Emirates’ new service was greeted on its arrival in Kabul by a senior delegation of Afghan and airline officials, who were on hand to cut the celebratory cake’s first slice.
- Emirates became the first of the MEB3 carriers to operate a service to Afghanistan, when it launched daily flights on 4 December from Dubai (DXB) to Kabul (KBL). The 1,690-kilometre sector to Afghanistan’s capital will be served utilising the carrier’s 258-seat A340-500s, and faces extensive competition from Safi Airways (twice-daily flights), Ariana Afghan Airlines (five times weekly), flydubai (thrice-daily) and Kam Air (daily). Commenting on the launch, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ COO and Executive Vice President, said: “This new route launch today presents a new opportunity for the population of Afghanistan to access new travel opportunities and destinations thanks to our extensive global network across six continents. It will also provide an opportunity for the many Afghans living overseas to visit home again whilst experiencing Emirates renowned service and product.”