Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire designated
March 1 as “Emirates Day” in the State of Washington, as
EK opened up scheduled service between Dubai and Seattle, the carrier’s
sixth USA destination and the second added in the past 30 days, after
dailies from Dallas to Dubai were opened on February 2.
Even as it furthered its U.S. adventure,
reports began circulating that EK is looking to open service to Washington,
D.C., later this year.
But last week it was all about Seattle.
“Emirates has looked forward to
the day when we would connect Seattle to our home hub in Dubai, on flights
operated by state-of-the-art, Seattle-built aircraft," Sheikh Ahmed
Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline
& Group, said on board the historic flight to Seattle.
On Friday Boeing delivered its latest
777 to Emirates, the 1,000th B777, at a giant celebration in Everett.
As the week concluded, grand parties and events continued to bring the
excitement of a great new airline service to the American northwest
for the first time in history.
Pictured (L to R) Jessica Haden (cabin crew); Brigadier
Pilot Ahmad Mohammad bin Thani, Director-General of Dubai Police’s
General Department of Airport Security; Justin Hicks Siberell,
U.S. Consul-General in Dubai; Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline;
Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive,
Emirates airline and Group; Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister
of Foreign Trade; Major General Mohamed Al Ali, Deputy Minister,
UAE Ministry of Defense; Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice-President,
Engineering and Operations, Emirates; Mohammed H. Mattar, Divisional
Senior Vice-President, Airport Services; Hamad Mubarak Buamim,
Director General of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and
Anne-Marie Neamtu (cabin crew), as Emirates launched daily flights
from Dubai to Seattle.
Especially sweet for Seattle is that
Emirates currently operates the locally built B777s to each of its six
United States gateways: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston,
Dallas/Fort Worth, and Seattle.
"These new services to Seattle and
Dallas/Fort Worth emphasize Emirates' confidence in, and long-term commitment
to, the United States," Emirates President, Tim Clark, declared.
"With six gateways offering convenient
connectivity from points across the country, customers in the U.S. will
find it easier than ever to access our vast global network."
"Our latest expansion also serves
as a powerful indicator of how Emirates continues to invest in products
and services even during difficult economic climates," Clark said,
"We have always been ahead of the
curve in anticipating what is now becoming an accepted truth—that
demand for air travel will continue to grow over the long term in spite
of the many challenges the industry faces.
“In making this investment now,
Emirates is providing a timely economic boost to the United States whilst
ensuring that we are soundly placed to serve America's future air travel
(and air cargo shipping) needs."