Emirates Airline put on the show to celebrate the inaugural flight between Dubai and Edinburgh
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Passengers taking the first Emirates Dubai to Edinburgh service were surprised on Monday with a send-off from the Dubai Police band.
The Emirates EK023 flight took off just before 10am from Dubai International Airport following a special bagpipe performance to mark the occasion.
Treats for the inaugural passengers on the route weren’t over after take-off. Upon landing at 3pm local time, they were welcomed to the historic city of Edinburgh by a Scottish bagpiper and water cannon salute.
Edinburgh is the eighth airport served by Emirates in the UK, and the second in Scotland. The Boeing 777s that will fly the route have eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business and 304 Economy seats.
“Today’s flight marks the start of greater connectivity and more convenience for leisure and business travellers from the wider Edinburgh area and locations further afield, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to destinations across Emirates’ global network via Dubai," said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West.
"While for inbound travellers, particularly from cities in Asia and Australia, there is now a direct flight option to Scotland’s most visited city by tourists."
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“In addition to tourism, the new flight will also directly connect Edinburgh to new opportunities for business, trade and education across our network.”