Emirates touches down in Edinburgh for the first time!

Emirates News
Date Posted: 18/010/2018

Emirates announced earlier in the year that they would be operating daily flights between its Dubai hub and Edinburgh later this year, well guess what? That time has come!

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On the 1st October, Emirates flew their Boeing 777-300 aircraft into Edinburgh Airport, marking the beginning of the airlines new daily service to the Scottish Capital, as well as becoming the airlines second Scottish destination and the eighth destination in the United Kingdom that the airline now flies to. The Boeing 777 landed at Edinburgh Airport just prior to 3pm local time.

Scottish Bagpiper and Water Cannon Salute (Image: Emirates)

In 2016 Edinburgh Airport was named the busiest airport in Scotland, handling over 12.3 million passengers over the following twelve month period. The airport was also names as the sixth busiest airport in the United Kingdom in the same year, so it’s a no brainer why Emirates decided to add this new destination to its ever growing repertoire.

Flight EK023 was welcomed into Edinburgh Airport with a full water cannon salute much to the amusement of the many VIP’s and media on board. Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President, United Kingdom alongside Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport all came together to put on a special launch event.

Inaugural Flight VIP Delegation (Image: Emirates)

“Today’s flight marks the start of greater connectivity and more convenience for leisure and business travellers from the wider Edinburgh area and locations further afield, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to destinations across Emirates’ global network via Dubai.” Said Mr. Frach

Emirates prides itself by offering a direct flight option for tourist and inbound travellers to one of the countries most popular and visited cities. Travellers from Asia and Australia are able to fly direct to Dubai on any of the various flights operate each day and connect with Edinburgh bound flights in a matter of hours, enabling a seamless and stress free travel experience for travellers.

Dubai Police Band (Image: Emirates)

“In addition to tourism, the new flight will also directly connect Edinburgh to new opportunities for business, trade and education across our network.” Added Mr. Frach.

I think Edinburgh Airports Chief Executive said it best with his statement “We know the power of connectivity – the more we can connect with cities and countries across the globe, the more opportunity for passengers.  It makes our country stronger and culturally richer.”

“Our partnership with a world class brand like Emirates strengthens and grows our country’s connectivity and we look forward to working with them to the benefit of passengers across the world.”

Emirates Has Arrived in Edinburgh (Image: Emirates)

The aircraft that is deployed on this route is the three-class configured Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. There are 8 private suites at the front of the aircraft in the First Class cabin, 42 fully-lie flat seats following behind in Business Class, along with 304 spacious economy seats.

Boeing 777-300ER Seat Map (Image: Seatguru)

Even if your aren’t lucky enough to be travelling at the front in First Class, the award winning Emirates in-flight entertainment system “ice” makes up for it along with the award winning cabin crew on board. Passengers in all classed can access and enjoy more than 3,500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, as well as food and beverages included for every passenger.

“We’ve built our success on making Edinburgh where Scotland meets the world and today’s flight sees us take a major step on that journey.”

Flight Deck Crew (Image: Emirates)

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