Marking the start of a new service, Emirates Airlines’ first ever Dubai-Zagreb flight, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, landed at Croatia’s Franjo Tuđman Airport yesterday.
Upon touchdown, the aircraft was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute and Croatian folk dancers.
The first flight comprised of over 350 passengers as well as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Emirates Airline, Thierry Antinori; senior vice president, commercial operations (Europe & Russian Fed), Emirates Airline, Thierry Aucoc; Minister of tourism, Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli; and the UAE Ambassador to Croatia, HE Ali Al Ahmed.
Following a warm welcome by CEO, MZLZ d.d. (Franjo Tuđman Airport), Jacques Feron and senior airport and local officials, a special ceremony was held in celebration of the inaugural service. This entailed a welcoming reception at the airport’s brand-new terminal, a press conference, a gift exchange ceremony and cake cutting.
Antinori delivered a speech upon the arrival: “Today is an important milestone for Emirates as we launch full operations into the market and reinforce our commitment to growing trade and tourism flows between Dubai and Croatia.
“Since establishing our commercial presence in the market in 2003, we have worked with our trade and tourism partners to make this day happen. We thank those partners and especially the Ministry of Tourism and Franjo Tuđman Airport for their support in preparing for introduction of our daily flight and the event today. We look forward to continuing the successful partnerships we have formed over the coming months and years,” he concluded.
The inaugural service into Zagreb operated as EK129, departing Dubai at 08:15, arriving in Zagreb at 12:20. The flight departed Zagreb at 15:35, arriving in Dubai at 23:05