Emirates has launched a daily non-stop passenger service from Dubai International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
The city is the airline’s ninth US gateway, following the launch of its flights to Boston earlier this year (see here).
The inaugural flight earlier today featured VIP delegates from both the US and Dubai, including Adel Al Redha – Emirates executive vice president and chief operations officer, who proudly proclaimed that the service "extended the Gulf carrier’s network to America’s third-largest city”.
Chicago is well served by a number of carriers in the Asia-Pacific region, including All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific and Korean Air.
However, major carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Qantas do not operate flights to the US city. The new service could be particularly pertinent for Qantas passengers, due to the strong partnership the Aussie carrier shares with Emirates.
The new service is operated by the Boeing 777-200LR and features a three-class configuration, with eight seats in first, 42 in business and 216 in economy. For a seatplan of the aircraft, click here.
Flight EK235 departs Dubai International Airport daily at 0945 and arrives at O’Hare at 1525. Meanwhile, the return leg sees flight EK236 take off from Chicago at 2035, before landing back in Dubai at 1910 the following day.
For more information, visit emirates.com