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Emirates increases its services to New Zealand

As part of its expansion into Australasia, Emirates is to commence new daily connection services between Sydney and Christchurch.

Emirates has announced that it will commence a new daily connection between Sydney, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand om 15th July.

The new air link will operate as an extension of Emirates’ Dubai-Sydney daily non-stop service and replace the airline’s current Dubai-Melbourne-Christchurch route, which will instead connect Melbourne to Auckland.

“This move caters to our customer’s changing requirements, in particular the strong passenger demand for travel between Sydney and Christchurch. We keep a close watch on market trends and we are taking the opportunity to review our services in Australasia as we expand our network and aircraft fleet,” said Richard Vaughan, senior vice president East Asia & Australasia, Emirates.

Emirates will also continue to operate four flights a day from Dubai to New Zealand — daily to Christchurch, and thrice a day to Auckland. On the new Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch routing, Emirates will operate its Airbus A340-500 aircraft which offers 12 first class suites and 42 and 204 seats in business and economy class respectively, as well as 14 tonnes of bellyhold capacity for cargo.

Other Australasia routes that Emirates offers are twice daily services to Sydney, twice daily to Melbourne and daily to Perth and Brisbane. Emirates also plans to double its services to Perth by October this year.

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