Date Posted 31/08/2018
Since the Dubai based carriers inaugural flight back in 2003, Emirates has transported over two million passengers to and from Auckland in the fifteen years of operations into New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Operating 21 flights each week to Dubai, Bali (Denpasar) and beyond.
Emirates began services into Auckland with daily flights via Sydney and Melbourne, adding Brisbane down the track as the airline gained momentum in New Zealand. Back in 2009, Emirates scheduled their iconic Airbus A380-800 superjumbos to the route, providing a new-era double decker aircraft to transport passengers between Auckland, Sydney and its hub in Dubai. A few years later Emirates upgraded all their New Zealand bound flights via Australia with their superjumbos.
Over the last year there has been much debate on the Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney flights connecting onto Auckland and Dubai, the airline pulled all its trans-Tasman flights that connected Australia without close kiwi-cousins. In its place Emirates added a new service transporting passengers to Bali (Denpasar), on the Dubai (DXB) – Auckland (AKL) – Bali (DPS) service, which operates daily.
Currently Emirates operates a daily A380-800 flight direct from its Middle Eastern hub to Auckland, as well as their new daily B777-300ER service via Bali (Denpasar).
Emirates became the first and only airline to offer a daily flight, operating year round to Bali (Denpasar) and providing New Zealander’s with a greater choice and flexibility when next booking a tropical getaway. Emirates currently serve Christchurch daily with their A380 aircraft, which connects via Sydney after arriving from Dubai.
“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 would like to thank all our customers and industry partners in New Zealand for their long-standing support over the years. 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
In just the last three years Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 85,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of Auckland, carrying goods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, pharmaceuticals and equipment. Each day there is 55 tonnes of available cargo space in the belly of each aircraft. One notable item that Emirates SkyCargo transported was the ‘New Zealand Aoteaora’- Emirates Team New Zealand’s race boat, transporting it from Auckland all the way to Bermuda.
Emirates have recently won two top awards in New Zealand at the Annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards. The airline took the top spot for ‘international airline of the year’ as well as the ‘best of the best’ for 2017, beating the other 21 category winners, with Emirates having the highest customer satisfaction of any company that currently operates in New Zealand.
I was lucky enough to travel on one of the last few trans-Tasman flights that were operated by the A380-800 superjumbo, there was no doubting that these flights that I flew with on Emirates were some of the best!
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In my opinion as soon as they can bring back the Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane Flights to Auckland the better it will be for passengers. Thankfully, as an alternative they still operate the Sydney to Christchurch route on the super jumbo.