Emirates launches Non-Stop Flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Tuesday, 2 October 2007

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 airlines 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 Dubai.

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 Abdulwahed.

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.

Emirates 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 daily breakfast.

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