Upgrading from the current Boeing 777-300ER fleet that services Christchurch daily, Emirates will be introducing the airline's flagship double-decker aircraft from 30 October 2016 with the introduction of the A380 which will now fly the route five times daily.
The new route will removal Bangkok as an en-route stop and it will allow passengers to travel all the way between Christchurch and Dubai with just one stop in Sydney, Australia. The launch of the Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the A380 on Emirates’ daily non-stop route between Dubai and Auckland. Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane).
Outbound EK412 will depart Dubai at 10:15 hours, seamlessly connecting with southbound services from European destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Manchester and many more of Emirates’ 38 Europe services. EK412 will stop only in Sydney before arriving in Christchurch at 13:50 hours the next day (local time). The return flight EK413 will depart Christchurch at 18:45 hours, touching down in Dubai at 05:15 hours the next day after its stop in Sydney, reducing the journey time to Dubai and Europe by about two hours in each direction.
At the same time, the Dubai service to Auckland via Sydney, will feature the opportunity for travellers to explore Southeast Asia or Australia en route as this service, EK418, will operate via the popular hub that is 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 is the only airline offering year-round scheduled A380 services to and from New Zealand.
Emirates has just announced an expansion of its European network - it will connect Dubai to Zagreb (ZAG), the capital of Croatia beginning 01 June 2017 and this new route will be served by an Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft, the only wide-body service operating to/from Zagreb.
Flying from Hong Kong to Singapore (or vice versa) is the cheapest Suite Class flight on Singapore Airlines that you can take on miles. It is also not terrible on Business Class as the applicable taxes are significantly lower than most redemption around the region. On my way back to Singapore from Hong Kong, I decided to check out the Singapore Airline's Airbus A380 on Business which at the time of writing, just costs 23,375 KrisFlyer Miles before applicable taxes.
When Singapore Airlines first announced the super luxurious Suites Class on the Airbus A380 in 2007, everyone who was even remotely interested in aviation went crazy for it. When I visited Auckland last month, I decided to give the Suites product a try (since it has been almost 10 years since it was first introduced) as there have been rumours of Singapore Airlines discontinuing this product. Read on to find out more about this ultra-exclusive cabin on my flight from Auckland to Singapore!
Japan's largest airline, ANA, has just announced the addition of two renowned master chefs to its “THE CONNOISSEURS” program: Takeshi Kikuchi, Head Chef of TOKYO SHIBA TOFUYA UKAI, and PATINA Restaurant Group Founder and Executive Chef Joachim Splichal. This brings the total lineup of THE CONNOISSEURS to 22 members
With effect from 01 December 2016, Singapore Airlines will be reducing its operations to Jakarta by five weekly flight due to runway maintenance works at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta as directed by the Indonesian civil aviation authorities.
I checked out ANA's newest Dreamliner (787) product on Business Class when I flew from Haneda to Hong Kong in November 2016.
Review of the Singapore Airlines Business Class 777-300ER from Singapore to Haneda (SQ632).
One of nine daily flights that is operated by Emirates between Dubai and Doha will be upgraded to the signature Airbus A380 from 01 December 2016. Emirates has only recently boosted its services to Doha with the addition of two flights, making it the most served destination in the airline's network (nine daily services!).
Following the inaugural flights to Sapporo and Jaipur earlier this month, Scoot launches a brand new, two-times-weekly flights to Dalian (one of China's top romantic cities!) via Qingdao from 30 October 2016. The winner of Asia Pacific's Best Low Cost Airline continues to extend the flight network in the region with her fleet of twin-aisled Dreamliners that is well-known for improved humidity control and cabin pressurisation.
Emirates has just announced a partnership with Thales to equip the new Boeing 777X fleet with the Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The new aircraft is due for delivery starting mid-2020 and it will be enhaced with the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system. This major investment underscores Emirates’ continued commitment to providing the best possible passenger experience, and its strategy to ensure the best and latest technology complements its young and modern fleet.