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Emirates Starts New Service to Basra

New Connection Will Touch Down in Dubai Before Continuing on to Basra International Airport

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Houston passengers destined for Iraq have a new option for connecting with one of that country’s fastest-growing cities from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). On February 2, 2011, Emirates Airline began a new connection to Basra, utilizing their existent nonstop service to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from Houston.

“Houston undoubtedly represents one of the United States’ most lucrative destinations for international travel and business across the globe. This new route by Emirates Airline further solidifies our position as the energy capital of the world,” said Ian Wadsworth, chief commercial officer for the Houston Airport System. “We are excited about the new connectivity this route will provide our passengers and are also confident it will be very well received, not only in Houston, but in Dubai and Basra.”

The new service departs from Houston each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday using an Airbus A330 aircraft, touching down in Dubai before continuing on to Basra International Airport.

“Basra is a significant market for Emirates. The city’s recent growth has paved the way for numerous multinational companies and industries to invest in infrastructure and we have seen strong potential from a number of our markets,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive for Emirates Airline. “Since the 2009 oil field bid, traffic from the United States and Europe into Basra has increased significantly and we are ready to capitalize on this growth.”

The international carrier will employ a 237 passenger, three-class configuration – First Class, Business Class and Economy Class – on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and a two-class, 278 passenger, configuration – Business Class and Economy Class – on Mondays. Each flight will also transport an estimated 10 to 12 tons of air cargo using the belly hold capacity of the wide-bodied Airbus A330 aircraft.

Basra is now Emirates’110th international destination and the sixth the carrier has launched in their 2010-2011 financial year. The Iraqi city itself is well positioned near the Gulf, attracting lucrative investments from major corporations all over the world, as well as providing a promising tourist destination for travelers.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the 8th largest international passenger gateway in the United States with service to all regions of the globe.

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