Emirates has marked
the countdown for its First Emirates flight from Dubai to Tokyo Japan on 28 March
2010 with an industry road show in Japan.
The road show was
attended by over 450 of Japan’s leading travel industry professionals and
included a working mock up of Emirates First Class Suites.
The full media
release from Emirates can be read below:
Airline takes off for
Japan’s capital on 28th March
DUBAI, U.A.E., 19th February 2010: The countdown to the launch of
Emirates’ non-stop flights to Tokyo began on Thursday in Japan’s capital city
with the award-winning international airline hosting a road show for over 450
travel industry professionals.
Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial
Operations, Far East & Australasia, welcomed the guests at the road show,
saying: “Just over seven years ago,
Emirates became the first airline to link Japan with the Gulf region, since
that date expanding direct services to Japan has been a high priority for us.
“Thanks to the revised air services agreement it is wonderful to be able to
stand here before you this evening as we celebrate the countdown to the start
of non-stop services between Tokyo and Dubai on 28th March, and begin a new
chapter in the partnership between Dubai and Japan.”
Tokyo is the first of a number of exciting route launches in 2010 for Emirates,
as the airline’s network expands across the six continents that it currently
flies to non-stop from Dubai. Tokyo’s 28th March launch is followed by the
start of services to Amsterdam on 1st May, Prague on 1st July and the Spanish
city of Madrid on 1st August.
While Emirates uses it road show to reach out to the travel industry
nationally; publicising Japan around the world as a destination is an ongoing
commitment by the airline, which has invested US$14 million over the last two
years promoting the country.
During the road show, a working model of the Emirates First Class Private Suite
was unveiled to the audience; it is just one example of the on-board products
that help to differentiate Emirates. There will be eight Private Suites aboard
the Boeing 777-300ER that will be operating the route, with 42 flat-bed seats
in Business Class and 304 Economy Class seats.
During the journey, while passengers are enjoying the ice in-flight entertainment,
which includes Japanese audio, television and movie channels, they can savour
the delicacies served to them from the new Japanese menu, which will be
unveiled shortly on the airline’s Japan services to celebrate the start of the
Since 2002, Emirates has carried over 1.3 million people and 60,000 tonnes of
cargo on its flights to Japan, which is set to grow with the addition of the
five flights a week to Tokyo to the already established daily, non-stop flight
The new route will also strengthen the long standing partnership between
Emirates and Japan Airlines, with code sharing on the Narita service, in
addition to the existing code share on Emirates’ Osaka flights.
The new service will bring a huge range of benefits, including the continuation
of trade relations between Japan and UAE, which has grown by 300% to over US$57
billion in 2008 from US$14.5 billion in 2002, the year Emirates first began its
flights to Osaka.
With over 3,000 Japanese nationals currently living in Dubai, the new and
existing Emirates route will offer a seamless connection between the two cities
and for passengers from Japan, the routes will open up the Emirates network on
six continents via Dubai.
Emirates inaugural EK 318 will depart Dubai at 02:50 hours and touch down at
Tokyo’s Narita International Airport at 17:55 hours the same day. EK 319 will
depart from Tokyo at 21:40 hours landing in Dubai at 04:35 hours the following