Emirates airline said Monday it would launch nonstop service between Dubai and New York on August 1, the first service to the United States with the new Airbus A380 superjumbo.
"The United States represent a key focus area in Emirates' route development plans, and we are delighted to be the first airline to launch commercial A380 services to the continent," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of the largest airline in the Middle East.
"We are confident that Emirates' customers traveling to and from North America will welcome the A380's additional space and capacity, as well as our luxurious onboard amenities which will provide a very high quality travel experience previously associated only with private jets."
Emirates has announced that it will start daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Dubai on September 1 and from San Francisco to Dubai on October 26.
In addition to twice-daily service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the airline has daily non-stop service from Houston, Texas, to Dubai.
Emirates, the largest customer of the Airbus A380, announced last week that it would receive the first of 58 superjumbos in July.
It plans to deploy its first A380 aircraft on routes from Dubai to New York, London Heathrow and Sydney-Auckland.
Is the Emirates the only company that can afford to fly these beasts?
High fuel costs were expected to help Boeing and their two engine models, particularly the high tech upgrades and composites. I haven't been able to find anything recent published about this, but I found this pdf from 2006 that reinforced this opinion.
Thomas Litson at American Thinker Blog was doing Airbus/Boeing updates regularly but I haven't seen any recently -- If I get a chance I will Email him and see if he can update us.