Norwegian travellers can now enjoy the benefits of daily flights to Dubai following the launch of Emirates’ service on Tuesday.
“We are very happy that Emirates wanted to open this route from Oslo to Dubai. Emirates is one of the world's leading airlines, so its establishment is very important to Avinor and not least, for us here at Oslo Airport. Emirates’ service to Dubai opens up a host of new travel options to Asia and Australia with just one stop, and offers faster connections to Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide,” says Øyvind Hasaas, managing director of Oslo Airport.
“Oslo Airport wants more intercontinental routes, this is a stated goal. The opening of this route provides a very welcome addition to long-haul services from Oslo Airport,” adds Hasaas.
The route is operated with a Boeing 777-300ER and Emirates is the first airline to offer First Class from Norway. The inaugural flight was received by the CEO of Avinor, Dag Falk-Petersen, together with partners from the travel industry and media. A group of Norwegian business leaders based in Dubai accompanied representatives from Emirates on the first flight to Oslo. Around 1,200 Norwegians live in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“Our new route offers Norwegian companies unprecedented travel and cargo services with a better route network via Dubai. Major Norwegian industries such as oil, gas, shipping, fishing and technology will see positive ripple effects from our route network, with over 49 destinations in the Far East, Australia, West Asia, the Indian Ocean and Middle East. This includes the opportunity to experience our flagship A380, which flies to 13 destinations from Dubai to the Far East, Australia and the Indian Ocean. In addition, more people will become aware of what Dubai has to offer as a holiday destination,” says Thierry Antinori, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Emirates.
A taste of luxury
Terje Grue, CEO of Emirates Norway, promises travellers a taste of luxury.
“I am very proud to introduce Emirates in Norway. We will offer unsurpassed service in all aspects of our product, give everyone a little taste of luxury and emphasise service as part of the air travel experience,” says Grue.
“We will support Norwegian travellers' desire and demand for global mobility, and of course make it much easier, more comfortable and faster to travel eastwards,” he concludes.
Emirates' route to Oslo departs from Dubai as EK159 at 7.00* and arrives at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen at 12.10*. The aircraft returns as EK160 at 13.55* and arrives at Dubai International Airport at 22.50*.
On board, passengers can enjoy more than 1,800 channels of optional entertainment from ice, the airline's award-winning entertainment system. Passengers have generous luggage limits, with 30 kg for Economy Class, 40 kg for Business Class and 50 kg for First Class.
*Flight times are according to the summer schedule
Oslo Lufthavn AS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avinor. The company owns and operates Norway's main airport, Oslo Airport, which is an important communications hub in Norway with approximately 23 million travellers and more than 230,000 aircraft movements per year.