New Delhi, Apr 12 (IBNS) Expanding its presence in Scandinavia, leading airlines Emirates has announced that it will begin operating a daily flight to Stockholm, Sweden from Sept 4.
Consistently voted in the world's top ten places to live and work, Stockholm is famous for offering visitors a vibrant and diverse cityscape.
With strong bilateral trade links already in place, trade between the UAE and Sweden reached more than US$ 896 million in 2012, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2011.
A major North European economy with a strong Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Sweden is well known for iconic global brands such as IKEA, Volvo, and fashion clothing brand H&M.
The 4,956 seats per week offered year-round by this new service are expected to further stimulate economic growth with key Swedish trading cities across the Far East and Australasia.
"Following our successful launch into Copenhagen, Denmark in 2011 we have been closely evaluating options for further expansion in Scandinavia. Sweden, with its stable and growing economy is the perfect location to extend our regional presence," said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.
"This new service will provide the only scheduled direct passenger service between Dubai and Sweden, giving passengers out of Sweden much easier access to our international network including convenient connections to popular destinations such as, Thailand, where we currently operate six flights per day."
Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER the daily service will offer three cabin classes with eight seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 304 seats in Economy Class.
With over 130 destinations in its international network, Emirates customers in Sweden will benefit from convenient flight schedules that allow them to reach 40 destinations in the Far East, West Asia and Australasia.
"Timing new services to connect seamlessly across our network is an integral part of our planning.
"Having carefully assessed traffic trends we have ensured that passengers from Sweden will be able to reach over 25 destinations across the Far East with minimal transit time in Dubai, something that is incredibly valuable to our customers," said Clark.
Emirates new daily flight to Stockholm will depart Dubai as EK157 at 0715hrs and arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport at 1200hrs the same day.
The return flight, EK158 will depart at 1355hrs and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 2225hrs.
In addition to passenger operations Emirates SkyCargo will offer 19 tonnes of cargo capacity between the two cities.
Popular commodities are expected to be pharmaceuticals, construction equipment, electronics, perishable food items, textiles, leather goods, plants and flowers.
Emirates SkyCargo already successfully operates a three times weekly service to Gothenburg in Sweden and the addition of Stockholm is expected to further boost the airline's cargo operations in the region.
Throughout all cabin classes, passengers can enjoy over 1,400 channels of entertainment on demand on ice, the airline´s award-winning in-flight entertainment system.
Passengers on all Emirates' flights also have the added bonus of extra baggage allowance with 30 kilogrammes for those travelling in Economy Class, 40 kilogrammes for Business Class and 50 kilogrammes for First Class.
Stockholm, is the most populated urban area in Scandinavia with over 1.4 million residents.
Emirates' launch of Stockholm will follow on from the launch of Haneda on June 3.
Closely following the launch of Stockholm in September Emirates will launch a daily flight to Clark in the Philippines on Oct 1.