8 June 2012
Non-stop daily flights starting September 12th
WASHINGTON, 8th June 2012: With the start of its non-stop, daily flights to Washington, DC now just 14 weeks away, Emirates gave America’s capital an advance preview of its award-winning service last night.
More than 500 guests from the travel trade and local business communities gathered for a gala dinner event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the heart of downtown Washington to hear more about Emirates’ network of over 120 destinations, serviced by a fleet which is among the youngest and most technologically advanced in the skies.
“Emirates will provide important and needed competition to the Washington market, with a product and service proposition that represents superb value for money,” said Nigel Page, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations - The Americas. “We look forward to connecting DC travelers with the largest number of one-stop flights to Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East.”
Earlier in the day, local and national media heard more about one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world when they met with Emirates representatives including Nigel Page, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations - The Americas; Brian LaBelle, Senior Vice President – Skywards, Jim Baxter, Vice President – USA, Central America & Caribbean, and Robert Siegel, Regional Manager Cargo Commercial.
Washington Dulles is one of the top international airports in the U.S., with over seven million international passengers annually. The region is home to more than 1,000 international institutions and over 1,000 foreign-owned companies from approximately 50 countries. With over 120 connections to 74 countries, Emirates is well positioned to support travelers globally. Washington DC is also a leading leisure destination and was among the top ten U.S. cities most visited by overseas travelers in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“The Washington, DC region has a highly diverse population and thriving ethnic communities, and we look forward to bringing new choice, comfort and convenience to people whether they are travelling for business, leisure or personal reasons,” added Mr. Page.
Emirates will operate the American manufactured Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft on its Washington, DC route, providing eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 304 seats in Coach.
“The arrival of Emirates to Washington Dulles International Airport means travelers in the DC metropolitan area will have one more choice of international airlines and convenient access to Emirates’ continuously expanding global network,” said John E. Potter, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority President and Chief Executive Officer. “Emirates will provide an important economic boost by introducing the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to more markets for business, trade and tourism.”
Emirates’ network currently encompasses 124 cities globally, with 22 destinations in Africa, 17 in the Middle East and 18 in the Far East and Australasia. The airline also operates over 200 flights each week to the Indian Subcontinent and Pakistan. Emirates’ flights from Dubai offer quick and convenient connections to an extensive range of destinations, with Bangkok, Delhi, Manila, Johannesburg, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Mumbai and Bangalore all connecting in less than four hours.
Customers travelling to and from the United States can also benefit from Emirates’ partnerships with Jet Blue, American Airlines, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. Passengers connecting to or from Emirates’ U.S. flights from these airlines will enjoy a range of benefits, including one-stop check in and checked through baggage.
Starting September 12th, EK 231 will leave Dubai daily at 2:20 am and arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 8:50 am. EK 232 will depart Dulles at 10:55 am arriving in Dubai at 8:00 am the following day.
Washington, DC will be Emirates’ 11th new route to launch in 2012. So far this year, the airline has started services to Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle, Lusaka, Harare and Ho Chi Minh City. Flights to Barcelona and Lisbon will join the Emirates’ network on July 3rd and July 9th respectively.