Emirates landed in Tel Aviv on June 23, making its first ever flight to Israel aboard the latest “out-of-the-box” Boeing 777 aircraft.
Referring to the importance of this new destination, the first flight was carried out with a delegation of senior figures: His Excellency Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy; His Highness Mohamed Al Khaja, UAE Ambassador to Israel; His Highness Amir Hayek, Israel's Ambassador to the UAE; Waleed Al Naqbi, Senior Director of Coordination and Follow-up, UAE Ministry of Economy; Richard Mintz, US Advisor to the UAE Ambassador; Ahmad AlMarri, Head of GCC (Gulf Countries) and Mena International Operations, Dubai Economy and Tourism Region; Abdulhamied Seddiqi, Vice President of Seddiqi Holding, and Ross Kriel, Director of Kosher Arabia.
Emirates executives were also on board: Adel Al Redha, Director of Operations; Group Security Division Senior Vice President Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi; Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Commercial Vice President, Gulf Region, Middle East and Central Asia; David Broz, Vice President of Aeropolitical and Industry Relations, and Jeffrey Van Haeften, Vice President of Global Cargo Sales and Commercial Affairs.
Emirates flight EK931 was greeted at Ben Gurion Airport with a water jewel, while passengers, aviation enthusiasts and guests from the industry watched the landing of the airline's first flight. On the landing, the VIP delegation welcomed Merav Michaeli, Israel's Minister of Transport and Road Safety.
After the welcoming ceremony, Emirates showed the interior of its latest game-changing Boeing 777 aircraft to government officials and guests. The aircraft features the world's first fully enclosed First Class suites with virtual windows and private services, offering private space and premium luxury. In addition, there are many finer touches to ensure the comfort of passengers in all cabin classes. Emirates operates daily flights on the Dubai-Tel Aviv route on a three-class Boeing 42-304ER aircraft that offers eight private suite cabins for First Class passengers, 777 convertible seats for Business Class passengers and 300 spacious seats for Economy Class passengers. will do.
Israeli Transport and Road Safety Minister MK Merav Michaeli said in a statement:
“There are strategic economic relations between Israel and the UAE and these are critical to strengthening our position against the changing threats in the Middle East. During my last visit to the UAE, I signed agreements to facilitate trade between the two countries and mobility as a tool to strengthen the citizens and economies of both countries.
The step we take today is far beyond aviation, it is an important political step that strengthens our mutual commitment by reducing the sharpness of the physical boundaries between us.”
Emirates Chief Operating Officer Adel Al Redha said:
“We are excited to start our Tel Aviv flights by expanding our growing flight network. Since we announced our plans to add Tel Aviv to our global reservation systems, we have seen strong demand not only from passengers in Israel but also from many destinations departing and arriving in the UAE. Countries with high demand included Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, the United States and the Philippines. This demonstrates the strength of our service, the breadth of our global flight network and the efficiency of our hub, Dubai, in terms of connecting flights around the world. Our new service will offer opportunities in tourism, trade and business.
We look forward to welcoming our passengers to try out Emirates services on the ground and in flight and enjoy a unique experience across all classes. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends and business partners who supported the start of the expeditions.”
Emirates' flight schedules to and from Tel Aviv are programmed to provide easy access to Dubai and connections to popular destinations such as Australia, Philippines, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
In addition, Emirates' codeshare flights with flydubai allow passengers to easily access the codeshare network of both airlines, spanning 100 destinations in 210 countries, providing more transit options via Dubai.
The history of strong bilateral relations between the UAE and Israel can be clearly seen by looking at the increase in the number of businesses established after the signing of the Abraham Accords agreement. With more than 500 Israeli companies currently operating in the UAE, trade between the UAE and Israel is expected to reach $2 billion by the end of this year.
This new Emirates service will help pave the way for more business and tourism connections. The new Dubai-Tel Aviv route, which provides vital connections with its wide global flight network, will support both countries to develop economic cooperation in the fields of technology, health, education, investment and many more.
Supporting trade, Emirates SkyCargo will offer an average of 20 tons of under-flight capacity on each flight, transporting fruit and vegetables, pharmaceuticals, industrial machinery and electronics, metals and other high-value goods that Israel exports to the UAE and other international markets. The airline has also completed its preparations to transport manufacturing raw materials and components, semiconductors and e-commerce parcels to Israel.
According to the Dubai Ministry of Economy and Tourism, more than 300.000 Israelis have visited the UAE in the past two years despite the pandemic restrictions, and this number is expected to increase as travel restrictions are further reduced.
Emirates will operate flights EK931 and EK932 to Tel Aviv. Daily flights will depart at 15:50 and land at Ben Gurion Airport at 18:00 local time. The return flight will depart Tel Aviv at 19:55 and arrive in Dubai at 23:59 (local time).
Passengers traveling with Emirates, arriving or departing from Tel Aviv, will enjoy the airline's award-winning experience, accompanied by innovative products and personalized touches in each cabin class, as well as the warm hospitality of the company's cabin crew of 130 different nationalities. Passengers also enjoy pre-ordered kosher meals on all flights. will enjoy newly prepared menus and enjoy the flight with Emirates' ice inflight entertainment system, which offers more than 5000 channels including Hebrew-language movies and content.