Emirates has unveiled the first set of routes to be operated by its new incoming Airbus A350-900 aircraft from September. The new type, which joins the airline’s fleet of almost 250 Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 jets, has given former Yugoslav markets a greater chance of being included in the carrier’s vast network. The airline had only previously maintained flights to Zagreb, until the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with the region now solely served from Dubai by its partner Flydubai. Among the first nine routes that will be operated by the 312-seat A350 is Edinburgh, a destination it discontinued at the start of Covid-19, similar to Zagreb. In addition, both Lyon and Bologna in Europe will be served by the jet. “Emirates will announce more destinations in the coming months as new aircraft join its fleet”, the company said.

Regional airports are increasingly hoping to attract Emirates as the airline prepares to take delivery of the new wide-body aircraft. Belgrade and Sarajevo are eying operations by the carrier, while Zagreb is aiming to see the company restore flights to Croatia. Emirates has confirmed it is considering a return to the Croatian capital. “We hope to restart our operations in Zagreb when it is commercially and operationally feasible to do so in the future, and we will make a formal announcement if there are any developments in this regard”, the airline noted. Emirates has 65 A350-900s on order. “In terms of network, when the A350s come in, then Emirates will look to new European destinations with those aircraft. I have fifteen to twenty new destinations which could come immediately to my mind. It is a good airplane, the A350-900“, the President of Emirates, Tim Clark, said.
Flydubai two-way capacity to former Yugoslav markets, 2024

The Serbian government held talks with the Founder and CEO of Emirates, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, on two occasions last year, with the Emirati carrier previously having studied options of introducing flights to the Serbian capital. On the other hand, Sarajevo Airport previously said that existing operations from Dubai, maintained by Flydubai, could be further expanded with Emirates’ arrival. “We sincerely hope that a respectable airline such as Emirates will consider and accept our offer in order for us to commence negotiations. There is strong demand and potential between the UAE and our country. Flydubai has been our partner for many years, and we have excellent cooperation with them. In the coming period, we will work to further enhance our partnership”, Sarajevo Airport said. Emirates has also conducted a feasibility study on operations to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, showing solid, albeit highly seasonal, demand in both the premium and economy cabins.

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