Emi­rates ex­pands South Amer­i­can net­work

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Two of South Amer­ica’s most iconic cities will soon have a faster link to Dubai and over 100 des­ti­na­tions world­wide when Emi­rates com­mences its daily non-stop ser­vice to Rio de Janeiro and ex­ten­sion to Buenos Aires from 3rd Jan­uary 2012.

“Both Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro are rightly renowned as world-class leisure des­ti­na­tions as well as im­por­tant busi­ness and trad­ing cen­tres. Our re­search has shown that there is a high de­mand for these cities from across our net­work,” said His High­ness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Mak­toum, Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Emi­rates Air­line & Group.

“Brazil has been part of the Emi­rates net­work since 2007 when we be­gan flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo. With the coun­try play­ing host to both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil will be fur­ther cat­a­pulted into the world’s spot­light, and we will be in a prime po­si­tion to trans­port sports en­thu­si­asts to these renowned events. Mean­while, our first ser­vice to Ar­gentina is a much-an­tic­i­pated ad­di­tion to our net­work which will open im­por­tant new mar­kets for us,” added Sheikh Ahmed.

“Emi­rates’ plans to im­ple­ment ser­vices from Dubai to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro will play an im­por­tant role in in­creas­ing tourism, trade and in­vest­ment be­tween Ar­gentina, Brazil and the UAE, in ad­di­tion to the air­line’s vast global net­work,” said Car­los En­rique Meyer, Min­is­ter of Tourism of Ar­gentina.

“Emi­rates’ cur­rent ser­vice to Sao Paulo has been ex­tremely pop­u­lar since it was first in­tro­duced. The ad­di­tion of Rio de Janeiro will serve to fur­ther in­crease the cul­tural ties be­tween our two na­tions,” said Pe­dro No­vaes, Min­is­ter of Tourism of Brazil.

The Dubai-Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires ser­vice will be op­er­ated by a Boe­ing 777300ER air­craft of­fer­ing eight First Class Pri­vate Suites, 42 lie-flat seats in Busi­ness and 304 seats in Econ­omy.

Through­out all cabin classes, pas­sen­gers can en­joy over 1,200 chan­nels of en­ter­tain­ment on de­mand on ‘ice’, the air­line’s award-win­ning in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem.

Pas­sen­gers fly­ing Emi­rates from Buenos Aires and Rio will also be able to con­nect to Emi­rates’ global net­work across the Far and Mid­dle East, In­dian sub-con­ti­nent, Africa, and Aus­trala­sia via its hub in Dubai.

“The ar­rival of Emi­rates will be an im­por­tant bridge be­tween Rio de Janeiro and the East, gen­er­at­ing many new trade and tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Ser­gio Cabral Filho, Gov­er­nor of the State of Rio de Janeiro. “Rio has, to­day, one of the world’s most im­pres­sive in­ter­na­tional events cal­en­dars in­clud­ing, the 2011 World Mil­i­tary Games, the 2013 Cup of the Con­fed­er­a­tions, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. This new ser­vice, from Jan­uary 2012, will be an ex­tra­or­di­nary gain for our state and our city.”

The belly hold ca­pac­ity on the 777-300ER will sup­port key im­ports and ex­ports in­clud­ing au­to­mo­bile parts, ac­ces­sories, man­u­fac­tured goods, fruit and veg­eta­bles, ma­chin­ery and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts from Rio. For Buenos Aires, key im­ports and ex­ports in­clude per­ish­ables, tex­tiles as well as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

Over the last few years, South Amer­ica has ex­pe­ri­enced record-paced eco­nomic growth, even in the shadow of the global down­turn of 2008.

Brazil stands as one of the world’s fastest­grow­ing economies, thanks to its suc­cess in the pe­tro­leum sec­tor, a young and ac­tive work­force and sta­bil­ity in ur­ban growth. Trade be­tween Brazil and the Mid­dle East fol­lows the trend: ac­cord­ing to the Arab Brazil­ian Cham­ber of Com­merce, ex­ports to Arab coun­tries to­taled US$12.57 bil­lion in 2010, rep­re­sent­ing an an­nual growth of 34%, while im­ports ended the year with US$6.96 bil­lion, an in­crease of 33% com­pared to 2009.

Ar­gentina has also ex­pe­ri­enced pos­i­tive eco­nomic growth in 2010. Tourism, one of the coun­try’s ma­jor eco­nomic driv­ers, is a good in­di­ca­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to IN­DEC (Ar­gentina’s Na­tional In­sti­tute of Sta­tis­tics and Cen­suses) there were 2.6 mil­lion for­eign tourist ar­rivals at Buenos Aires air­ports in 2010, (an an­nual in­crease of 27%). Gov­ern­ment pro­jec­tions for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors for the 2010-2012 pe­riod are very op­ti­mistic with Asian mar­kets ex­pected to in­crease their cur­rent share of the tourism mar­ket.

Start­ing 3rd Jan­uary 2012, EK 247 will leave Dubai daily at 0705hrs and ar­rive at Rio’s An­tônio Car­los Jo­bim In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 1535hrs. It will de­part Rio at 1720hrs, ar­riv­ing at Buenos Aires Min­istro Pis­tarini In­ter­na­tional Air­port (Ezeiza) at 1930hrs. From Buenos Aires, EK 248 de­parts at 2130hrs, ar­riv­ing in Rio at 0120hrs the next day. The air­craft will de­part Rio at 0255hours, ar­riv­ing in Dubai at 2235hrs

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