Emirates is first with Middle East-US NW route

Route is “latest step in Emirates’ strategic expansion across the United States”

The first direct connection between the Middle East and the US northwest has taken off as Emirates launches services to Seattle. The flights between Dubai International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are operating daily using a Boeing 777-300ER. The airline now operates B777 services to each of its six US destinations: New York JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Seattle.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates, was aboard the inaugural flight. “This new service is the latest step in Emirates’ strategic program of expansion across the United States, and we are confident that it will support the burgeoning trade relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the Seattle metropolitan region,” he said.
“Emirates has looked forward to the day when we would connect Seattle to our home hub in Dubai, on flights operated by state-of-the-art, Seattle-built aircraft.”
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[pictured: Emirates A380]