New Emirates A380 flights for Sydney, Christchurch, Bangkok

By David Flynn , September 6 2016
New Emirates A380 flights for Sydney, Christchurch, Bangkok

Emirates is ramping up its Airbus A380 roster with Sydney and Christchurch coming under the wing of a new superjumbo flight.

The Sydney-Christchurch route is the second leg of Emirates' Dubai-Sydney service and currently flown by Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER – yes, the one with the unloved middle seat and angled beds in business class.

But from October 31 the Gulf colossus and Qantas partner will swing another of its 75-strong A380 fleet onto the daily Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch service, although that flight's current stopover in Bangkok will be dropped.

Instead, Emirates will add a Bangkok detour into its current evening Auckland-Sydney-Dubai A380 flight, to become Auckland-Sydney-Bangkok-Dubai, with Australians still able to fly solely between Australia and the Thai capital.

That superjumbo will bring a smile to the face of business class travellers, not only for the lack of that middle seat in the Boeing 777s 2-3-2 cabin layout but of course the fully lie-flat seats and inflight cocktail bar.

And if you're luxing it up in first class, why not make time for a shower above the clouds?

The option of a superjumbo sprint from Sydney to Christchurch in a truly international-grade business class – on a flight which you can book using Qantas points – will also be appealing to many trans-Tasman travellers.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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Magnificent.

03 Aug 2015

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Can someone please confirm that the DXB-BKK-SYD-CHC route is now becoming DXB-BKK-SYD-AKL? As some of the press seams to point to?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2015

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Another website just announced it with a 777.

07 Sep 2016

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Outbound EK412 will depart Dubai at 10:15 hours, and will stop only in Sydney before arriving in Christchurch at 13:50 hours the next day (local time). EK413 will depart Christchurch at 18:45 hours, touching down in Dubai at 05:15 hours the next day after its stop in Sydney.

The Dubai service to Auckland via Sydney, EK418, will operate via Bangkok, as well as Sydney. Flight EK418 will depart Dubai at 08:55 hours and arrive in Auckland at 15:55 hours the following day (local time). The return service, via Sydney and Bangkok, operating as flight EK419, will depart Auckland at 16:30 hours and arrive in Dubai the following morning at 06:45 hours.

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

07 Sep 2012

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DCom82 - 35 minutes is an impossible turnaround time in AKL. Suspect you mean it wil deaprt AKL at 18:30 and not 16:30

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Feb 2015

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I noticed that too on the press release but I believe that the A380 that will operate the AKL-SYD-BKK-DXB return route will not be the same frame as the outboud route but Emirates will deploy another one coming from BNE or MEL for that mission and will therefore swap aircraft at AKL.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Dec 2015

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They will use the EK448/449 DXB-AKL 777, gets upgraded to an A380 on the 30th October. It arrives at 11:10am and doesn't depart until 21:15. 

08 Feb 2016

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Any idea when this will be bookable Chris?

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

21 Jan 2016

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A380 flights start from 1 Oct 16 SYD/CHC/SYD.

07 Sep 2016

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A380s on both New Zealand Auckland non-stop and South Island flights from 30 October, according to websites of Emirates and Christchurch Airport.

10 Aug 2015

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Emirates must be doing great on NZ flights as they are also upgrading the non-stop DXB-AKL route to an A380 from a 777-200LR. Every daily flight to NZ will be an A380! Emirates must not be concerned about overcapacity...

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03 May 2012

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I think it is the latter more than the former. Emirates, through its government sponsorship, is not concerned about overcapacity on many, many routes. It is part of a wider strategy to get people to Dubai and the UAE.  

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2016

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it is actually cheaper for emirates to park the planes in NZ rather then in Australia as australian airports like sydney are super expensive.

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03 May 2012

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There is no doubt this is wonderful for the travelling public, but there is a reason why Emirates is able to operate more than 3x as many A380s as the next biggest operator and has more than 6x as many on order.  It is not just NZ - Emirates flies to destinations all over the world with big planes in a way that other airlines would not be able to afford to, because they have to fill the planes.

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

21 Jan 2016

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Emirates want to use NZ as a hub for its A380's, as they are eyeing SYD/AKL/LAX or SFO for A380 services.  Secondly NZ is cheaper to lay over A380's as oppose to SYD.

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

10 Aug 2015

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I did wonder about this! It would complete a round the globe network! Would that be a first for an airline? Bit of a scarey thought for the competition to be honest.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2012

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This will mean Emirates will only operate the 777 on the Adelaide and second Brisbane flights, hopefully it'll be all a380 ops soon.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2015

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Brisbane, maybe. But I highly doubt that Adelaide will see an A380 any time soon. 

03 Aug 2015

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Your missing EK 408/409 - the current DXB-KUL-MEL route which is going direct from OCT 31st. This is also the most likely to be upgraded to the A380 

10 Aug 2015

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Adelaide: Fat chance. Brisbane: Hopefully and probably

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Dec 2015

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Would you say still via Singapore or a 2nd direct flight ? 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

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What time does this flight leave Sydney?

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2016

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09:15am doesn't sound right for SYD departure??

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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I was in 6A on it a few weeks back as a 777

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

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Sorry for my ignorance but I didn't know Christchurch could handle an A380!

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

10 Aug 2015

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They had a couple divert from AKl to CHC 3yrs ago when a Qantas plane "had issues" and was blocking AKL runway

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

21 Jan 2016

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Yes CHC can handle A380's, as the runaway is very long and has been widen for A380's so it can be a back up to AKL.  When CHC terminal was rebuilt, the new terminal has 2 A380's equipped gates.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

26 Jul 2012

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OMG I'm so comfused??????

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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This was bound to happen, the runway had extensive widening done 1 year ago to accommodate A380's

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

14 Feb 2014

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Just booked BKK-SYD mid January and realised its A380 when choosing seats. great news especially for anyone upgrading with miles 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Oct 2015

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Makes sense to swap the BKK stopover to the AKL route, gives CHC-based pax a much better propsition, while AKL already has direct services to DXB. Great news all round.

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

23 May 2013

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Wow with this happening a day after DXB-AKL switches to the A380, Emirates will offer 2445 seats to NZ a day! 

19 Jun 2013

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Great news. I have looked into flights in April next year and it is showing the 777. Is the A380 only over the summer months of 16/17 ?

07 Sep 2016

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Might be worth checking again. Only today did my EK413 booking ex AKL on Jan 4 get swapped to EK419 - both A380 ops.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Sep 2016

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Do Emirates do any special celebrations or anything when they upgrade a route to an A380. Or does it just come and go as a normal flight.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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Do you think Emirates would want to boast!!! What a magnificent offering, real choice of classes on a A380 Trans Tasman service and to the South Island now as well as the North Island, the only way to fly to NZ.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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Anything less than an EK A380 to NZ from Oz is a veritable Crop Duster service. I want the same from Melbourne to Christchurch with all those supurfuous Super Jumbos they have, hope that day will be soon.

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

07 Sep 2012

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Agree totally SGB - I used to fly the MEL-CHC route regularly on EK about 12-14 years ago when it was on an A340 and then a 777 for a while, before the service was abruptly cancelled. Load factors were good and I understand that the cancellation of the service had more to do with scheduling issues than anything else. Hopefully EK will now consider a resurrection.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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I'd be thrilled if EK would even bring in a 777 again for MEL-CHC, it would be heaps better than any other mosquito's on offer by other carriers.

06 Jan 2015

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Great news! Hopefully plenty of award seat availability between Syd-CHC now!

01 Apr 2014

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Not sure about award seat availability, but I have flown many times on the SYD-CHC-SYD service on the EK 77W last 2 years, and I have been the only person in the First cabin at least 4 times (load factors in J & Y seem fairly good though). The F fare is usually circa A$2,700 return, so will be interesting if the pricing changes for the A380.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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I was on that flight a few weeks back, 1 person in First as I went into 6A, flight attendant let me try out a First seat before my partner ordered me back into J. First is very luxurious, even in a 777.  Mini forward cabin of J (us) 4  pax, larger J cabin full, Y like a sardine tin....

01 Apr 2014

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The First Suites are the same on B77W and A380 in a 1-2-1 config, and if there is any differences in dimensions it is not noticeable.

Some of the older B77W's are getting a bit tired, but I usually find better service in the 8 person cabin which feels more private versus the 14 in A380.

B77W still has 2 restrooms for First up the front and even though they are also used by the flight crew, almost never any wait for restrooms compared to A380 shower suites which tends to attract lurkers - not an issue for shorter haul flights like NZ though, although have seen people ask about taking a shower on MEL/SYD - AKL A380 flights. I guess some people are determined to extract max value from their ticket (or upgrade), and are usually the same "buffet beasts" seen gorging themselves in the lounge....you know the type.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

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I thought the First suites looked identical to A380's. As you say, only 8 on 777 instead of 14 in A380 - nice ratio to cabin crew, very attentive. Lurkers sound a bit of a worry up at the shower suites... I just liked being led onto front aerobridge and walking through First then into front J class, as apposed to boarding main cattle ramp and turning right into main J cabin with all those Y's tramping past. I take this flight often and look forward to the A380 replacement, I can see myself visiting the bar and quite enjoy the rear smaller J cabin, so close to the Bar.

Hi born2fish, re: service differences between Boeing 777 and Airbus A380, I've found that's because the purser works in first class on the Boeing 777s and brings more attention to detail (plus they have the tablet to track your preferences), whereas on the A380 the purser has more of a management role in their little office under the stairs with the first class cabin service given by 'regular' flight attendants who may not be as experienced. :)

01 Apr 2014

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Thanks for the extra info Chris - that explains the noticeable difference in service levels and crew engagement. Even had the captains on the 777 come out and say hi and were on for a bit of a chat a couple of times previously, but probably more out of boredom or wanting to stretch the legs I think.

As for the purser with the tablet, I often wonder what level of detail they have on those tablets at QF & EK when they come around to introduce themselves pre-flight. Possibly something for a future article.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Aug 2014

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What time dose it pull up into BKK???

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2016

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I've been trying to book a flight through Qantas on the Emirates codeshare SYD->CHC on 30th Oct all day, kept giving errors. Even Qantas couldn't book it when I called. They were getting Access Denied on their systems.

Maybe this is why...


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