Emirates Airline’s first flight took off from Dubai to Tel Aviv on Thursday, marking the plane’s first direct trip to the Jewish state.

According to a press release issued by Emirates, flight EK931 took off with 335 passengers on board, including a VIP delegation and Israeli media.

“The new daily service will provide Israeli travelers with convenient access to Dubai, with easy connections to popular holiday destinations including Australia, the Philippines, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam,” the statement said. .

“Emirates will also offer convenient access to Tel Aviv from various points across its network with multiple daily and weekly flights, many of which are home to thriving Jewish communities,” he added.

The aircraft used for the first route was Emirates’ Boeing 777 “Gamechanger”, which Emirates says has the only fully enclosed private first-class suites with virtual windows.

In March this year, Emirates confirmed it would start daily flights to Tel Aviv in June using three Boeing 777s.

Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airline, said at the time: “We look forward to finally welcoming customers on board our flights to and from Tel Aviv this summer and offering them substantial connectivity. to and through our Dubai hub as COVID travel restrictions continue to ease. around the world and more borders are opening up.

On June 8, the Dubai International Chamber of Commerce announced plans to open an office in Tel Aviv, according to an announcement from Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry.

The office will help Israeli companies leverage their operations in the United Arab Emirates to expand their reach in markets in the Persian Gulf, Africa and Asia, the ministry said in a statement.