Emirates to serve Dallas with A380

4 Apr 2014 by Clement Huang

Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the A380, will be deploying the superjumbo onto its daily service between Dubai and Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) starting October 1.

Other than being the world’s fourth busiest airport, DFW will also become the 28th international destination served by Emirates with the A380. In the US, the gulf carrier already operates the A380 to New York and Los Angeles.

Dallas is home to a total of 18 Fortune 500 companies, including the world’s largest “Big Oil” company Exxon Mobil. Emirates began flying to Dallas/Fort Worth in 2012 using a Boeing 777-200LR and was the first passenger airline to connect the city with the Middle East.

The current B777-200LR features a three-class configuration with eight suites in first class, 42 seats in business, and 216 in economy. Upon deployment, the A380 will offer a capacity upgrade on every single cabin class, with 14 suites in first, 76 seats in business and 399 in economy. 

Flight EK221 departs Dubai 0245 daily and arrives at DFW at 0945 the same day. The return leg sees flight EK222 leave DFW at 1235, before touching back down in Dubai at 1220 the following day.

DFW is the largest hub for American airlines, which operates an extensive domestic network within the US. Well positioned as a mid-continent hub, the airport is just four hours from many major cities in the continental US, Canada and Mexico.

By leveraging on the high-density passenger traffic at DFW, Emirates can play a major role in connecting a large part of North American with the Middle East and beyond.

“As the first scheduled A380 at DFW, it will provide over 83 per cent more capacity on the DFW to Dubai route, which is especially important for travellers heading to the Middle East, India and Africa,” said DFW chief executive Sean Donohue.

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Clement Huang

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