Dubai, UAE – 8 July 2015: Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, today announced its second daily service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
The new service, EK227, which began on 7th July and is operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, will depart Dubai at 3:15 a.m. and arrives in Seattle at 6:55 a.m. The return flight, EK228, departs Seattle at 9:40 a.m. and arrives in Dubai at 10:55 a.m. the following day. The new service will supplement the current EK 230 Boeing 777-300ER flight departing Seattle at 5:40 p.m. and landing in Dubai the following day at 6:55 p.m.
“This new service will provide passengers with the convenience of both a morning and evening departure from both Dubai as well as Seattle,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West. “This second daily service will provide our passengers in the Seattle area even more choices when flying with Emirates and satisfy their demand for more flights from this gateway. Corporate travelers will also appreciate the ease of conducting business as a result of the improved connectivity between Seattle and a number of international destinations. So when corporate travelers are headed to an Emirates’ destination in the Middle East, Africa, or the Far East or when they require one of Emirates’ frequent daily connections to Hyderabad, Mumbai, or Delhi, the global business community will now seem much more closer to Seattle.”
Passengers coming from Dubai and beyond can connect to other US cities through Emirates’ partner agreement with Alaska Airlines (AS). Members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan and Emirates’ Skywards programs have been able to earn and redeem miles for travel on either carrier since March 2012. These flights offer connectivity to points across the United States such as Portland, Anchorage, Honolulu, Billings, and Boise as well as into Canada including cities such as Vancouver, Edmonton, Victoria, and Calgary.
Passengers flying into Seattle will spot the iconic Space Needle from the sky. Much like the souks in Old Dubai, Seattle visitors can taste the local flavors at a day spent at Pike Place Market. Ride along the Puget Sound on Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry or zip from the Seattle Aquarium to Chinatown on the Seattle Center Monorail, a World’s Fair legacy.
The second Seattle flight will be operated with one of Emirates’ Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, which will create a 75% jump in seating capacity with 4,340 weekly seats on offer to Dubai. This second flight will effectively move Seattle into the number two position in the US market in terms of seat capacity, behind New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. Emirates’ Boeing 777-200LR features eight First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats. All passengers can enjoy over 2,000 free channels of films, TV shows, music, games and podcasts through ice, the airline’s multi-award winning in-flight entertainment system, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine and Emirates’ renowned inflight service from the airline’s multi-national cabin crew comprised of over 135 nationalities. Additionally, First Class and Business Class passengers can experience Emirates’ Chauffeur-drive service, available in over 70 cities worldwide.
The increased number of flights will also provide more connections to Emirates’ vast and growing network of destinations in Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Asia and beyond. The additional service will also allow Emirates SkyCargo to carry an additional 15 tons of cargo per trip including locally grown cherries, electrical equipment and machinery, as well as medical equipment and aircraft parts.
Emirates launched service to Seattle just over three years ago in March 2012 and has since flown more than 600,000 passengers on the route. Emirates has a deeply rooted history with Seattle based company Boeing and was the launch customer of Boeing’s 777X. Emirates continues to be the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator, flying 145 of these aircraft with another 199 on order.
Dubai offers extensive convention and exhibition facilities, leisure attractions and shopping options. From the glittering beaches to the sparkling skyscrapers, Dubai is a visionary city with the perfect juxtaposition of old and new. Emirates’ global hub in Terminal 3 Dubai International (DXB) provides passengers with seamless connectivity in state-of-the-art surroundings. The Seattle-Dubai flight will offer convenient connections to other destinations throughout the Middle East, Africa, India, the Far East and beyond.
Emirates and the U.S.
Founded in 1985, Emirates is a global connector of people, places and economies. Based in Dubai, the airline’s global network serves 146 destinations in 81 countries across six continents. Its luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice, and unmatched hospitality provided by its multi-lingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.
Emirates has been serving the US since launching services to New York in 2004 and has carried over nine million passenger in the past decade. The airline currently flies to nine U.S. gateways – Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK), operates a trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan and a freighter service to Atlanta and will service Orlando (MCO) beginning September 1, 2015. Emirates SkyCargo transports up to 650 tons of U.S. exports each week – including auto parts from New York, apples and cherries from Seattle, and oil and gas equipment from Houston – stimulating trade and opening new markets for American businesses across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.