Kiwis will get the chance to experience Emirates’ own big bird while tourists can more easily visit the Land of Hobbits when the carrier starts flying its Airbus A380 superjumbo between Dubai and New Zealand five times daily from October 30.
With the introduction of the double-decker flagship aircraft on Christchurch services, Emirates will be the first airline to offer regular scheduled A380 flights to and from the city on the South Island, where many scenes from Peter Jackson’s global smashi-hit film trilogy The Hobbit were filmed.
The upgrade will see the world’s biggest passenger jet replace Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ERs on the the current daily Christchurch service from Boeing 777-300ERs. The use of the A380 also means the flight becomes one-stop rather than two-stop, with the removal of the enroute stop in Bangkok. There will now be just one stop in Sydney.