Emirates celebrates 33 years of operations in Dhaka
Dubai-based carrier launches fourth daily flight from the city
- A Monitor Report01 Dec, 2019 | 582 Views|-+
Saeed Abdulla Miran
Dhaka : Emirates is adding a fourth daily service between Dhaka and Dubai from June 1, 2020, boosting its weekly flights from 21 to 28, and making clear its resounding commitment to Bangladesh. From Dubai, customers can connect to more than 150 destinations spanning six continents on the airline's global route network.
Saeed Abdulla Miran, Country Manager Bangladesh, Emirates made the announcement at a press meet held on November 25 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka.
"Emirates shares a special bond with Bangladesh that goes back 33 years, and our new service is a testament to the country's significance on Emirates' global network. With this service, our leisure and business customers will benefit from a more varied and flexible schedule, as well as smooth and seamless connectivity to Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Our fourth daily will encourage Bangladeshis to explore the world more, and robustly support inbound tourism, business, commerce and trade," said Saeed Abdulla Miran.
The new service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in a two-class configuration, featuring 42 Business Class and 310 Economy Class seats. This will add 280 tonnes of cargo capacity each way, every week. Emirates SkyCargo currently offers more than 800 tonnes of cargo capacity every week, Miran further informed.
Flight EK588 will leave Dubai at 22:30hrs and arrive in Dhaka at 05:20hrs next day. The return flight EK589 will depart Dhaka at 08:00hrs and arrive in Dubai at 11:00hrs.
"The service has been carefully timed to create convenient connections to several popular cities, including London, Rome, Frankfurt, Porto, New York, Washington DC, Mexico City, Johannesburg and Cape Town," said the Country Manager.
Emirates is renowned for its outstanding and culturally sensitive inflight services. Customers are regaled with more than 4,500 channels on the airline's award-winning inflight entertainment system - ice - that includes the latest Bangladeshi movies, TV programmes, music, live TV, podcast, audio books and games.
This year, thousands of customers watched popular movies Poramon 2, Ekti Cinemar Golpo and Sunno. Children are kept engaged and entertained with kids' movies, cartoons, games, complimentary toys, and kids' meals. Families can take advantage of priority boarding and use strollers for free at Dubai International airport, mentioned Miran.
Customers can look forward to the renowned hospitality from Emirates' iconic, multinational cabin crew, while enjoying both regionally inspired and international cuisine, as well as complimentary beverages. Dishes like aloo diye khashir mangsho, shorshe begun and bhuna gosht have been hot favourites among Bangladeshi customers.
Passengers also enjoy generous Emirates baggage allowance of up to 35 kgs in Economy Class and 40kgs in Business Class. The airline also offers 20MB complimentary Wi-Fi in all cabin classes.
Emirates has gradually grown its services to Dhaka over the years - from two weekly services in 1986 to three daily services in 2013 to keep up with customer demand. During the last 33 years, the airline has flown over 9.9 million passengers between Dubai and Dhaka, concluded Miran.