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December 26, 2012

No. 6 DFW Airport welcomes JetBlue and Emirates

DFW_EMIRATES_DUBAI_23339759.JPEGDallas/Fort Worth Airport spent 2012 like it did 2011, welcoming new carriers.

In February, Emirates Airlines launched daily non-stop service between DFW and Dubai, marking the first direct flights between North Texas and the Middle East.

The carrier operates the 16-hour flight with a 266-passenger Boeing 777 that includes on-demand food service and a private mini-bar in first class.

With the new service, it is easier to connect to destinations in the Middle East, India and Africa. DFW Airport estimates the route will add $227 million in annual economic impact to North Texas.

Then in May, JetBlue Airways began thrice-daily service from DFW to Boston Logan Airport, bringing a couple of New England lobsters with them on their initial flight.

JetBlue typically uses a 100-seat Embraer ERJ-190 on the route but sometimes uses the larger 150-seat Airbus A320 during busier travel periods.

DFW Airport also continued its second year of construction on the $2 billion terminal renovation project. Terminal A's first renovated section should be ready in a couple of months and the airport was able to open hundreds of new parking spaces at its Express North lot just in time for the holiday travel season.

-Andrea Ahles

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