“Stockholm is an important city for Emirates,” Hubert Frach emphasised. “It is a centre for trade, manufacturing and services in Scandinavia. But the average annual GDP growth of 3.5 per cent that Stockholm expects in the years ahead is crucial to Emirates having operations here, in order to link the Swedish capital with established and expanding markets in the Far East. That will create further opportunities for trade, investment and tourism,” Mr Frach noted.
The official inaugural flight was greeted at Stockholm Arlanda by Sweden’s Minister for Trade, Ewa Björling; Swedavia’s chief executive, Torborg Chetkovich; and representatives from the business community and travel industry.
“It is a great joy and honour to be here to inaugurate the first non-stop flight between Stockholm and Dubai with Emirates. This route will be of great importance to our bilateral trade and cultural exchanges,” said Minister for Trade Ewa Björling.
“I am really pleased to welcome a distinguished airline like Emirates to Stockholm Arlanda. Traffic between Stockholm and Dubai has increased by roughly 600 per cent over the past decade, and we see great potential for both business and leisure travel. With this daily flight, Swedes also get easier access to popular destinations in Asia, India and Africa with just one stop, thanks to Emirates’ extensive network,” said Torborg Chetkovich, Swedavia’s chief executive.
The inaugural flight was flown by a Boeing 777-200LR, the same type of aircraft that will serve the Stockholm-Dubai route daily. The aircraft has a unique layout for Emirates, with eight private suites in first class, 42 flat-bed seats in business class and 216 comfortable seats in economy class.
On board the aircraft, more than 1,500 channels with information and entertainment are on offer, so passengers can see the latest blockbusters, watch recent TV shows and listen to all kinds of music from around the world.
The daily flight, EK157, departs from Dubai at 7.15 a.m. and lands at Stockholm Arlanda at 12 noon. Flight EK158 departs from Stockholm Arlanda at 1.55 p.m. and arrives at Dubai at 10.55 p.m.
Emirates SkyCargo provides opportunities to companies that export and import
In addition to expanded service for passengers from the Stockholm region, Emirates offers excellent opportunities with this new route for companies that export and import via Emirates SkyCargo. Each departure has room for 17 tonnes of cargo between Stockholm and Dubai, or to or from airports beyond Dubai. The airline already transports such cargo as pharmaceuticals, construction equipment, electronics, textiles, leather goods and flowers, including via its cargo hub in Gothenburg.
Emirates currently flies from Dubai to 135 cities in 77 countries. The airline thus offers a number of attractive destinations via Dubai for Swedish travellers. On October 1, the airline will launch service to Clark International Airport in the Philippines, and on October 27, its Dubai-Conakry (Guinea) route will be opened.