Emirates had revealed its flight time saving techniques as it embarks on the first non-stop service between Auckland and Dubai, one of the longest air routes in the world by distance.
The carrier claims with the assistance of “clever technology and good planning”, passengers will get to their destination in the shortest possible time.
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.
It claims that combined with the elimination of an en-route stop in Australia, the time to Auckland could be shortened by up to three hours.
The airline starts its first non-stop service from Dubai to Auckland on 1 March and will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, it should take just under 16 hours from Dubai to New Zealand and 17 hours, 15 minutes in the other direction.
“Emirates continues to invest in innovative technologies, and we utilise best practices in optimising our flight planning systems, finding the best routes that take into consideration weather and current conditions to ensure we save time, fuel and emissions, while never compromising on the safety and comfort of our passengers and crew,” said Geoff Hounsell, Emirates’ VP flight operations support services and air traffic management.
“The organised track system – AUSOTS – is well-proven and extending that programme so that it is specific to the Auckland–Dubai route will have significant benefits, without impacting the operations of other aircraft going to Australia”
The non-stop flight will have a complement of 13 cabin crew and four pilots, allowing for rest periods.