First Emirates flight from Dubai to Edinburgh touches down
The inaugural flight in a new daily service between Dubai and the Scottish capital has been welcomed at Edinburgh Airport.
The Emirates year-round service touched down at 3pm on Monday and the occasion was marked with a piper and a water canon salute for the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The Edinburgh route becomes the third daily flight from Scotland to Dubai with Emirates already flying to the UAE from Glasgow twice a day.
Hubert Frach, Emirates divisional senior vice president, said: “Today’s flight marks the start of greater connectivity and more convenience for leisure and business travellers from the wider Edinburgh area and locations further afield, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to destinations across Emirates’ global network via Dubai.
“While for inbound travellers, particularly from cities in Asia and Australia, there is now a direct flight option to Scotland’s most visited city by tourists.”
Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “This is a great day for Scotland and Edinburgh. We know the power of connectivity - the more we can connect with cities and countries across the globe, the more opportunity for passengers. It makes our country stronger and culturally richer.
“Our partnership with a world-class brand like Emirates strengthens and grows our country’s connectivity and we look forward to working with them to the benefit of passengers across the world. We’ve built our success on making Edinburgh where Scotland meets the world and today’s flight see us take a major step on that journey.”