Emirates starts service to Czech Republic

July 4th - Passengers from more than 20 countries travelled on Emirates' inaugural flight to Prague on Thursday, the airline said yesterday after becoming the first Arab carrier to service the route.

Emirates president Tim Clark, who headed the delegation on the first flight, said: "Prague is our second European route launch this year after Amsterdam on May 1 and our 103rd destination globally. The Czech Republic is a popular tourist destination and an exciting emerging market. With a fleet of 149 aircraft, including 11 A380s, we continue to drive forward with our expansion plans and more new routes are on the way. Madrid starts up August 1 and Dakar in Senegal begins a month after that," Clark added.

They were joined by Brigadier Obaid Mehayer Bin Surour, deputy director of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department and members of the UAE media. Emirates plane received a rousing welcome as a traditional Rosenka dance group performed on the tarmac.

Among those welcoming the flight were Jaroslav Ludva, Czech Ambassador to the UAE, and Miroslav Dvorak, chief executive of Prague airport.

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