Emirates has departed for Tel Aviv, the airline’s first passenger flight to Israel. Emirates flight EK931 departed at 1220am local time with 335 passengers, including a VIP delegation and Israeli media on board.
Emirates executives on board included: Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer; Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President, Group Security; Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia; Khalid Bel Jaflah, Divisional Vice President, Commercial UAE and Oman; David Broz, Vice President Air Policy and Industrial Affairs; and Jeffrey Van Haeften, Vice President Cargo Global Sales and Commercial.
The new daily service offers Israeli travelers easy access to Dubai, with easy connections to popular holiday destinations such as Australia, the Philippines, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Emirates also offers easy access to Tel Aviv from several points in the network with multiple daily and weekly flights, many of which are home to thriving Jewish communities.
In addition to its newest destination, Tel Aviv, Emirates will also restart services to London Stansted, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Christchurch this year.
The aircraft for today’s maiden flight was Emirates’ popular Boeing 777 Gamechanger, featuring the world’s only fully enclosed First Class private suites with virtual windows. Emirates will then use its three-class Boeing 777-300ER on the route, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 flat seats in Business Class and more than 300 spacious seats in Economy Class for daily service.
photo caption (left to right) – David Broz, Vice President of Aerospace Policy and Industrial Affairs; Ross Kiel, director at Kosher Arabia; Waleed Al Naqbi, Senior Administrator – Coordination and Follow-up, Ministry of Economy of the UAE; Ahmad Al Marri, Dubai Economy and Tourism, Head of Region – GCC & Mena International Operations; Khalid Bel Jaflah, Divisional Vice President, Commercial UAE and Oman; Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia; His Excellency Amir Hayek, Israeli Ambassador to the UAE; His Excellency Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy of the UAE; Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer; His Excellency Mohamed Al Khaja, UAE Ambassador to Israel; Mohammad Mattar, division senior vice president, airport services; Major General Ali Atiq Bin Lahej, General Manager, General Department of Airport Security; Abdulhamied Seddiqi, Vice Chairman of Seddiqi Holding; Richard Mintz, Adviser to HE Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to Washington DC; and Sami Aqil Abdulla, Senior Vice President, Airport Services Outstation and Business Support.