Emirates Celebrates Conakry Launch

29 October 2013

Video from first flight provides bird’s eye view of Guinea’s largest city

DUBAI, U.A.E., 29th Ocober 2013: Emirates celebrated its newest African connection with a high profile reception dinner held last night in Conakry, the Republic of Guinea. The airline commenced flights from Dubai to the largest city in Guinea on 27 October.

Several Ministers and senior officials from the Government of Guinea attended the event hosted by Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West, and Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Vice President Commercial Operations Northern and Western Africa. 

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At the ceremonial cake cutting event at Conakry International Airport to celebrate the first Emirates service into Conakry pictured from left to right are Guinean Ambassador to the UAE, His Excellency AlHassane Souare, UAE Assistant Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs, Khalid Ghanem Al Ghaith, Prime Minister of Guinea, His Excellency Mohamed Saïd Fofana, Deputy Minister for Guineans Living Abroad, Rougui Barry, and Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West.

Emirates rolled out its trademark hospitality to over 100 guests from the local business community, key government officials and members of the local Guinean media. Held at the Hotel Palm Camayenne, guests were treated to international gourmet cuisine as well as traditional music and entertainment performed by the renowned local band “Seiland Kutchy” during the course of the evening.

“We are honoured by the warm welcome that we have received from the community in Conakry, and the excellent turnout at this evening’s reception is indicative of how positively Emirates is perceived in the local market. The arrival of our first service to Conakry is an exciting development and provides new opportunities for travellers, business owners, tourism and trade,” said Hubert Frach.

“Air services are important catalysts for economic growth and we look forward to playing our part for Guinea’s development. Through Dubai, our flights connect seamlessly with other destinations in fast growing regions such as the Middle East, the Asian Subcontinent, the Far East and Australasia, thereby extending Conakry’s accessibility and reach to capitalise on trade and tourism opportunities from these regions,” added Mr Frach.

Click here to watch a video from Emirates’ first landing into Conakry, which provides a bird’s eye view of Guinea’s largest city.

Launched on the 27 October, Emirates flight EK795 departs Dubai each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 07:20hrs and arrives at Conakry International Airport at 14:00 hours the same day. The flight will then depart Conakry at 15:25hrs to arrive in Dakar at 17:05hrs, before departing Dakar at 18:35hrs to arrive in Dubai at 07:40 the next day.  An Airbus 340-300 aircraft will operate the Dubai-Conakry-Dakar route in a three class configuration with 13 tonnes of belly hold cargo capacity in each direction.

Following the launch of Conakry, Emirates will start services to Sialkot in Pakistan on 5 November and Kabul in Afghanistan on 4 December 2013.

The airline operates 206 aircraft to 136 destinations, including the world’s largest Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 fleet. 

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