Seattle to Dubai Non-Stops Start Mar. 1

Emirates Airlines will be starting daily non-stop service between Seattle's Sea-Tac airport (SEA) and Dubai, U.A.E. (DXB) on March 1, 2012.

The 14 hour, 30 minute flights aboard a Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) will depart at 5:10 p.m. from Seattle and arrive in Dubai as 7:40 p.m. the following day. Thanks to headwinds, return flights will take 15 hours, 20 minutes. They will leave Dubai at 9:50 a.m., and will arrive in Seattle at 1:10 p.m.

As of this writing, an economy round-trip ticket (called a "return" ticket in the European tradition) can be booked for a shade under US$1,200 depending on travel dates. Business class, which many of us deem indispensable for a flight of this duration, is slightly more than US$7,000. First class is more than US$13,000.

Emirates joined forces with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan™ as of January 19,(see TheTravelPro post). While Alaska Mileage Plan™ members can start earning miles immediately, Alaska Airlines says it will be "late 2012" before it will be possible to reduce those fares or fly free using accrued Alaska Mileage Plan™ miles.

U.S. residents do not need to arrange for a visa in advance; however, residents of many other countries (including Canada) do. Emirates Airlines thoughtfully provides a web page with visa and passport information and offers to assist travelers in obtaining their visa when necessary.

More details to follow as they become available.

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