Emirates has announced a new route between Edinburgh and Dubai. This will replace the Etihad service to Abu Dhabi which is being withdrawn at the end of September.
From 1st October there will be a daily overnight departure at 8.15 pm which lands in Dubai at 6.40 am. It returns from Dubai at 9.55 am landing at 2.50 pm.
Timings appear to move about, however. In November, it is showing a 6.30 pm departure from Edinburgh, landing at 5.55 am. The return leaves at 10 am, landing at 2.15 pm.
The Boeing 777-300ER will have eight First Class suites, 42 Business seats and 304 Economy seats.
Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West, said about the new route:
“We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow.”
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