Emirates connects business and leisure travelers around the world with its first ever passenger service between Dubai and Miami. The airline celebrated the inaugural flight of its service four times a week.
Emirates flight EK213 was greeted by Miami International Airport with a water cannon salute and drew an audience of passengers, aviation fans and guests. For the first flight, the airline operated its popular Boeing 777 Gamechanger and, on the ground, presented the interiors of the aircraft to guests, along with its popular first-class private suites. With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and elegant design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ first-class suites on the Gamechanger offer up to 40 square feet of personal space each and luxury features. ultra-modern design.
The airline will then operate its three-class Boeing 777-300ER on the route, featuring eight private first-class suites, 42 business-class flat seats and 304 spacious economy-class seats for four-weekly service.
With Orlando, the new service to Miami provides an additional access point to and from Florida and expands the Emirates US network to 12 destinations on more than 70 weekly flights, offering more choice and convenient connections from the Emirates network. to south Florida. It also connects travelers from Miami, as well as southern Florida, South America and the Caribbean to over 50 points across the Middle East, West Asia, Africa, the Far East and Indian Ocean Islands via Dubai.
“We are delighted to welcome new Emirates flights to MIA as we expand business and leisure travel options for residents and visitors to Miami-Dade, connecting them to new cultures and savings in growth, ”said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “Opening our doors to new visitors to Dubai and adding to our growing list of destinations around the world continues to solidify MIA as a global travel hub. “
Essa Sulaiman Ahmed, Emirates divisional vice president for the United States and Canada, said: “We are delighted to launch our long-awaited service between Dubai and Miami for travelers. We expect the service to be popular with our customers looking for new experiences as countries like the United Arab Emirates and the United States advance their vaccination campaigns and the world safely opens up to international travel. “
“With the better access offered by the new Miami service, we expect it to generate strong demand, improve business, cruise and leisure traffic, and forge more economic and tourism links between the two cities. and beyond. We are committed to growing our operations in the United States in line with the growing demand for air travel and would like to thank the authorities and our partners in Miami for their support and look forward to providing our unique product and award-winning service to travelers.
“We are proud to welcome Emirates to MIA and look forward to welcoming their passengers from Dubai, the Middle East and points across the world,” Ralph Cutié, Acting Director of Miami International Airport . “Emirates is without a doubt one of the leading airlines in our industry, and Dubai has become one of the most popular cities in the world for both leisure and business travel. As our local and connecting passengers continue to return to air travel, we are pleased to now offer them Emirates world class service to Dubai. “
“Emirates’ maiden flight from Dubai to Miami is a true testament to Greater Miami’s positioning as a global gateway and world-class destination. As we safely reopen to international visitors, we are delighted to welcome the Emirates customer who will certainly appreciate our diverse cosmopolitan metropolis, surrounding waters and pristine beaches, as well as perfect weather all year round, ”said William D. Talbert III, CDME, President & CEO Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
To celebrate the new service, Emirates extended its signature inflight service to include non-alcoholic cocktails and specially crafted cocktails on the airline’s food and beverage menu, and customers from all cabins enjoyed a pie in the sky. tangy lime to finish their meal. To transform the in-flight experience on the way to Miami, the mood lighting was set to the iconic US colors red, white and blue during boarding and arrival. Customers of all classes enjoyed the selection of 4,500 on-demand ice entertainment channels, including a Miami-inspired music playlist, as well as Wi-Fi and live TV.
The new service will also add to existing commercial connections provided by Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, which has been operating passenger freight services to Miami since October 2020. Emirates offers cargo capacity to and from Emirates. Miami, facilitating exports of perishable goods. , electronics and other components as well as e-commerce products. Emirates SkyCargo has also operated several charter flights on its full-cargo Boeing 777 in the past to transport champion horses from Miami to equestrian events around the world. Since 2019, Emirates SkyCargo has transported more than 7,700 tonnes of cargo to and from Miami.
With the addition of Miami, Emirates now serves 12 gateways in the United States, including Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Orlando.
As international borders reopen and travel restrictions ease, Emirates continues to expand its network in a safe and sustainable manner. The airline has resumed passenger services to more than 120 destinations and by the end of July it will have recovered nearly 90% of its pre-pandemic network.