Emirates commenced its non-stop service between Dubai and Erbil in Iraq, marking the airline’s third gateway in Iraq, after Baghdad and Basra. The new service will initially operate four times a week, increasing to a daily service from September 1st, 2012. The route will be operated by an Airbus 340-300, offering 267 seats in a three-class configuration.
Gary Chapman, President Group Services and dnata, Adel Al Redha, Emirates Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations, and Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice-President Emirates Group Security, were on the inaugural flight to Erbil.
“Erbil will provide passengers an opportunity to travel seamlessly both in and out of Erbil to our network of 126 destinations in 74 countries,” said Adel Al Redha. “Iraq continues to see an upward trend in economic growth. We expect this new destination to be extremely popular with the many multinational companies who have a presence in Erbil, in addition to those looking to set up new business ventures,” he elaborated.
In addition to Erbil Emirates has launched several other new destinations this year including; Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dallas Fort Worth, Seattle, Lusaka, Harare, Ho Chi Minh City, Barcelona, and Lisbon. Flights to Washington DC, Adelaide, Lyon, Phuket and Warsaw will also join the Emirates’ network in the few coming months.