29th OCTOBER, A BIG DAY FOR EMIRATES
Dubai-based carrier, Emirates, lived up to its reputation of being one of the fastest growing global airlines, as it launched services to new gateways in North Africa and India; and added capacity to its existing New York and Zurich routes, all in the span of 24 hours.
29th October, a big day for Emirates, marked the launch of its five weekly flights to Tunis; eight flights a week to Indian IT-hub Bangalore; third-daily service to New York; and second-daily service to Zurich.
In all, 27 additional Emirates flights per week will touch down on four of the world’s seven continents, starting today. The new flights introduced today will offer in excess of 7500 passenger seats and 400 tonnes of cargo capacity.
Emirates is blazing ahead with its ambition of serving 100 international destinations by 2012. Since January 2006, the airline has already added nine passenger destinations – Abidjan, Thiruvananthapuram, Addis Ababa, Kolkata, Hamburg, Nagoya, Beijing, Tunis, Bangalore – and one cargo-only gateway, Malawi, to bring its network to the current 87 cities in 58 countries.
A big day is cause for some big celebration. And a big celebration brings big cheer to the airline’s customers. At Dubai International Airport, where 50 per cent of traffic movements comprise Emirates flights, passengers today were greeted by traditional Tunisian and Karnataka’s Yakshagana dance performers.
The welcome was further sweetened when the airline’s award-winning crew drawn from over 100 nationalities presented check-in passengers with custom-made Swiss chocolates.
Emirates top management represented by Ghaith Al Ghaith, Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide; Nasser bin Kherbash, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Africa; and Nabil Sultan, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West Asia & Indian Ocean, flagged off the new flights for the day.
Al Ghaith noted: “Air travel worldwide is on a strong growth path. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast for 2006 to 2010 indicates a continued expansion of global air travel at an average annual rate of 4.8 per cent, with regular boosts brought about by emerging economies like China and India.”
He added: “An unprecedented economic and tourism boom in the Middle East is also fuelling traffic growth, with the region’s international passenger air traffic expanding at an average annual rate of 6.9 per cent until 2010, outstripping growth in all other regions. To serve this escalating demand, Emirates too must keep pace and race ahead with its network and capacity expansion programme.”
In celebration of the big day, Emirates has made available a host of consumer offers. To Tunis, Bangalore and New York, special Economy class return fares of AED 1,900; AED 1,100; and AED 2,900 respectively are available to UAE-based customers for outbound travel between 29th October and 30th November.
Business and leisure travellers can also embark on a sojourn to Swiss commercial power-house Zurich for a one-time celebratory fare of AED 1,800. The return fare is valid for travel on Economy Class on or before 31st December. Ticketing should be completed by 20th November.
In a separate campaign, UAE customers booking online their Tunis, Bangalore, and New York via Hamburg flights are eligible to be one of four winners to receive a voucher for the value of the ticket. Booking and purchase of the ticket, regardless of class, must be done via www.emirates.ae on or before 30th November. Winners, selected through weekly raffles on 6th, 14th, 22nd and 30th November, will be notified by email or phone.