With the October 29 launch of daily Boeing 777-300ER nonstop service between New York and Dubai via Hamburg, Emirates significantly expands its North American presence, adding a key component to its rapidly growing global route network.
The new service links New York to Hamburg, one of Europe’s most important international business centers and rapidly-growing leisure travel destinations, and increases the airline’s North American service to three flights daily to Dubai.
In addition to the new JFK-Hamburg service, Emirates has added seven new destinations worldwide in 2006, including Beijing, China; Nagoya, Japan; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kolkatta and Thiruvananthapuram, India; Abidjan, West Africa; and Lilongwe (a cargo-only destination) in Malawi. Services to two more destinations - Bangalore in India and Tunis in Tunisia - will be launched on October 29.
An introductory roundtrip economy fare of $425 as well as special free offers on hotels and car rentals will support the New York - Hamburg launch. First Class passengers flying from JFK to Hamburg and beyond will receive three nights at the luxurious Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in the city or a seven-day car rental. Business Class passengers are offered two free nights at the Raffles Hotel or a five-day car rental. And Economy passengers receive one free night at the Hamburg Marriott Hotel or a three-day car rental. The complimentary hotel and car rental offers are valid for travel from October 29, 2006 - November 30, 2006 and from January 8, 2007 - February 28, 2007. Tickets can be purchased through October 15, 2006. A Saturday night stay must be included (minimum) and one month is the maximum stay.
“Our JFK service, which serves as our gateway to the United States, is of strategic importance to Emirates. Our original two nonstop flights from JFK to Dubai were so successful that it quickly created the need for a third service,” said Nigel Page, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, The Americas.
Page pointed out, “This new service will prove extremely beneficial to globe-trotting North American business and leisure travelers, as they now have nonstop links to Germany’s second largest city. There is significant research that highlights the growing importance of Hamburg on the German as well as the global stage.”
Mercer Human Resource Consulting recently ranked Hamburg among the world’s top 25 cities for quality of life. fDI (foreign direct investment) magazine, published by the Financial Times, named Hamburg ‘one of two German cities of Europe’s future for 2007,’ the other being Berlin, which Emirates’ passengers can reach easily and quickly from Hamburg by Deutche Bahn, Germany’s high-speed rail system.
Emirates’ new route will be served by its state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration - 12 seats in first, 42 in business and 310 in economy. Flight EK 206 departs New York/JFK at 11:15 PM, arriving in Hamburg at 12:35 PM the following day. Total flight time is 7 hours 50 minutes. The flight continues onto Dubai, departing Hamburg at 2:15 PM, arriving in Dubai at 11:25 PM the same day. Total flight time for this leg of the trip is 6 hours 10 minutes.
The return flight, EK 205, will depart from Dubai International Airport at 8:55 AM, arriving in Hamburg at 12:55 PM, before flying onward to New York at 2:40 PM, landing at 5:30 PM at JFK local time