Fresh off the heels of announcing its non-stop service from Dubai to Houston, Emirates will increase its thrice weekly service to a daily frequency beginning February 1, 2008.
In its first two months of service out of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), the airline has experienced a high percentage of occupied seats. “As predicted, the Emirates non-stop service between Houston and Dubai has been popular among business and leisure travelers alike,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide.
The new service brings the number of daily flights from the United States to four - three from New York’s JFK in addition to the Houston service.
The new Houston flight has also proved to be popular for shippers, particularly those from the oil and gas industry which account for over 70% of the service’s cargo. The operation is currently handling about 16 tonnes of cargo out of Houston and about 10 tonnes into the American gateway.
“Emirates SkyCargo is pleased with the success of our Houston service and our confidence in the operation is demonstrated through the introduction of daily flights starting next month. For shippers, this has meant a more efficient and cost-effective option,” said Peter Sedgley, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Cargo Commercial Operations.
Outstanding inflight services have distinguished the Emirates experience, which stands out among passengers looking for the highest levels of comfort, particularly on long haul flights.
The airline’s award-winning ice Digital Widescreen product (information, communication, entertainment) now boasts over 1,000 channels of entertainment in all classes and nearly 1,700 hours of video and audio entertainment. Emirates’ guests enjoy the latest technology on widescreen personal televisions (23” in First Class, 17” in Business, and 10.6” in Economy) offering unparalleled clarity of images and sound quality, delivered on the airline world’s most comprehensive entertainment system.
To further enhance the inflight experience, Emirates recently introduced My USB for viewing holiday photos onscreen during the flight home and My Playlist for creating personalized compilations from the nearly 10,000 tracks of music available. Passengers can even get a glimpse at the world around them during take-off and landing through one of the aircraft’s two external cameras.