United Airlines has announced the launch of a daily service from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to Washington D.C. in the United States. Pending government approvals, United plans to begin its Dubai service on 27 October 2008.
Dubai, a key Middle East trade port, real estate haven and major world hub for IT and financial services, will become the second, fast-emerging Middle Eastern city United serves. In October 2006, United launched three weekly flights between Washington-Dulles and Kuwait, and in December 2007 increased this service to daily. United is also set to start a daily service from Moscow to Washington D.C. in October 2008.
“This new route further strengthens our presence in the Middle East and allows us to take advantage of the growing commerce between the region and the United States,” said Marcel Fuchs, United managing director Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “Additionally, this flight adds to our international route network, creating new revenue opportunities and provides customers with a daily service they can rely on.”
With United’s first-ever flights to Dubai and also to Moscow in October 2008, United’s Washington-Dulles hub now will serve 24 international destinations, including five that began operating in the past two years: Beijing, Kuwait, Rio de Janeiro (seasonal service reinstates in September), Rome and Tokyo. Washington-Dulles also offers customers travelling from Dubai and Moscow onward connecting service to 88 destinations in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.