Emirates has marked its 110th international destination today with its inaugural flight to Basra, the airline's first service into Iraq.
Emirates is the largest international carrier to operate services into Iraq, helping link the country to the rest of the world through its convenient connections in Dubai.
“Iraq is experiencing a surge in growth and it is our goal to help the country prosper and flourish. The potential for this destination is significant and Emirates is committed to working alongside the Iraqi authorities to make Basra a success,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.
“Our strong forward bookings for Basra indicate the high demand for services to this destination, particularly from the corporate sector as the city rebuilds. Iraq is a key destination for Emirates and we expect our operations to Basra to thrive alongside the city’s growth,” added Clark.
Basra is the first new destination for Emirates in 2011 with Geneva to launch on 1st June, followed by Copenhagen on 1st August.
Flight EK945 departed Dubai at 13:45 hours today with a full load of passengers including; Adel Al Redha, Emirates Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, Ahmed Khoory, Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran and Mahmood Abdulraheem, Emirates Vice President Treasury.
On landing in Basra Emirates delegates were met by His Excellency Shaltagh Aboud Al-Mayahi, Governor of Basra, His Excellency, Jabbar Amin Jaber Latif, Head of Basra Council and Abdulameer Ghanim Abdullah, Basra Airport Manager.