Posted by Neil King
Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has announced the launch of second daily flights to Los Angeles and Houston as it looks to boost its services to the US.
The airline, which recorded a significant increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10, said it will soon offer over 15,000 seats on 98 return flights per week to the US.
Starting October 31st for Los Angeles and November 1st for Houston, Emirates will fly non-stop to both cities twice a day on Boeing 777 aircraft.
According to the company, the services will provide the highest standards of passenger comfort, with luxurious private suites in first class, lie-flat beds in business class and generously-sized economy class seats.
Emirates president Tim Clark said: "The additional services will provide customers in the Middle East and Asia with even easier access to the largest cities in Texas and California, supporting the burgeoning business and leisure traffic between these markets and the United States."
Since the airline launched its first flight to New York in 2004, the value of trade between the two nations has almost tripled, reaching $12.7 billion in the 12 months to June 2010.