Emirates’ latest 777 order also makes 2011 the best-selling year for the 777 program, surpassing the previous record of orders for 154 aircraft set in 2005. With the Emirates order, the 2011 net orderbook for the 777 currently stands at 182 aircraft.

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The airline will begin serving Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on February 2 and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on March 1, offering daily non-stop flights to both destinations. Emirates will also open a new customer lounge at San Francisco International Airport in November.

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The partnership, which has already gone live, allows travelers the option to book flights through Emirates with connecting service on Virgin America, making travel easier and more convenient within a single itinerary.

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Customers will be able to purchase joint Emirates-JetBlue Airways itineraries via the GDS, online travel agencies, and by calling Emirates’ reservations. Joint fares will be available at www.emirates.com.

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The airline, which says it recorded a significant increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10, will soon offer more than 15,000 seats on 98 round-trip flights each week between Dubai and the U.S.

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Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has announced an order for 30 Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range) at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow.

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Emirates has ordered an additional 32 Airbus A380s, taking the Dubai-based airline’s total firm order for the iconic super-jumbo to 90 aircraft. The order for the additional aircraft has a list price of $11.5 billion.

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Emirates Airline has agreed a sponsorship deal with USA Rugby, which will include Emirates flying the Eagles squad to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the Dubai-based airline’s branding appearing on the shirts of both the national men’s and women’s rugby teams for the next six years.

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Emirates is re-introducing the A380 superjumbo to its Dubai-New York JFK route on October 31. The decision to reinstate the aircraft on one of Emirates’ double-daily JFK services comes just after the carrier reported a 8.1 per cent year-on-year increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10.

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Emirates plans to launch five-times-weekly nonstop service in September to Dakar in Senegal, which the airline notes is known as the land of ‘Teranga’, or hospitality, because of its friendly and welcoming people.

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Emirates has launched a new Premium Arrivals service at Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, claiming the service is the first of its kind offered by a commercial airline.

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Emirates plans to launch daily flights to Prague starting on July 1, 2010. The non-stop service to the Czech Republic’s capital city is the third new route to be announced by Emirates for 2010.

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In plenty of time to prepare for the onslaught of visitors expected in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup of football, Emirates Airline is launching a daily service from Dubai to Durban on October 1.

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Dubai-based Emirates, and Virgin Blue Group’s new international airline V Australia are beginning a codeshare partnership on the trans-Tasman route between Australia and New Zealand on October 25.

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Dubai-based Emirates Airline has become the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 with the delivery of its 78th 777-family aircraft.

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