Dhaka, Wednesday

08 December 2021

Business Insider Bangladesh
Rangdhonu Group

Emirates restores flight operations to pre-pandemic level

BI Report || BusinessInsider

Published: 18:06, 28 October 2021   Update: 19:46, 28 October 2021
Emirates restores flight operations to pre-pandemic level

Photo: Collected


Emirates airline has restored its operations in Bangladesh at pre-pandemic level, said its country manager Mohamed Alhammadi on Thursday.

He made the disclosure at a view exchange meeting with local media at The Westin in Gulshan.

“We have fully restored our operations in Bangladesh. Now Emirates is serving the country with the pre-pandemic frequency and capacity,” said Alhammadi.

“We look forward to continuing strengthening our long-standing partnership with Bangladesh and to flying our Bangladeshi customers safer and better on Emirates to Dubai and beyond.”

Alhammadi informed that since its first flight in 1986, the airline has carried more than 10.4 million passengers to and from Dhaka, operating more than 19,300 roundtrip flights. Emirates currently serves the Bangladeshi capital with 21 weekly flights, utilising its wide-body Boeing 777-300ER.

This year, Emirates airline celebrates its 35 years of connecting Bangladesh to the world.

To celebrate the special occasion, Emirates organised a cake cutting ceremony at Hazrat Shahjalal Int’l Airport, and a water cannon salute to an Emirate’ flight (EK 587) arriving in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Emirates is currently the only international airline to serve Dhaka with first class services – offering customers superior products and comfort in the air and on-ground. Passengers can enjoy seamless connectivity to more than 120 destinations within the airline’s extensive network, via Dubai.

From 2016 to date, Emirates SkyCargo, the airline’s airfreight division, has carried close to 170,000 tonnes of cargo to and from the country, including the main export commodities of garments, leather and perishables. The airline’s operations to Bangladesh continue to play a vital role in supporting the country’s growth in trade, business and tourism.

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, offers close to 90,000 members exclusive privileges and benefits including, flight rewards, upgrades, hotel stays, and money-can’t-buy-experiences. The loyalty programme was one of the first in the world to offer members a generous tier review extension until 2022. Members flying to and through Dubai can also enjoy earning a mile a minute, for up to 5,000 miles, applicable on all Emirates and flydubai tickets purchased from 1 August 2021 until 31 March, 2022.

Emirates’ home and hub, Dubai, remains a very popular holiday destination. Dubai was one of the world’s first cities to obtain a safe travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which endorses the city’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety.

Bangladeshi customers can fly safer and better on Emirates as the airline has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey, introduced free multi-risk travel insurance and revised its booking policies to offer greater flexibility and generous re-booking terms. Passengers on-board can also enjoy the airline’s world-class products and services, gourmet meals and 4,500 channels of entertainment on ice – the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system.

Caption: Emirates Country Manager Bangladesh Mohamed Alhammadi (Centre) exchanging views with the local media representatives at a city hotel in Dhaka today, in celebration of the airline’s 35 years of operations in Bangladesh. Mohammad Alhawai, Emirates Air Services Manager; Sheikh Idrish Ali, Emirates SkyCargo Manager Bangladesh were also present.