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February 24 2005

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, announced two new developments concerning its services to Sydney and Auckland.

New flights to Sydney via Bangkok

On 1st May, Emirates' new Dubai-Bangkok-Sydney daily service will also be extended to Auckland in New Zealand, replacing the current Dubai-Sydney-Auckland daily service which will then terminate in Sydney. This move opens up new connections between Bangkok and Sydney, and Bangkok and Auckland.

Emirates will fly its Boeing 777-300 aircraft in three-class configuration on the Dubai-Bangkok-Sydney-Auckland route, offering 18, 42 and 320 seats in first, business and economy classes respectively, plus 23 tonnes of bellyhold space for cargo.

The new service will increase Emirates' flights between Dubai and Bangkok from twice daily to three-a-day by May. It will also add to the airline's current daily non-stop service between Dubai and Sydney, bringing the total number of Sydney flights to twice-daily. Emirates will continue to fly to Auckland thrice daily.

Lounge opens at Auckland Airport

Meanwhile, Emirates has also opened its dedicated airport lounge for passengers in Auckland, New Zealand.

Simply called “The Emirates Lounge”, the luxurious new facility at Auckland International Airport will cater to Emirates' premium passengers in First and Business class, as well as Gold members of its Skywards frequent flyer programme. The award-winning airline's NZ$2 million (AED $5 million) investment in the lounge reflects its dedication to providing consistently high standards of service throughout the customer's entire travel experience.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, said: “We are delighted to offer our New Zealand travellers this new level of service. The Emirates Lounge is another way in which we can ensure that our passengers enjoy the unique Emirates experience even before they board their flight.”

These lounge facilities are available to Emirates' First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold members of Skywards, Emirates' frequent flyer programme.

Emirates Airline operates 28 flights a week between Dubai to New Zealand. It currently flies daily to Christchurch via Melbourne, and offers thrice-a-day services into Auckland via Sydney, Melbourne, and Singapore-Brisbane.