Emirates to launch first Ukraine route

11 Jul 2013 by GrahamSmith

Emirates is launching its first route to Ukraine with a daily service to Kiev's Kyiv Boryspil International Airport.

The Dubai to Kiev route will be operated by an Airbus A340-500 from January 16 next year.

Hubert Frach, divisional senior vice president commercial operations west, said: "We see strong potential in the Ukraine through its agribusiness, heavy machinery industries, technology, and tourism.

"Kiev will be our 35th passenger route in Europe and Emirates customers in the Ukraine will be able to fly non-stop to our Dubai hub and conveniently connect onwards to destinations in the Indian Ocean Islands and Asia, in addition to our extensive Australian network courtesy of our partnership with Qantas."

The daily service - EK171 - will leave Dubai at 1715 and arrive in Kiev at 2035. The return flight to Dubai leaves Kiev at 2210 and gets into Dubai at 0455 the following day.

The Airbus A340-500 will offer 12 first class suites, 42 business and 204 seats in economy.

Emirates is first launching a service to Stockholm in September (see online news, April 11), and a transatlantic Milan to New York service in October (see online news, April 8).

Graham Smith

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