The Middle East is getting closer and closer: Emirates has announced plans to launch flights between Dubai and Boston beginning March 10, 2014. This will be the airline’s eighth route into the United States, ninth into North America and twelfth into the wider Americas.
The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR and will fly into Boston Logan International Airport daily.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick commented said that a “non-stop service to the Middle East will open up new commercial and economic opportunities for Massachusetts and the region. This and similar service expansions are how we bolster the Commonwealth's competitiveness.”
Thomas P. Glynn, Massport’s CEO, added, “Our new partnership with Emirates helps expand the global reach of Boston and Logan by connecting New England with new markets. Emirates offers seamless connections from Dubai to dozens of destinations in the Middle East, India, East Africa and Southeast Asia – a combined market from Boston that in 2012 saw more than 331,000 passengers spend more than $295 million in tickets.”
From March 10, 2014, EK237 will depart Dubai at 9:45AM and arrive in Boston at 3:15PM. The return flight, EK 238, will take off from Boston at 10:55PM and land in Dubai at 7:10PM the next day. As part of an agreement with JetBlue, Emirates and JetBlue passengers are able to travel on each other’s flights and earn reciprocal miles.
So far in 2013, Emirates has launched new routes to Warsaw, Algiers, Tokyo Haneda and Stockholm. In the coming months, flights will begin to Clark International in the Philippines, between Milan and New York, to Conakry in Guinea, Sialkot in Pakistan, Kabul, Kiev and Taipei.