Virgin Atlantic has touched down in Dubai for the first time since it last operated flights to the UAE in 2019.
The four-weely service from London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) recommenced on the 30th October and ground handling agents dnata were on hand to greet the first flight.
The flight is being operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Liezl Gericke, Head of International at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We’ve long wanted to return to Dubai when the time was right, and we know our customers will be over the moon with the reintroduction of this popular route. Nothing sets our hearts soaring like a new destination or reintroducing an old favourite.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers back on board, whether travelling for business or leisure or heading back to the United Kingdom to reconnect with friends and family.”
Jaffar Dawood, dnata’s Senior Vice President, Airport Operations, UAE and MEA, added: “We are delighted to welcome Virgin Atlantic back to Dubai International. Dubai is expected to be extremely busy with travellers keen for some winter sun, and we look forward to once again working with the airline’s local team to provide their customers with a best-in-class, memorable airport experience.”
Thanks to Virgin Atlantic’s membership of SkyTeam, eligible passengers will access to the marhaba-operated SkyTeam lounge at Dubai airport.