The United States is a key growth market in our global network. In June 2004, we launched a nonstop passenger service between Dubai and New York City; since then, we have expanded to Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, and Orlando.
In total, we operate 15 passenger flights per day between Dubai and the US—four times daily to New York with three direct services and one via Milan; twice daily to Boston and Seattle, and daily services to the other seven destinations. A second daily Airbus A380 service to Los Angeles begins on July 1. Emirates operates the Boeing 777 to five US cities. It also operates the Airbus A380, powered by US-made GE GP7200 engines, to Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC.
Since 2004, we have carried more than 13.8 million passengers on our US flights. For the US economy, Emirates delivers high-yield tourists and business travelers from important developing markets in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Our flights between the US and Dubai have also carried 627,000 tons of valuable goods since 2004. This facilitates US foreign trade and opens up new markets for US exporters in the Middle East and on the South Asian subcontinent. Every week, we carry items such as auto parts out of JFK, apples and cherries out of Seattle, oil and gas equipment out of Houston, medical supplies out of Los Angeles, and frozen meat out of Chicago. In total, our cargo capacity from the United States is over 2,000 tons 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. Of the 81 destinations on our Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific network, 61 are not directly served by any US carrier. The breadth of our network between the US and India is unparalleled, offering more flights than any other foreign carrier and significantly reduced travel times compared to airlines connecting via European hubs.
Read more about Emirates’ operations in our factsheet "Emirates and the US."