Emirates inaugurates two routes in one day
- Emirates has begun operating two new services on 1 October. The first inauguration was for its new 6,430-kilometre transatlantic daily service between Milan Malpensa (MXP) and New York JFK (JFK). The route, flown daily using 777-300ERs, will see Emirates offer thrice-daily connections to the US destination, alongside two direct services from Dubai. The MEB3 carrier competes directly with daily services operated by Alitalia, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The airline will also compete indirectly with United Airlines, which serves the city pair, but from nearby New York Newark. The second launch is a 6,840-kilometre operation between Dubai (DXB) and Clark (CRK) in the Philippines. The service to Clark is also operated daily, predominantly using 777-200LRs to fly the route (the carrier will occasionally schedule 777-300ERs to operate the sector) and currently flown without competition. Competing MEB3 carriers Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways do not presently offer an alternative from their respective hubs, although this will change on 27 October, when the former launches daily A330-300 services. See how Clark International’s fire truck water arch (FTWA) performed in this week’s anna.aero FTWA competition.