"As one of the most important global cities in the world, we look forward to connecting DC-area travelers with the largest number of one-stop flights to Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and Southeast Asia," said Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.
Washington Dulles is one of the top international airports in the US, with over seven million international passengers annually. The region is home to more than 1,000 international institutions and over 1,000 foreign-owned companies from approximately 50 countries.
"Our U.S. flights help to open new markets that the business community is reliant upon, as the globalization of commerce is dependent upon transportation for passengers and cargo," continued Mr Clark. "This Emirates service will facilitate trade and promote tourism to the Capital region from around the world, including the Middle East, which generated over 100,000 visitors last year alone."
Emirates has expanded its US presence significantly since launching service between Dubai and New York City in 2004. The airline now flies to Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle and Washington DC, with the latter three destinations all added in 2012.
More US cities for Emirates in the cards
Analyst Saj Ahmad said Emirates is likely to add many more North American cities to its growing network as it looks to tap this lucrative market. "With its third US destination so far this year alone, Emirates is making no secret of its desire to expand there. Aside from the political and economic connections between Dubai and DC, Emirates is keen to latch onto and provide customer choice for flights to the GCC, presently served only by its Arabian rival in Qatar Airways," he said.
"Customers will be further spoilt for choice when Etihad too launches flights to Washington next year, but for now, it's clear that Emirates is only really starting to ramp up its interest in the North American market. Other US cities that Emirates will be looking to add flights to soon include Chicago, Miami and pretty much anywhere along the Eastern seaboard," he added.