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Emirates A380 En Route to Sydney and Auckland

Emirates A380 En Route to Sydney and Auckland

Dubai, UAE, 1st February 2009 – Emirates Airline notched up yet another first today as it operated the world’s first A380 commercial service from Dubai to Australia and New Zealand. Sydney and Auckland became the third and fourth destinations to join Emirates’ rapidly-expanding A380 network.

Taking off from its new home - Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport – EK 412 will arrive in Sydney and Auckland to a rousing welcome tomorrow. Emirates A380 will operate from Dubai to Sydney and across the Tasman to Auckland every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Today's A380 service also heralds a new era for flights Down Under as it adopted a host of green measures to maximise its environmental efficiency. The green best-practice demonstration flight employed new technology and multi-government co-operation to create ultra-efficient flexible routings and to minimise fuel burn.

Emirates A380 En Route to Sydney and Auckland
Sydney, Auckland here we come: The world’s first A380 service from Dubai to Australia and New Zealand was operated by a full complement of 31 A380 crew – four flight deck and 27 cabin crew members – many of whom hail from Australia and New Zealand. Pictured here are [1st and 3rd from left] Captains Steven Root and Mike O’Grady who lead the team of first officers, cabin crew and cabin service attendants.
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