Emirates started daily nonstop service between Dubai and Orlando with an inaugural flight today, Sept. 1, 2015, carrying passengers from 29 different countries to Orlando.
Emirates’ daily flight EK220 will depart Orlando International Airport Terminal B at 2:20 p.m. and arrive into Dubai International Terminal 3 at 12:30 p.m. the following day, with a flying time of 14 hours and 10 minutes. The return flight, EK219, will depart Dubai at 3:50 a.m. local time and arrive in Orlando at 11:40 a.m., a flying time of 15 hour and 50 minutes.
“Our new daily service will enable Emirates to grow alongside Orlando, one of the world’s premier leisure destinations and a dynamic business center,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group. “The launch of this nonstop route will bring Emirates’ unique product and award-winning service to passengers flying from Central Florida to our home in Dubai and beyond to more than 140 global destinations.”
Dubai has quickly become a global destination for both business and leisure travel. Like Orlando, families can enjoy a plethora of family-friendly hotels and attractions, including larger-than-life theme parks. Visitors can also enjoy Dubai’s history by visiting the textile markets, and the spice and gold souks that line the streets of Old Dubai. The global financial capital is home to world-class dining, nightlife, hotels, golf courses, architectural landmarks and shopping.
On the special occasion of its Orlando launch, Emirates dispatched its flagship aircraft – an Airbus A380 – to celebrate the milestone and meet demand for the first flight. The inaugural Emirates flight was the first A380 service to touch down at Orlando International Airport. It received a water cannon welcome (pictured above). The jet features two Shower Spas and the signature Onboard Lounge, which offers passengers a space for socializing over wines, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and delicacies prepared by five-star chefs.
Regular scheduled service on the Orlando route will be offered on the U.S.-built Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft, which seats 266 passengers, including eight private First Class Suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats. Emirates operates a fleet of 143 Boeing 777’s, the most of any airline in the world.
Emirates passengers in all cabin classes enjoy service provided by a multilingual crew representing more than 130 nationalities, enjoy gourmet cuisine and immerse themselves in the in-flight entertainment system – ice Digital Widescreen – offering more than 2,000 channels of movies, TV programs, music, games and podcasts.
First Class and Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport (up to a distance of 90 miles around Orlando International Airport) via Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service.
Parents flying with children have access to free strollers at Dubai International Airport, a choice of children’s toys, specially prepared children’s meals and dedicated children’s TV channels.
For more information about Emirates and to book tickets, visit Emirates.com. For more about the new flight, and a tour inside the Airbus A380, watch the Sept. 3, 2015 episode of “Orlando Attractions Magazine – The Show.”