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Emirates chief says keen to upgrade new Boston route

Tim Clark says new service to US city could go double-daily and could be served by A380

Emirates chief says keen to upgrade new Boston route
Tim Clark, president of the Dubai carrier Emirates.

Emirates Airline is reportedly mulling plans to increase its coverage to Boston, less than 24 hours after launching daily flights to the US city.

Tim Clark, president of the Dubai carrier, said a double daily service was possible in the future, based on forward bookings.

In comments published by the Boston Herald, Clark said the upgrade could include the use of the 525-passenger Airbus A380 on the route.

“For the life of me, I can’t see why Boston wouldn’t take a double-daily frequency or 380s in the air. On the basis of the forward bookings, the route would take it,” he told the paper.

His comments came as Emirates’ inaugural flight touched down in Boston on Monday. making it the airline’s eighth US destination and the 142th on its global network.

“We are extremely upbeat about our new Boston service. From the moment we first announced plans to connect Massachusetts to our global network, we have received a strong and positive response from travellers and our business customers - not only in the US, but also in our home market of the UAE, and other major cities Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” said Clark.

In addition to passengers, Emirates SkyCargo will operate bellyhold cargo space to help transport goods to and from Boston - such electronics, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, machine parts, leather products, consumer commodities, as well as New England’s finest lobster. Emirates SkyCargo can carry up to 15 tonnes per day.

More than 50 Boston-based companies operate in the UAE, and in excess of 150 companies have operations throughout Central Asia. Considered a centre for education and research, the region around Boston has more 270 colleges and universities, and each year as many as 44,000 foreign students call New England home during the school term. 

One of the oldest cities in North America, Boston is also a popular tourist destination, with an abundance of cultural and historical landmarks. 

Emirates began passenger services to America in 2004 with the launch of daily non-stop flights from New York JFK to Dubai, and now offers daily flights to Washington, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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Chris 5 years ago

Very pleased to see this new route, and the upgrade just announced. It seems to be a 'high-yield' run for Emirates, which is more than just filling seats. The A380 will come to Boston when the gates are ready for it, and that will most certainly be a 2015 event. Emirates may skip the double-daily altogether and go right from the 77W to the 380. There is a tremendous 'first-mover' advantage that Emirates has given themselves here. Other airlines see that Boston can stand profitably on its own...very profitably, in fact. The days of Boston living in the shadows of New York JFK are slipping away.