The United States is a key growth market in our global network. In June 2004, we launched a non-stop passenger service between Dubai and New York City, and since then we have expanded to Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Washington, DC, Boston and Chicago.
In total, we operate 77 passenger flights per week between Dubai and the US – three times daily to New York with two direct services and one via Milan; and daily services to the other eight destinations. A fourth daily service to New York commences on 8 March. Emirates operates the Boeing 777-300ER to five US cities. It also operates the Airbus A380, powered by US-made GE GP7200 engines to Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
Since 2004, we have carried more than 10.7 million passengers on our US flights. For the US economy, Emirates delivers high-yield tourists and business travellers from important developing markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The relationship between Emirates and the US in the cargo sector continues to strengthen, and since 2004 our flights between the US and Dubai carried 468,000 tonnes of valuable goods. This facilitates US foreign trade and opens up new markets for US exporters in the Middle East and South Asian subcontinent. Every week, we carry items such as auto parts out of JFK, apples and cherries from Seattle, and oil and gas equipment out of Houston. In total, our cargo capacity from the US is over 1,690 tonnes per week.
We continue to link the US, the world’s largest economy, with emerging markets that will further drive American economic growth, trade and job creation. Our network from US destinations to the five BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, recognised as the drivers of the 21st century global economy, currently stands at 304 weekly flights – more than Lufthansa, United, Delta or any other airline. In particular, the breadth of our network from the US to India is unparalleled, offering more flights than any other foreign carrier and significantly reduced travel times compared to airlines transferring via European hubs.