Emirates Airline has announced it will begin daily service from Dubai to Washington Dulles International Airport on September 12. Dubai-based Emirates will operate Boeing...

Emirates Airline has announced it will begin daily service from Dubai to Washington Dulles International Airport on September 12.

Dubai-based Emirates will operate Boeing 777-300ERs on its route to Washington Dulles International Airport, providing eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 304 seats in Coach.

From September 12, Emirates’ schedule for its Dubai-Washington Dulles route will see flight EK231 leaving Dubai International Airport (DXB) daily at 2:20 a.m. and arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 8:50 a.m. local time.

In the other direction, flight EK232 will depart IAD at 10:55 a.m. and land at DXB at 8:00 a.m. the following day, local time.

An order from Emirates Airline at the Farnborough International Airshow 2010 increased the Dubai-based carrier's total order and lease commitments for 777s to 132 aircraft. Emirates then ordered another 50 Boeing 777-300ERs in November 2011 and optioned 20 more, making it by far the world's largest customer for both the 777-300ER and the entire Boeing 777 family. Emirates is also the largest existing operator of 777s in the world and is by far the largest customer for the A380 super-jumbo

“As Emirates’ seventh U.S. gateway and our third new American route to launch in 2012, Washington, D.C. is a significant next step as we continue to expand our services across the country,” says His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group.

“From opening new gateways and creating thousands of American jobs through our aircraft orders; boosting trade and creating U.S. export-related jobs by bridging America with key markets across the world; to enhancing the services our customers enjoy in the air and on the ground through continuously upgrading our product, services and fleet, Emirates is a committed supporter of U.S industry,” adds Sheikh Ahmed.

Emirates says it is a steadfast supporter of U.S. job creation and innovation, employing American suppliers for a wide range of goods and services, such as the design of the airline’s First Class cabins, the manufacture of its window shades, aircraft wings and landing and runway technology.

One of the key job-creation drivers is Emirates’ Boeing 777 orderbook, which includes 85 Boeing 777-300ERs and nine Boeing 777 Freighters. According to Boeing, this 94 aircraft-backlog represents more than one year of 777 production.

At the Dubai Air Show on November 13, 2011, Dubai-based Emirates Airline announced an order for 50 Boeing 777-300ERs plus options for an additional 20. Valued by Boeing at $18 billion, the Emirates deal was at the time the single largest firm order for commercial aircraft in Boeing’s history by dollar value, though it has subsequently been overtaken by massive orders from Southwest Airlines and Indonesia's Lion Air for Boeing 737s. However, Emirates also took options for 20 additional 777-300ERs, valued by Boeing at $8 billion in total. If Emirates firms these options its 777-300ER order would again become Boeing's biggest by list-price dollar value, by some $5 billion

According to Emirates, the airline’s most recent order in November 2011 for 50 Boeing 777-300ERs fitted with American-made GE90 engines, plus options for 20 more aircraft, is worth a total of $26 billion at list prices and will support more than 100,000 skilled American jobs in more than a dozen states. This estimate is based on U.S. government job creation estimates for U.S.-built aviation exports.

Emirates currently employs more than 700 Americans and anticipates hiring more than 4,000 cabin crew and 500 pilots globally this year. In the first two months of 2012, the airline has recruited cabin crew in Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Emirates will also be holding pilot recruitment drives in the coming months.

“Virginia is now competing in the global marketplace for jobs, investments and opportunities and travelers from Virginia and throughout the U.S. will have new options for directly reaching overseas trade partners using this non-stop service from Dulles to Dubai, and then connecting to Emirates’ network of more than 120 worldwide destinations,” says the Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell.

Emirates Airlines operates the largest fleet of Boeing 777s in the world, with 182 in service and on order as of November 2011

The greater Washington, D.C. region is highly diverse, with over 15 per cent of its population born outside the U.S. The region is home to more than 1,000 international institutions and over 1,000 foreign-owned companies from approximately 50 countries.

Emirates’ network currently encompasses 122 cities globally, with 22 destinations in Africa, 17 in the Middle East and 18 in the Far East and Australasia. The airline also operates more than 200 flights each week to the Indian Subcontinent and Pakistan. Emirates’ flights to Dubai offer connections to an extensive range of destinations, with flights to Bangkok, Delhi, Manila, Johannesburg, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Mumbai and Bangalore all connecting in less than four hours.

Customers traveling to and from the United States can also make use of Emirates’ partnerships with JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. Passengers connecting to or from Emirates’ U.S. flights from these airlines benefit from one-stop check in and checked-through baggage.

Its service to Washington Dulles will be Emirates’ 11th new route in 2012. So far this year, the airline has begun service to Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle, Lusaka and Harare.

Flights to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam start on June 4 and Barcelona and Lisbon will join the Emirates’ network on July 3 and July 9 respectively.

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