Emirates current B777-300ER fleet are being used to increase capacity and/or remove payload restrictions from shorter routes currently served by the B777/A330 fleets.
As such they are currently used on flights to DUS
as well as the DXB
route; so the aircraft is currently being used on flights with block times between 3:05 (SYD
) and 8:30 (JNB
So although some pax will travel all the way through to AKL
on that particular route, the majority of 77W passengers with Emirates will only really be experiencing fairly short-sectors, in long-haul terms. As a result the cabins are far less luxurious than the A340-500s which generally operate on sectors of 13hrs plus.
I always think criticism of Emirates configurations somewhat unfair, given their geographical location and network the vast majority of their long-haul sectors are in the 6-8hr range, far shorter than the majority of carriers in other parts of the world such as Europe and the USA, where sectors of 10hrs plus are far more common. As a result much of their A330/B777 fleets are configured in line with the shorter nature of Emirates operations with higher density F/C cabins, more similar to Asian regional ops than worldwide long-haul operations...
True the competition often have better configured premium cabins on routes to/from DXB
, but then like Emirates their aircraft are configured to meet their own networks, which generally consist of longer sectors than Emirates average.