Emirates marks five years of operations to Belgium

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Emirates B777-300ER © Ivan Conincx

The airline has carried more than 1.2 million passengers to and through Dubai since the inaugural launch in 2014

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, is celebrating its fifth anniversary to Belgium. The airline launched its daily operations to Brussels in September 2014, utilising a Boeing 777-200LR. Due to increased passenger demand, Emirates upgraded its operations in October 2017 to a double daily service, utilising the more recent Boeing 777-300ER – fitted with the “Game-Changer” First Class private suite.

Over the past five years, Emirates has operated close to 2,300 roundtrip flights between Brussels and Dubai, carrying more than 1.2 million passengers to the Belgian capital, from Brussels to Dubai and destinations beyond. On average, one-third of the passengers have Dubai as their final destination, while two-thirds connect to further destinations.

Jean-Pierre Martin, Emirates Country Manager Belgium and Luxembourg, said:We are very pleased to be celebrating Emirates’ fifth year of operations to Belgium. We thank our dedicated staff, customers and industry partners for their ongoing support. Belgium is a very important market for us and we remain committed to supporting the further growth of its tourism and trade industry. It’s been a remarkable journey and we look forward to continuing providing our customers in Belgium with world-class products and services.

Emirates employs over 230 Belgian nationals including 23 cabin crew and 88 pilots – of which 38 operate the Airbus A380-800 wide-body aircraft.  In 2015, the airline deployed a one-off A380 service to Brussels Airport to mark its first anniversary of operations. It sent a second one-off A380 on 18 April 2018 for a trial of the new A380 gate in Pier B of Brussels Airport.

In April-May 2019, service was reduced to one daily flight due to runway works in Dubai. Many thought that this single daily flight would be operated by an Airbus A380, but low traffic during that period did not justify the use of a larger aircraft.

The airline plays an important role in stimulating the country’s growth in business, trade and tourism by providing connectivity to the Far East, Australasia, West Asia, Indian Ocean and the Middle East via Dubai.

Since 2014, Emirates SkyCargo has carried more than 128,000 tonnes to and from Belgium, including the main commodities of pharmaceuticals, spare parts, clothes and perishables. Brussels is one of the fastest-growing stations in Emirates’ network for Pharma transport – carrying more than 4,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals to and from Brussels since January 2018.

Over the past five years, the airline has also carried over 3,500 horses through 80 horse charters to and from Liege Airport.

Emirates Skywards – the airline’s loyalty programme – offers its members special privileges including flight rewards.  Today, 100,000 Belgian nationals and residents are enrolled in the programme – benefiting from a wide range of exclusive offers across hotel and retail partners.

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft including freighters. The Dubai to Brussels route is operated by the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER “Game-Changer”, equipped with the airline’s latest cabin interiors. Set in a three-class configuration – the aircraft features ergonomically designed seats and multi-million dollar upgrades across all cabins. The six fully enclosed First Class private suites have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and ultra-modern design features.

The airline serves Belgium with two daily, non-stop flights from Brussels to Dubai where passengers can connect to a network of over 150 destinations in 85 countriesPassengers on-board can enjoy over 4,000 channels of entertainment on ice – named the world’s best inflight entertainment system by Skytrax for 15 consecutive years. Customers will enjoy the warm hospitality of the airline’s 23,000 multi-national cabin crew and complimentary Wi-Fi access of up to 20 MB.

Emirates’ flight EK 184 departs Brussels at 15:05 and arrives in Dubai at 23:40 local time. The second daily flight, EK 182 departs Brussels at 21:45 and arrives in Dubai at 06:15 local time the following day.

Brussels, Belgium – 19 September 2019

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