New Delhi, July 25 IBNS | 2 years ago

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, on Thursday announced a linked service to Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, from Oct 27.

"The linking of Conakry to the four times weekly Dubai to Dakar service will provide new opportunities for business and leisure travelers in Guinea to seamlessly connect to Emirates worldwide network through its Dubai hub, particularly destinations in China, the Middle East, India, Far East and Australia," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Conakry is the largest city of Guinea in West Africa.

"The linking of Conakry takes the number of Emirates destinations in Africa to 24, which is a firm demonstration of our commitment to Africa and helping unlock its enormous potential as one of the fastest growing economic regions of the world," said Hubert Frach, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West.

"Guinea is a developing economy and has a strong mining sector, and by linking Conakry to the Dakar route, it will help to support business, international trade and passenger travel to and from the country." he said.

The Dubai to Dakar route was serviced by an A330-200 aircraft, but since Mar 31 a slightly larger A340-300 was introduced onto the route, ahead of the Oct 27 launch of the Conakry link.

The aircraft has 267 seats in a three-class configuration offering 12 luxurious First Class seats, 42 seats in Business Class and generous space for 213 passengers in Economy Class.

All classes of the aircraft are equipped with Emirates' ice entertainment system with hundreds of channels of on-demand entertainment, and gourmet cuisine served by Emirates Cabin Crew from over 120 nationalities.

In addition to passenger services, Emirates SkyCargo will offer about 13 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight, supporting Guinea's key exports of perishables, such as fresh fish and pineapples, rock and oil samples and general cargo, and imports of textiles, mobile phones and electronics, mining equipment and machinery.

Emirates flight EK795 leaves Dubai on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

It will depart at 7:20 hrs and arrive in Conakry at 14:00 hrs. The flight will then depart Conakry at 15:25 hrs and arrive in Dakar at 17:05 hrs.

It will then depart from Dakar at 18:35 hrs and arrive in Dubai at 07:40 the next day.

(Posted on 25-07-2013)