Emirates said on Monday it plans to start a third daily service to Birmingham Airport, becoming the first airline to offer a direct First Class service to the region from August 1, 2015.

Emirates flight EK41, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will depart Dubai International Airport at 0235 hrs and arrive in Birmingham at 0705 hrs. The outbound flight, EK42, will depart Birmingham Airport at 0910 hrs and arrive in Dubai at 1910 hrs.

The additional service adds to seven more inbound flights a week to Birmingham, increasing passenger and cargo capacity on the route by 42 per cent.