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Emirates to Increase Flights to Baghdad

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[HD video below] In an initiative to support developing Iraqi business segments, Emirates has announced a 75% additional capacity increase between Dubai and Baghdad, growing its services to seven flights per week.

Starting from 2 February 2012, EK941 will depart daily from Dubai at 07:55 touching down at Baghdad International Airport at 09:40 the same day. At 11:35, return flight EK942 will depart Baghdad arriving in Dubai at 14:55 the same day.

Since launching flights to the Iraqi capital three months ago our operations have gone from strength to strength, on both the passenger and cargo side. There is a significant demand for travel in and out of Baghdad and this new daily service offers a significant boost to this strategically important route for Emirates, said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates Senior Vice President, Gulf, Middle East and Iran.

Emirates additional flights are a key element in supporting Iraqs rebuilding efforts. In particular the UAE has a significant interest in promoting trade and investment with Iraq, as highlighted by the latest trade figures released by the Iraqi Embassy.

According to the Iraqi Embassy, the volume of investments of UAE companies in Iraq reached US $3 billion by the end of 2010 and is expected to rise to US $6 billion in the coming years.

We thank the Government of Iraq for their trust and will work hand in hand with the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority to continue supporting the countrys booming business sectors, Khoory added.

Emirates SkyCargo will continue to play a critical role in transporting important commodities into Iraq including, foodstuffs, medical products, spare parts and telecommunication equipment.

The extra flights will increase existing capacity by 75% per week in both directions, making it easier for both business and leisure travellers in Baghdad to connect to Emirates network of global destinations.

The service will continue to be operated by an Airbus 330-200 in a three class configuration, offering 12 seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 183 seats in Economy Class.

In addition to Baghdads flight, Emirates currently operates a four weekly service to Basra in Iraq and has offices located in both Basra and Baghdad.

Emirates first flight to Baghdad landed on 13 November 2011.

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