Emirates has announced is to upgrade its daily non-stop services between Dubai and Auckland with an A380 aircraft, less than a year after operating the flights with a Boeing 777-200LR.
Emirates’ double-decker A380s will operate on the route, currently the world’s longest, from October 30. The airline has been flying the route since March 1, in addition to three daily A380s flying from Auckland to Dubai and beyond via Australia, and a daily Boeing 777-300ER from Christchurch.
Operating eastbound as flight EK448, the service will depart Dubai at 10:05 and arrive in Auckland the following day at 11:10 (local time). Westbound, flight EK449 will depart Auckland each night at 21:15, arriving in Dubai the following morning at 5:35 local time.
The very first flight from Dubai to Auckland and return at the beginning of March was operated by an A380 to especially commemorate the start of the non-stop route, but the flights have since been flown by the Boeing 777-200LR.