Emirates will launch the first scheduled A380 service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport later this year.
The Gulf carrier will fly the superjumbo daily to the Texas airport from October 1.
Emirates’ A380 on this route will seat 489 passengers — 14 in first class private suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business and 399 in economy.
Oubound service EK221 will depart Dubai at 0245 and arrive in Dallas at 0945 the same day, while return flight EK222 will take-off from Dallas at 1235 and land in Dubai at 1220 the following day.
Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, commercial operations west, said: “Emirates is committed to the people and places we serve, and we are bringing our flagship A380 to Dallas/Fort Worth by popular demand.
“The DFW area is at the heart of business, being home to 18 Fortune 500 companies. It is also home to a diverse population and the largest urban arts district in the US, and is the established number one leisure destination in Texas.
“With the A380, we are not only bringing our flagship product to serve our leisure and business customers, but also demonstrating our commitment and confidence in the economic and tourism potential of the region.”
Dallas/Fort Worth will be the 28th international destination to which Emirates operates the A380, joining the US cities of New York and Los Angeles, which are already served by the superjumbo.
Emirates started flying to Dallas/Fort Worth in 2012 with a B777-200LR, the first passenger carrier to fly non-stop to the Middle East from DFW.
The introduction of the 489-seat A380 is “a direct response to demand with over 370,000 Emirates’ passengers travelling between Dallas and Dubai to date”, the airline said.
Yesterday, Emirates announced that it will open a lounge at Glasgow Airport this summer (see news, April 3).