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Emirates plans Perth flight

Vimala Vasan

ABU DHABI, Jan. 15

EMIRATES airline is launching its first flight to Perth, Australia on August 2, forging the first-ever non-stop link between the Gulf and Australia and a fast, one-stop service from Europe.

Mr Geoff Gallop, Premier of Western Australia (WA), Australia's largest State, made the announcement of the confirmed start-up date in Perth, the WA capital, this week. Emirates has confirmed the schedule, according to a press release issued on Monday by the airline.

Flight number EK420 Dubai-Perth will be operated with a Boeing 777-200 aircraft and will depart Dubai every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It will arrive in Perth after a flight time of 10 hours and 50 minutes.

Both Emirates and the WA Government are confident that the new service will boost leisure travel and trade links between the Gulf and Western Australia and provide improved access between Perth and key European destinations.

Emirates flights from its 14 European destinations arrive in Dubai with a convenient connection time for the Perth service.

Those from seven European cities offer a connection time of less than two hours.

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