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Emirates Increasing Capacity in Houston


July 2, 2014



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Emirates will begin operating flights between Houston and Dubai with the A380 aircraft begnning December 3.
Emirates recently announced that it will begin operating flights between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Dubai (DXB) with the Airbus A380 aircraft beginning December 3, 2014.

“Houston is definitely seeing the future of the aviation industry unfold before them, especially in regards to international travel,” said Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz. “Houston already has the distinction of being the first city in Texas to offer scheduled air service with the A380 aircraft, and we are proud to take the next step with Emirates in building upon that solid foundation.”

The A380 is a double-deck, wide body, four engine jet airliner that will allow the airline to increase its passenger and cargo capacity in Houston. The A380 flight service from Houston will offer an additional 137 seats, representing a 38 percent increase in overall passenger capacity, and 80 percent more seats across the premium cabins. In addition to offering a choice of 14 First Class Private Suites and 76 lie-flat Business Class seats, the aircraft provides 401 spacious Economy Class seats.

Emirates started flight service to Houston in December 2007, directly connecting the city with the energy sector hubs in Dubai and the Middle East. Since then, Emirates has seen steady growth in business and leisure travelers, thanks to the city’s strong international community and corporate industries. Last year the airline connected about 190,000 people and over 7,900 tons of cargo from a range of industries including the construction and automotive sectors.

“This is great news for our region and a positive reflection on the success of air service in the Houston market,” said Molly Waits, HAS Director of Air Service Development. “Emirates offers a top-notch product and service, and we are confident the added capacity will benefit the airline and travelers alike.”

Emirates' daily flight EK211 to Houston departs Dubai at 9:30 a.m. and arrives at 4:05 p.m. The return flight, EK212, takes off from George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 6:25 p.m. and lands in Dubai at 7:05 p.m. the next day (all times are local).

For more information or to book a flight, visit www.emirates.com/us .
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