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Emirates says to launch A380 on Washington DC route in February

Dubai airline says move will restore capacity on route following withdrawal of United Airlines service to emirate

Emirates says to launch A380 on Washington DC route in February

Emirates Airline on Monday announced that it plans to upgrade its Dubai - Washington DC service, with the introduction of its flagship Airbus A380 on the route from February 1.

Replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this route, the A380 will serve the strong customer demand and restore route capacity following United Airlines’ planned withdrawal from the Washington DC - Dubai route from January 25, Emirates said in a statement.

Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline said: “Our service to Washington DC has been one of our most successful and profitable routes, with high demand across all cabin classes.

"Despite strong seat load factors, United has made the decision to withdraw from the route. The additional seats offered by our A380 will therefore restore capacity on the route, and ensure that American consumers and international travellers wishing to visit D.C. for business or leisure will continue to be served.

"We look forward to offering the award-winning Emirates A380 experience to our customers, and to continue contributing to the economic success of the city and its surrounding regions.”

The Dubai-based carrier added that since its Washington DC launch in 2012, it has helped contribute $130 million in annual spending by visitors to the US, created 2,787 US jobs, added $113 million to US employee earnings, and resulted in an annual total economic output of $326 million to the Washington DC area.

Combined, Emirates said its current services to 10 US cities help contribute $1.9 billion in annual spending by visitors to the US, and support nearly 40,000 jobs.

Emirates has carried more than 11 million passengers on US flights since launching services to New York in 2004.

The airline currently serves 10 US gateways – Orlando, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Washington and New York, as well as operating a trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan and a freighter service to Atlanta.

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