Emirates launches Iraq flights
Emirates has launched its 110th international destination, and its first in Iraq. The airline’s inaugural flight to the southern Iraqi city of Basra launched last week, becoming the Dubai-based carrier’s first new destination in 2011.
“Iraq is experiencing a surge in growth and it is our goal to help the country prosper and flourish. The potential for this destination is significant and Emirates is committed to working alongside the Iraqi authorities to make Basra a success,” said Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.
“Our strong forward bookings for Basra indicate the high demand for services to this destination, particularly from the corporate sector as the city rebuilds. Iraq is a key destination for Emirates and we expect our operations to Basra to thrive alongside the city’s growth,” added Clark.
Emirates will operate both passenger and cargo services to and from Basra with an estimated 130 tonnes of freight per week between Dubai and Basra.
The service will operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flight will be operated by an Airbus A330, in a three-class configuration on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and in a two-class configuration, Business Class and Economy Class, on Mondays.
EK 945 will depart Dubai at 13:45 hours and touch down at Basra International Airport at 14:45 hours the same day. At 16:15 hours, return flight EK 946 will depart Basra touching down in Dubai at 19:10 hours.
Pictured (from left): Mahmood Abdulraheem, Emirates Vice President Treasury, Adel Al Redha, Emirates Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, Hardan Al Handal, Vice Chairman Al Handal Group, Ahmed Khoory, Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran, Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security and Mohammed Al Handal, General Manager Al Handal.