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Emirates is commencing a daily service to Orlando, Florida from September 1st.
The route will be served by a US-built Boeing 777-200LR with eight First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats.
Emirates flight EK 219 will depart Dubai International Terminal 3 at 03:50 local time and arrive at Orlando International Airport Terminal B at 11.40 local time, a flying time of nearly 16 hours.
The return flight, EK 220 will depart Orlando International at 14:20 hours and arrive into Dubai at 12:30 the following day, a flight time of just over 14 hours.
Emirates customers can also connect seamlessly onto many destinations in the US, the Caribbean and South America through the airline’s codeshare partner JetBlue’s regional hub in Orlando, which serves 24 cities including San Juan in Puerto Rico; Bogota, Colombia and Nassau, The Bahamas.
“Orlando is one of the world’s premier leisure and conference destinations, a dynamic business centre and a destination which Emirates has long wished to serve,” said Sir Tim Clark, president, Emirates.
“As a growing region, we believe that our service will facilitate further growth for both Orlando as well as central Florida by connecting the city with our global network of 145 destinations across 80 countries; and give customers from Orlando the choice of flying Emirates whilst experiencing our award-winning inflight product and service.”
Orlando will be the tenth US passenger destination Emirates serves, following on from Boston which launched on March 10th and Chicago on August 5th 2014.
The airline has been serving the US for over ten years, gradually expanding services on a commercial basis to serve the consistently high demand for its flights.
In 2014, Emirates’ average load factors on its US routes were over 80 per cent, offering single-carrier connections to over 50 global destinations not currently served by any US airline.
Last year Emirates carried over 2.3 million passengers and 106,000 tons of cargo to and from the US.