Dubai (Etihad) Emirates Airlines announced that it will restart its Airbus A380 aircraft to operate its direct non-stop flights to and from Auckland (New Zealand) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), from early next December. Emirates currently serves both cities with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with the aircraft stopping in Kuala Lumpur before continuing to Auckland. With the introduction of the A380 aircraft, the two cities will be separated and direct flights to and from Dubai will operate, giving customers greater flexibility and seat capacity, in addition to providing more opportunities to travel across the Emirates network with reduced transit times, and faster access to and from Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and Africa. The direct route between Dubai and Auckland will also regain its status as the longest route on the Emirates network, with the flight covering 14,200km, in addition to being one of the longest non-stop commercial flights in the world. Emirates direct flight EK448 departs from Dubai at 10.05 and arrives in Auckland at 11.05 the following day. The return flight, EK449, departs Auckland at 21.15 and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 5.25 the next day. (All times are in Dubai and Auckland local time). As for the Emirates A380 flight to Kuala Lumpur “EK346”, it leaves Dubai at 3:30 in the morning and lands in Kuala Lumpur Airport at 2:35 in the afternoon. The return flight EK 343 departs from Kuala Lumpur at 01.45 and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 05.05. (All times are local time for Dubai and Kuala Lumpur). The re-operation of the A380s to Auckland and Kuala Lumpur provides more opportunities for tourists who want to discover these two popular destinations, as well as an opportunity to experience the first-class products and services of this giant aircraft in all classes. New Zealand is promoting tourism with a global campaign in key markets to encourage more visitors to come and enjoy amazing natural experiences and attractions. To promote Malaysia, Emirates recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Tourism Board to develop visitor traffic to the country from key markets across the airline’s global network.