Qantas holds the title for the world’s longest A380 route (Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth) but Emirates is about to start the world’s shortest, and the Dubai-based carrier is adding A380s to many other destinations worldwide.
Emirates will upgrade one of its nine daily flights between Dubai and Doha to an A380 service in less than a month, from 1 December 2016. It will be the 45th A380 route for the airline and the world’s shortest for the aircraft at just over 379 kilometres.
For comparison, the Qantas Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth sector is 13,804 kilometres, which is the world’s longest scheduled passenger route for any aircraft – and 36 times longer than Emirates’ Dubai-Doha leg.
At the weekend, Emirates added A380s to two New Zealand routes on the same day.
The airline’s step-up in capacity on both its Christchurch service and its non-stop Dubai-Auckland flight means that Emirates now has an all-A380 offering across its five daily New Zealand services.
On the same morning, flight EK448 set off from Dubai on its 16-hour journey to Auckland, signalling the start of daily scheduled A380 services on the non-stop route previously operated by Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, while an Emirates A380 took off en route to Christchurch as the airline upgraded the route to New Zealand’s main South Island gateway from a Boeing 777-300ER operation.
As well as the non-stop route, Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Dubai and Auckland via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane).
Emirates will be the first airline to offer regular scheduled A380 services to and from Christchurch with the upgrade of the current daily Christchurch service, along with the removal of the en-route stop in Bangkok which will enable passengers to travel all the way between Dubai and Christchurch, with just one stop in Sydney.
Edited by Peter Needham