Emirates Airline launched flights to Barcelona overnight as part of a trebling of services to Spain.
The airline's daily flight to Madrid went double daily on Sunday and coupled with the brand new Barcelona route, the carrier now offers three flights a day into the country.
Passengers booked from 20 countries, including the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea and Indonesia, also joined the inaugural flight.
"In the space of 48 hours, Spain has shot up our list of most served European countries, said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe and Russian Federation.
"Connecting Spain to our network with three flights a day from what was a daily flight to Madrid is a major boost to our operations and underscores our commitment to the Spanish market."
Emirates will serve Barcelona with a Boeing 777-300ER offering 360 seats in a three-class configuration, staffed by highly trained, multi-lingual cabin crew.
Flight EK 185 will depart Dubai at 6.55am, providing direct connections from all four daily Emirates services from New Zealand, arriving in Barcelona at 12 noon (local time).
Emirates Holidays, the airline's tour operating arm, offers tailor made holidays to Barcelona, including a selection of hand-picked hotels that are among the best accommodation in the city. Its annual brochure, A World of Choice, highlights many of Barcelona's attractions such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral by the famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi; the Gothic and El Born Quarters; Las Ramblas; and the Passeig de Gracia.
Caption - The Catalonia flag hangs from the cockpit of Emirates' inaugural flight to Barcelona with Spanish First Office Fernando Arevalo on the flight deck.
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