Dubai’s Emirates Airline has launched daily non-stop service from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Dubai International Airport (DXB).
Washington Dulles International Airport is the seventh gateway for Emirates in the United States, and the carrier’s Dubai-Washington service is the 12th new route to join the airline’s international network in 2012.
Located in suburban northern Virginia, Washington Dulles International Airport is one of the top international airports in the U.S., with over 7 million international passengers annually. The region is home to more than 1,000 international institutions and over 1,000 foreign-owned companies from approximately 50 countries.
Emirates says that, because it operates to 126 destinations in 74 countries, its service from Washington Dulles will create a wide range of new options for U.S. passengers and exporters.
“Estimates show that our U.S. flights produce several billion dollars of local benefits each year, helping to open new markets that the business community is reliant upon, as the globalization of commerce is dependent upon transportation for passengers and cargo,” said Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline.
“This Emirates service will facilitate foreign trade and promote tourism to the capital region from around the world, including the Middle East, which generated over 100,000 visitors last year alone,” Clark added.
“We welcome Emirates as our 23rd international airline to Washington Dulles International Airport,” said John Potter, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the airport, the arrival of Emirates is cause for even greater celebration. Our passengers will benefit from this new service to the Middle East and connections to destinations around the globe.”
Travelers on Emirates from Washington Dulles will fly on a Boeing 777-200 LR featuring private suites in First Class; lie-flat beds in Business Class; generously sized Economy Class seats; SMS, telephone and e-mail service at every seat; and 1,400 channels of in-flight entertainment.
Emirates has expanded its U.S. presence significantly since launching service between Dubai and New York City in 2004. The airline now flies to Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle and Washington D.C., with the latter three destinations all added in 2012.
The airline has also appointed a new senior vice president to head up its commercial operations for the Americas. Orhan Abbas took up his role as senior vice president, commercial operations, The Americas last month.
Abbas was previously Emirates’ vice president for India and Nepal, overseeing a period of sustained expansion which saw Emirates more than double the number of its services to the sub-continent in just four years.
“The Americas is a strategically important market for Emirates, a fact underpinned by our recent period of significant growth,” said Abbas. “I look forward to the challenge of consolidating this expansion whilst continuing to seek new ways of developing our service offering across the continent.”
From September 12, Emirates’ flight EK231 will leave DXB daily at 2:20 a.m. and arrive at IAD at 8:50 a.m. the same day, local time. Flight EK232 will depart IAD at 10:55 a.m., touching down at DXB at 8:00 a.m. the following day, local time.
Customers flying Emirates from Washington, D.C. will be able to connect to points across the Far and Middle East, Indian sub-continent and Africa via Emirates’ hub in the huge Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport.
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