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Emirates Airline starts daily flights between Dubai, Seoul



May 6, 2005: Emirates Airline has commenced daily non-stop flights between Dubai and South Korea, with its first flight landing at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, after flying eight-and-a-half hours from Dubai International Airport.

Emirates is operating an Airbus 340-300 aircraft in a three-class configuration on the route with a capacity for 267 passengers and carrying 13 tonne of cargo in his belly space. The first Emirates flight landed here on May 1, 2005.

The flight - EK322 would depart Dubai International Airport daily at 02:25 hours (Dubai local time) arriving at Incheon airport the same day at 15:55 hours, while the return flight - EK323 - will take off from Seoul the next morning at 00:30 hours (Seoul local time) and land in Dubai at 05:25 hours.

"Dubai's combination of Arabian charm and world-class infrastructure will be an attractive new destination for Korean travellers," Emirates' Executive Vice President (Commercial Operations Worldwide) Ghaith Al Ghaith said.

This would also support the strong demand for air links between the two cities, and boost trade and tourism exchanges between them, he added.

Korea is one among Dubai's top 10 trading partners, and United Arab Emirates main imports from Korea include textiles, automobiles and appliances, while main non-oil exports to Korea include base metals, plastics and animal products. In 2003, non-oil trade between Dubai and Seoul was $1.3 billion.

The launch of Dubai-Seoul flight is under Emirates Airline's expansion plans, under which the airline is planning to wing out to 79 destinations in 56 countries, including Beijing and Malaysia.

According to Emirates Airline senior vice-president (commercial operations - East Asia and Australasia) Richard Vaughan, Emirates would be adding six more flights on its Kuala Lumpur route by September this year from its current seven flights weekly to service an increase in demand experienced from the Kuala Lumpur-Dubai route.

Emirates Airline reported a net profit of $637 million over a revenue of $4.9 billion. East Asia and Australasia contributed 28 percent to the revenue following an increase in services to the region.

Emirates intends to fly to Beijing in next February, it is learnt, adding a fourth point in China this year. It currently operates from Shanghai and cargo services to Dalian.



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