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Emirates Flies Into Dublin

Emirates Flies Into Dublin

Emirates’ inaugural flight from Dubai arrived into Dublin this morning, with the A330-200 being escorted from landing to the apron by a fleet of Dublin Airport Fire Service vehicles. Onboard were  Emirates’ President, Tim Clark; Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation; Ram Menen, Divisional Senior Vice President-Cargo; and Colm McLoughlin, Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free.

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Emirates’ inaugural A330 from Dubai was escorted in by Dublin Airport Fire Service vehicles

Tim Clark told assembled guests: “We have been talking with Dublin Airport Authority for more than 10 years and we were very impressed when Terminal 2 was built, demonstrating their commitment to the future. Passenger and freight demand have been very strong, with load factors above 90% for the first couple of months. We could even turn into profit on the route within the first six months – and that’s very good going.

“Our A330s are entering their retirement phase and will be replaced by B777s. Dublin has been scheduled for B777 service in 18 months time, but it could be sooner.”

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Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline (centre), is welcomed by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar and Declan Collier, Chief Executive, Dublin Airport Authority

Asked by ITTN when lounges might be introduced for premium class passengers, he said that Emirates was in discussions with the DAA and a dedicated Emirates lounge could be opened within nine to 12 months.

Dublin is Emirates’ 118th destination, with key markets – for traffic in both directions – being seen as Australia, India, Thailand, China and the Philippines.

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Emirates President Tim Clark announced 90+% load factors for January/February 2012

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The celebratory cake is cut

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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