Emirates has further extended its European reach by starting its first daily non-stop service from Dubai to Lisbon.This comes just 6 days after launching flights from Dubai to Barcelona in Spain.
Emirates has become the only carrier in the Middle East operating into Portugal with a daily non-stop service, doing more than just transporting passengers from one point to another, but also opening trade opportunities that didn’t exist before.
Emirates broad network of 20 points in the Far East and Australasia, 17 across the Middle East and over 180 flights to India every week, will offer travellers from Lisbon and beyond easier access to a vast range of worldwide destinations. This is coupled with an unparalleled experience in the air with on-board features like ice, Emirates award-winning inflight entertainment system, world-class service and gourmet cuisine.
In Lisbon, a welcoming reception for the first flight was attended by Rui Veres, Member of the Board Administration Lisbon Airport (ANA); Antonio Costa, the Mayor of Lisbon, along with partners from the travel trade and local media.
Emirates will serve Lisbon with a Boeing 777-200ER offering 274 seats in a 3-class configuration. Flight EK 191 leaves Dubai at 09:15hrs each day and arrives in Lisbon at 14:45hrs. The return flight, EK 192 departs Lisbon at 17:55hrs and gets into Dubai at 04:35hrs the next day. Portuguese
With more than 1,200 weekly departures from Emirates’ exclusive Terminal 3 at Dubai Airport, next year will see the opening of the world’s first dedicated A380 concourse. Offering seamless connectivity for customers, it will also stimulate new demand across the Emirates’ network.
Portugal’s economy will receive a lift from the new Emirates service. Portugal’s main exports feature textiles, clothing, wood products, machinery, tools and electrical equipment. Emirates SkyCargo, offering 17 tonnes of belly-hold capacity in the 777-200ER, will be on hand to assist importers and exporters.
With a fleet of 176 aircraft and already the largest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 operator in the world, Emirates currently flies to 125 destinations in 74 countries. With an order for 50 new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft placed at the Dubai Airshow 2011, Emirates now has 227 aircraft on order, worth over US$62 billion at list prices.
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