Emirates has operated its first ever scheduled passenger flight to Montréal in Quebec, Canada. Montréal is the carrier’s second destination in Canada after Toronto.
Emirates will operate a daily flight to the city with a Boeing B777-300ER aircraft. The inaugural flight EK243 on 5th July 2023 arrived at Montréal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport at 0830hrs local time and was greeted with a procession of follow-me vehicles to the gate. Onboard present were officials from Emirates, including Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer; Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations – Americas; and David Broz, Vice President Aeropolitical and Industry Affairs.
Following a welcome ceremony and symbolic gift exchange between the airline, airport officials, and Montréal’s tourism board, Emirates showcased its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration to government representatives, media, guests and members of the travel trade industry. The aircraft type which will operate the daily service features eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 seats in Economy Class.
Emirates is excited to launch our service to Montréal, and to grow our network with a second gateway into Canada. We take this opportunity to thank the UAE and Canadian authorities and partners for supporting the launch of the service, which is expected to positively impact tourism, business and trade in both countries.said Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates.
The introduction of a new Canadian destination has been enabled by the recent expansion of the Blilateral Air Services Agreement between Dubai and Canada, allowing 21-weekly flights from both sides. Emirates now serves Toronto and Montréal with a daily flight.
Complementing our services to Toronto, customers will now have more choice when planning trips to Canada – they now can fly directly to the country’s second largest metropolis whether for business, leisure, education or for visiting family and friends. Since we announced our plans to launch direct services to Montréal, we have witnessed healthy bookings from travellers planning trips to Canada from points in the UAE, India, Iran and Lebanon in addition to many Far East and African countries. The strong demand is testament to the quality of our product and travel experience we provide. We look forward to welcoming our customers onboard to experience our “fly better” proposition across all classes.he added.
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The service will provide travellers from Canada convenient access to Dubai, as well as connectivity to destinations such as Lebanon, India, Iran, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Emirates and Air Canada also have a codeshare partnership. In addition to over 130 destinations that Emirates flies to, through their codeshare relationship, its passengers currently can access 19 Canadian destinations beyond Toronto, while Air Canada customers are able to access 17 cities in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Far East beyond Dubai. Additionally, Emirates passengers are able to choose from over 140 routes operated by Air Canada on an interline basis, including 27 points in Canada beyond Montréal and 53 routes between Montréal and the US and South America, while also enjoying the simplicity of flight itineraries on a single-ticket.
Emirates Skywards members can earn Miles on all eligible Air Canada flights and can redeem Miles for reward tickets across Air Canada’s network.
Montréal is known for its fascinating neighbourhoods celebrating modern city style with a quaint old European feel, making the cultural hub a bucket list destination for locals, students and international travellers. Travellers can explore the famous Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal and visit the various museums nearby to discover how Montréal found its roots. Visits to Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Phi Centre, enjoying the street performances, or major festivals, are a must on everyone’ s bucket list.
Travellers can look forward to the shopper’s paradise with chic boutiques and malls along Rue Sainte-Catherine, which are also abundant with street art in the vibrant Plateau Mont-Royal. The destination is a favourite amongst foodies and is known for the culinary delights it has to offer, from the iconic Montréal bagels that rival New York, to low-to-high-end restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. The famous poutine – a classic French-Canadian dish of fries, gravy and cheese curds – is also not to be missed.
Featured image of the inaugural flight EK243 touching down in Montréal by Emirates
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