Emirates launches daily service to Washington DC

HARARE - Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has launched its daily service from Dubai to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

It is the seventh gateway for Emirates in the United States, and the 12th new route to join the airline’s international network in 2012.

The new service means that passengers from Zimbabwe will be able to reach the US capital from the airline’s flights between Harare International Airport and Dubai.

“Emirates offers important new choice, competition and a higher level of internationally recognised service to the Washington DC market with a state-of-the-art product and fleet,” said Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline.

“As one of the most important global cities in the world, we look forward to connecting DC area travellers with the largest number of one-stop flights to Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Southeast Asia.”

Washington Dulles is one of the top international airports in the US, with over seven million international passengers annually. The region is home to more than 1 000 international institutions and over 1 000 foreign-owned companies from approximately 50 countries.

With 126 destinations in 74 countries, Emirates’ Dulles service will create a wide range of new options for passengers and businesses.

“Our US flights help to open new markets that the business community is reliant upon, as the globalisation of commerce is dependent upon transportation for passengers and cargo,” said Clark.

“This Emirates service will facilitate trade and promote tourism to the capital region from around the world, including the Middle East, which generated over 100 000 visitors last year alone.”

“We welcome Emirates as our 23rd international airline to Washington Dulles International Airport,” said John Potter, president and chief executive of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

“This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the airport, the arrival of Emirates is cause for even greater celebration. Our passengers will benefit from this new service to the Middle East and connections to destinations around the globe.”

Travellers to Washington Dulles will fly on a Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft featuring Emirates’ award-winning service and passenger comforts, including private suites in first class, lie-flat beds in business class, generously-sized economy class seats, SMS, telephone and email service at every seat and
1 400 channels of in-flight entertainment.

Emirates has expanded its US presence significantly since launching service between Dubai and New York City in 2004. The airline now flies to Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle and Washington DC, with the latter three destinations all added in 2012.

The airline has also appointed a new senior vice president to head up its commercial operations for the Americas.

Orhan Abbas took up his role as senior vice president, commercial operations, The Americas last month.

He was previously vice president for India and Nepal, overseeing a period of sustained expansion which saw Emirates more than double the number of services to the sub-continent in just four years.

“The Americas is a strategically important market for Emirates, a fact underpinned by our recent period of significant growth,” said Abbas.

“I look forward to the challenge of consolidating this expansion whilst continuing to seek new ways of developing our service offering across the continent.”

Starting September 12, EK 231 will leave Dubai daily at 2:20am and arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport at 8:50am.

EK 232 will depart Dulles at 10:55am arriving in Dubai at 8am the following day.

Customers travelling to Washington DC will be able to connect seamlessly from points across the Far and Middle East, Indian sub-continent and Africa via the airline’s state-of-the-art hub in Dubai.

Winner of over 500 international awards, Emirates’ unique service offering includes complimentary chauffeur-driven airport transfers for premium customers and an inflight entertainment system featuring over 1 400 channels of new release Hollywood movies, TV, music and games. - John Kachembere

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