Emirates Airlines eyes Taiwanese market
CNATAIPEI--Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has announced that it will begin offering direct flights next year between Taipei and Dubai to vie for Taiwanese passengers using the United Emirates as a transit stop to Europe.
September 22, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The service will begin on Feb. 10, 2014, with initially six non-stop flights per week using 777-300ER passenger aircraft, according to the carrier.
While it has operated freighter service to Taipei since 2003, Emirates Airlines said it is hoping to provide more flight options for Taiwanese people with its over 134 destinations in 76 countries around the world.
“Given (Taipei's) status as a global trading hub and the demand, it is a natural progression for Emirates to launch passenger services to Taipei,” said Barry Brown, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations East.
The airline's local agent Sentra Travel Co. said the carrier could be an ideal choice for Taiwanese travelers who fly to Europeas it operates five Dubai-London flights and two Dubai-Venice flights each day.
The Taipei-Dubai route, which no Taiwanese airlines operates on, will make Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport the 16th destination on the Arabian carrier's air services map in the Far East.