Emirates raises capacity to San Francisco, Houston

Airbus A380 to be introduced from December 2014

Emirates is adding passenger and cargo capacity in San Francisco and Houston on December 1 and 3 respectively when it switches from operating the routes with a Boeing 777-300ER to Airbus A380.

The A380 will offer an additional 135 seats to San Francisco and 137 to Houston, representing a 38 per cent increase in overall passenger capacity, and 80 per cent more seats across the premium cabins. In addition to offering 14 First Class Private Suites and 76 lie-flat Business Class seats, the aircraft offers 399 Economy Class seats to San Francisco and 401 to Houston.

“Emirates continues to see strong customer demand from our US gateways. Since 2007, we have carried over 2.3 million passengers on the San Francisco and Houston routes, and our A380 will allow us to connect even more people and facilitate trade between these important U.S. cities and the Middle East, India, Africa and beyond,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West.

The Emirates service from San Francisco operates daily as EK226, departing San Francisco at 3.30pm and arriving in Dubai the following day at 7.25pm. EK 225 departs Dubai at 8.50am and arrives at San Francisco International Airport at 12.50pm the same day.

Emirates' daily flight EK211 to Houston departs Dubai at 9.30am and arrives at 4.05pm. The return flight, EK212, takes off from George Bush Airport at 6.25pm and lands in Dubai at 7.05pm the next day.

San Francisco and Houston will be Emirates’ fourth and fifth US gateways serviced by an A380, joining New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas/Fort Worth which is due to commence on October 1. This latest announcement means that by December, Emirates will be serving both its Texan destinations with an A380 service.

San Francisco and Houston will be the 31st and 32nd destinations on Emirates network serviced by the A380.

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