Emirates today announced that the existing EK418/EK419 Dubai – Bangkok – Sydney – Christchurch rotation will become a Dubai – Bangkok – Sydney – Auckland rotation with effect from 30th October 2016. The service will be upgauged from Boeing 777-300ER to A380 operation on the same day and will operate to the following schedule:

EK418 Dubai 0855 – 1805 Bangkok 1930 – 0900+1 Sydney 1040 – Auckland 1555
EK419 Auckland 1630 – 1815 Sydney 1945 – 0055+1 Bangkok – 0225 – Dubai 0605.

It should be noted that this only allows 35 minutes at Auckland so it appears that the intention is for EK419 to be operated by the aircraft inbound to Auckland as EK406, EK434 or EK448.