Emirates reveals plan to launch flights to Boston

Dubai airline says its eighth US route will start operating on March 10 next year

Emirates Airline is to launch a further transatlantic link with the start of flights to Boston from March 10 next year, the carrier said on Thursday.

This will be the airline’s 8th route into the United States, 9th into North America and 12th into the wider Americas, the Dubai-based airline added in a statement.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group said: “Our Boston service will further develop this exciting gateway into the north-eastern United States.

"Based on passenger demand, we believe the time is right to further boost our US operations, while stimulating channels of trade and tourism to and from the state of Massachusetts and the wider New England region."

Boston Mayor, Thomas M Menino, added: “The arrival of Emirates and its non-stop service to Dubai will expand Boston’s global presence in business and tourism. We look forward to welcoming them to Boston and applaud Massport for its work in helping our City continue its strong growth.”

From March 10 2014, EK237 will depart Dubai at 9.45am and arrive in Boston at 3.15pm. The return flight, EK 238, will take off from Boston at 10.55pm and land in Dubai at 7.10pm the next day.

As part of an agreement with JetBlue, Emirates and JetBlue passengers are able to travel on each other’s flights and earn reciprocal miles, the airline added.

Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in America. With more than 12 million visitors a year, Boston boasts a world class reputation for medical and educational facilities, including Harvard University.

Emirates started flights to America in 2004, beginning with New York. The airline’s current seven US gateways form part of a 134-destination network, served by a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, including the airline’s flagship Airbus A380.

So far in 2013, Emirates has launched new routes to Warsaw, Algiers, Tokyo Haneda and Stockholm. In the coming months, flights will begin to Clark International in the Philippines, between Milan and New York, to Conakry in Guinea, Sialkot in Pakistan, Kabul, Kiev and Taipei.

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Posted by: Mahmoud

I love reading about all these new destinations that Emirates is inaugurating..and the extent of the flights to North America. I wonder though how come they have overlooked big destinations like Chicago, Atlanta or Miami....not to mention Vancouver and Montreal in Canada. Would have thought they would start one of these destinations before Boston or Seattle.

Posted by: procan

@ Mahmoud/Asthana there will be very little opportunity for and Gulf State Airlines to access Canada at this time . Mainly due a number of diplomatic incidents that has been hashed out here at AB. I am sure you may access this info threw AB records ,Google or a number of other search engines. There are currently 9 long haul flights a week from Toronto 3 Qatar 3Eithad 3 Emirates 3 flights out Montreal I believe are Qatar, these are more than enough. Canada contact to the Gulf States is in terms of trade is minimal. The largest connection is the 2o,000 or so specialist workers with dubious Canadian credentials .Canada has no real need of Gulf resources or Manufactured products we are culturally miles apart and our very close relationship with Israel precludes many ties with Muslim countries for the obvious reasons.

Posted by: Aviral Asthana

The reason for Boston could have been Harvard. Students who have family from India or the Middle East tend to keep going back and forth from the two places. I'm sure they will add Atlanta and Chicago, them being major airports. I'm not sure about the Canadian destinations, they may have started the flight to Seattle so people could get to Vancouver via JetBlue and they may be planning to start the flight to Chicago so people can get to Montreal via JetBlue also. As for Boston they may also have a flight to Montreal from there too.

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