By Staff writer
Dubai airline says existing service provides $677m in annual economic benefit to Los Angeles area
Emirates Airline has announced that it plans to launch a second daily service to Los Angeles International Airport on July 1.
The second Los Angeles flight will be operated with an A380-800ULR aircraft in a 3-class configuration with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business class and 401 seats in Economy class, the carrier said.
“Our existing service provides $677 million in annual economic benefit to LA and the surrounding area, contributes over $270 million in annual spending by visitors, and helps to support nearly 6,000 US jobs,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations, West.
“So our additional service to LAX not only doubles our capacity to meet demand for our award winning service, but also increases our positive economic impact to the Los Angeles area.”
Los Angeles, California is the second largest city in the United States.
A major export from Los Angeles is fruits and vegetables and these account for the largest portion of Emirates’ cargo exports out of Los Angeles, transported both in the belly hold of the airline's wide body A380 aircraft as well as through two Emirates Boeing 777-200F freighters each week.
“Our new flight will create more choices and shorter connection times for many passengers travelling via Dubai and onwards to Los Angeles and surrounding areas,” added Frach.
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.