Emirates celebrate a special 5 million milestone in Beirut with complimentary upgrades to business class.

Emirates Celebrates 5 Million Passengers (Image: Emirates)

Emirates News
Date Posted: 07/08/2018

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, celebrated a special milestone earlier this month at Beirut Rafic Al Hariri International Airport (BEY). The Middle Eastern carrier has been operating to  and from Lebanon for over 27 years, with the airline celebrating the fact that they have transported over 5 million passengers. This special milestone was celebrated on-board the departing flight back to Dubai, by rewarding a select few passengers with complimentary upgrades to business class.

Emirates launched its very first service into Beirut back in 1991, operating only three weekly flights (approximately 156 flights per year) into the region. Since then, in the years that have followed, Emirates has expanded this service to more than just a daily service. Currently flights between the two destinations operate three times each day (approximately 1,092 flights per year). The airline utilises a mix of their Boeing 777 fleet, allowing for easy connections for their passengers to destinations across the Far East, South East Asia and Africa, all via the airlines Dubai hub.

“Emirates’ 27 years of service and growth in Lebanon is a testament to our commitment to the country. We proudly connect Lebanese nationals to and from Beirut on our 21 weekly flights with their friends and family, and we hope that our operations continue to grow from strength to strength,” said Tamador Kouatly, Regional Manager Levant.

Upgraded Passengers (Image: Emirates)

Emirates has the ability to connect Lebanese residents and nationals to over 160 global destinations through Dubai. Popular travel destinations from Beirut are cities in Australia, Far East, South Asia, Indian Ocean and Africa, connecting all across the world.

Emirates has the ability to connect Lebanese residents and nationals to over 160 global destinations through Dubai. Popular travel destinations from Beirut are cities in Australia, Far East, South Asia, Indian Ocean and Africa, connecting all across the world.

Cargo is also a huge commodity on this route with the airline transporting over 54,000 tonnes to and from the country, since 2015. Main commodities exported from Lebanon bound for the UAE and beyond on to the Emirates network include fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, supporting both businesses and exporters.

So why doesn’t Emirates fly its flagship A380-800 superjumbo to Beirut instead of their Boeing 777’s? The answer is simple, Emirates has previously sent an A380 to Beirut in a once-off service to the airport to test the operations and their airport infrastructure to accommodate the much larger aircraft. This once off flight operated on the 29 March 2018, since then no update has been given on whether it will be upgraded to the A380, but you never know, its looks like Emirates has considered it.

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER {Image: Emirates)

Emirates is a large employer in Lebanon, currently employing over 650 people from Lebanon, the airline holds regular Cabin Crew open days in Lebanon, with the last one being held in early July 2018. There is set to be another two open days at Lebanon later this month. Reassuring its strong commitment to the region and how much both parties benefit from these flights.

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