Airline

Emirates Expands its South American Horizons with Launch of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires Flights

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, has extended its South American network by linking Dubai with Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, further broadening the airline's reach across the Americas. Emirates' inaugural Flight 247 made its first landing at Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, where it was initiated by a traditional water cannon salute. The flight, operated by Argentine Captain Marcos Medina, then departed for its first onwards connection to Buenos Aires, where government and airport officials led by Enrique Meyer, the Argentinean Minister of Tourism, welcomed the Emirates VIP delegation headed by Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President - Passenger Sales Worldwide.

Other members of the VIP delegation aboard the flight included the Argentinean Ambassador to the UAE, Ruben E. Caro; UAE Ambassador Mohammed Eissa Al Zaabi; Mr Abdulla Ali Al Saboosi, Director, Department of American and Pacific Affairs, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Adnan Kazim, Divisional Senior Vice President, Planning and Research and Nigel Page, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, the Americas.


This new linked service to two of the most economically vibrant cities in South America will not only boost trade ties with the UAE, but will also introduce travellers to Emirates' route network spanning points across the globe," said Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President - Passenger Sales Worldwide.


"Emirates will offer customers in Brazil and Argentina the most efficient and comfortable route to the Middle and Far East, including the airline's four destinations in China and two gateways in Japan, which are key trading partners for both countries," added Mr. Antinori.


The Dubai-Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires flight is operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering eight First Class Private Suites, 42 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 304 seats in Economy Class.


EK 247 leaves Dubai daily at 0710hrs and arrives at Rios Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 1537hrs. It departs Rio at 1723hrs, arriving at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) at 1930hrs. From Buenos Aires, EK 248 departs at 2130hrs, arriving in Rio at 0123hrs the following day. The aircraft will depart Rio at 0310hours, arriving in Dubai at 2250hrs.

Emirates has a fleet of 168 aircraft and is the world's largest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 operator. With an order for 50 new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft placed at the Dubai Airshow in November, Emirates now has 237 aircraft on order, worth over US$84 billion at list prices.

Emirates now flies to 118 destinations in 69 countries. Over the next two months, the airline will launch a further five destinations: Dublin, Lusaka, Harare, Seattle and Dallas. 

More Airline
New Istanbul airport starts operations
Turkish Airlines launches new cabin crew uniforms
Emirates voted ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’ by Conde Nast Traveller readers
Latest Travel News
Discover the making of a Royal Bisht - g...
Yas Island Abu Dhabi lit up in green for...
Turkish Airlines launches new cabin crew...
Featured Sights To See
Jannatul Baqi

Jannatul Baqi

Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Jannat-ul-Baqi is the burial ground of some of the closest companions of the Prophet (PBUH) including some of his wives and daughters. It is right next to the Masjid Al Nabawi and Muslim men should definitely visit the site and say a prayer for the deceased. Please note that the area is forbidden for women. ...

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Museum is located in the restored Al Fahidi Fort, which was built around 1787 to defend the city from invasion.  In its long history, the fort served as a seat of government, the royal residence, ammunition storage, and a jail.  In 1971, it was converted into a museum.  The diverse collection on display offers fascinating insight into the rich history and cultural heritage of Dubai, dati...

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

Chicago, United States

Nothing's more American than baseball, and Wrigley Field, named for the chewing gum company, is one of the sport's holiest sites.  Built in just six weeks back in 1914, the park is a throwback to baseball's past.  The field fits snugly in Chicago's street grid.  Lights for night games were not installed until 1988.  The signature features are the ivy covering the outfield fence...

Whitechapel Road

Whitechapel Road

London, United Kingdom

Located in the East End of London, Whitechapel Road is home to a vibrant and somewhat chaotic street market. Buildings along the road date back to 1670, and the areas past residents include Joseph Stalin and George Orwell.     Whitechapel Road today is heavily populated with Middle Eastern, Asian and African residents, so you’ll find market stalls selling food, fabric and jewelry fro...