Emirates set to launch first transatlantic flight

Emirates set to launch first transatlantic flight

Connecting mainland Europe with North America, Emirates will launch a direct service between Milan and New York, the airline’s only trans-Atlantic service, from October 1st 2013.

Linking Italy directly with America, the new route will provide an important connection between Continental Europe and the US, allowing Emirates to capitalise on the significant traffic flow between these cities and giving both leisure and business travellers more choice and added convenience.

In addition to the existing passenger market between Milan and New York, Emirates has timed its flight schedule to ensure maximum connectivity for other key feeder markets.

Customers across Europe looking to fly on the airline’s product will be able to maximise the airline’s frequent flyer partnership with easyJet, seamlessly connecting through Milan to New York.

On arrival in the US, customers can then take advantage of Emirates’ partnership with JetBlue enabling connections across the US, including the West Coast.

“Operating a trans-Atlantic route has been on our agenda for some time.

“Having carefully monitored traffic flows we have identified strong demand for both a direct connection and, importantly, for the Emirates product. 

“The route is currently underserved, particularly with a strong premium product offering this is where we see a clear opening for Emirates.

“We intend to capitalise on this opportunity, stimulating further demand and encouraging additional traffic flow in both directions,” said Tim Clark, president, Emirates.

Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, the flight will be an extension of one of Emirates’ existing three daily, Dubai to Milan flights.

The service will originate in Dubai with passengers then able to enjoy a stopover in Milan en-route to New York.

On the return flight, passengers will have the option of stopping in Milan before continuing on to Dubai. 

This one-stop service has proved popular on other Emirates’ routes, giving passengers the opportunity to experience a new destination or to break their journey on longer trips.