Saturday, 17 March 2012

Emirates Airlines Expands in US

On March 15 2012, Emirates Airline announced America’s capital-Washington will soon be added to the carrier’s global network, becoming Emirates Airline’s seventh gateway in the US. Emirates will operate Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its Washington DC route, providing 8 private suits in First Class, 42 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 304 seats in Economy Class. The airline has just started flying to both Seattle and Dallas in the beginning of the year. The other US gateways include New York, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Emirates Airline is the largest A380 operator in the world. The carrier currently operates 21 A380s. 

Starting September 12th, EK 231 will leave Dubai daily at 2:20 am and arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 8:50 am. EK 232 will depart Dulles at 10:55 am arriving in Dubai at 8:00 am the following day. The greater Washington, DC region is highly diverse, with over 15 per cent of its population born outside the U.S. The region is home to more than 1,000 international institutions and over 1,000 foreign-owned companies from approximately 50 countries.

Emirates currently employs over 700 Americans at operations throughout the world, and anticipates hiring more than 4,000 cabin crew and 500 pilots globally this year. The airline had already recruited 570 pilots last year. In the first two months of 2012, the airline has recruited cabin crew in Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle and Washington, DC. Emirates will also be holding pilot recruitment drives in the coming months. The carrier is a steadfast supporter of U.S. job creation and innovation, employing American suppliers for a wide range of goods and services, such as the design of the airline's First Class cabins, the manufacture of its window shades, aircraft wings and landing and runway technology. Emirates airline recently held open days in the UAE and will hold more open days in the UAE and other countries in the coming yeas to fill a wide range of vacancies including engineering, airport operations, cabin crew and IT. It certainly helps some Americans to get jobs considering the high unemployment rate currently recorded in the US.

Recently, Emirates Airline just received the 1000th Boeing 777(pic) at a special event at the manufacturer’s plant in Everett, Washington State. The airline is also the largest operator of the twin-jet engine aircraft, with 102 of them in service with the airline(including the new one). Emirates have another 94 more orders for the aircraft in the airline’s order books. The airline’s most recent order was on November 2011, when the airline orders 50 Boeing 777-300ER fitted with American-made GE90 engines, plus options for 20 more aircraft is worth a total of $26 billion at list prices. The move supports over 100,000 skilled American jobs.

1000th Boeing 777 Built (Emirates)

Passengers travelling to and from United States on Emirates flight can enjoy a range of benefits with Emirates’ partnership with Jet Blue, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. These benefits included one-stop check in and checked through baggage. Emirates Airline currently operates 2 Daily flights to New York, one of it is an Airbus 380 service, 2 daily Boeing 777s flights to Los Angeles. While daily flights to San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Seattle. Comparing to other Middle-East carriers, Emirates provides the best coverage of the North America. With the addition of Washington, the carrier serve 8 destinations(including Toronto). The airline’s rival Qatar Airways operates to Houston, New York, Washington and Montreal. While Etihad Airways operates to Chicago, New York and Toronto(Operates to Washington starting from 31 March 2013) and Kuwait Airways operates to New York only.

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