Monday, September 23, 2013

Emirates to launch non-stop service between Boston and Dubai

U.A.E.-based airline Emirates, the world’s largest international carrier, will expand its service to North America when it launches daily flights between Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Dubai (DXB), United Arab Emirates, on March 10, 2014.

“Based on passenger demand, we believe the time is right to further boost our U.S operations, while stimulating channels of trade and tourism to and from the state of Massachusetts and the wider New England region," His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group said in a statement announcing the new service.

The city’s mayor and the commonwealth’s governor expect the service to provide a boost to the area.

“The arrival of Emirates and its non-stop service to Dubai will expand Boston’s global presence in business and tourism,” Mayor Thomas Menino said, while Governor Deval Patrick noted that, “A non-stop service to the Middle East will open up new commercial and economic opportunities for Massachusetts and the region.’’

Starting in March 2014, Emirates flight 237 will leave DXB at 9:45 a.m. daily and arrive at BOS at 3:15 p.m. The return flight, EK 238, will take off from BOS at 10:55 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 7:10 p.m. the next day.

Emirates 777-200LR
The airline will use a Boeing 777-200LR (long range) on the route, which will be the airline’s eighth into the United States and ninth into North America. The Triple-Seven will be powered by GE-90 engines, currently the world’s largest turbofan engine, manufactured by General Electric (NYSE:GE).

Passengers in all classes will enjoy gourmet-chef prepared food and will have access to more than 1,500 channels of movies, TV, music and games on the ice Digital Widescreen in-flight entertainment system. Highly trained, multi-lingual cabin crewmembers will deliver what the airline called “the warmest hospitality in the skies.”

In addition to being named “The World’s Best Airline” and “Best Middle East Airline” in the 2013 SKYTRAX World Airline Awards, Emirates also won the category “World’s Best In-flight Entertainment” for the ninth consecutive year.

Emirates began serving the U.S. market in 2004 with service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The airline currently serves seven U.S gateways, including JFK, Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Dallas (DFW), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD), in addition to Toronto, Ontario’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

The North American destinations form part of a 134-city network served by a fleet of more than 200 modern aircraft, including the airline’s flagship Airbus A380, the largest commercial airliner in operation today.

To date in 2013, Emirates has launched new routes to Warsaw’s Frédéric Chopin Airport (WAW), Algiers’ Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG), Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) and Stockholm’s Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN).

In the coming months, flights will begin to Clark International Airport (CRK) in the Philippines; between Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) and JFK; to Conakry International Airport (CKY) in Guinea; Sialkot International Airport (SKT) in Pakistan; to Boryspil International Airport in Kiev, Ukraine; to Kabul and to Taipei.

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