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11 June, 2018 - 21:40 By Kate Sweeney

Emirates launches Stansted to Dubai route

A new world of opportunity for Cambridge and East of England business executives opened up last week when Emirates launched daily direct flights from Stansted Airport to Dubai.

The hub and spoke service connects passengers seamlessly via Dubai to Emirates destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Emirates has wheeled out a state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER airliner and packed it with high technology assets to keep executives – and their families – productive and satisfied throughout their journeys, whether for work or play.

The Emirates service includes the industry’s first virtual windows for First Class suites located in the middle aisle. These virtual windows project the view from outside the aircraft using real time camera technology.

Passengers can enjoy up to 20MB of free Wi-Fi within the first two hours of log-in across all their devices on board most Emirates flights. That’s enough data to browse your favourite social networks and send messages.

If they want to use onboard Wi-Fi for longer or need more data, they can choose from one of several data plans. Depending on their tier and the cabin they are flying in, Emirates Skywards members can enjoy either free Wi-Fi or discounted data plans throughout their flight.

The inaugural flight last Friday winged in from Dubai and marked the first time an international airline based in the Middle East had operated out of the fast-growing Essex hub which serves the Cambridge UK science & technology cluster.

The service connects the East of England with Emirates’ global network of over 155 destinations.

The aircraft deployed on the route is Emirates’ new three-class Boeing 777-300ER, featuring its state-of-the-art, fully-enclosed private suites in First Class, and refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features, Emirates believes the new First-Class suites take luxury to the next level. The aircraft also sports newly-designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems in all cabins.

The new offering was first unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in 2017 and the Stagnated service debut was the first time UK travellers were able to experience the updated product.

To celebrate the airline’s arrival to the airport, Emirates and Stansted held a launch event for local dignitaries and stakeholders, hosted by Hubert Frach, Emirates divisional senior vice-president, commercial operations West, and Richard Jewsbury, divisional VP for the UK, alongside Ken O’Toole, Stansted Airport’s CEO.

Frach said: “We decided to add London Stansted to our network because we saw an opportunity to directly connect the local community with some of the world’s most popular leisure and business destinations. 

“Previously, London’s north east, and the wider 7.5 million people that live within Stansted’s catchment areas, had to travel into the city or further to access airports with global reach. Now, this daily flight to Dubai connects passengers seamlessly to Emirates points across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia. 

“There’s been a real appetite for increased connectivity between the thriving business community in the East of England and our global network too. The new gateway will support the swell of new startups, SMEs and established businesses in the London-Stansted Cambridge corridor by giving them access to new cities and countries across the globe.”

More than 25 of the world’s largest corporations have established operations in the wider Cambridge and Peterborough area, with Airbus, AstraZeneca, Arm and GSK among the multi-national companies based there, and the new route will provide easier trading and business connections for British companies. 

Such businesses have helped establish the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor as one of the top five global knowledge regions, along with world-leading Silicon Valley and Boston. 

Ken O’Toole  said: “The launch of the daily Emirates service is a truly significant moment in the history of London Stansted and we are delighted that our millions of passengers, based in London and the East of England, will see huge benefits from the direct connectivity between the airport and Emirates’ hub in Dubai and its vast array of onward connections.

“In 2018 Stansted is set to be the fastest growing London airport and a key enabler of economic growth for both the UK and East of England, and the addition of the new Emirates service will provide a further boost to our long haul ambitions and ultimately save local passengers valuable time and money that is associated with flying from other airports across London.”

London Stansted Airport will also be important for Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, allowing it to offer additional cargo capacity and choice to customers. 

The carrier connects cargo customers to over 155 cities across 85 countries in six continents and flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the UK in an average year. The Boeing 777-300ER will offer local businesses about 20 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight.

The daily flight from Dubai to Stansted leaves Dubai at 09:30hrs and arrives at Stansted at 14:10hrs. The return flight departs Stansted at 21:10hrs and is scheduled to arrive in Dubai at 07:05hrs, easing access to onward journeys.

• PHOTOGRAPH SJOWS: The windowless First Class cabin in the new Boeing 777.

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