Christchurch Airport's runway works for A380 capability are nearing completion, does anyone have news if Emirates are planning a Melbourne or Sydney Christchurch A380 service.

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sgb

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Christchurch Airport's runway works for A380 capability are nearing completion, does anyone have news if Emirates are planning a Melbourne or Sydney Christchurch A380 service.

jackthomas

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It would depend if EK wants to make their Bangkok service an A380 I assume. They have recently upgraded the MEL-SIN flight from a 777 to A380 to commence shortly so it is possible, but I'm sure it more dependant on the longer route than the short hop to Christchurch. 

TomGoddardd

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What EK would do instead if there was too much capacity on the DXB-BKK segment; as they have more than one flight a day. (The other is on a 380) and wanted to increase the BKK-SYD-CHC leg they would downgrade the other 380 service to BKK and upgrade the 77W service.

smit0847

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I imagine BKK-SYD-CHC might be a better contender for a 2-class A380 than a 77W? Its a very leisure focused route.

riley

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Agree except for the volume it would pump onto the route. Might be a little hard to fill. Although the volume through Sydney and Bangkok could be enough to justify it.

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wilsoni Banned

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EK don't pay that much attention to CHC volume. It suits just to use the aircraft on a trans-Tasman run. The real issue is DXB-BKK-SYD volume I'd say.

henrus

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Christchurch Airport can already handle the A380

In fact 2 at a time, Just not a fully loaded one.

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The runway was just not long enough to do a full loaded A380 flight but then again EK never does fully loaded A380 flight across the ditch.

So back to the initial question, No EK will make no change cause the could have already been doing this but the load is not there.

I've done the SYD-CHC flights on EK a few times and only once during school holidays was it busy. These routes are mainly cargo routes to New Zealand which is a big market for NZ. If they wanted they could put the pax on a QF 737 flight but they need aircraft to transport cargo so that's where the A380 and 777's come into play.

henrus

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Christchurch Airport can already handle the A380

In fact 2 at a time, Just not a fully loaded one.

The runway was just not long enough to do a full loaded A380 flight but then again EK never does fully loaded A380 flight across the ditch.

So back to the initial question, No EK will make no change cause the could have already been doing this but the load is not there.

I've done the SYD-CHC flights on EK a few times and only once during school holidays was it busy. These routes are mainly cargo routes to New Zealand which is a big market for NZ. If they wanted they could put the pax on a QF 737 flight but they need aircraft to transport cargo so that's where the A380 and 777's come into play.

 

The runway was just not long enough to do a full loaded A380 flight but then again EK never does fully loaded A380 flight across the ditch.

So back to the initial question, No EK will make no change cause the could have already been doing this but the load is not there.

I've done the SYD-CHC flights on EK a few times and only once during school holidays was it busy. These routes are mainly cargo routes to New Zealand which is a big market for NZ. If they wanted they could put the pax on a QF 737 flight but they need aircraft to transport cargo so that's where the A380 and 777's come into play.

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