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Emirates said to eye new US routes to boost revenue

Dubai-based airline is reportedly planning US expansion to make market one of three largest sources of revenue

Emirates said to eye new US routes to boost revenue
Tim Clark, president of Dubai-based airline Emirates.

Emirates Airline is reportedly planning an expansion in the United States that would make the US market one of its three largest sources of revenue.

Tim Clark, president of the Dubai-based airline, said in comments published by Bloomberg that Emirates is scouting new cities to add to its network.

Bloomberg quoted him as saying that although the US makes up just 7 percent of Emirates’ sales, the region is “hugely important” to the carrier.

Clark was speaking at the World Routes Strategy Summit in Chicago where Emirates recently launched its ninth US route, Bloomberg reported.

Emirates has orders for another 260 long-range aircraft to help its expansion into the US, Clark said.

In June, Emirates said it is planning to add passenger and cargo capacity in San Francisco and Houston in December when it switches from operating the routes with a Boeing 777-300ER to its iconic double-decker Airbus A380.

The A380 will offer an additional 135 seats to San Francisco and 137 to Houston, representing a 38 percent increase in overall passenger capacity, and 80 percent more seats across the premium cabins.

San Francisco and Houston will be the 31st and 32nd destinations on Emirates network serviced by the A380.

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