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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 26 May 2018

Emirates to launch service to Santiago in Chile

Flight will be a linked service with Sao Paulo, meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities easily

Emirates will new a new service to Santiago via Sao Paulo. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP
Emirates will new a new service to Santiago via Sao Paulo. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP

Emirates will launch a five-times-a-week service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport through the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018.

The service means Emirates will fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s daily A380 flight between Dubai and Sao Paulo. In total, Emirates will fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo. Emirates' Santiago flight will be a linked service with Sao Paulo, meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities easily. Citizens from both Brazil and Chile only need ID cards to travel to either country.

The new route will be operated with a two-class configured Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 business class seats and 264 seats in economy. The new 777 flight will offer up to 14 tonnes of capacity for cargo, opening up access to more markets for Chilean exports such as fish, seafood, cherries, flowers and general perishable goods.

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“The start of our operations to Chile underlines our commitment to South America with our fourth destination on the continent and another five flights to Sao Paulo," said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. "We are pleased to add a destination that has been in strong demand from our customers and look forward to working with stakeholders in Chile to provide our unique product and award-winning service to passengers there.”

Flight EK263 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 09:05hrs local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 17:00, before departing again at 18:30 and arriving into Santiago at 21:40 on the same day. The return flight EK264 will depart Santiago on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 01:10 local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 05:55. EK264 will depart once again from Sao Paulo at 07:45 bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 05:15 the next day.

Timings of the new service are scheduled to allow for seamless connections to many Asian and Middle East routes, via a stopover in Dubai. Passengers travelling from Sao Paulo will now benefit from a morning departure in Sao Paulo and morning arrival in Dubai, making connecting to new destinations South-East Asia, China and Middle East more convenient.