Emirates SkyCargo this year will launch service between Dubai and Washington Dulles International Airport, the seventh U.S. airport the U.A.E.-based all-cargo operator will serve.
Beginning Sept. 12, Emirates’ freight division will offer bellyhold capacity on a Boeing 777-300 ER on the lane with global connections available to shippers via Dubai. The company earlier this year started operating to Dallas-Fort Worth and Seattle, in addition to its existing services to New York, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Ram Menen, Emirates’ senior divisional vice president of cargo, said Emirates now offers the fastest trade link between Washington and the Middle East. “Our Dubai hub is strategically located within eight hours of two-thirds of the world’s population and can connect U.S. businesses to both established trading points in the Far East, as well as emerging markets in the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East,” he said.
Trade between the U.S. and the U.A.E. increased 43 percent last year to a record $18.3 billion as the Middle East state became the U.S.’s 19th-biggest export destination, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division. The U.A.E.’s exports to the U.S. soared to $2.4 billion last year, an increase of 113 percent from 2010.
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