Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has unveiled expansion plans for Eastern Europe with the launch of daily services to Kyiv Boryspil International Airport, Kiev, from January 16 next year.
Offering a daily service, operated by an Airbus A340-500, the new flight will provide convenient global connections, via Dubai, to the country’s population of 45 million, enhancing the nation’s burgeoning economy.
With a booming agricultural sector, the Ukraine is the world’s largest exporter of sunflower oil and a major global producer of grain and sugar.
”We see strong potential in the Ukraine through its agribusiness, heavy machinery industries, technology, and tourism. Kiev will be our 35th passenger route in Europe and Emirates’ customers in the Ukraine will be able to fly non-stop to our Dubai hub and conveniently connect onwards to destinations in the Indian Ocean islands, Asia,and to our extensive Australian network courtesy of our partnership with Qantas,” says divisional senior vice-president, commercial operations west, Hubert Frach.
”We expect Dubai to be a popular choice for our customers in the Ukraine, opening up new business opportunities and offering leisure travellers world-class accommodation and entertainment options.
Ukraine’s GDP growth is expected to show steady momentum for the next three years as a result of increasing consumer confidence and increased demand for raw building materials such as steel.
Emirates’ Kiev service will help support key exports from the Ukraine through the dedicated belly hold with a capacity of 15 tonnes transporting aircraft spares, heavy industry machinery equipment and ships spares.
The daily service EK171 will leave Dubai at 1715 and arrive in Kiev at 2035 the same day; the return flight to Dubai leaves Kiev at 2210 and arrives in Dubai at 0455 the next day.
The Airbus A340-500 has 12 luxurious private suites in first class, 42 deeply recliningbusiness class seats and plenty of room to relax in economy class with 204 seats.
Passengers in all classes can lose themselves in the much-enjoyed ”ice” entertainment system. There are hundreds of on-demand entertainment channels including movies from around the world, TV channels, audio channels, video games, and news, sports and business headlines.
Passengers will enjoy gourmet food in all cabins and seamless transfers to a global network of 130 destinations through Emirates’ state-of-the-art hub in Dubai.
Passengers on all Emirates’ flights have the added bonus of extra baggage allowance with 30 kilograms (economy class), 40 kilograms (business class) and 50 kilograms (first class).
Emirates’ launch of Kiev will follow on from the launch of Stockholm on September 4, Clark in the Philippines on October 1 and the Trans-Atlantic service from Milan to New York on October 1.
In Africa, Emirates will expand its Dakar operation with a linked service to Conakry in Guinea from October 27.
Emirates is a full-service, international airline that prides itself on inflight service delivered by a multi-lingual crew; menus designed by leading chefs and complemented by the finest wines; an award-winning in-flight entertainment system with up to 1500 channels; and generous luggage allowances in all classes. Emirates Airline has received more than 500 international awards for excellence.
Its fleet of 198 wide-bodied aircraft includes 10 freighters and is among the youngest in the skies. The airline continuously replaces old aircraft with newer ones and is frequently the first to sign up for new developments in aviation design and technology. Emirates has orders for an additional 200 aircraft, worth nearly US $73 billion.
The world’s first purpose-built A380 centre, Concourse A, opened at Dubai International Airport earlier this year for the exclusive use of Emirates and its global aviation partner Qantas, connecting to more than 20 Emirates A380 destinations.
Emirates’ global network now features services to 130 destinations in 75 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, North America, South America and Asia-Pacific.
Emirates is increasing its European network to 34 destinations. Warsaw joined the network in February and Stockholm will bring the European network to 34 destinations from September.
Emirates operates 84 flights a week to Dubai from Australia (Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney). One service daily from Sydney operates via Bangkok; one service daily from Brisbane operates via Singapore and one Melbourne service daily operates via Singapore, with another daily service operating via Kuala Lumpur.
Emirates operates 28 flights a week to New Zealand; daily to Christchurch from Sydney and daily to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Details, bookings: 1300 303 777, your local travel agent or www.emirates.com.au