Emirates Celebrates 10 Years in Zurich

Flowers, balloons, decorated check-in counters, delicious dates for everyone flying on Emirates to Dubai, congratulations from airport management, a Swiss pilot at the controls and an overwhelmed 400,000th passenger who couldn’t believe her luck…

All were part of recent celebrations at Zurich airport’s Terminal B marking 10 years of Emirates’ services to and from Switzerland.

Travellers arriving at check-in were greeted with flowers, green, red and white balloons, an elegant red carpet and a smiling Emirates team.

And there was no need for explanations, thanks to an enormous ‘congratulations’ notice put up by airport management to mark the jubilee.

Airport representative Thomas Frischknecht shook many hands and invited the whole Emirates team to a jubilee dinner on August 15.


All 201 travellers on the Airbus 330 to Dubai were handed an elegant gift box filled with dates. At the controls were First Officer Mark Denton, 32, one of nine Swiss pilots with Emirates, alongside South African-born Captain Peter Robertson. who joined in 1995.

Mark, from Gland, in French-speaking Switzerland, joined in June 1999 and is soon to become a Boeing 777 captain.

Adnan Kazim, Regional Country Manager for Switzerland and Austria, and his team were waiting in Departures to meet the 400’000th person to fly Emirates from Zurich.

Ursula Bayard, who lives near Zurich, cried: “Wonderful—I can’t believe it” as Adnan presented her with a return ticket for two to Dubai.  She and her husband were off on holiday to Sri Lanka with a brief stop in Dubai—and are now looking forward to a longer stay in the leisure capital of the Middle East.

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