Emirates is to launch a further transatlantic link with the start of non-stop flights to Boston from March 10 next year. This will be the airline’s eighth route into the United States, ninth into North America and 12th into the wider Americas.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline, said “Our Boston service will further develop this exciting gateway into the north-eastern United States. Based on passenger demand, we believe the time is right to further boost our US operations, while stimulating channels of trade and tourism to and from the state of Massachusetts and the wider New England region.”
Thomas Menino, the mayor of Boston, meanwhile said, “The arrival of Emirates and its non-stop service to Dubai will expand Boston’s global presence in business and tourism. We look forward to welcoming them to Boston and applaud Massachusetts Port Authority for its work in helping our city continue its strong growth.”
Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, commented, “A non-stop service to the Middle East will open up new commercial and economic opportunities for Massachusetts and the region.”
Thomas Glynn, Massachusetts Port Authority chief executive, added, “Our new partnership with Emirates helps expand the global reach of Boston and Logan Airport 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 US$295 million in tickets.”