Emirates Inaugural Flight Lands in Toronto

    Officially Opening First Direct Link Between Canada and Dubai

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - When Emirates Airline flight EK241 touched down
in Toronto today, it officially opened the first and only non-stop connection
between Canada and Dubai.
    The inaugural flight for Emirates' new three-times-weekly service between
Toronto and Dubai was greeted by fanfare at Toronto's Pearson International
Airport. The Boeing 777-300ER, with Canadian captain Warren Montgomery from
Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, at the helm, was welcomed by a water-cannon ceremony
on the runway. That was followed by a special cake-cutting ceremony at the
airport, presided over by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum,
Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, who was among the
passengers on the first flight.
    "We are very excited about opening the first non-stop direct gateway
between Canada and Dubai," said Sheikh Ahmed. "As Canada's financial centre
with world-class restaurants, cultural venues, professional sports, trade
exhibitions and hundreds of festivals each year, Toronto will be very
attractive to both business and leisure travellers from across our route
network. Conversely, we anticipate Canadians to take advantage of this new
direct gateway into Dubai, the Middle East and across our growing global
    Toronto is Emirates 97th destination on its network, now, including
Canada, spanning 61 countries.
    Other dignitaries on board the initial flight included Her Excellency
Sara Hradecky, Canadian Ambassador to the UAE, His Excellency Hassan M.I. Al
Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Canada, and Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates Executive
Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide.
    The inaugural return flight - EK242 - departed Toronto for Dubai at 21:40
on 29th October. Regular service between Toronto for Dubai will be every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Service takes just over 13 hours from Toronto
and about 14 hours, 20 minutes on the return journey.
    Emirates is flying its state-of-the art Boeing 777-300ER on the
Toronto-Dubai route, offering 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 304
Economy Class seats: a total of 358 in a three-class configuration. The
aircraft also features the airline's award-winning entertainment and
communications system, ice (information, communication, entertainment), on
which passengers can enjoy over 600 channels of entertainment.
    Emirates currently employs more than 8,000 cabin crew representing more
than 100 nationalities. Emirates employs more than 350 Canadians within the
entire group with 168 flight deck crew and 90 cabin crew members.

    The schedule for the non-stop service is:

    EK241        (Oct 29, 2007 - Nov 2, 2007)
                 Departs Dubai (DXB) at 08:35 hrs
                 Monday, Wednesday, Friday and arrives in Toronto (YYZ)
                 at 14:55hrs

                 (Nov 5, 2007 - Mar 7, 2008)
                 Departs Dubai (DXB) at 08:35hrs
                 Monday, Wednesday, Friday and arrives in Toronto (YYZ)
                 at 14:20hrs

                 (Mar 10, 2008 - Mar 28, 2008)
                 Departs Dubai (DXB) at 08:35hrs
                 Monday, Wednesday, Friday and arrives Toronto (YYZ)

    EK242        (Oct 29, 2007 - Nov 2, 2007)
                 Departs Toronto (YYZ) at 21:40 hrs
                 Monday, Wednesday, Friday and arrives in Dubai at
                 18:55hrs the next day

                 (Nov 5, 2007 - Mar 7, 2008)
                 Departs Toronto (YYZ) at 21:40hrs
                 Monday, Wednesday, Friday and arrives Dubai (DXB)
                 19:45hrs next day

                 (Mar 10, 2008 - Mar 28, 2008)
                 Departs Toronto (YYZ) at 21:40hrs
                 Monday, Wednesday, Friday and arrives Dubai (DXB)
                 18:55hrs next day

    (*)All times indicated are local

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
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    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Sarah Shaughnessy, Emirates Corporate
Communications, Tel: (+9714) 203 3975, Mob: (+97150) 640.4754, email:
sarah.shaughnessy@emirates.com, visit :www.ekgroup.com/mediacentre; John
McGrath, Marshall Fenn Communications, Tel: (416) 962-3366, x-263, email:

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