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Emirates Flies The World To Brazil - Dubai-Based Airline Launches Only Non-Stop Flight Between South America And Middle East

Emirates Flies The World To Brazil - Dubai-Based Airline Launches Only Non-Stop Flight Between South America And Middle East (Forimmediaterelease.net) Emirates, one of the world’s fastest-growing international airlines, made history yesterday when EK261 took off from Dubai International Airport en route to São Paulo, Brazil, representing the first ever non-stop flight between the Middle East and South America.

Brazil is now the 60th country on the airline’s rapidly-expanding network, with São Paulo becoming the 94th destination. The São Paulo route represents Emirates’ fourth flight from Dubai to the Americas, following the launch of daily direct service from New York’s JFK airport to Dubai in 2004. Emirates quickly added a second daily nonstop flight in 2005 and a third connecting service through Hamburg in 2006.

On October 29, the airline will begin thrice weekly non-stop service from Toronto to Dubai. Emirates will also be launching thrice weekly non-stop service between Houston and Dubai on December 3 this year that will increase to daily service on February 4, 2008.

Emirates is using its technically advanced Boeing 777-200LR on the route, affording passengers unrivalled in-flight service with eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 of its latest lie-flat seats in Business, and generous space for 216 passengers in Economy. The aircraft is fitted with the ice Digital Widescreen – Emirates' next generation inflight entertainment system, offering over 1,000 channels of movies, TV and game entertainment on demand – more than any other airline.

“This 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,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline&Group. “Our services provide a perfect match for business people and leisure travelers 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.

“We look forward to developing closer ties with Brazil and we thank the Brazilian Government and airport officials for making this route possible,” HH Sheikh Ahmed continued.

Passengers from over 12 countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia and Australia, joined the inaugural flight to São Paulo after connecting through Dubai from other Emirates flights. Captain Stefan Prugner, Emirates’ Deputy Chief Pilot, Boeing, was at the controls of the historic flight, assisted by Captain Murilo Mariozi, First Officer Ali Al Jallaf and First Officer Hassan Asad Hassan Abdulla Abdulwahed on the flight deck. His Excellency Flavio Moreira Sapha, the Brazilian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, was also on board the first flight from Dubai to São Paulo.

The flight time is 15 hours and 30 minutes departing Dubai at 10:00 a.m. local time with an arrival time at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport of 6:30 p.m. on the same day. The return flight, EK262, departs São Paulo at 1:25 a.m. and arrives in Dubai at 11:05 p.m. local time on the same day.

About Emirates
Since its launch in 1985, Emirates Airline has received more than 300 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service. It serves 94 cities around the globe, including three daily flights from New York’s JFK to Dubai, with a young and technologically advanced fleet of aircraft that are equipped with industry-leading comforts in the air. Operations on Emirates from New York connect America to the world through the airline’s route network with extensive connections to the Far East, Australia and Africa. On December 3, 2007, Emirates will launch thrice weekly nonstop service from Houston to Dubai. For more information, visit www.emirates.com/usa.

M. SILVER ASSOCIATES, INC. 747 THIRD AVENUE, 23RD FLOOR NEW YORK, NY 10017 212-754-6500/212-754-6711 (F) Elizabeth Gaerlan / Sharon Harper E-mail: sharon@msilverpr.com

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