2 of South America’s most iconic cities will soon have a faster link to Dubai and over 100 destinations worldwide when Emirates commences its daily non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro and extension to Buenos Aires from January 3, 2012.
“Both Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro are rightly renowned as world-class leisure destinations as well as important business and trading centres,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group.
“Brazil has been part of the Emirates network since 2007 when we began flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo. With the country playing host to both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil will be further catapulted into the world’s spotlight, and we will be in a prime position to transport sports enthusiasts to these renowned events. Meanwhile, our first service to Argentina is a much-anticipated addition to our network which will open important new markets for us,” added Sheikh Ahmed.
The Dubai-Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering eight First Class Private Suites, 42 lie-flat seats in Business and 304 seats in Economy.
Throughout all cabin classes, passengers can enjoy over 1,200 channels of entertainment on demand on “ice”, the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system.
Passengers flying Emirates from Buenos Aires and Rio will also be able to connect to Emirates’ global network across the Far and Middle East, Indian sub-continent, Africa, and Australasia via its hub in Dubai.
Starting January 3, 2012, EK247 will leave Dubai daily at 0705h and arrive at Rio’s Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 1535h. It will depart Rio at 1720h, arriving at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) at 1930h. From Buenos Aires, EK248 departs at 2130h, arriving in Rio at 0120h the next day. The aircraft will depart Rio at 0255h, arriving in Dubai at 2235h.
Emirates operates flights on a daily schedule from Malta to Dubai via Larnaka, Cyprus.