In a historic new moment, the first-ever Emirates flight between Dubai and Tel Aviv took off this Thursday, marking not just the airliner’s first direct passenger journey to the Jewish state, but also renewed ties between the two countries.
According to a press statement released by Emirates, Flight EK931 took off with 335 passengers on board, including a VIP delegation and Israeli media. “The new daily service will provide Israeli travelers convenient access to Dubai, with easy connections to popular holiday destinations like Australia, Philippines, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam,” said the statement.
“Emirates will also offer convenient access into Tel Aviv from diverse points across its network with multiple daily and weekly flights, many of which are home to thriving Jewish communities,” it added.
The aircraft used for the maiden journey was the Emirates’ Boeing 777 “Gamechanger,” which, according to Emirates, features the world’s only fully-enclosed first-class private suites with virtual windows. Emirates confirmed that it will be commencing daily flights to Tel Aviv in June using three Boeing 777 aircraft.