01.06.2011

Emirates links Dubai with Geneva


EmiratesEmirates has linked two renowned international hubs by launching flights between Dubai and Geneva.

The VIP delegation aboard the first flight included Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline; Ram Menen, Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo and Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation. On the ground in Geneva, Richard Vaughan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide welcomed the group as they arrived.

Their special guests were His Excellency, Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, Swiss Ambassador to the UAE; Brigadier Obaid Mehayer Bin Suroor, Deputy Director of Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department and Mr. Omar bin Ghalib, Deputy Director General of the GCAA (UAE General Civil Aviation Authority). An international media group from the UAE, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Germany also joined the trip.

"This launch, in particular, has a strong international feel about it - linking Dubai, as a global aviation hub and centre for business and tourism with Geneva, a home to so many international organisations and an important financial and banking centre," said Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline.

“We are very pleased to welcome Emirates in Geneva. The airline is a worldwide reference in terms of reputation and quality of service”, acknowledged Francois Longchamp, State Councillor of the Canton of Geneva and President of the Board of Genève Aéroport.

The Dubai-Geneva service will be operated by a combination of Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 777-300ERs. The aircraft will be arranged in a three-class configuration, offering First Class Private Suites, lie-flat seats in Business Class, and a spacious cabin in Economy Class. Passengers in all classes are able to sit back and enjoy the popular ice entertainment system, along with gourmet-chef prepared meals, served by multi-national cabin crew.

Each 777 operating the route will be able to carry 15-20 tonnes of cargo. Much of the capacity out of Geneva is expected to be used by the luxury sector, one of the top employers in the Geneva region and responsible for 60% of its exports. The cargo manifest for first Geneva-Dubai flight includes fashion items, perfumes, pharmaceuticals, electronics and relief goods.

EK 089 will leave Dubai each day at 0855hrs and arrive in Geneva at 13:45. From Geneva, EK 090 departs at 15:15, arriving in Dubai at 23:30.

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