Emirates airline's senior executives hosted a high level delegation from Central and Latin American countries on an official visit to Emirates' Headquarters as part of a one-day Commercial Summit held last week.
The official visit and subsequent meetings aimed to examine mutually beneficial opportunities to enhance relationships, and further stimulate trade and leisure traffic flows between Dubai and Panama, and also with other markets in Central and South America.
Panama's Vice Minister of Tourism, Jennifer Marie led the dignitaries which comprised senior officials from Panama, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay and Dominican Republic.
The delegation included Panama Counsel General, Eduardo Ramon; Colombian Ambassador, Faihan Alfayez; and the Head of the Venezuelan Embassy, Robert Noriega. Also present were the Ambassador from Uruguay, Nelson Yemil Chaben Labad; Mexico Commercial Attaché, Enrique Abud Dip; and Dominican Republic Counsellor, Charge d affairs, Eduardo Cintron, among other officials.
The delegation was met by Thierry Antinori, Emirates' Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, and other senior Emirates executives including Adnan Kazim, Divisional Senior Vice President Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimization and Aeropolitical Affairs; Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Centre; and Orhan Abbas, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, amongst others.
Emirates will launch services to Panama City, beginning 1st February, 2016. The new service will be Emirates' first gateway destination in Central America, and the only air direct air link between the Middle East and Central America. It will also mark the world's longest non-stop commercial flight clocking 17 hours in the westbound direction.
Service to Panama City, Panama's capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a 3-class cabin layout with 8 seats in First, 42 seats in Business, and 216 seats in Economy. The aircraft can carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics. Service to Panama City will operate through Tocumen International Airport (PTY).