Emirates Airlines today celebrates its first year of operation in Dublin with the news that it has made over 220,000 passenger connections on the Dublin to Dubai route and carried over 10,000 tonnes of cargo into and out of Ireland.Emirates SkyCargo was ranked the number two airline for cargo ex Ireland, with a market share of 20%.

The most popular destinations connecting via Dubai include Australia, China, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand.

Emirates’ daily service between Dublin and Dubai began on January 9, 2012 on-board a 237-seater Airbus A330-200, with a 15 tonne cargo load capacity.  The early success of the route lead to the upgrade of the aircraft and on May 1, a Boeing 777-300ER added 52% additional passenger capacity and an extra 10 tonnes of cargo load to Emirates’ 119th route.

A Dedicated Emirates B777 Facebook page noted Today’s flight was operated by A6-ECB Boeing 777-31H(ER) c/n 32714 the 253rd different flight operated by a 777, and this 777 2nd visit, last time being the 9th of December 2012.

DAA’s Director of Strategy Vincent Harrison congratulated Emirates on a successful first year of operation in Ireland said “When Emirates entered the Irish market 12 months ago, some commentators questioned the timing of its arrival in Ireland. However the Dublin-Dubai service, which operates from the award-winning Terminal 2 facility, has been a resounding success and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Emirates to further expand this popular route”.

Emirates Ireland Country Manager Margaret Shannon said “Emirates always recognized the huge potential of the Irish market, but we have been overwhelmed by the positive response and early success of the route, both of which are attributable to a number of factors.

Firstly, Emirates has helped make connecting to some really exciting destinations that bit easier, with just one stop in Dubai and over 120 points from which to choose.

2012 was a remarkable year for Emirates in Ireland and we are looking forward to some exciting announcements, new destinations and further growth in 2013 “.

Emirates employs 25 people in Ireland, between its public reservations office and corporate hub on Hume Street, Dublin 2, and operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2.


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