The UAE-based international airline Emirates has begun its countdown to the launch of non-stop flights to Tokyo.
Beginning yesterday (February 18th) in the Japanese capital, the company is hosting a road show for over 450 travel industry professionals.
Celebrating the beginning of the service, which is scheduled for March 28th, Richard Jewsbury, Emirates' senior vice president of commercial operations for the Far East and Australasia, said that it would mark "a new chapter in the partnership between Dubai and Japan".
"Just over seven years ago, Emirates became the first airline to link Japan with the Gulf region. Since that date expanding direct services to Japan has been a high priority for us," he added.
The Tokyo launch is one of several non-stop services from Dubai that the airline is lining up for this year. Emirates has said it will begin direct flights to Amsterdam on May 1st, to Prague on July 1st and to Madrid on August 1st.
This week, Boeing said that the prospects for air travel growth in the Middle East are strong, Gulf News reported.