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Queensland greets first Emirates A380 Brisbane flight

October 3, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Queensland today welcomed the arrival of the first daily Emirates A380 Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland service. The state, which estimates the new service will generate an extra AUD 23 million in annual visitor expenditure, is bringing in a trade and media delegation from New Zealand on the return leg of the flight to set the ball rolling.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey was at Brisbane’s international airport yesterday to welcome the first passengers aboard flight EK434 from Dubai. 250x250TICBanner

“From today Emirates will operate daily return Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland A380 flights, providing almost 100,000 additional seats annually. This represents a 38% increase in the number of available seats on the service,” she said.

Queensland plans to grow annual overnight visitor expenditure from AUD 15 billion to AUD 30 billion by 2020 and Stuckey points out that Emirates is the first international airline to introduce a scheduled A380 service into Queensland – an upgrade from the existing Boeing 777-300ERs.

“Emirates is a global airline with ports and connections throughout the world including the UK, Europe and New Zealand, three of Queensland’s key international markets,” she said.

“Emirates connects to 35 European and UK cities including well-established gateways such as London, Paris and Frankfurt.

“This A380 service into Brisbane will ensure greater access into Queensland for international travellers from across the world via the major hub of Dubai.

“Emirates’ partnership with Qantas will also allow international passengers to seamlessly travel to multiple destinations throughout Queensland.”

Stuckey said the State Government established a AUD 8 million ‘Attracting Aviation Investment’ fund in 2012 to support new aviation business into Queensland.

“Tourism and Events Queensland continues to work closely with Emirates on ways to support these services and joint marketing activities to drive demand for Queensland holidays,” she said.

Off the back of the first Emirates Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland A380 flight, Tourism and Events Queensland will host two New Zealand trade and media tours in the Brisbane region.

“The delegations will get a taste of some of Brisbane’s premier tourism experiences such as visiting a number of the newest culinary attractions; dolphin feeding and sand tobogganing on Moreton Island.”

In the year to June 2013 Queensland welcomed more than two million international visitors who spent almost AUD 4 billion on trips to the State – increases of 6% and 4% respectively compared with 2012.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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