Emirates today announced the launch of a daily service to Orlando, its tenth to a US city, even as American carriers have recently called for a review of open skies agreements with Arabian Gulf carriers.
The route, which will commence from September 1, will be served by a Boeing 777-200LR with 216 economy class seats, 42 business class seats, and eight first class seats.
The 15 hours 50 minute flight will depart at 3.50am UAE time and arriving at 1140 hours local time. The return flight will depart Orlando International at 14:20 and arrive into Dubai at 12:30 the following day, a 14 hour 10 minute flight.
Orlando, which attracts more than 59 million visitors per year, is home to world-class theme parks including Walt Disney World, as well as a strong business community specialising in industries including film and digital media production, aerospace and life sciences.
“Orlando is one of the world’s premier leisure and conference destinations, a dynamic business centre and a destination which Emirates has long wished to serve”, said Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates.
“We believe that our service will facilitate further growth for both Orlando as well as central Florida by connecting the city with our global network of 145 destinations across 80 countries.”
Emirates and other Gulf carriers have recently come under pressure from airlines in the US and European carriers for allegedly receiving state-subsidies, a charge which the Gulf carriers have vigorously denied.