Emirates Extends Expansion in Eastern Europe

15 Feb 2013

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Emirates has started to extend its operations in Eastern Europe with the launching of service to Warsaw, which is the airline’s first scheduled service to Poland, its 129th international destination.
Emirates’ daily flight to Warsaw operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, is the first international service to offer a First Class product in Poland.
The airline said that with the UAE already the single largest Middle East trading partner in Poland, reaching nearly AED 1 billion per year, this new service is expected to further enhance economic links between the two countries.
Marking the importance of this Eastern European gateway the high profile delegation onboard the inaugural flight included; Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum; Director General of the Dubai Ruler's Court, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Sheibani;  UAE Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori; Undersecretary UAE Ministry of Economy, Mohammed Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi; Director General of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Hamed Buamim;, Polish Ambassador to the UAE,  Mr. Adam Krzymowski; Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, Adel Al Redha; Emirates’ Executive Vice President Chairman’s Office, Facilities Management and Procurement and Logistics, Ali Mubarak Al Soori; Emirates’ Executive Vice President, Passenger Sales Worldwide, Thierry Antinori;  Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Corporate Communications, Boutros Boutros; Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Europe and Russian Federation, Richard Jewsbury; Emirates’ Senior Vice President Cargo Revenue Optimisation and Systems, along with other VIPs and a delegation from the UAE media. 
“Today’s launch is a significant one not only for Emirates but also for Poland. This new service will enable direct links into Poland, facilitating travel for tourists and traders from East Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Stimulating trade and driving demand for not only our services, but the new destination is an integral part of our growth strategy and we see Warsaw as an important part of this,” said Sheikh Ahmed.
On touch down the VIP delegation was welcomed by: Ambassador Asim Mirza Ali Mohammed Al Rahma, UAE Ambassador to Poland, Michał Marzec, the Director of Warsaw Chopin Airport, along with members of the local media.
“This is truly an important day and a great honor for Warsaw Chopin Airport to have an Emirates aircraft on our tarmac,” said Director of Warsaw Chopin Airport, MichaÅ‚ Marzec. “Emirates’ presence in the region enhances our airport’s prestige and importance as a regional hub. Passengers from Poland and Central Eastern Europe will benefit from the launch of the direct air services to Dubai as well as convenient onward travel to India, Asia, Australia and Africa.”
An enabler for trade, Emirates SkyCargo would also offer an average of 210 tonnes of belly-hold capacity per week on the new service. Key exports from Poland include pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and electronic products; while some of the main imports are machinery, sporting goods, medical equipment, electrical equipment and leather products.

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