Emirates Airlines is set to boost its service to South America with the launch of a new service to Rio de Janeiro and extension to Buenos Aires.
Launching early next year, the iconic cities will now offer a faster link to Dubai and over 100 destinations worldwide.
Last year Emirates Airlines was recognised by the World Travel Awards Middle East’s Leading Airline Website.
His highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman Emirates Airline, said: “Both Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro are rightly renowned as world-class leisure destinations as well as important business and trading centres.
“Our research has shown that there is a high demand for these cities from across our network.”
The Dubai-Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering eight First Class Private Suites, 42 lie-flat seats in Business and 304 seats in Economy.
“Brazil has been part of the Emirates network since 2007 when we began flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo,” added Sheikh Ahmed.
“With the country playing host to both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil will be further catapulted into the world’s spotlight, and we will be in a prime position to transport sports enthusiasts to these renowned events.
“Meanwhile, our first service to Argentina is a much-anticipated addition to our network which will open important new markets for us.”
Throughout all cabin classes, passengers can enjoy over 1,200 channels of entertainment on demand on “ice”, the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system.
Carlos Enrique Meyer, minister of tourism of Argentina, said: “Emirates’ plans to implement services from Dubai to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro will play an important role in increasing tourism, trade and investment between Argentina, Brazil and the UAE, in addition to the airline’s vast global network.”
The bellyhold capacity on the 777-300ER will support key imports and exports including automobile parts, accessories, manufactured goods, fruit and vegetables, machinery and pharmaceutical products from Rio.
For Buenos Aires, key imports and exports include perishables, textiles as well as pharmaceuticals.
Pedro Novaes, minister of tourism of Brazil, said: “Emirates’ current service to Sao Paulo has been extremely popular since it was first introduced.
“The addition of Rio de Janeiro will serve to further increase the cultural ties between our two nations.”
Passengers flying Emirates from Buenos Aires and Rio will also be able to connect to Emirates’ global network across the Far and Middle East, Indian sub-continent, Africa, and Australasia via its hub in Dubai.
“The arrival of Emirates will be an important bridge between Rio de Janeiro and the East, generating many new trade and tourism opportunities,” said Sergio Cabral Filho, governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
“Rio has, today, one of the world’s most impressive international events calendars including, the 2011 World Military Games, the 2013 Cup of the Confederations, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
“This new service, from January 2012, will be an extraordinary gain for our state and our city,” he added.
Over the last few years, South America has experienced record-paced economic growth, even in the shadow of the global downturn of 2008.
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