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Emirates to launch daily service to Newark via Athens

Emirates will launch a new daily service from Dubai to Newark Liberty International Airport, via the Greek capital city of Athens, starting on 12 March 2017.

Emirates’ new Dubai-Athens-Newark flight will also provide a year-round non-stop daily service between the United States and Greece – a service that does not exist today and has not existed since 2012. The airline will operate a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER powered by General Electric GE90 engines on the route, offering 8 seats in First, 42 seats in Business and 304 seats in Economy class, as well as 19 tonnes of belly-hold cargo capacity.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “The Greek Government and Athens International Airport approached Emirates some time ago to consider serving the route between Athens and New York.  After careful review, Emirates concluded that extending one of our Dubai-Athens flights to Newark would be commercially and operationally feasible. We are pleased to be able to help meet a strong consumer need long neglected by other airlines, and we would like to thank the authorities and our partners in both the US and Greece for their support of the new route.”

Sir Tim added: “The availability of high quality, daily international air services is essential for the development of business and cultural ties. Trade, especially in high-value and time-sensitive products, will be facilitated by the ample cargo capacity on Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft. We also expect tourism to receive a major boost from the availability of daily flights year-round.”

The news has not been greeted favourably by US lobby group, the Partnership for Open Fair Skies, which represents Delta Air Lines and other US airlines, which accuses the airline of “flagrantly violating” the air services agreement that allows it to fly to the United States. The group says it will discuss the matter with the new administration of President Donald Trump.

The Dubai-Athens-Newark route would be Emirates’ second fifth freedom flight to the US in addition to an existing daily Dubai-Milan-New York service. It also operates three daily direct Dubai-New York flights.

Date: January 24, 2017
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