Emirates Airline Celebrates 15 Years of Connecting Houston to Dubai and Beyond

Dec. 8, 2022

Emirates Airline is celebrating its 15th anniversary of service to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Airport and welcoming back the beloved A380 aircraft. Since its inaugural flight in December 2007, the airline has proudly carried over 2.7 million passengers and operated over 10,800 flights between Dubai and Houston, supporting the city’s tourism industry, cargo operations and growing trade lanes.

To mark the anniversary, George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Airport welcomed the returned Emirates A380 aircraft with a water cannon salute.

IAH Airport is an important hub for Emirates SkyCargo, the airline’s airfreight division. Emirates SkyCargo has facilitated trade of more than 112,000 tons of cargo to and from Houston over the last 15 years, with some of the major exports including essential oils and raw materials used in the global beauty industry for the manufacturing of cosmetics and perfume.

Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, Divisional Vice-President, USA & Canada said: “We are delighted to be celebrating 15 years of service to Houston, allowing our customers to fly with us directly from Texas to more than 130 destinations in our global network. Houston is an important city in our U.S. network, with its cosmopolitan appeal as a destination and being home to various diaspora consisting of students and skilled professionals, due to the city’s world-renowned academic institutions and specializations. We look forward to welcoming more passengers onboard flying to and from Dubai and the rest of our vast network and allowing them to enjoy our personalized services and Emirates hospitality.”

“We are very pleased to celebrate this notable milestone with Emirates,” said Mario Diaz, Director of Houston Airports. “We applaud the organization’s investment in quality service to its passengers and its commitment to continued growth and excellence. Because of the sustained excellence of airline partners like Emirates, Houston Airports serves as a world-class global gateway.

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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), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Miami International Airport (MIA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).