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Emirates says US daily flights support 40,000 jobs

Dubai airline reveals figures as it hails 777 aircraft milestone with US plane maker Boeing

Emirates says US daily flights support 40,000 jobs

Emirates Airline said on Thursday that each of its daily flights to cities in the United States supports nearly 4,000 jobs as it hailed its relationship with US plane maker Boeing.

With its launch of daily services to Orlando, Florida earlier this month, Emirates now serves 10 US gateways, with an analysis by aviation experts Campbell-Hill Aviation Group saying Emirates supports 3,975 US jobs with each of its daily flights, and the employees holding these jobs earn $161 million per year.

The figures come as Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777, celebrated the fleet completing over 859,000 flights while logging over 4,720,000 flight hours since its first delivery in 1996.

Earlier this month, the airline and Boeing marked the 150th Emirates 777 delivery milestone, with a triple delivery of two Boeing 777-300ERs and one Boeing 777 Freighter.

The announcement also comes amid an ongoing dispute between Gulf carriers and the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, a US airline-union group, which alleges Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways received $42 billion in subsidies from their governments in the past decade. They say this allowed the Gulf airlines to start dumping capacity into the United States, driving down prices and pushing out competitors.

“Emirates’ approach to global air travel has created substantial additional demand for US-made aircraft and engines, and benefited millions of travellers,” said Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline.

“The Boeing 777 makes up the majority of our fleet, and gives us the range and flexibility to provide non-stop services to almost any city within a 16 hour flying range of our hub in Dubai.

"Our orders for these efficient jets have come on the back of our steady growth in the US and globally. It’s clearly a win-win situation when our investments in US-made technology together with our global operations, help to support US jobs and strengthen American prosperity.”

Including its record-setting order in November 2013 for 150 GE-powered Boeing 777Xs, Emirates currently has an order book of 196 Boeing 777s valued at $93 billion at list prices.

The US Department of Commerce estimates that 5,359 US jobs are created for every one billion dollars in value of US export goods. On this basis, Emirates’ bulk order of the Boeing 777s alone supports over 400,000 new American jobs.

Emirates added that the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has noted that Emirates’ new daily Orlando-Dubai non-stop flight, using the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, will generate more than $100 million in new annual economic activity and support nearly 1,500 jobs.

Furthermore, Emirates’ operations bring an estimated total of $2.9 billion in economic value to New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Orlando airports and surrounding areas, according to economic impact studies from these respective airports and regions.

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

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