Emirates made history on Monday when EK261 took off from Dubai International Airport en-route to Sao Paulo,
Brazil, representing the first
ever non-stop commercial flight between the Middle East and South America.
Emirates is using its technically advanced Boeing 777-200LR on the route, with Brazil becoming the 60th country and Sao Paulo the 94th
destination on the airline’s rapidly expanding network.
Passengers from over 12 countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia and Australia, joined the first flight to Sao Paulo
after connecting through Dubai from other Emirates flights.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group
said, “Today marks an
important milestone for Emirates; not only is it our first gateway in South America, but it means we now fly non-stop to six continents from
“Our services provide a perfect match for business people and leisure travellers from the whole Middle East region, Africa, Far East and
Australia seeking a convenient route to South America. The service will also offer Dubai as a new tourist and business destination to the
relatively untapped market of South America.”
Captain Stefan Prugner, Emirates’ Deputy Chief Pilot, Boeing, was at the controls of the historic flight, assisted on the flight deck by Captain
Murilo Mariozi, First Officer Ali Al Jallaf and First Officer Hassan Asad Hassan Abdulla
Departing Dubai at 10:00 hrs, the flight time
is 15 hours and 30 minutes with an arrival time at Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport of
18:30 hrs on the same day. The return flight, EK262, departs Sao Paulo at 01:25 hrs and arrives in Dubai at 23:05 hrs on the same day.
Holidays is offering special value vacations to Brazil. From AED 6,186 per person, Emirates
Holidays provides a three-night stay at the four-star Crowne Plaza in Sao Paulo. The offer, valid until end-December, includes
return economy class airfare on Emirates, hotel accommodation in superior room, arrival meet-and-assist in Sao Paulo, transfers between the
airport and hotel, and daily breakfasts.
For those who choose to upgrade their package, Emirates Holidays is offering three nights at the five-star Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi from
AED 26,775 per person, including return business class airfare, hotel accommodation in a deluxe room, assistance on arrival, transfers, and
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