13:15 | 09/09/2015 Global Economy
(VEN) - Emirates launched its 10th destination in the United States with the start of daily nonstop passenger service between Dubai and Orlando International Airport on 1st September.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum - Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs celebrate the launch of daily nonstop service between Dubai and Orlando.
“Our new daily service will enable Emirates to grow alongside Orlando, one of the world’s premier leisure destinations and a dynamic business centre,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “The launch of this nonstop route will bring Emirates’ unique product and award-winning service to passengers flying from Central Florida to our home in Dubai and beyond to more than 140 global destinations. Additionally, the aircraft on this route has the capability to carry more than 17 tons of cargo in each direction every day, which will support Florida’s export market.”
“Emirates’ nonstop service to Orlando opens a new world of opportunity for us to pursue tourism and business exchanges with the Middle East, Africa and Asia,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Business and leisure tourism is critical to Central Florida's economy and this new direct service will make it easier for travellers to get to and from Orlando, creating new jobs and opportunities for our residents.”
Emirates’ daily flight EK219, will depart Dubai at 3:50 a.m. local time and arrive in Orlando at 11:40 a.m., a flying time of 15 hours and 50 minutes. EK220 will depart Orlando International Airport Terminal B at 2:20 p.m. and arrive into Dubai International Terminal 3 at 12:30p.m. the following day, with a flying time of 14 hours and 10 minutes.
Emirates passengers can also connect seamlessly onto many destinations in the US, the Caribbean and South America through the airline’s codeshare partner JetBlue’s regional hub in Orlando, which serves 24 cities including San Juan in Puerto Rico; Bogota, Colombia and Nassau, The Bahamas.
Emirates Airline has carried more than 11 million passengers on U.S. flights since launching services to New York in 2004. The airline currently serves ten U.S. gateways – Orlando (MCO), Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK), as well as operating a trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan and a freighter service to Atlanta. Emirates SkyCargo transports up to 650 tons of U.S. exports each week which stimulates trade and opening new markets for American businesses across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The US network of Emirates is growing stronger than ever due to high demand. Prior to the launch of the Orlando route, Emirates has just doubled services to Seattle with the launch of second daily flight and launched weekly freighter flight to Columbus, Ohio. The airline will also launch second daily flight to Boston in October.
For more information, passengers may contact Emirates office at tel (+84-8) 3 9113099 or 1900 1599 or visit www.emirates.com/vn