• An Airbus A330-200 will cater the route
  • Additional flights to be launched to Orlando and Bologna before end 2015
  • Firm has $135bn-worth of planes on order

Dubai-based Emirates Airline is to commence a five-times-a-week flight schedule between Dubai and Mashhad in Iran starting 1 September.

The route will be the airline’s second gateway into Iran, which has been operating four daily flights to the Imam Khomeini International airport in Tehran since 1990.

Mashhad is Iran’s second most populous city, lying northeast of the country and close to the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

The route will use an Airbus A330-200 aircraft and will depart from Dubai on Sunday to Wednesday and Friday at 04.10am, arriving in Mashhad at 07.00am.

Iran has been a major UAE trade partner. Non-oil trade to Iran was valued at $11.5bn in 2014. The pending lifting of economic and trade sanctions to Iran is expected to spur further trade growth between the two countries.

In addition to Mashhad, Emirates will be adding two new destinations before the end of 2015. These include direct flights to Orlando, Florida and Bologna, Italy. The carrier also announced commencing the world’s longest non-stop flight to Panama by 1 February 2016.

Emirates is expected to continue expanding its operations in future. As of July 2015, the carrier has 276 aircraft on order, valued at $135bn.