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Emirates -To Expand Network To Include Seoul


Emirates Prepares To Expand Network To Include Seoul

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, today introduced its new Dubai-Seoul service to Korean media and travel trade partners in Seoul.

The airline's new daily non-stop service to South Korea's capital and top economic centre will start on May 1, supporting the strong demand for air links between the two cities, and boosting trade and tourism exchanges between them, said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates' Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide.

Korea is among Dubai's top 10 trading partners. Non-oil trade between Dubai and Korea amounted to over AED4.7 billion (US$1.3 billion) in 2003. Dubai's main Korean imports include textiles, automobiles and appliances, while main non-oil exports to Korea include base metals, plastics and animal products.

Emirates' new daily services from Seoul will provide Korean shippers with more than 90 tonnes of cargo capacity each week and speedy air connections to Dubai and beyond.

In preparation for its new Dubai-Seoul service, Emirates recently conducted special training for cabin crew, to highlight the unique nuances of Korean culture and service expectations. Travellers onboard Emirates' new Seoul services also can look forward to gourmet menus tailored to Korean palates. The airline currently employs over 220 Korean cabin crew and has plans to recruit even more this year.

Emirates will operate Airbus 340-300 aircraft in three-class configuration on the route, offering a capacity of 267 passengers and 13 tonnes of bellyhold space for cargo.

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