Emirates has taken off to Montréal, marking the airline’s first passenger flight to Québec’s culture capital, its second gateway in Canada. On July 5th, Emirates flight EK243 departed with 340 passengers, including a VIP delegation and media on-board at 03:00hrs (Dubai local time).
Commanding the inaugural flight to Montréal was Captain Talal Al Hammadi (UAE National), Captain David Reny (Canadian), First Officer Omar Alhammadi (UAE National) and First Officer Veljko Veljovic (Canadian).
Emirates will operate a three-class Boeing 777-300ER on the route, featuring 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and over 300 seats in Economy for the daily service.
The new daily service to Montréal complements Emirates’ 7 weekly services to Toronto and takes the airline’s North American network to 14 destinations and a total of 18 across the Americas.
Direct services between Dubai and Montréal are expected to meet demand from a diverse mix of demographics, including business and leisure travellers, in addition to visiting family and friends that consists of Canadians living and working in the UAE. With Montréal being home to a number of world-class universities, the route is expected to become immensely popular amongst students from the Middle East, West and Central Asia and Far East.