A380 service to Kuala Lumpur, EK 346, will take off from Dubai at 3:30 a.m. and land at 2:35 p.m. The EK 343 will depart from Kuala Lumpur at 1:45 a.m. and arrive in Dubai at 5:05 a.m. Tickets can be booked on the carrier’s website or through its app or through online and offline travel agents.
The airline said it was accelerating the rollout of its A380 in line with growing global demand for air travel, with 32 destinations currently being served on a regular basis. As New Zealand encourages more inbound traffic through a global campaign in key markets, Emirates has also signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) with the Malaysian Tourism Board to grow visitor traffic entering the country from through the airline’s network.
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In 2016, Emirates signed a codeshare agreement with Malaysian Airlines, providing customers with connections as well as frequent flyer benefits and a worldwide travel experience.