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story by: Tom Ricketts

Europe is now on the doorstep. From March 2016, Emirates will start their first non-stop service from Auckland to Dubai. With flights departing daily, the new Auckland flight will arrive in Dubai just before 6am, offering fantastic connectivity to Emirates’ 38 European destinations. And with a mere 3-hour layover before your onward flight, the world's never been so accessible.

Emirates are one of the best airlines in the world and are consistently setting the standard for world travel. In their short 30 year history they’ve amassed one of the largest and most modern fleets of aircraft, brought new meaning to the word ‘service’, and even helped turn Dubai from unknown Middle Eastern town to one of the world’s most impressive cities.

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THE ESSENTIALS
Name: Emirates.
Founded: 1985.
Hub: Dubai International Airport.
Rewards Program: Skywards.
NZ Routes: Auckland to Dubai directly, as well as via Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; and Christchurch to Sydney and on to Bangkok or Dubai.
Partners: Strong cooperation with Qantas.
Classes of Travel: First, Business and Economy.
Meals: All meals and drinks (including alcohol) are included. Special meals available.
Entertainment: Movies, TV shows, music and games included with personal seatback screens.
Luggage Allowance: One piece of checked luggage up to 30 kilograms and one piece of carry on up to 7 kilograms included on all Economy fares. Increased allowances apply for higher classes (see below).
Seat Selection: Your House of Travel consultant can assign seats on most flights for no extra charge.
Connectivity: When flying Emirates you’ll receive 10MB’s free WiFi, and then be able to purchase a further 500MB’s for USD$1.00. Mobile phone roaming is available.
Extra Security: Ensure you read about the super important extra security measures in force at Dubai International Airport below.
*Please note all the above info is for flights to and from New Zealand. WiFi available on nearly all A380 aircraft, and most B777’s.

THE DIFFERENCE
- Want to experience the worlds biggest passenger plane? Emirates has nearly 70 of the aircraft, and another 70 on order! They are flown on all flights from Auckland via Australia (but not the direct flight), and many connecting flights from Dubai to Europe.
- Emirates have arguably the most luxurious aircraft in world. First Class passengers have their own suites, and even access to onboard showers!
- Emirates have one of the most extensive entertainment systems in the industry with over 2000 movies, TV shows, games, and albums.
- All of Emirates’ A380’s feature a walk up bar from which you can order complimentary drinks and nibbles (reserved for Business and First Class flyers only).

THE DESTINATIONS
New Zealand: Auckland to Dubai direct, as well as via Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
Christchurch to Dubai via Sydney and/or Bangkok.
Dubai: To most major cities Asia, Europe and Africa, as well as 15 destinations in North and South America.

THE CLASSES
Business Class: In addition to the benefits of Economy, in Business Class you’ll receive complimentary private airport transfers, in-seat power points, personal minibar, large leather seats that convert to fully flat beds, a-la-carte dining with fine wine, and access to the onboard bar with complimentary drinks and nibbles (bar on A380 aircraft only). Checked baggage allowance is one piece at 40 kilograms and one piece of carry on at 7 kilograms.
First Class: In First Class you’ll receive all the Business Class benefits above, and also have a much larger seating area with sliding doors for privacy, a vanity unit and mirror, amenity kits with Bvlgari products, and access to onboard showers. Checked luggage allowance is one piece at 50 kilograms and carry on is two pieces at 7 kilograms each.

THE HUB
Dubai International Airport: Dubai is the third busiest airport in the world with over 70 million people going through there each year. However, it also has the largest airport terminal in the world, and one of the most modern, so is a pleasure the travel through. Over 100 airlines fly to Dubai, from 260 destinations around the world. Inside the airport is a plethora of shops offering everything you could possibly want. In terminal hotels mean that you can get a room between flights without having to clear security/customs, and there’s even complimentary shower facilities. Other facilities include prayer rooms, smoking rooms and medical centres.

***IMPORTANT SECURITY INFORMATION***
If travelling on to the UK, USA or Canada from Dubai International Airport, you will be required to show that any electronic or battery powered devices on your person do in fact work. Security staff will ask you to demonstrate that the devices work by switching them on, so you must ensure you have sufficient battery power to do this. If you cannot prove it works, it will be confiscated (or you will be denied boarding). This applies to all electronic or battery powered devices such as cellphones, iPods, laptops, e-books and tablets. It does not apply to items in your checked luggage. 

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