A year after launching its non-stop service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Dubai, Emirates Airlines says the route has “exceeded expectations.”
The daily flight is often close to full and was profitable for the carrier shortly after it started, Emirates Airlines vice president Jim Baxter told local business leaders at a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.
“On our flight departing daily usually over 30 percent of the traffic is connecting,” Baxter said, referring to passengers that flew into DFW to transfer onto the Emirates flight. “It’s the power of this hub with the connections from American that has made this flight so successful.”
The carrier operates the 16-hour flight with a Boeing 777-200LR with 226 seats. Baxter said the DFW flight also carries a significant amount of cargo to Dubai and on to Australia, including aircraft parts, electronics and pharmaceuticals.
Baxter declined to comment on whether or not Emirates would add a second flight to DFW although he mentioned the airline has a number of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s on order for 2013.
“All these aircraft have got to go someplace and the U.S. and North America is a good market for us,” Baxter said, adding that Emirates may add more U.S. destinations in the near future.
In 2012, Emirates carried over 4 million passengers on its flights in and out of the U.S.