Emirates got the final count down to its flights to Lisbon well and truly underway last week with a series of activities in Portugal's capital city, including a gala dinner at the Pavilh ao Atl antico and press conference with the media. The airline will begin a daily, non-stop service to Lisbon from 9th July using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, the only Middle East carrier to serve Portugal. "I have only been in Lisbon for a short time, but I am really feeling a buzz about Emirates' new flight, which will start in just over six weeks? time," said Thierry Antinori, Emirates' executive vice president, passenger sales worldwide, who headed the events. "I know it means a great deal to this city - and this country - to be connected to Emirates' vast and exciting route network. We will offer the only non-stop flight to the Middle East, which opens the world beyond our international hub in Dubai."