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.