Dubai carrier Emirates celebrates 15 years of operations to Auckland, New Zealand's largest city
Emirates is celebrating 15 years of operations to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, revealing it has carried over two million passengers since the inaugural flight in 2003.
Emirates began its services to Auckland with daily flights via Sydney and Melbourne and, later, Brisbane.
In 2009, the airline introduced its iconic A380 aircraft to the route, and operations were further enhanced a few years later with the A380 operating all Auckland flights via Melbourne and Brisbane.
Today, Emirates operates a daily A380 non-stop flight from Auckland to Dubai as well as a new daily B777-300 ER service via Bali, Indonesia - a total of 21 flights a week.
With the launch of the new Dubai-Auckland-Bali route in June, Emirates became the only airline offering daily, year-round flights to Bali.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 15 years of flying into Auckland which has become an important part of Emirates’ success story in the region. We are proud to contribute to the city’s thriving tourism and trade industry, connecting Auckland to more than 160 destinations across six continents with only one stop in Dubai,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
Emirates SkyCargo said it has uplifted over 85,000 tonnes of cargo to and from Auckland in the last three years, carrying goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, pharmaceuticals and equipment. The freight division remains a major airfreight operator in New Zealand offering more than 55 tonnes of belly-hold capacity each day.