Emirates sets sail on second Scottish service

Emirates Dubai to Edinburgh

Emirates Edinburgh

Emirates launched services between Dubai and Edinburgh on 1 October. Pictured at check-in for the first flight were: Major Abdulhamid Ahli, Head of the Operations Department, General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, Dubai; Mohamed Amin Attia El-Awady, GM, Alarabiyah Travel & Tourism; Gavin Steel, Partner, PwC; Professor Ammar Kaka, Provost, Heriot Watt University Dubai; Campbell Maclean Steedman, Head of Middle East – Corporate Finance, Winston & Strawn LLP; Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional SVP – Commercial Operations West; Brigadier Ali Bin Lahej, Director General – General Department of Airport Security, Dubai Police; Nicholas Maclean, MD, Scotland Trade Envoy to the United Arab Emirates; and Bill McPherson, Emirates’ VP – Emirates Airport Services Outstations.

Emirates Edinburgh

Emirates launched flights between Dubai and Edinburgh on 1 October, with this cake being made to toast the occasion. The airline will initially offer a daily service between the two airports using its fleet of 777-300s, with the frequency scheduled to reduce to five times weekly from November. Edinburgh becomes the airline’s eighth UK link.

  • Emirates has introduced flights between Dubai (DXB) and Edinburgh (EDI), with the Scottish capital becoming the carrier’s eighth destination in the UK, and second in Scotland, after Birmingham, Glasgow, London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle. Launched 1 October, the carrier will initially offer a daily service on the 5,773-kilometre sector, however from November the frequency of flights will drop to five times weekly, while OAG schedules is currently showing the route operating as four times weekly during S19 based on present data. “This 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,” commented Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional SVP, Commercial Operations West. “While for inbound travellers, particularly from cities in Asia and Australia, there is now a direct flight option to Scotland’s most visited city by tourists.” The MEB3 operator will utilise its fleet of 777-300s on its latest route to the UK, with no other airline linking the Scottish capital with Dubai. Emirates becomes the UK airport’s second serving MEB3 carrier, with Qatar Airways already serving the city, while Etihad Airways ended flights to Edinburgh from Abu Dhabi on 30 September. Edinburgh becomes the fourth new destination launched by the carrier from Dubai this year, with it having already added services to Santiago (operates via Sao Paulo Guarulhos), Stansted, plus the resumption of flights to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen after a two-year hiatus. The airline has also commenced a non-stop service to New York Newark from Dubai, adding to its existing one-stop route via Athens, while it has also launched a new sector to Auckland which operates via Denpasar in Indonesia. See how Edinburgh Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

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