Emirates Celebrates 10 Years of Connecting Dallas to Dubai and More of the World

Feb. 4, 2022
Passenger and cargo operations span a decade.

Emirates is celebrating its 10th anniversary of service to the Dallas Fort Worth area. Since its inaugural flight on February 2, 2012, the airline has carried over 1.69 million passengers and 68,000 tons of cargo between Dubai and Dallas Fort Worth, supporting the city’s tourism industry, cargo operations and growing trade lanes.

To mark the anniversary, Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport welcomed the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft emblazoned with the Expo2020 Dubai Sustainability livery with a water cannon salute.

Emirates and DFW Airport have jointly celebrated several impressive “firsts” since 2012 including, Emirates being the first airline to implement biometric boarding at DFW Airport, the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet, to Dallas Fort Worth and the first airline to ever fly directly from DFW to Dubai, providing direct connections to the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

DFW Airport is also an important hub for Emirates SkyCargo, the airline’s airfreight division. Over the course of the decade, Emirates SkyCargo has facilitated trade of more than 68,000 tons of cargo to and from Dallas Fort Worth. Some of the major exports that Emirates transports from DFW Airport to the rest of the world includes pharmaceuticals, machinery and components such as aircraft parts and other general cargo.

Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, divisional vice president, USA & Canada said: "We are thrilled to celebrate 10 years of flights to Dallas Fort Worth. Dallas Fort Worth is a key market for Emirates, and we take great pride in facilitating global connectivity both for business and leisure passengers and for cargo to destinations across the globe including our hub in Dubai. Dubai has become one of the most sought-after destinations for leisure and business travel with the city hosting events such as the Expo2020, a truly one of its kind experience. We look forward to introducing many more customers from the Dallas Fort Worth region to the warm hospitality and many attractions of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. We would also like to thank DFW Airport and our other industry partners in the region as their support has been vital to help us deliver our signature experience to our customers. We look forward to many more decades of working together.”

“The addition of Emirates a decade ago marked DFW’s first nonstop service to the Middle East, opening up unprecedented access to a key region for North Texans,” said John Ackerman, executive vice president of global strategy and development at DFW Airport. “We are grateful for the investment Emirates has made in North Texas and for the outstanding service they provide our customers.”

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Emirates currently offers services to 12 U.S. gateways, including Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD), Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Miami International Airport (MIA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport: Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport is the most connected airport in the world. Centered between owner cities Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major job generator for the North Texas region by connecting people through business and leisure travel. For more information, visit the DFW website or download the DFW Mobile App for iOS and Android.