As of today, Emirates has launched a daily service to Copenhagen. The route will be catered by a 237-seat A 330-200 in a three class configuration and each flight can hold up to 17 tonnes of cargo.
The aircraft is staffed by a highly trained and multi-national cabin crew. Each day, the EK 151 leaves Dubai at 0830hrs and reaches Copenhagen at 1310hrs and at 1455hrs the return flight, EK 152, takes off from Copenhagen and lands in Dubai at 2315hrs.
In the very first flight, the guests attending the inauguration included the Dubai-Copenhagen route included, Richard Vaughan, Emirates? Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide; Pradeep Kumar, Senior Vice President, Cargo Revenue Optimisation & Systems; Luc Delcomminette, Vice President, Arabian Adventures; Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation, as well as several of their guests and an international media group.
Fueling new possibilities
?Emirates? passengers from Scandinavia no longer need to travel to Germany to join our flights,? says Richard Vaughan. ?They can travel directly from the Danish capital all the way to the Far East and Australasia, via our ultra-modern hub in Dubai.?
Pradeep Kumar stated that this would open up new links for cargo as well. He said that apart from Emirates? freighters to Gothenburg (Sweden), ?this additional channel, feeding into our vast and efficient network, will be welcomed by importers and exporters by offering more frequencies and cargo capacity.?
The cargo hold, to Copenhagen held fruits, vegetables and garments from India and on its flight out of Denmark pharmaceuticals are being exported to Australia and Middle East including with seafood for the Far East.
An estimated 100 Danish subsidiary companies are established in the UAE with about 80 agents/distributors for other Danish companies.
The Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Copenhagen Airports, Carsten Noerlund spoke of how the route would be advantageous to Danish and Scandinavian businesses in South Asia, India and Australia, along with attracting tourists and business travelers to the new destination.
Reservations from several countries including Melbourne, Jakarta, Seoul, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cape Town, Accra, Dubai and Bahrain have already been made with the Wonderful Copenhagen.
At the Copenhagen Airport, the Danish Captain, of the flight, Lars Schoyen, arranged a water cannon salute to welcome the VIP delegation to his native land. Emirates’ Area Manager Nordic Countries, Teddy Zebitz, led the proceedings that were attended by Sheikha Najla Al Qassimi, the UAE?s Ambassador to Sweden; Per Tangsgaard Jensen, Danish Consul General to Dubai, Copenhagen Airports and other guests from the travel, business and aviation sectors
Along with the warm welcome a gala dinner will be held tonight at the national Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, hosted by Emirates.
Recently Copenhagen attracted other gulf airlines, including Qatar Airways and Gulf Air. ?Emirates had announced its intention to begin daily flights to Copenhagen at the end of 2005.
The launch was delayed, however, due to the political tension between several Middle Eastern countries and Denmark . The past can now be put behind to welcome the wind of change.
Sources: Travel Blackboard, Hotelier Middle East, anna aero