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Emirates Says “Namaste India” on the Nation’s 65th Republic Day


Emirates, a global connector of people and places, joins Indians around the world in celebrating the 65th Republic day of India which will be marked on 26th January.

See Emirates’ short video from members of its cabin crew team, greeting customers in 9 Indian languages. .

To mark this special occasion, Emirates has also launched celebratory fares for travellers in India to a number of exciting destinations across its European, African and South American network.  From 24th until 26th January, return fares begin from INR 41,867 in Economy Class and INR 114,649 in Business Class for travel up to 10th April 2014, available via or your preferred travel agent.

“Since the launch of our first flights to Bombay and Delhi in 1985, Emirates has been fully committed to the Indian market and has carried over 19 million passengers to its global destinations across the network”, said Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, Emirates’ Vice President, India and Nepal.

“We will work hard to continue providing Indian travellers with the best possible service, to be the airline connector of choice and to hopefully expand our flights to and from India,” he added.

The airline currently employs more than 12,500 Indian nationals in a variety of roles across the Emirates Group, including 69 pilots and 882 Cabin Crew.  The cabin crew members who starred in the video were selected for their proficiency in Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Malayalam, Kashmiri, Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil and Bengali. Their Indian language abilities complement Emirates’ global mix on-board where crew converse with customers in over 55 languages.

Passengers across all Emirates cabins can enjoy up to 1,600 channels of the latest movies, with a large selection of Indian movies and dedicated TV channels in all Indian languages as well as music featuring today’s most popular Indian artists. The inflight experience also includes Indian dining menus offering a different regional menu on each Indian route.

Since 1985, Emirates SkyCargo has been supporting the Indian economy, by providing efficient and cost-effective connections to six continents for exports and imports. Recognising the importance of the pharmaceutical industry in India, Emirates was one of the first airlines to offer special cool chain solutions in India which is designed to transport temperature-sensitive commodities such as pharmaceuticals, vaccines and perishable goods.

The airline carries over 1,400 tonnes of weekly cargo combined from Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Additionally, it operates two weekly freighters with a capacity of over 200 tonnes payload on the Dubai–Mumbai-Dubai route as well as the Dubai-Chennai-Hong Kong–Dubai route. Overall, Emirates carries more than 3,000 tonnes of cargo from India to various points across the world every week.
Emirates currently serves 10 destinations in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Bangalore and Kochi.