The first flight from Dubai landed at Seattle's SeaTac Airport on the afternoon of March 1 and taxied onto the ramp under an arc of water sprayed from the cannons of two Port of Seattle fire trucks.
With that, Seattle became only the sixth U.S. city served by the airline, the world’s largest international carrier. The airline had added its fifth city, Dallas-Ft. Worth, less than a month earlier.
Once the plane was chocked at the gate in the airport’s South Satellite – the arrivals area for all international flights – the passengers cleared customs, then joined the reception.
After a brief round of remarks from local leaders and their representatives, the Sheik paid compliments to both the city of Seattle -- "one of my favorite cities" -- and to Boeing: “For a long time, Emirates had looked forward to connecting Seattle with its home hub of Dubai on flights operated on state-of-the art, Seattle-built aircraft.”
Flights will leave Seattle daily at 5:10 pm and arrive in Dubai 14 hours, 30 minutes later. Return flights leave DXB at 9:50 am and arrive in Seattle at 1:10 pm. The flights from Dubai are scheduled to take 15 hours, 20 minutes.
Alaska Airlines has partnered with Emirates' Skywards program, and Alaska Mileage Plan™ members can earn double miles for qualifying Emirates flights. Mileage Plan™ members will be able to use miles for flights on Emirates later in 2012.
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