Emirates Airlines started daily service from Dubai to Buenos Aires via Rio de Janeiro on January 4. Flights will be operated with 777-300ER aircraft. The first flight, EK247, was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute at Buenos Aires' Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza Airport (EZE) when it arrived there at 8:20pm on the 4th commanded by Argentine captain Marcos Medina.
Several dignitaries, including Enrique Meyer - Argentine Minister of Tourism, Thierri Antinori - Vice President of Sales for Emirates, Ruben Caro - the Argentine ambassador in the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Eissa Alzaabi - UAE ambassador to Argentina and Marcelo Cervetto from Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, operator of Ezeiza Airport, participated in a ceremony marking the inaugural flight and noting the connectivity that the flight will provide through EK's Dubai (DXB) hub as well as the seats offered on the EZE-GIG (Rio de Janeiro) and v.v. sectors.
Sources: Aviacion News, Emirates website, Cabecera Norte blog