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Dubai's Emirates defies protests to launch new US route

Dubai-based airline says it expects Newark via Athens service to deliver 'consistently high demand'

Dubai's Emirates defies protests to launch new US route

Emirates has officially started its daily flight service from Dubai to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport via Athens, despite protests.

United Airlines employees, union representatives and members of Congress rallied at Newark Liberty International Airport to support US aviation jobs in the face of the new daily service which the US airline claimed was putting American jobs at risk.

Last week, members of the New York and New Jersey congressional delegation also wrote to US President Trump, seeking his intervention to stop the service.

But the Dubai-based airline said in a statement that the first aircraft on the route touched down in New York on Sunday. It announced the “fifth freedom” route in January, which complements its four existing daily flights between Dubai and New York’s JFK airport.

Fifth freedom rights allow an airline to fly between two foreign countries so long as the flight originates or ends in the airline’s home country.

Newark becomes Emirates’ 12th US gateway.

“This new route will connect America’s largest metropolitan area and Dubai through one of Europe’s great capitals,” said Hubert Frach, divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations West, Emirates.

“We expect this service to generate consistently high demand and enhance business, culture and leisure connections on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Emirates will serve the route with a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER, offering eight seats in First class, 42 seats in Business class and 304 seats in Economy class, as well as 19 tons of belly-hold cargo capacity.

The airline said the new route will be a great benefit to the United States’ substantial Greek community of approximately 1.3 million people, many of whom live in the New York metropolitan and Tri-State area.

Emirates added it has carried more than 16.1 million passengers on US flights since launching services to New York in 2004.

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K. Ewing 2 years ago

The [very few] Americans who protested this are stupid. Full stop. And I'm American. By the way, when I read the headline, I thought it was EMIRATES protesting gong to America, which made perfect sense to me!!!