Emirates Airline’s first non-stop service between Auckland and Dubai will be one of the longest air routes in the world by distance, but with the assistance of clever technology and good planning, passengers will get to their destination in the shortest possible time, an announcement by the airline said Monday.
Emirates will be using flexible routes, which can vary by day, taking advantage of tail winds and avoiding head winds to reduce the time in the air.
This proven technology, combined with the elimination of an en-route stop in Australia, could shorten the time to Auckland by up to three hours. This is not only good news for passengers, but will also result in considerably increased fuel economies — an environmental focus for Emirates.
The airline starts its first non-stop service from Dubai to Auckland on March 1, bringing many of Emirates’ 39 European destinations, as well as 38 cities in Africa and the Gulf within just a one-stop connection in Dubai.
The new non-stop service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR and should typically take just under 16 hours from Dubai to New Zealand and 17 hours, 15 minutes in the other direction.
The Boeing 777-200LR has the same wing size as its Boeing 777-300ER cousin but can fly up to a range of 8,400 nautical miles with full passenger load of 266 – eight in First Class, 42 in Business Class, and 216 in Economy Class.
The non-stop flight will have a complement of 13 cabin crew and four pilots, allowing for rest periods.
Emirates has a fleet of 249 aircraft, including 74 double-decker Airbus A380s and 155 Boeing 777s, among them 10 Boeing 777-200LRs.