Emirates Airline will commence new non-stop service between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The service will begin on June 1, 2018 and be added onto the daily service between EWR and Athens, Greece.
The new service will be operated with the Boeing 777-300ER. The planes are in a three-class configuration featuring 8 First Class suites, 42 Business Class seats, and 36 Economy Class seats. The planes can carry up to 19 tonnes of belly-hold cargo.
The outbound flight, EK223, will depart Dubai at 3:00am and arrive in Newark at 9:00am. EK224, the return flight, will depart Newark at 11:50am and arrive in Dubai at 08:20am the next day. The timing complements pre-existing Emirates service, giving passengers a new option of morning arrival in Newark and morning departure from Newark. Meanwhile, a morning landing in Dubai will allow passengers time to explore Dubai before connecting on to a new Emirates destination.
The DXB-EWR route gives the Newark area increased connectivity to world destinations via Emirates’ vast network. Travelers will be able to reach Africa, the Far East, and the Indian subcontinent with ease.
On March 25, Emirates will stop offering flight EK207/8, which connects DXB to John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. However, JFK will still have two daily non-stop frequencies to Dubai with Emirates in addition to one flight via Milan, Italy. Yet with the addition of Newark, Emirates will maintain its 5 daily services to the New York metropolitan area.
In a statement, Emirates said that the transfer of a service from JFK to EWR will help them to handle passengers effectively. Since many prefer one of the two airports over the other, Emirates considered it crucial to have at least one non-stop flight from each airport to DXB.
Emirates is adding additional US destinations through the second quarter of 2018.It will add two flights per week to both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO). The addition of these frequencies represents a steady increase in customer demand to the area.
Emirates has not yet announced whether it plans to increase frequencies to Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle, which were reduced last year due to US regulations.
“We continue to closely monitor the situation with the view to reinstate and grow our US flight operations as soon as viable,” an Emirates spokeswoman said.
“Emirates serves 12 points in the US, helping to link the world’s largest economy with emerging markets that will further drive American economic growth, trade, and job creation,” Emirates said. “Of the 80-plus destinations on our Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific network, 67 are not directly served by any US carrier. The breadth of our network between the US and India is unparalleled, offering more flights than any other foreign carrier and significantly reduced travel times compared to airlines connecting via European hubs.”
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