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Emirates marks 35 years of its operation in Bangladesh


Emirates marks 35 years of its operation in Bangladesh

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline has celebrated 35 years of connecting Bangladesh to the world on Wednesday. Since its first flight in 1986, the airline has carried more than 10.4 million passengers to and from Dhaka, operating more than 19,300 roundtrip flights.

Emirates currently serves the Bangladeshi capital with three weekly flights, utilising its wide-body Boeing 777-300ER.

To celebrate the special occasion Emirates undertook various programmes, including cake cutting ceremony at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, and water cannon salute to an Emirate’ flight (EK 587) arriving to Dhaka, onboard announcement wishing the passengers on the occasion, quiz competition on social media platform (https://bangladeshmonitor.com.bd/emirates-quiz), interaction of Emirates Country Manager with the media representatives.

Mohamed Alhammadi, country manager (Bangladesh), said: “We’re thrilled to be marking 35 years of operations in Bangladesh. It’s been a remarkable journey and we thank our dedicated staff, customers, and local authorities for their ongoing support. We look forward to continue strengthening our long-standing partnership with the country and to flying our Bangladeshi customers safer and better on Emirates to Dubai and beyond.”

Emirates is currently the only international airline to serve Dhaka with first-class services – offering customers superior products and comfort in the air and on-ground. Passengers can enjoy seamless connectivity to more than 120 destinations within the airline’s extensive network, via Dubai.

From 2016 to date, Emirates SkyCargo – the airline’s airfreight division - has carried close to 170,000 tonnes of cargo to and from the country, including the main export commodities of garments, leather and perishables. The airline’s operations to Bangladesh continues to play a vital role in supporting the country’s growth in trade, business and tourism.

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, offers close to 90,000 members exclusive privileges and benefits including, flight rewards, upgrades, hotel stays, and money-can’t-buy-experiences. The loyalty programme was one of the first in the world to offer members a generous tier review extension until 2022.

Members flying to and through Dubai can also enjoy earning a mile a minute, for up to 5,000 miles, applicable on all Emirates and flydubai tickets purchased from 1 August 2021 until 31 March, 2022, according to a statement.

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