DUBAI, U.A.E. — Emirates, recognized this year as the Best Airline in the World in the inaugural TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, is celebrating 10 years in Canada.
Since the inaugural flight in October 2007, Emirates has carried over 1.2 million passengers through its Toronto – Dubai route.
In Canada, Emirates’ established codeshare partnerships with WestJet and Alaska Airlines enable it to connect travelers from across its global network to more Canadian cities, and vice versa.
Hitting the 10 year milestone in Canada shows Emirates’ continued commitment to its operations in the country.
Emirates celebrates first 10 years in Toronto
“We’re proud to be celebrating 10 years of operations in Canada,” says Hubert Frach, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West at Emirates.
“We started with a Boeing 777 aircraft flying three times a week. By June 2009, we had started operating with the Airbus A380 and increased our passenger capacity by 40 per cent across Canada, which illustrates the strong demand from customers and the market.”
Emirates’ three flights per week between Toronto and Dubai is the maximum permitted frequency in the Air Transport Agreement negotiated between Canada and the United Arab Emirates in 1999.
To date, Emirates’ entitlement and frequency of service remains unchanged, while trade between the two countries has increased significantly.
Since 2009 and the upgrade to the A380, passenger occupancy on Emirates’ Toronto service has been consistently full, averaging 90%, with demand outstripping supply.
The majority of Canadian passengers are traveling to Dubai, the Middle East and the South Asia subcontinent, with leisure traffic to the Maldives and Mauritius.
Emirates is currently the only airline operating the A380 out of Toronto and takes great pride in providing best-in-class service for both business and leisure passengers.
In Canada, with stopovers permitted on all Emirates fares and great travel packages, Dubai continues to be a prime holiday destination. (Full Story Here)