Emirates Airline begins Houston-to-Dubai service


HOUSTON (TVLW) – Emirates Airline on Monday began nonstop service between Houston and Dubai, connecting the two international energy hubs.

Service aboard the new Boeing 777-200LR initially will operate three times a week before increasing to daily service in February.

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Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, the airline’s chairman, said the Americas region is a high priority in Emirates’ aggressive expansion plans. Emirates introduced daily nonstop service to Dubai from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in mid-2004 and added a second daily flight in 2005.

“Since the launch of service from New York in 2004, we have been received enthusiastically in the region and this latest introduction further extends our capabilities to serve all markets of North and South America,” he said.

The Houston service marks the 99th destination in 62 countries served by the airline.

A first-class, round-trip ticket from Houston to Dubai will go for about $12,900 (€8,796), said Emirates spokeswoman Sharon Harper, while business-class tickets will cost about $8,700 (€5,932). Economy seats will vary in price depending on the time of booking and travel. One such ticket will sell for $1,022 (€697), Harper said.

In a sign of Middle Eastern airlines’ rapid expansion, carriers ordered 140 planes for nearly $40 billion (€27.27 billion) from both Airbus and Boeing Co. earlier this month at the Dubai Airshow.

Emirates said it set a record at the show by inking nearly $35 billion (€23.86 billion) in contracts and order options.