Emirates Airline is launching a direct service between New York JFK and Milan Malpensa Airport on October 1.
The new route, which will represent the airline’s only transatlantic service, will provide an important connection between the U.S. and Europe and will allow Emirates to capitalize on the significant traffic flow between these cities, according to the airline.
In addition to tapping into the existing origin-and-destination passenger market between New York and Milan, Emirates says it has timed its flight schedule to ensure maximum connectivity for other key feeder markets.
Emirates’ flight schedule will connect at New York JFK with numerous JetBlue Airways flights to U.S. domestic destinations, such as Boston, Orlando and other cities on the East Coast.
The carrier’s flight schedules at Milan Malpensa Airport (IATA code MXP) will also connect with easyJet flights from MXP to cities throughout Europe.
“Operating a transatlantic route has been on our agenda for some time. Having carefully monitored traffic flows we have identified strong demand for both a direct connection and, importantly, for the Emirates product,” says Tim Clark, president of Emirates.
“The route is currently under-served, particularly with a strong premium product offering – this is where we see a clear opening for Emirates,” adds Clark. “We intend to capitalize on this opportunity, stimulating further demand and encouraging additional traffic flow in both directions.”
The new service, an extension of Emirates’ three daily flights from its hub at Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Milan, home to the Emirates-sponsored football club AC Milan, will boost Emirates’ flights to New York to three daily.
Complementing the double-daily A380 flights from New York to Dubai, the JFK-Milan Malpensa route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER.
On the service from New York, passengers will have the option of stopping over in Milan before continuing on to Dubai. The return flight will originate in Dubai ,with passengers then able to enjoy a stopover in Milan en route to New York. The flight will be Emirates’ only direct flight from the U.S. to Europe.
One-stop services have proved popular on other Emirates’ routes, giving passengers the opportunity to experience new destinations or to break up their journey on longer trips, according to the airline.
New York is home to the largest Italian community in the United States.
“This new route is the perfect marriage of two like-minded cities. Both destinations offer visitors a dynamic mix of culture and business and we are confident that this new service will not only facilitate travel in both directions, but will also create a greater exchange of business, trade and tourism,” adds Clark.
“Since we launched services to New York in 2004, demand has grown steadily,” says Clark. “We recently introduced a double-daily A380 service on this route to meet the increased demand and now is the right time to launch an additional flight, operating via Milan. Not only do we see existing potential from expatriate traffic but we are also acutely aware of the business potential that can be tapped from the wider catchment areas, thanks to our convenient flight schedule.”
Each of the Boeing 777-300ERs Emirates will use for its New York JFK-Milan service is fitted with eight seats in First Class, 42 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 310 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft will be equipped with Emirates’ ‘ice’ in-flight entertainment system, offering more than 1,400 channels of in-flight entertainment.
ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) has authorized the services between Milan and New York on an extra-bilateral basis. Emirates says it is confident that over the next 18 months an evaluation will demonstrate significant economic benefits for the U.S. and Italian economies, exporters, tourism and airports.
“We greatly appreciate the support of ENAC, and are confident that our flights will further drive Italian and US economic growth, trade and job creation,’’ says Clark. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has given its approval for the additional service from JFK.
In addition to passenger services, Emirates SkyCargo will offer a total of 38 tons of airfreight capacity between New York and Milan each day.
Emirates’ schedule for the new service will see flight EK206 departing JFK at p.m. and landing at MXP at 12:15 p.m. the following day, local time. The flight will then leave again for Dubai at 2:00 p.m., touching down at DXB at 10:05 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight EK205 will depart DXB at 9:05 a.m., reaching MXP at 1:50 p.m. local time. The flight will then leave MXP again at 4:00 p.m., landing at JFK at 7:00 p.m. the same day, local time.