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Emirates increases capacity to Chicago

One of Emirates' fleet of Boeing 777-300ER's which will be operating to Chicago from 1st May 2015. (Supplied)

By Staff

Emirates airline will connect more people with Chicago from May 1, 2015 when it switches from its Boeing 777-200LR currently operating the route to a larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The Dubai-based airline launched its Chicago service — its ninth U.S. gateway — on 5th August 2014. Less than a year later, the route has carried 66,000 passengers and 3,410 tonnes of cargo to-date. The increase in capacity will offer 88 additional Economy Class seats, representing a 33 percent increase in seating capacity. The choice of premium cabin seats remains unchanged, offering customers a choice of eight First Class Suites and 42 Business Class seats.

“Emirates has seen steady growth and strong customer demand for our Chicago route since its launch only five months ago. The up-gauge to a Boeing 777-300ER in May will introduce Emirates’ unique product and service to even more of our customers”, said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West – Americas, Africa, Europe and Russian Federation.

“Chicago is home to 2.7 million residents, making it America’s third-largest city. By increasing capacity in this market, we are able to offering more chance for passengers and businesses to connect, not only with our home and hub Dubai, but also across Emirates’ global network including the airline’s network of 10 cities in India, 17 in the Far East and 24 points in Africa.”

Emirates' daily flight EK235 departs from Dubai International Airport at 09:40 and arrives at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 15:30. The return flight, EK236, departs from O’Hare at 20:30 and lands in Dubai at 19:10 the next day.