Emirates announced plans to add service to 3 or 4 destinations in the U.S. from its Dubai hub over the next few years. Flights to Washington-Dulles International Airport will begin on Sept. 12, on 354 seat Boeing 777-300ERs, with 304 seats, 42 business class seats, and 8 first class suites. Washington, D.C. becomes Emirates’ 7th destination in the U.S. and third to launch in 2012 after Dallas-Fort Worth and Seattle in late 2011. The fleet includes A380s, the largest and most advanced passenger aircraft in the world and Emirates is the largest operator of Boeing’s 777 aircraft worldwide. Many of their Dubai flights feature cabin luxuries, such as First Class private suites, lie-flat seats in Business Class, and a comfortable full-service Economy Class. Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system offers up to 1,200 channels of the latest films, TV shows and music, across all classes on selected Dubai flights.
United launched the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program at O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 1. TSA PreCheck is a new pre-screening initiative which allows customers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience. Eligible United customers traveling through Terminal 1 at O’Hare are allowed to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belts on, keep their laptops and leave 3-1-1 compliant liquids and gels in their carry-ons. This should ease their check-in experience. (Unitedcontinentalholdings.com, June 27)
Emirates Airline is embarking on a major expansion of its route network with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months, on top of the 12 new routes already introduced this year. On November 1, Emirates will launch four weekly flights to Adelaide, rising to a daily service from February 1, 2013. Adelaide will be the airline’s fifth destination in Australia which is currently served with 70 flights per week. The airline’s current twice-daily service to Perth will grow to 19 weekly flights from December 1, becoming a triple daily operation on March 1 next year. (Eturbonews.com, July 4)
Emirates is enticing passengers to try its morning flights from JFK to selected international destinations with special airfares that must be purchased by Jan. 15. If you are looking to travel to South Africa, the Middle East or India at a discount call Omega now to check availability at 800 756-6342 . . . United and Southwest are engaged in competing 2 for 1 sales promotions originating from the Denver International Airport. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 14. For details on qualifying fares and destinations call your Omega travel agent.