Emirates' Santiago flights to lift Dubai-Chile trade and tourism

'Arrival of Emirates in Chile is an important symbol of trust and confidence in the country'

United Arab Emirates, July 7, 2018

Emirates on Friday launched a new, five-times-a-week service from Dubai International Aiport to Santiago International Airport via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, marking the airline's first arrival in Chile.

On board the inaugural Boeing 777-200LR flight, which was welcomed at both Sao Paulo and Santiago airports with a water cannon salute, was a group of special guests and media.

Hubert Frach, Emirates' divisional senior vice-president for commercial operations West, said: 'We are very pleased to see the interest this new route has created since it was announced in late January, reflected in strong bookings from and to Santiago. Santiago is a very popular leisure and business destination, and this new service will offer customers across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such the Far East, Middle East and West Asia, a great travel option to South America.'

'The new service will also give travellers from Chile the opportunity to experience Emirates' superior product and service, and offer them more convenient travel options with Emirates to Sao Paulo, Dubai and onward to destinations across our network,' he added.

'The arrival of Emirates in Chile is an important symbol of trust and confidence in the country, to our authorities and to how Groupe ADP, Vinci Airports and Astaldi Concessioni, through Nuevo Pudahuel, are setting a new standard of service at Arturo Merino Benítez Airport. We are proud that Emirates accepted our proposal because it will not only forever change how Chileans travel to the Middle East, but also because we are strengthening our relations with our operators', said Nicolas Claude, CEO of Nuevo Pudahuel.

The aircraft deployed on the route is Emirates' newly-refurbished two-class Boeing 777-200LR. Its business class cabin features a social area - unique to the Boeing 777-200LR fleet. The aircraft is also equipped with Wi-Fi and live TV across all classes.

Flight EK263 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:05am, arriving in Sao Paulo at 5pm, before departing again at 6:30pm and arriving into Santiago at 9:40pm on the same day. The return flight EK264 will depart Santiago on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:10am, arriving in Sao Paulo at 5:55am. EK264 will depart once again from Sao Paulo at 7:45am bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 5:15am. All times are local.