Seven years since launching operations to Osaka,
Emirates has confirmed it will launch direct services to Tokyo –
Japan’s capital city and one of the world’s foremost economic
centres. With the introduction of flights to Tokyo, Emirates will
offer two non-stop services between Japan and Dubai. At present,
the Dubai-based airline operates daily services to Osaka.
Starting 28th March 2010, Emirates will fly
non-stop to Tokyo five times a week on every Monday, Thursday,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The service will be operated by a
state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering a three-class
configuration of eight First Class Private Suites, 42 Business and
304 Economy Class seats.
partnership with Japan Airlines will be expanded to include a codeshare on the new Dubai-Tokyo-Dubai services. The flights will be
identified with the Emirates ‘EK’ code as well as with Japan
Airlines ‘JL’ code.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed
Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group
said, “We have always
stated our desire to expand our links with Japan – a market we are
extensively committed to. During the seven years of our operations
to and from Osaka, Emirates embarked on a multi-million dollar programme to promote the route through our global network of
offices in over 60 countries as well as through advertising,
public relations, events, and company brochures and literature.
“The comprehensive campaign successfully opened up Japan
to new markets across the world. As an example Japanese working in
South America who traditionally travelled trans-Pacific started
travelling to/from Japan on Emirates, taking advantage of our
smooth connections via Dubai.”
EK 318 will depart Dubai at
02:50 hours and touch down at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport
at 17:55 hours the same day. At 21:40 hours, return flight EK 319
presents travellers a convenient departure time at the end of a
working day, and ensures an ideal start to business in Dubai as it
touches down at 04:35 hours the following day. The service
connects seamlessly to key centres in Europe, Middle East and
Presently the UAE and Japan share robust trade
relations with Japanese technology firms and UAE energy companies
collaborating on several projects. Already Dubai is home to 300
Japanese companies and the largest Japanese community in the
Middle East. Emirates services to Tokyo will enhance the access
and connectivity for VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic
on the Dubai-Japan route.
The 23 tonnes of belly-hold
cargo capacity on Emirates aircraft will support Japanese exports
of mechanical components, electronic goods and automobile parts to
the UAE, and its import of gas and oil products. Dubai is an
important hub for the re-export of Japanese manufactured products
to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.
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