The first of Emirates Airline’s daily flights
between Dubai and Seoul landed at Inchon Airport in South Korea this weekend, to
the rousing welcome of traditional drums from a Korean dance troupe
performing the Samulnori dance on the tarmac.Sporting the FIFA World Cup logo on the aircraft livery, Emirates flight
EK323 arrived at Inchon International Airport at 15:55hours local time,
after flying eight and a half hours from Dubai International Airport.
Onboard were Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates Executive Vice President Commercial
Operations Worldwide; Richard Vaughan, Senior Vice President Commercial
Operations Far East and Australasia; and Emirates’ Ambassador for Sport and
Social Activities, football icon Franz Beckenbauer, holding the FIFA World
They were met by a VIP delegation led by His Excellency Ibrahim Al Monsuri,
UAE Ambassador to Korea and GeuHae Park, Vice President of Inchon Airport. Addressing Korean media representatives at the airport, Mr. Al Ghaith said:
“Emirates is delighted to launch our new daily nonstop service between Dubai
and Seoul. On behalf of Emirates, I would like to thank the Korean
authorities and Inchon airport officials for the tremendous welcome and for
making Emirates’ service to Seoul possible.
He added: “We look forward to serving Korean travelers with our
award-winning service, and providing them with more travel options to Dubai
and the many other exciting destinations served by our airline. Emirates
will work with our travel industry partners to promote Korea and bring
travelers from Dubai and other cities across the world to visit Korea.”
Mr. Al Ghaith also said he is confident of the success of Emirates’ new
Dubai-Seoul route, which will support greater trade and tourism exchange
between the two cities by providing a speedy daily air link for both
travelers and cargo.
Korea is among Dubai’s top 10 trading partners. In 2003, non-oil trade
between Dubai and Seoul was AED 4.7 billion (US$1.3 billion). Dubai’s main
Korean imports include textiles, automobiles and appliances, while main
non-oil exports to Korea include base metals, plastics and animal products. Emirates operates an Airbus 340-300 aircraft in three-class configuration on
the Dubai-Seoul route offering a capacity of 267 passengers and 13 tonnes of
bellyhold space for cargo.
Customers flying on Emirates’ Dubai-Seoul service can look forward to
international gourmet cuisine with options tailored to Korean palates, a
wide selection of the latest inflight movies including some of the most
popular Korean shows, and top-class service from the airline’s award-winning
cabin crew, which includes over 220 Korean nationals. To celebrate its new daily service, from now until 30th June, Emirates is
offering passengers flying First or Business class to Seoul with
complimentary hotel stays in Korea.