Brussels joins the Emirates network

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  • Daily Boeing 777-200LR service now underway
Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, made its inaugural flight to Brussels in Belgium last week. The new daily service will see up to 16,000 Emirates customers travelling on the daily Boeing 777-200LR between Dubai and Brussels each month. As the airline’s 145th worldwide route, Emirates will play a key role in further developing natural business links between Belgium and key markets in the Far East. Emirates also estimates that it will deliver a boost to the country’s tourism sector, with Belgium a popular jumping off point for Europe-bound travellers from Australasia. “We’ve had lots of customers asking us to fly to Brussels over the years so this really is fantastic news for them. Belgium’s tourism is thriving and we believe that we can drive demand even higher by providing great competition with our multi-award winning product and service,” said Thierry Aucoc, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Europe and Russian Federation. “Emirates is the only airline offering First Class seats from Brussels to destinations in the Far and Middle East, providing an unrivalled premium experience for our passengers. As headquarters for a huge number of major global corporations we are already seeing strong bookings from markets like China, the UAE, Japan and India, one of Belgium’s largest trade partners.” The UAE is a key trading partner of Belgium with more than €4 billion of goods exchanged between the two countries each year. Both import and export of goods have grown steadily since 2009 with 1504 Belgian companies exporting goods to the UAE in the last year. Tourism to Brussels from the UAE has grown significantly in the last five years with the number of visitors more than tripling since 2009. The new direct link from Dubai to Brussels is expected to grow this sector even further, as well as increasing inbound traffic from key markets in the Far East and Australasia. Belgium’s cargo exports account for 86% of the country’s GDP and Emirates SkyCargo will help boost this by adding up to 17 tonnes of cargo per day. Key export commodities include pharmaceuticals, automotive spare parts, chocolates, machinery and equipment and electronics. Emirates’ new daily flight to Brussels departs Dubai as EK183 at 7.50 a.m. and arrives at Brussels International Airport at 1.15 p.m. the same day. The return flight, EK184 will depart at 2.24 p.m. and arrives at Dubai International Airport at 11.25 p.m. the same day. Emirates’ customers arriving at Brussels Airport will benefit from the airport’s train station that offers convenient city centre connections as well as links to neighboring Belgian cities such as Antwerp and Ghent. Throughout all cabin classes, passengers can enjoy up to 1,800 channels on the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system. Passengers on all Emirates flights also have the added bonus of generous baggage allowance with 30kgs for those travelling in Economy Class, 40kgs for Business Class and 50kgs for First Class. Brussels is the 37th European passenger destination for Emirates, following Oslo in Norway which became a destination earlier this week. Emirates will expand its European portfolio further next month with the launch of Budapest in Hungary on 27 October.