New Zealand travellers will be able to fly A380 all the way to and from Madrid from September, with Emirates upgrading its second daily Madrid flight to the flagship double-decker aircraft.

In addition to the existing double daily A380 service to Barcelona, the airline will operate a double daily A380 service to Madrid with an A380 in place of the current Boeing 777-300ER on the second Madrid service, boosting seat capacity from Dubai to Spain. This change enables more A380 to A380 direct connections at Dubai.

Commencing September 1, Emirates flights EK143/144 will be operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft in a three-class configuration with 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 399 comfortable seats in Economy Class.

Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to Wi-Fi and over 2,500 channels of films, TV shows, music and games. They will also experience the airline’s multi-cultural cabin crew, with Spanish speakers on all flights to and from Spain,

Emirates’ flight EK143 departs from Dubai International Airport at 2:30pm and arrives in Madrid at 8:20pm. The outbound flight, EK144, departs from Madrid at 10:05pm and arrives in Dubai at 07:15am the following day. All of Emirates’ five daily A380 services to and from Dubai connect with the services to Spain.

The airline currently operates two daily services between Dubai and Madrid, as well as a double daily A380 service between Barcelona and Dubai. From the airport, Emirates also enables seamless rail connections from Barcelona and Madrid to 25 cities across Spain through its partnership with Renfe rail.