Middle Eastern airline Emirates has commenced service to its 10th U.S. destination, Orlando, it announced last week. The new daily nonstop flight between Dubai and Orlando International Airport will depart Dubai at 3:50 a.m. local time and arrive in Orlando at 11:40 a.m.; the return flight will leave Orlando at 2:20 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 12:30 p.m. the following day.
"Our new daily service will enable Emirates to grow alongside Orlando, one of the world's premier leisure destinations and a dynamic business center," said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline & Group. "The launch of this nonstop route will bring Emirates' unique product and award-winning service to passengers flying from Central Florida to our home in Dubai and beyond to more than 140 global destinations. Since 2004, Emirates has carried more than 11 million passengers on its U.S. flights and this new route will open up even more options for passengers traveling to Orlando. Additionally, the aircraft on this route has the capability to carry more than 17 tons of cargo in each direction every day, which will support Florida's export market."
Emirates already flies to Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. Its new Orlando service is projected to generate more than $100 million in local economic impact, according to Visit Orlando.
"Emirates' nonstop service to Orlando opens a new world of opportunity for us to pursue tourism and business exchanges with the Middle East, Africa, and Asia," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "Business and leisure tourism is critical to Central Florida's economy and this new direct service will make it easier for travelers to get to and from Orlando, creating new jobs and opportunities for our residents."