By Andy Sambidge
All Emirates flights to Auckland to be operated by A380 from Oct 1; other services improved
Emirates and Qantas on Wednesday enhanced their joint network as bookings opened for their new schedule between New Zealand and Australia.
Emirates will continue to operate 28 flights a week to New Zealand, with daily flights to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and the daily flight between Sydney and Christchurch.
From October 1 all Emirates flights to Auckland will be operated by an Airbus A380, a statement said.
Among a suite of other enhancements, Qantas has retimed its existing Christchurch-Sydney service enabling more international connections from Sydney and will launch a new Perth-Auckland service.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said the code-sharing, aligned fares and frequent flyer benefits would all add value for the customers of both Emirates and Qantas.
“These are the first significant signs of the Qantas-Emirates partnership at work across the Tasman and the advantages for our customers will continue to increase as the relationship grows,” said Clark.
“We can expect to see benefits for the tourism industry as well, and that has got to be good news all round.
“Through the partnership, the Emirates network has now been opened up to include Queenstown and Wellington in New Zealand in addition to the 55 destinations in Australia already on offer to our customers,” he added.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the new Qantas schedule is one of many benefits to flow from the Qantas and Emirates partnership in New Zealand.
“Our new Auckland-Perth service will cater for demand over the busy holiday season and our new trans-Tasman schedule offers better flight times and more connections to flights both in Australia and around the world,” said Joyce
“The new Qantas and Emirates schedule offers around 130 services per week from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown across the Tasman to a joint network covering more than 175 destinations in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, the UK and Europe,” added Joyce.
Emirates’ trans-Tasman services are operated by Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, while Qantas’ services are operated by a dedicated fleet of next generation Boeing 737-800s.