Dulles International Airport is continuing to add to its large contingent of international commercial carriers.
On Sept. 12, Dulles will welcome their newest carrier, Emirates Airlines, which will provide nonstop service to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
“Commencing September 12, 2012, Emirates will operate a daily, non-stop service from Dubai to Washington, D.C.,” Jim Baxter, Emirates’ vice president for North America said.
In addition to benefiting business executives, Baxter thinks there will be a high demand for leisure travelers and tourists looking to visit the Mid Atlantic.
“We believe there is a good opportunity to come into the market and offer excellent value for money with a superb product and service offering, bringing travelers more choice, convenience and access to new markets, via our state-of-the-art hub in Dubai,” Baxter said. “We see our new route increasing opportunities for business and industry, as well as introducing a new audience of leisure travelers to the Mid Atlantic. Washington, D.C. has an array of world class cultural and tourist attractions and we anticipate strong demand for our service among leisure travelers from points across our network.”
Baxter thinks D.C. travelers will greatly enjoy the connections provided to them from the arrival of Emirates.
“We believe that our arrival benefits the entire spectrum of Washington, D.C. travelers. Washington, D.C. has long been an important market for Emirates in the U.S., and we are delighted that this region will now enjoy a direct link to our network of over 125 destinations across six continents, connected through our hub at Dubai International Airport,” Baxter said. “While Dulles International Airport enjoys international service to a host of locations, Emirates will provide important and needed competition to the market, with a consistent, award-winning product and service. We feel that we are well positioned to support the multitude of international institutions and foreign-owned companies that operate in Washington, D.C. by providing one stop connections for those with business reasons to fly to the Indian Subcontinent, the Far East, Middle East and Africa in particular.
“We are also looking forward to serving the region’s thriving ethnic communities, who travel regularly to the Middle East and beyond in order to visit friends and family,” Baxter said.
Emirates Airlines will be flying a Boeing 777-200LR model airplane for their direct flights from Dulles to Dubai. The aircraft seats 266 passengers in three different classes.
According to the Emirates Airlines website, this model airplane is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world and sets new standards in efficiency, speed and comfort. As a result it offers a superior inflight experience and a smoother and easier journey.
According to Don Fields, air service program manager for the Metro Washington Airports Authority, the growth Dulles has seen in carriers has allowed business executives even easier access to all parts of the world.
“As the region’s gateway to the world, we have significant international service at Dulles with nearly 500 weekly departures to almost 50 international destinations to nearly every continent,” Fields said. “Emirates is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world providing new and competitive air service options for travelers to and from the Washington region to Dubai and beyond Dubai to regions with growing economic importance in the Middle East, India, Asia and Africa.
“Every new airline that begins service to Dulles increases opportunities to enhance our region’s prosperity and personal connections to people from other countries,” Fields said. “Washington has the third largest Middle Eastern population among major cities in the U.S. – after New York and Los Angeles. In general, our region has the added advantage of having higher incomes that permit greater travel opportunities for our residents. Emirates and our other international airlines consider Washington an excellent source of business and leisure passengers as well as an important destination for people around the world.”
The economic impact of bringing a new dynamic will be beneficial for Loudoun County, especially with the ability to grow the Dulles air cargo industry, which has been a recent goal of MWAA.
“Dulles serves as the front door to the world for Loudoun County,” Fields said. “The new Emirates flight will enable the county to welcome even more global business activity including air cargo opportunities.”
In 2012 alone, Dulles has seen substantial growth and improvement in its international service.
A total of three new airlines have begun services just internationally.
Porter Airlines provides service to Toronto four times daily. United Airlines now offers service to Doha, Qatar; Manchester, U.K.; and Dublin, Ireland.
Lufthansa Airlines increased their aircraft size of its daily flight to Frankfurt to a brand new Boeing 747-8. The aircraft is the first of its type to enter commercial service and features 362 seats in three different class configurations.
New airline Aeromexico announced daily service to Mexico City.
KLM added three flights per week to their existing Amsterdam service. Those flights will stop Sept. 16.
Ethiopian took delivery of a new Boeing 787 at Dulles and flew its first commercial flight to Addis Ababa. The airline announced the 787 would operate regularly on its existing daily Dulles schedule to the Addis Ababa route starting this month.
Domestically, United launched a new daily nonstop to Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii and Delta has begun service to LaGuardia International Airport in New York, N.Y.
In March 2013, Etihad, another new airline, will begin new daily service to Abu Dhabi.
According to Baxter, Emirates has revolutionized the art of luxury on airlines.
“Emirates has built its success upon setting new benchmarks for service, comfort and luxury, and has pioneered many industry firsts including private suites for first class customers and personal entertainment systems at every seat,” Baxter said. “We are looking forward to welcoming Washington, D.C.’s many business executives on-board to experience our premium service. After enjoying a chauffeur drive door-to-door service to the airport, executives will be able to stay connected while in-flight, being able to make and receive phone calls, emails and text messages via the seat-back communications service. To wind down, they will be able to enjoy gourmet food and wine while experiencing our unrivaled entertainment system featuring over 1,400 channels of entertainment, before reclining in fully lie-flat beds.”
Baxter also noted the proximity of the Emirates Airlines Headquarters in Dubai to other major business destinations in that area.
“Finally, our state-of-the-art DubaiAf hub is strategically located within eight hours of two-thirds of the world’s population and can connect D.C. businesses and their executives to both established trading points in the Far East, as well as emerging markets in the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East,” Baxter said. “Many transit times to onward destinations are under four hours and executives traveling in premium classes can make full use of Emirates’ luxurious Business and First Class lounges at Dubai International Airport.”
According to Baxter, Emirates Airlines, with the addition of Dulles, will operate in seven U.S. cities including Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City.
Washington will be the third city they have started services to this year after adding Dallas /Fort Worth in February and Seattle in March.
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