Emirates will suspend its daily Sydney-Auckland flight operated by the A380 from July 13.
Emirates’ partner Qantas has in the meantime announced it will step in for its partner, offering a double daily A330-200 service in its place.
The Australian carrier will also offer a thrice daily B737-800 service, increasing its weekly service to New Zealand from 32 to 35 flights.
Qantas CEO Gareth Evans has said the network change is possible because of the close partnership the two airlines have. “These schedule changes also mean customers travelling to and from New Zealand have more convenient options to connect with the broader Qantas and Emirates network, especially into Asia,” he said.
The Sydney-Auckland trans-Tasman market currently has a weekly capacity of almost 22,000 seats, with Air New Zealand taking 31.8%, followed by Qantas at 23.8% and Emirates with 16.5%.
The change in schedule will see Qantas be the dominant single airline on this route, ahead of Air New Zealand.