Emirates A380 Back In Christchurch


In another significant step for the recovery of the Oceania region, Emirates has resumed its triangular route with its A380 to Christchurch.

The triangular flight has been missing for the past three years since the emergence of the global pandemic. As a result, Christchurch and broader New Zealand were among the last countries to re-open their borders, long after the United States and more.

The flight will originate in Dubai before flying down to Sydney. It’ll have a short stopover at the busy airport before continuing to Christchurch.

Seeing the water cannon salute after we touched down in the first Emirates A380 flight in more than three years is a reminder of how special the aircraft is to Christchurch, since its first arrival in 2016. The significance of the occasion was also clear on the faces of the other passengers on board, who understood what this service means for Christchurch and connecting it to the world.

Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President Australasia, Emirates

The resumption of service is another boost in New Zealand’s commitment to returning its aviation industry to pre-pandemic capacity, especially for international operations. Moreover, it’s a landmark moment indicating that the South Island is well and truly open for business, as ushered by the Christchurch Mayor.

Daniel Fowkes
28 Mar 2023
· Airlines 
· Routes 

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