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Emirates brings the A380 to Christchurch

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 1, 2016
Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EUG touching down at Christchurch Airport. (Emirates)
Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EUG touching down at Christchurch Airport. (Emirates)

Christchurch Airport has welcomed its first Airbus A380 flight with the arrival of Emirates’ service from Sydney and Dubai.

The inaugural service with the A380, EK412, touched down on Monday. The flight, which operated as a Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch rotation, was previously served with Boeing 777-300ER equipment and had an additional stop in Bangkok en route.

Christchurch Airport set up a dedicated viewing area for the public to watch the A380s arrival, with several hundred on hand to watch the aircraft land late on Monday afternoon. Emirates had a red London bus on hand at Christchurch for the event, recognising that passengers can now fly on an A380 all the way from Christchurch to London.

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The scene at "Plane Spotters Park" at Christchurch Airport. (Emirates)
The scene at “Plane Spotters Park” at Christchurch Airport. (Emirates)
The Emirates inaugural A380 flight receives a celebratory welcome at Christchurch Airport. (Emirates)
The Emirates inaugural A380 flight receives a celebratory welcome at Christchurch Airport. (Emirates)
From a London Bus to Christchurch on Emirates' A380. (Emirates)
From a London Bus to Christchurch on Emirates’ A380. (Emirates)

The aircraft, A6-EUG, was on the ground at Christchurch Airport for about five hours before taking off as the reciprocal EK413 bound for Dubai via Sydney.

The aircraft change at Christchurch, as well as the upgauge of Emirates’ EK448/449 Dubai-Auckland-Dubai rotation from the Boeing 777-200LR to the A380 that also took place at the end of October, means all five of the airline’s daily flights to New Zealand are operated with the A380.

The Qantas alliance partner has maintained a Bangkok option for Australian and New Zealand travellers by switching its Dubai-Sydney-Auckland A380 service to a Dubai-Bangkok-Sydney-Auckland routing.

Emirates’ third Sydney service is a nonstop flight from Dubai.

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The last Emirates Boeing 777-300ER takes off at Christchurch Airport. (Waynne Williams)
The last Emirates Boeing 777-300ER service to Christchurch departs on Sunday. (Waynne Williams)

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3 Comments

  • PAUL

    says:

    Such a great roomy Aircraft to fly from NZ to OZ on & beyond even in Economy class, Food is also great…

  • Adrian P

    says:

    Provide good service for economy class, not just business class and enough passengers will fly with you to fill an A380.
    Some of todays backpackers will be tomorrows’ CEOs.

  • Ben

    says:

    It was so cool to see this beast! The photo of plane spotters park above isn’t the park, it’s the side of pound road.

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