By Ben Flanagan
Dubai airline is to launch daily non-stop flights to Newcastle in UK from September 1 2007.
Dubai’s Emirates airline is to launch a new non-stop daily service between Dubai and Newcastle in the UK.
The northern city – where popular ‘Geordie’ slang includes ‘why aye man’, meaning ‘of course’ – will be the airline’s sixth UK destination.
The new service, starting September 1 2007, will mean that Emirates will fly to the UK 14 times a day.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: "We are pleased to be able to provide our customers around the globe with a new gateway into the United Kingdom, and better access to the North-east region - one of the UK’s fastest developing areas for tourism and commerce.
Emirates' daily non-stop service to Newcastle will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with 27 Business Class and 251 Economy Class seats. It also provides a daily cargo carrying capacity of 14 tonnes. It will be Newcastle’s first-ever scheduled long-haul service, the airline said.
Emirates flight EK035 will depart Dubai at 07:20 every day, arriving in Newcastle at 12:10 local time. The return flight EK036 will depart Newcastle International Airport at 13:40, arriving into Dubai International Airport at 00:05 the following day.
Emirates currently operates 91 non-stop flights each week, or 13 flights each day, from Dubai to the UK: five services daily to London Heathrow, three services per day to London Gatwick, double-daily flights each to Birmingham and Manchester, and a daily connection to Glasgow.