Dubai-based international airline Emirates makes Toronto its 91st destination worldwide

    DUBAI, U.A.E., June 5 /CNW/ - Emirates, one of the world's most
successful and fastest-growing international airlines, has announced its plans
to start services from Toronto to Dubai, a first gateway for the airline in
Canada starting Monday, October 29th, 2007. The international service is
subject to government approval.
    The non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai is planned to operate
three times a week. Emirates will fly its Boeing 777-300ER on the route,
offering 354 seats in a three-class configuration with 12 tonnes from Toronto
to Dubai and six tonnes of cargo capacity from Dubai to Toronto.
    HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive,
Emirates Airline and Group said: "Responding to market demand, the new route
will provide a first direct link between Canada's largest city and Dubai,
providing also convenient, ongoing access to the Middle East, Africa and the
South Asian Subcontinent. We anticipate this route will be very popular,
connecting Canada to our global network of soon to be over 90 cities
    "This year marks a substantial investment in expanded services in North
America, and with enhancements to our 777-300ER, we certainly look forward to
launching operations in Toronto in October."
    The Toronto-Dubai non-stop service will take just over 13 hours and the
return journey will be 14 hours and 20 minutes.
    Making comfort a top concern on the long-haul journey, the aircraft will
be fitted with eight luxurious private suites in First class, 42 of its latest
lie-flat seats in Business class, and a comfortable Economy-class cabin for
304 passengers.
    Passengers in all classes will enjoy the award-winning service from
Emirates' international cabin crew recruited from over 100 countries around
the world; meals prepared by gourmet chefs; as well as the airline's
cutting-edge 'ice' (information, communication, entertainment) system, which
offers a selection of over 600 channels of entertainment on demand and the
ability to send and receive email and text messages from their personal
in-seat entertainment systems.
    Pending government approval, Toronto will be one of five new Emirates
destinations in 2007. Earlier this year, Emirates announced plans to start
services to Venice in July, Newcastle in September, Sao Paulo in October and
Houston in December. Emirates' global route network currently spans 87 cities
in 60 countries across Africa, Europe, the Far East, Indian Subcontinent, and
North America. For flight information and bookings, visit:

    Flight timings for Emirates' Toronto-Dubai service (starting Monday,
    October 29th, 2007)(*)

    EK241  Departs Dubai (DXB) at 08:35 hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and
           arrives in Toronto (YYZ) at 14:55hrs
    EK242  Departs Toronto at 21:40 hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and arrives
           in Dubai at 18:55 hrs the next day

    (*) All times indicated are local

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For further information:

For further information: John McGrath, Marshall Fenn Communications,
Toronto, (416) 962-3366,; Sarah Shaughnessy, Emirates
Corporate Communications, Tel: (+9714) 203.3975, Mob: (+97150) 640.4754,, Visit:

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