Dubai-based international airline Emirates today
announced it will launch non-stop services to the city of Venice, its
third Italian destination after Milan and Rome, from July 2007.
The service, initially five-times-a-week on Mondays, Tuesdays,
Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, will increase two months later to a
Emirates will operate an Airbus
A330-200 on the route, offering 27 Business class seats, and 251 in
Economy; plus 13 tonnes of bellyhold space for cargo.
Providing convenient connections to travellers flying on all Emirates
flights from New Zealand,
flight EK135 is scheduled to depart Dubai
at 9:45 am, arriving in Venice at 2:15 pm on the same day. The
return flight EK136 will leave Venice at 3:45 pm, arriving in Dubai
at 11:35 that same evening.
Emirates’ Dubai-Venice flight will create a new non-stop connection that
is expected to foster a greater flow of tourism and business traffic
between one of the Middle East’s fastest-developing leisure and business
hubs, and the thriving commercial region of Veneto in northern Italy.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive,
Emirates Airline and Group said: “We are delighted to have the
opportunity to expand our services to Italy and are pleased to offer a
new direct link between Dubai and Venice.
“Venice is a popular tourism destination and an important gateway in
northern Italy for commerce. Our new service will contribute to Italy’s
many flourishing small and medium-sized businesses by providing
increased access from Venice to other major cities around the globe via
Dubai, and vice-versa. Our flights will also provide added capacity for
the transportation of goods vital to Italian industries.”
Emirates Airline currently operates daily flights to Rome and Milan with
wide-bodied Boeing 777 and Airbus 330-200 aircraft. One of the world’s
fastest growing and most successful airlines, Emirates flies a modern
fleet of 101 aircraft to 87 cities in 59 countries. In 2006, the airline
introduced 11 new cities to its expanding global route network: Abidjan,
Addis Ababa, Bangalore, Barcelona (cargo-only), Beijing, Hamburg,
Kolkata, Lilongwe (cargo-only), Nagoya, Thiruvananthapuram and Tunis.