DFW-Dubai route is called success

Posted Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

FORT WORTH -- A year after launching its nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Dubai, Emirates Airlines says the route has "exceeded expectations."

The daily flight is often close to full and was profitable shortly after it started, Emirates Airlines Vice President Jim Baxter told local business leaders at a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

"On our flight departing daily, usually over 30 percent of the traffic is connecting," Baxter said, referring to passengers who fly into DFW and then transfer onto the Emirates flight. "It's the power of this hub with the connections from American that has made this flight so successful."

The carrier operates the 16-hour flight using a Boeing 777-200LR with 226 seats.

Baxter said the DFW flight also carries a significant amount of cargo to Dubai and then on to Australia, including aircraft parts, electronics and pharmaceuticals.

Baxter declined to comment on whether Emirates would add a second daily flight to DFW, although he mentioned that the airline has a number of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s on order for 2013.

"All these aircraft have got to go someplace, and the U.S. and North America is a good market for us," Baxter said, adding that Emirates may add more U.S. destinations in the near future.

In 2012, Emirates carried over 4 million passengers on its flights in and out of the U.S.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

Twitter: @Sky_Talk

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?