The new services promise reduced transit times in Dubai, as well as faster connections to and from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.
Emirates will be restoring its nonstop A380 services to and from Auckland and Kuala Lumpur, starting from December 1. The airline currently operates to both cities with a linked Boeing 777-300ER service, which makes a stop in Kuala Lumpur before continuing on to Auckland. The start of A380 flights will see them delinked and served with direct services to and from Dubai, promising customers greater levels of flexibility in terms of schedules and much-needed seat availability.
Emirates’ direct flight EK448 from Dubai to Auckland will depart at 10:05 a.m. and arrive at 11:05 a.m. the next day. The return flight will leave Auckland at 9:15 p.m. and touch down in Dubai at 5:25 a.m. the following morning. This route between Dubai and Auckland will also reclaim its title as the longest on the Emirates network, clocking in at 14,200 kilometers, in addition to being one of the world’s longest nonstop commercial flights.
Meanwhile, the nonstop A380 service to Kuala Lumpur, EK 346, will take off from Dubai at 3:30 a.m. and land at 2:35 p.m. EK 343 will depart the Malaysian capital at 1:45 a.m. before returning to Dubai at 5:05 a.m. local time. The reintroduction of the airline’s flagship A380 to Auckland and Kuala Lumpur will provide more choice for travelers bound for Malaysia and New Zealand, and also offers flyers a chance to experience the A380’s signature products like the Onboard Lounge, first-class Suites, and Shower Spa.
Emirates is accelerating the deployment of its flagship A380s in line with growing global demand for air travel. No less than 32 destinations are now being served on a scheduled basis, and more will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
Tickets can be booked on emirates.com, the Emirates App, or via travel agents.