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Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies announced that it is launching a daily service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 5 from 5th August 2014. The service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR powered by GE90 engines.
Chicago will become the airline’s ninth gateway in the USA, following soon after the commencement of its services to Boston, Massachusetts on 10th March this year.
Chicago, Illinois is the third largest city by population and GDP in the United States, with a population of 2.7 million. Incorporated as a city in 1837, it is famed for its rich cultural heritage, world-class arts establishments, accomplished sports teams and iconic tourist attractions which attract about 46 million people each year.
Chicago is also a significant convention hub, and home to many of the US’s largest companies including Boeing, which is a very important supplier partner of Emirates. Emirates is the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft in the world, with a fleet of 122 passenger and 10 freighter Boeing 777s currently in its fleet, and is a launch customer of Boeing’s new 777X having placed the largest single order in commercial aviation history for 150 of them valued at $76 billion in November 2013.
The new service will operate as flight EK 235 from Dubai International Airport at 09:45 hours arriving into Chicago at 15:25. The return flight, EK 236 will depart O’Hare at 20:35 hours, arriving into Dubai at 19:10 the next day. The Chicago flight will arrive at a convenient time to connect on to the Middle East, Africa, India and the Far East.
On board, passengers will be able to enjoy Emirates’ renowned inflight service from our multi-lingual crew from over 120 countries, gourmet on-board dining and multi-award winning inflight entertainment system, ice.
Digital Widescreen, featuring up to 1,600 channels of movies, TV programmes, music and podcasts, in a three cabin configuration featuring 8 private First Class suites, 42 Business Class suites and 216 Economy Class seats.
In addition to carrying passengers, the aircraft will also carry up to 17 tonnes of cargo to further increase the trade opportunities between Dubai and Chicago. Emirates already operates a twice weekly dedicated freighter service to Chicago which in 2013 carried nearly 7,400 tonnes of cargo from the city and over 4,200 into the city.
Source: Emirates press office.