1 March, 2013
New gateway marks the 130th destination milestone for the airline
DUBAI, U.A.E.,1st March 2013: Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has launched its daily non-stop service from Dubai to Houari Boumediene Airport today. It is the 22nd gateway for Emirates in Africa and the airline’s 130th international destination.
“The launch of our operations in Algiers will provide a wealth of new travel options for customers in Algeria, who will be able to fly non-stop to our industry leading hub in Dubai and conveniently connect to points across the Middle East, the Asian Subcontinent, the Far East and Australasia," said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations.
Emirates marked its 130th international destination today, with its inaugural flight to Algiers. From left to right: Pradeep Suvarna, Global Head – DVPC, VFS (GCC) LLC, Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, H.E. Hamid Chebira, the Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research, Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, and Hiran Perera, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Cargo Planning and Freighters.
Travelers to Algiers will fly on Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with a three class configuration featuring Emirates’ award-winning service and passenger comforts, including hundreds of channels of on-demand inflight entertainment, the ability to send and receive emails and text messages, meals prepared by gourmet chefs and superior service from the airline’s international cabin crew recruited from over 130 countries.
“With the start of our daily non-stop service from Dubai, Emirates looks forward to introducing a whole new audience to Algeria, bringing leisure travellers from around the globe to experience this country’s unique attractions. We are confident that Algeria will be a popular destination for business and leisure travellers alike, boosting tourism and opening new markets for business and trade.” added Mr Al Redha.
On board today’s inaugural were Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Jean Luc Grillet, and Emirates Senior Vice President Cargo, Planning and Freighters, Hiran Perera.
Their special guests on the flight included the Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Mr Hamid Chebira, Global Head-DVP, VFS (GCC) LLC, Pradeep Suvarna, and Managing Director of Michelin, Prashant Prabhu.
The new daily non-stopflight to Algiers,operated by an A330-200 with a belly hold capacity of 12 tonnes, will take Emirates SkyCargo’s weekly cargo capacity into and out of the country to more than 160 tonnes. Imports into Algiers include a wide range of manufactured goods, while the top exports include frozen fish, lobsters, oil and gas equipment and palm oil.
Starting 1st March, EK 757 will depart Dubai daily at 0845hrs and arrive at HouariBoumediene Airport at 1330hrs. The return flight, EK 758, departs Algiers at 1535hrs and lands in Dubai at 0055hrs the next day.
Algiers the capital and largest city of Algeria, is located in the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is home to numerous attractions, including the Great Mosque, the National Library, Martyrs Square, the Bardo Museum and multiple monuments and forts.
It is also home to a rich variety of architecture and a vibrant cultural scene with a diverse heritage of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and French influences,. The country also boasts some of the world’s most spectacular coastline as well as vast mountainous and desert landscapes.