22 JULY 2013

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Article from BTNews 22 JULY 2013

Emirates for Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe seems to be gaining the focus of attention by Emirates, now one of the world’s fastest growing airlines.  The Dubai-based carrier has unveiled plans for a daily service from its hub to Kiev starting 16 January 2014.  It will be the operator’s first route to the Ukraine.
 
Flown by an Airbus three-class A340-500, the new flight will provide convenient global connections for the country’s population of 45m.  With a booming agricultural sector the Ukraine is currently the world’s largest exporter of sunflower oil and a major global producer of grain and sugar.
 
"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", said Hubert Frach, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West.
 
Emirates’ Kiev service will help support key exports from the Ukraine through the dedicated belly hold with a capacity of 15 tonnes transporting aircraft spares, heavy industry machinery equipment and ships’ spares. www.emirates.com

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