|Emirates A380 at the gate at LAX|
The launch of the Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the A380 on Emirates’ daily non-stop route between DXB and Auckland (AKL), currently world’s longest scheduled passenger route by both miles flown and, in the westbound direction, duration. Earlier this year, TheTravelPro took that flight and reported on the experience here.
TheTravelPro also had the opportunity to ride the A380 between Los Angeles International Aiprot (LAX) and DXB. The article about that experience is available here.
|Business-class seat on the A380|
The return flight, EK413, will depart CHC at 18:45 hours, arriving at DXB at 05:15 hours the next day after its stop in Sydney. Eliminating the stop in Bangkok will reduce the journey time by approximately two hours in each direction, the airline said in its statement announcing the service changes.
Emirates is the only airline offering year-round scheduled A380 services to and from New Zealand, according to the carrier.
|The author and fellow passenger in the A380 lounge|
Known as the Garden City, Christchurch is the main gateway to New Zealand’s South Island. The picturesque Avon River runs through the middle of the city of more than 380,000 residents. The banks of the river feature cycle paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Other attractions include the International Antarctic Centre, the Christchurch Art Gallery and the starting point for scenic journeys on the Trans Alpine passenger train.
Read the article, Making the Most of Christchurch, as well as a review of the Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Hotel here.
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