Emirates Airlines to begin service from Seattle to Dubai March 1, 2012. The Port of Seattle welcomes a new era in access to the world with the announcement that Emirates Airlines will begin daily non-stop service to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in March 2012 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. As the world’s largest international carrier and fastest growing airline, Emirates connects to over 100 destinations in Africa, Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
The new service will be operated by Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with 354 seats offering First Class, lie-flat beds in Business Class and generously-sized Economy Class seats. The new service also brings additional international cargo lift to Seattle with 15-ton freight capacity on the aircraft, serving one of the largest cargo hubs in the world. Dubai ranked eighth in the world in cargo for 2010.
As the 17th largest U.S. airport, Seattle joins only five other U.S. cities with service from Emirates. Projections expect the airport to serve a record number of over 32 million passengers in 2011.
Emirates flies to more than 10 destinations in India from its Dubai hub, which is also a major financial and trade center. Nearly 80% of the world’s population live within eight flying hours of Dubai. With a fleet of 157 aircraft, Emirates currently flies to 114 destinations in 67 countries. Emirates currently has over 200 widebody aircraft on order, including nearly 50 Boeing 777s. Emirates is the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft in the world.
Including Emirates’s announcement today, eight new international services have been added at Sea-Tac since 2007: Air France (2007 to Paris), Lufthansa (2008 to Frankfurt), Hainan (2008 to Beijing), Icelandair (2009 to Reykjavik), Delta (2010 to Beijing and Osaka) and Condor (2011 to Frankfurt).
With the added new routes, Sea-Tac now has international nonstop connections including five cities in Asia (Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, and Taipei), five cities in Europe (London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Reykjavik) and Dubai.
Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 17th largest U.S. airport, serving more than 31.5 million passengers in 2010. With a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates more than 161,000 jobs (89,902 direct jobs) representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings and $412.4 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-six airlines serve 75 non-stop domestic destinations and 19 international cities.
Information kindly provided by Port of Seattle.