Emirates Restarts Services To Two US Cities & Increases Services On Others

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Emirates has announced that the month of August will see it recommence operations on two of the US routes it suspended earlier this year taking the number of routes that it operates between Dubai and the United States to six.

Emirates’ US Routes – August 2020

Services Restarting In August

Boston (BOS)

From 15 August, Emirates will return to Boston and offer four weekly flights from Dubai on the following schedule:

EK237 DXB 08:15 – 14:05 BOS (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
EK238 BOS 23:00 – 19:25+1 day DXB (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)

This service is scheduled to be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER which offers 8 First Class seats and 42 Business Class seats. The Business Class cabin on this aircraft does not offer all-aisle-access to passengers on board as the seats are set out in a 2-3-2 layout.

Houston (IAH)

From 23 August, Emirates will restart its service between Dubai and Houston with three weekly flights operating on the following schedule:

EK211 DXB 09:35 – 16:50 IAH (Wed, Fri & Sun)
EK212 IAH 19:55 – 19:45+1 day DXB (Mon, Thu & Sat)

As things stand (they can always change), this service is set to be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-200LR. The aircraft operating on this route will not offer a First Class cabin but, according to ExpertFlyer, its Business Class cabin offers the refreshed 2-2-2 layout which should feel less cramped than the 2-3-2 layout on the airline’s 777-300ERs.


Existing Services

Chicago (ORD)

Emirates currently operates five weekly flights between Dubai and Chicago O’Hare and this looks likely to remain the case for the immediate future. A daily service is scheduled for the Winter season (starting at the ends of October) but this hasn’t been confirmed by the airline and there’s no reason to believe that the airline will see sufficient demand on this route to justify a daily service at this time.

Here’s the current schedule:

EK235 DXB 09:55 – 15:45 ORD (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun)
EK236 ORD 20:45 – 19:10+1 day DXB (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun)

Emirates operates this route with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which offers 8 First Class seats and 42 Business Class seats. The Business Class cabin on this aircraft does not offer all-aisle-access to passengers on board as the seats are set out in a 2-3-2 layout.

Los Angeles (LAX)

Los Angeles currently gets 4 daily flights from Dubai which are operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. However, as of 1 September, the schedule now shows this route being operated daily so, considering how close we already are to this date, it’s more than likely that this schedule will stick and that Emirates will be increasing its capacity to LA in just a few weeks time.

EK215 DXB 08:55 – 14:15 LAX (Daily)
EK216 LAX 16:40 – 19:30+1 day DXB (Daily)

The winter schedule for this route shows Emirates returning its A380 into service but this is far from being set in stone. I expect to see numerous schedule updates from Emirates between now and then and any one of these could see the A380 replaced with the 777 that’s already operating this route.

New York (JFK & EWR)

Emirates currently offers a daily non-stop service between Dubai and New York JFK on the schedule you see below.

EK201 DXB 08:30 – 14:25 JFK (Daily)
EK202 JFK 23:00 – 19:45+1 day DXB (Daily)

From 1 September, the schedules show Emirates restarting its services to New York JFK and EWR that route via Milan which leaves the schedule looking like this:

EK201 DXB 08:30 – 14:25 JFK (Daily)
EK205 DXB 09:45 – 19:00 JFK (Daily via Milan)
EK209 DXB 10:50 – 21:20 EWR (Daily via Milan)

EK202 JFK 23:00 – 19:45 DXB+1 day (Daily)
EK206 JFK 22:20 – 22:10+1 day DXB (Daily via Milan)
EK210 JFK 23:55 – 23:35+1 day DXB (Daily via Milan)

All the flights on these routes are served by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which offer 8 First Class seats and 42 Business Class seats. The Business Class cabins on these aircraft do not offer all-aisle-access to passengers on board as the seats are set out in a 2-3-2 layout.

Washington DC (IAD)

Emirates currently operates a 4x/week service to Washington DC using its 777-300ER aircraft on the following timetable:

EK231 DXB 08:40 – 15:35 IAD (Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun)
EK232 IAD 22:00 – 19:10+1 day DXB (Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun)

If the current schedules are to be believed, the service is set to go daily from 1 October. The beginning of October is still some time away so, with the travel world still in disarray, I’m not ready to say that a daily service is definitely back on the cards – better to remain prudent and assume the service will remain 4x/week until Emirates confirms otherwise.

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