Emirates Airline today launched services to Nagoya with HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, leading a delegation of senior executives and local media on the inaugural flight. Passengers on the inaugural flight from Dubai got a flavour of Japanese culture even before boarding as Japanese ladies, dressed in traditional kimonos, and Emirates’ cabin crew handed out chocolates at the airline’s dedicated check-in counters.
Onboard, passengers can routinely savour a slice of exotic Japanese lifestyle that includes cuisine prepared by master chefs, as well as movies and music in the language on the airline’s award-winning inflight system ICE (information, communication and entertainment).
Before boarding the inaugural flight, Sheikh Ahmed said: ‘Emirates’ launch to Nagoya highlights the importance of Japan and the Far East on our global route network. Nagoya is our second destination in Japan after Osaka, and is set to play an integral role on our network.’
He added: ‘Being the only airline operating between Nagoya and the Middle East, our new service will boost trade, tourism and bilateral relations between Japan and the region. I’m really looking forward to travelling on our inaugural flight, meeting key people in Nagoya, and showcasing both Dubai and Emirates in order to forge closer relations between the countries.’
Initially Emirates will serve Nagoya four times a week, escalating the service to a daily from 1st July 2006. The route will be operated by Emirates’ wide-bodied Boeing 777-200, offering a total capacity of 290 seats - 12 in First Class, 42 in Business Class, and 236 in Economy - and 18 tonnes of cargo payloads.
From 29th October, the route will be served by Emirates’ ultra-modern Airbus A340-500 operating on the same daily schedule.
With over two million inhabitants, Nagoya is Japan’s fourth most populated city and also the capital of its Aichi Prefecture. Located in the Central Region, which plays a primary role in Japanese industry, the city serves as the home base to some of the best known brands in automobiles and consumer goods. Nagoya is a centre for cutting-edge technology in automobiles, aviation, machine tools, fine ceramics, robotics, and a major production centre for Japan’s furniture and textiles - all industries which are expected to benefit from Emirates SkyCargo’s services.
Nagoya claims a special position as an industrial hub and a rural haven. Tourists flock to visit such charming Japanese icons as the Nagoya Castle, Tokugawa Art Museum, Atsuta Shrine, and Osu Kannon Temple. The Nagoya Port, one of Japan’s largest, has been redeveloped in recent years as a leisure district that attracts tourists.
Emirates began services to Osaka in October 2002 with four weekly services to Kansai International Airport. In March 2004, Emirates increased its services to a daily, and currently operates an Airbus A340-500 which offers 258 seats in a three-class configuration - 12 First, 42 Business and 204 Economy Class seats - and over 100 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity.
Emirates SkyCargo currently carries automobile parts and spares, consumer electronics, and office equipments such as fax and copiers from Japan to the Middle East, Europe and Africa. To Japan, the cargo division transports a variety of perishable foods, frozen salmon and tuna, cut flowers, nuts, carpets and pet food.
Japan has emerged as the fastest-growing market for Emirates’ acclaimed Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, which has seen the country’s guests increase by almost 30 per cent on an average every year since 2001.
Nagoya is the 84th destination on Emirates’ route network, which now spans the globe from North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, to the Indian Subcontinent, the Far East and Australasia.
From 1st June, Emirates’ EK314 flies non-stop every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 02:45 hours from Dubai to arrive at Nagoya’s Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) at 17:40 hours. EK315 will return on the same day at 23:00 hours to arrive in Dubai at 05:00 hours next morning. All timings are local.