The Emirates Airline started daily flights between Dubai and Kabul with the commencement of its first flight which touched down in Kabul International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
Emirates flight EK 640 which left Dubai at 9:55 local time, arrived in Kabul at 1:30 pm, which was warmly welcomed by a delegation of high level government officials in Kabul International Airport.
The delegation included Afghan Transport Minister, Dr. Daud Ali Najafi, Technical and Operations Deputy Minister Captain Hamid Zahir Ustaz, Deputy Informatoin and Culture and Tourism Minister Ghulam Nabi Farahi, Chief of Staff in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malik Quraishi, and Emirates Area Manager in Afgahnistan Allahnoor Sailab.
Afghanistan became the 78th country and 138th destination where Emirates Airline proivde services. Emirates claims it is the only carrier to offer first class on the route between Kabul and Dubai.
An Airbus A340-500 configured in a 3 cabin configuration, offering 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 204 Economy Class seats, will provide services on the route.
The Afghanistan based Safi Airways and Dubai airline were also operating on the same route.