Celebrating Emirates’ arrival in the US capital with a cake were Robert Buchanan, Chairman 2030 Group; Francisco J. Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce; Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline; and Jack Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
- Emirates added the US capital to its network on 12 September when the airline took on United on the Dubai (DXB) to Washington Dulles, VA (IAD) route. Washington D.C. thereby becomes Emirates’ seventh US destination. Emirates will operate the 11,375-kilometre route on a daily basis with 266-seat 777-200LR aircraft, competing with United’s also daily flights. Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, commented: “As one of the most important global cities in the world, we look forward to connecting DC-area travellers with the largest number of one-stop flights to Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.” Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ SVP Commercial Operations Americas, added: “The Americas is a strategically important market for Emirates, a fact underpinned by our recent period of significant growth.”