Emirates’ Dubai to Chicago O’Hare
After touch down at its newest US destination (its ninth) — Chicago O’Hare — the Emirates co-pilot displays the flag of the city. Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino, Emirates EVP and COO Adel Al Redha and Choose Chicago CEO Don Welsh celebrate the inaugural daily 777-200LR-operated flight.
- Emirates, which began daily flights to Abuja in Nigeria last week, has started another route this week, this time to the US. On 5 August, the MEB3 carrier started daily flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) from its Dubai (DXB) hub, its second US destination in 2014 (following Boston in March) and its ninth US destination overall (other US destinations are: Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington Dulles, Houston Intercontinental, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Seattle-Tacoma and San Francisco). Emirates began passenger services to the US in 2004 with services to New York. While there is no direct competition on the city pair, the airline will no doubt face inter Middle Eastern hub competition from Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, which both fly to the US city daily from their respective hubs. Emirates will utilise its 266-seat 777-200LRs on the 11,661-kilometre sector. “The Chicago route extends our passenger network to America’s third-largest city and complements our existing dedicated freighter service that operates to O’Hare,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates EVP and COO. “The launch of this route, will allow us to offer Emirates’ unique product and award-winning service to passengers flying to and from the Midwest to our home in Dubai or onwards to more than 140 global destinations including the Far East, Africa and India.” Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino also commented on the launch: “This connection will deepen the ties between two of the world’s busiest airports in terms of commercial travel, with a combined traffic flow approximately 133 million passengers in 2013. We look forward to building on O’Hare’s successful relationship with Emirates and know that many international travellers will take advantage of this new route.” See how Chicago O’Hare Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.