yes, have heared that, too. Emirates will have nonstop-flights dxb-syd this autumn, also direct flights to akl via sin and bne.
i love that airline. 2 years ago lufthansa-boss "weber" made jokes about emirates, they could evacuate whole dxb with their 380-fleet, they wanna buy. now lufthansa tried to bring them into star-alliance. but emirates denied. kewl!!!