Emirates, the Dubai-based international
airline, is introducing a second daily non-stop service to Birmingham from
Dubai, increasing both seat capacity and cargo on the route.The new flight EK037, which launched yesterday, departs from Dubai at
13:45hrs arriving in Birmingham at 20:15hrs. Return flight EK038 will depart
from Birmingham at 21:55hrs, arriving in Dubai at 07:45hrs the next morning. Emirates already operates a daily service between Dubai and Birmingham,
launched in December 2000. Flight EK039 departs each day at 07:50hrs,
arriving Birmingham at 12:20hrs.
On both flights the airline will use 278-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with
27 seats in Business class and 251 seats in Economy. The new flight also
will increase cargo capacity to Birmingham, giving customers of Emirates
SkyCargo greater flexibility. In the first four and a half years of operation, some 700,000 passengers
have travelled on Emirates between Dubai and Birmingham, along with 23.4
million kilos of cargo.
Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “The launch of Emirates’ second
daily flight to Birmingham is in direct response to increasing demand for
our services. Our Birmingham route has been an overwhelming success.
“Significant numbers of business travellers are flying with Emirates, which
underlines how much the business community appreciates the benefits of our
non-stop service between Dubai and Birmingham.”
Since the launch of this route, Emirates has continued to see month-on-month
growth of Business class passengers travelling in both directions, who
receive a host of benefits including access to Emirates lounges and
complimentary chauffeur drive to and from the airport - up to a distance of
65 driven miles.
Keith Longstaff, Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Europe
added: “We are delighted to offer our customers the convenience of an
optional timing from Dubai to Birmingham, which will make it easier for them
to meet their travel needs whether they are flying Emirates on business or