Award-winning airline launches its second destination in Switzerland
Emirates will be increasing its commitment to Switzerland on 1st June 2011 by initiating daily flights between Thailand, Dubai and Geneva.
Geneva, one of the most important banking and financial cities in the world, will become Emirates’ 111th international destination and its 26th destination in Europe. Geneva is also the home to over 300 international governmental and non-governmental organisations, such as the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“Switzerland has been part of the Emirates network since 1992, when we began flights from Dubai to Zurich. The announcement of Geneva as our newest European destination underlines our commitment to this important country,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group.
“Our research has shown that there is a high demand for this route from across our network, from both the business sector, particularly financial, and the leisure travellers who are looking for both summer relaxation and winter sports,” added Sheikh Ahmed.
Starting 1st June 2011, EK 419 will leave Bangkok each day at 0240hrs, arriving Dubai at 0545hrs. Passengers can connect to the EK 089 from Dubai to Geneva at 0855hrs and arrive in Switzerland at 1410hrs. From Geneva, EK 090 departs at 1540hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2359hrs. Passengers can then take the EK 384 at 0315hrs, arriving Bangkok at 1225 hrs.
The service will be operated with a combination of Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, in a three-class configuration, offering Private Suites in First Class, lie-flat seats in Business Class, and a spacious cabin in Economy Class. Moreover passengers can benefit from the generous baggage allowance offered on all Emirates aircraft – 30kg in Economy, 40kg in Business and 50kg in First. Thai travelers will also be able to experience flying on the airline’s flagship A380 on the first leg of their journey from Bangkok to Dubai.
Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates’ award-winning ice (information, communication, entertainment) Digital Widescreen inflight entertainment system, which features over 1,200 channels of the latest blockbuster movies, TV programmes and music from around the world.
In addition to the entertainment, passengers can enjoy the delicacies from a gourmet menu served to them by Emirates Cabin Crew from over 120 nations.
Emirates expects to use the full 15-20-tonne cargo capacity per flight and will be transporting valuable cargo such as luxury watches and high-end fashion goods; diplomatic cargo and relief shipments for the International Red Cross; as well as chemicals, pharma products and electronics. Thai businesses will also be able to take advantage of the new flights with one of the key of the key exports from Thailand to Geneva will be tropical fruits and vegetables. This will allow producers to have their products available in supermarkets and restaurants throughout the Swiss city.
Emirates currently offers double-daily flights between Dubai and Zurich.