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Emirates expands U.S. presence

By Hpanchal on September 29, 2011

Emirates officials announced plans to launch daily, nonstop service from the airline's Dubai hub to both Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Commencing February 2 and March 1, respectively, the new routes will boost freight operations between the two regions tremendously, according to a company release.

Each flight will offer a belly-hold capacity of 15 tonnes — an advantage Emirates executives will utilize. A spokeswoman for the carrier said she expects the flights from Seattle to transport a large amount of video games, software, sound and television equipment, medical and surgical supplies, and aircraft parts; the goods will then be distributed to the UAE, Hong Kong, China, Japan and India.

The time is also right for this route. In 2009, exports between Seattle and the UAE totaled $2.76 billion — a number that Emirates officials hope will increase even more with the introduction of the new service.

They will also be relying on their Dallas route to boost freight operations. Emirates executives expect these flights to carry commodities such as high-tech equipment, spares, and oil- and gas-industry-related machinery.

To DFW International Airport CEO Jeffrey P. Fegan, it’s a service that has global implications. “This monumental announcement from Emirates brings a new and highly valued international airline partner to Dallas/Fort Worth,” he said in a statement. “Emirates daily nonstop service between DFW and Dubai connects two global super-hub portals for U.S. travelers to the Far and Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Africa on a trendsetting airline.”

Emirates President Tim Clark echoes Fegan’s statements. He also said that this route expansion demonstrates how his company continues to invest in services amid tough economic times. “In making this investment now, Emirates is providing a timely economic boost to the United States while ensuring that we are soundly placed to serve America’s future air travel needs,” Clark said.

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