Emirates has launched a scheduled daily passenger service between Dubai International Airport, UAE and Franjo Tuđman International Airport, Zagreb, Croatia on 1 June 2017.
Onboard the inaugural flight were over 350 passengers including Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive VP and CCO; Thierry Aucoc, Emirates’ Senior VP, Commercial Operations (Europe & Russian Fed); Gari Cappelli, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Croatia; His Excellency Ali Al Ahmed, UAE Ambassador to Croatia and a contingent of partners and business leaders from Dubai, Hong Kong, India and China.
On the flight deck of the Boeing 777-300ER were Captain Rashid Al Ismaili from the United Arab Emirates and Croatian-born First Officer Marin Zdrilic.
The inaugural service into Zagreb operated as EK129, departing Dubai at 08.15am, arriving in Zagreb at 12.20pm. The return flight departed Zagreb at 15.35pm, arriving in Dubai at 23.05pm.
On landing at Zagreb, the inaugural flight was welcomed by a water cannon salute and traditional Croatian folk dancers in the presence of Jacques Feron, CEO of MZLZ d.d. (Zagreb Airport) and other airport officials.
The new service is operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER with 8 private suites in First Class, featuring automated sliding doors and personal mini-bar, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 seats in Economy.