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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