Emirates has commenced daily direct flights between the international hubs of Dubai and Geneva.
Passengers on Wednesday’s inaugural flight out of Dubai to the Swiss city came from varied origins including Australia, India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Iran and Mauritius.
In a ceremony to commemorate the first flight, a traditional Swiss dance couple performed inside Emirates' exclusive Terminal 3, before flight EK089 left for Geneva.
"This launch, in particular, has a strong international feel about it - linking Dubai, as a global aviation hub and centre for business and tourism with Geneva, a home to so many international organisations and an important financial and banking centre," said Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline.
The Dubai-Geneva flight operations will be managed by a combination of Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 777-300ERs. The aircraft will be arranged in a three-class configuration and will serve all kinds of passengers – be it the ones who love luxury on travel or the ones who prefer cheap flight tickets.
There will be First Class Private Suites, lie-flat seats in Business Class, and a spacious cabin in Economy Class. Travellers hoping to grab those elusive cheap flight tickets would do well to make their ticket bookings as soon as possible.
Geneva is Emirates' second gateway into Switzerland. The premier airline started its Zurich operations in 1992 and currently offers two daily flights.
The carrier’s EK 089 will leave Dubai airport each day at 0855hrs and arrive in Geneva at 1345hrs. From Geneva, EK 090 will take off at 1515hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2330hrs.