High powered Dubai delegation joins Emirates inaugural to Osaka

Leading figures from Dubai's economic and business community are in Japan to foster new links following Emirates inaugural flight to Osaka.

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By  David Cass Published  October 1, 2002

A high powered delegation from Dubai is in the southern Japanese city of Osaka to explore possible trade and economic links. They travelled aboard the inaugural Emirates flight to the city this morning for meetings with city and regional officials.

Emirates was inaugurating a four-times weekly service between Dubai and Osaka. It is the first non-stop service between the emirate and Japan and makes Osaka the airline’s 63rd destination.

The trade delegation was headed by Emirates’ chairman, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and included Sultan bin Sulayem, CEO of Dubai Ports Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, president of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They were accompanied by leading regional businessmen Juma Al Majid, Abdullah Al Futtaim and Ahmad bin Bayat.

As part of a drive to attract business travellers and tourists to make the 7,500 kilometre trip, Emirates and Japan Air Lines are to introduce code-share services and link their frequent flyer loyalty schemes on major Japanese air routes from the start of October.

JAL will code-share on Emirates’ four-a-week non-stop Boeing 777 services between Dubai International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai Airport (KIX), with the approval of both governments.

JAL flights from Osaka to Tokyo, Sapporo and Fukuoka will also become JAL / Emirates code-shares, a widespread and convenient industry practice in which both carriers put their flight numbers on one service.

Tim Clark, Emirates’ Chief Director (Airline) said today: “This new route will be the only non-stop link between Japan, one of the world’s largest economies, and Dubai, the dynamic commercial and tourism hub of the entire Middle East.

“As such it will help to expand trade in both directions and give new impetus to the Dubai Government’s drive to attract 15 million visitors a year by 2010, as well as providing a short-cut to a new and highly attractive Far East tourism destination.”

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