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25 March, 2015
Airline’s tenth US passenger route to commence from September 1, 2015
DUBAI, U.A.E: – Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies today announced it is commencing a daily service to Orlando, Florida from September 1, 2015. The route will be served by a US-built Boeing 777-200 LR with eight First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats.
Emirates flight EK220 will depart Orlando International Airport (IATA code: MCO) Terminal B at 2:20p.m. and arrive into Dubai International Terminal 3 (IATA code: DXB) at 12:30p.m. the following day, a 14hr10min flight. The return flight, EK 219 will depart Dubai at 3:50a.m. local time and arrive in Orlando at 11:40a.m., a flying time of 15hrs50mins.
US visitors continue to visit Dubai – Emirates’ home and hub – in their thousands. In 2014 over 500,000 US citizens stayed in Dubai to conduct business and explore the emirate’s array of leisure opportunities. Emirates’ flight, the first direct service from Florida to Dubai, will connect well with many of the airline’s services to the Middle East, South Asia, the Far East and Africa.
Dubai offers something for virtually all travelers and has quickly become a global destination for both business and leisure travel. Much like Orlando, families can enjoy a plethora of family-friendly hotels and attractions including larger than life theme and water parks. Travelers can experience the juxtaposition of old and new while in Dubai. Dubai’s history comes to life as visitors wander the streets of Old Dubai visiting the textile markets, spice and gold souks. Dubai is also home to world-class dining, nightlife, hotels, golf courses, architectural landmarks and shopping; a destination that is sure to appeal to all.
Emirates passengers can also connect seamlessly from many destinations in the US, the Caribbean and South America through our codeshare partner JetBlue’s regional hub in Orlando, which serves 24 cities including San Juan in Puerto Rico; Bogota, Colombia and Nassau, The Bahamas.
“Orlando is one of the world’s premier leisure and conference destinations, a dynamic business center and a destination which Emirates has long wished to serve”, said Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates. As a growing region, we believe that our service will facilitate further growth for both Orlando as well as central Florida by connecting the city with our global network of over 140 destinations across 80 countries; and give customers from Orlando the choice of flying Emirates while experiencing our award-winning inflight product and service.”
“All too frequently, aviation news is dominated by announcements of fewer options, less comfort and shrinking value. By contrast, this pro-growth development demonstrates that international airlines can spur American jobs by providing supply where there is previously unmet demand,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “America sorely needs this kind of infusion of air service and customer service, not to mention the quality, unexportable jobs that are generated by increased travel.”
“JetBlue is delighted to see our codeshare partner Emirates expand into Orlando, one of our largest and most important markets,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s senior vice president of airline planning. “This is not only great news for Central Florida travelers, but also for visitors from around the globe who will gain new travel options to the Caribbean and Latin America when connecting on JetBlue through Orlando International Airport.”
“Emirates addition of daily service between Dubai and Orlando is great news for the Sunshine State and will help to establish Florida as the No.1 travel destination in the world,” said J. William Seccombe, President & CEO, Visit Florida.
“Florida is on a mission to become the global leader in job creation and we are excited about the new Emirates non-stop flight between Orlando and Dubai. We welcomed more than 97 million visitors to our state last year and every 85 tourists creates another Florida job,” said Governor Rick Scott. “We know our tourism industry helps grow our economy and that is why we are investing $145 million at the Orlando International Airport to expand the South Terminal Complex so we can continue to increase domestic and international air service – like the new Emirates flight.”
“Orlando International Airport has always been an engine for economic growth and job creation in Central Florida,” said City of Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer. “Today’s great news that Emirates will fly non-stop Orlando to Dubai will boost our local economy with new jobs and continue to further Orlando as a premier global travel destination.”
Orlando will be the tenth US passenger destination Emirates serves, following on from Boston which launched on March 10 and Chicago on August 5, 2014. The airline has been serving the US for over 10 years, gradually expanding services on a commercial basis to serve the consistently high demand for its flights. In 2014, Emirates’ average load factors on its US routes were over 80%, offering single-carrier connections to over 50 global destinations not currently served by any US airline. Last year Emirates carried over 2.3million passengers and 106,000 tons of cargo to and from the US.
Customers on board an Emirates Boeing 777-200LR can experience a wide range of products and services onboard. All passengers can enjoy upto 2,000 free channels of films, TV shows, music, games and podcasts through ice, the airline’s multi-award winning in-flight entertainment system, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine and Emirates’ renowned inflight service from the airline’s multi-national cabin crew from over 120 countries. First Class passengers will have a private suite which converts into a 6foot 7inch bed and dining on demand; Business Class passengers can relax in their lie-flat bed; while Economy Class passengers will enjoy a choice of menus including complimentary beverages.
Parents flying with children are well looked by Emirates with access to free strollers at Dubai International Airport, a choice of children’s toys, specially prepared children’s meals and dedicated children’s channels on board to keep our younger passengers entertained.
For more information about Emirates and to book tickets, please visit www.emirates.com
 – Source Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing hotel stays survey 2014
Emirates and the U.S.
Founded in 1985, Emirates is a global connector of people, places and economies. Based in Dubai, the airline’s global network serves 145 destinations in 80 countries across six continents. Its luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice, and unmatched hospitality provided by its multi-lingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.
Emirates has been serving the US since launching services to New York in 2004 and has carried over nine million passenger in the past decade. The airline currently flies to nine U.S. gateways – Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas/Fort Worth (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 – including auto parts from New York, apples and cherries from Seattle, and oil and gas equipment from Houston – stimulating trade and opening new markets for American businesses across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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