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Emirates to Increase to Dubai-Houston Service

See following news release issued for Emirates Airline:

News Release
31 January 2008


Emirates to Increase to Daily Service from Dubai to Houston

Fresh on the heels of announcing its non-stop service from Dubai to Houston, Emirates will increase its thrice weekly operation to a daily frequency from Friday.

In its first two months of service out of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) the airline has experienced a high passenger load factor.

“As predicted, the Emirates non-stop service between Dubai and Houston has been popular among business and leisure travellers alike,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide.

The new service has also proved to be popular for shippers, particularly those from the oil and gas industry which account for over 70% of the service’s cargo. The operation is currently handling about 16 tonnes of cargo out of Houston and about 10 tonnes into the American gateway.

All Emirates flights from New Zealand to Dubai connect with the Houston departures.

Houston is Emirate's second U.S. gateway, offering business and leisure travellers the fastest link between the UAE and Texas with a 17 hour flight from Dubai to Houston and a return of approximately 15 hours. The route follows on the success of Emirates’first destination in the United States, New York, which has been operating since 2004 and has since grown to become a three-flights-a-day service.

Houston is the latest of a number of new destinations on Emirates’ fast expanding international route network, which currently stands at 99 destinations in 62 countries. In 2007, Emirates also introduced non-stop services from Dubai to Venice, Newcastle, Sao Paulo, Toronto and Ahmedabad. Emirates currently employs more than 8,000 cabin crew representing more than 100 nationalities.

Emirates flies its wide-bodied aircraft four times daily from New Zealand to Dubai and beyond, via Australia. Passengers can enjoy Emirates’ award-winning services, sumptuous meals and the finest wines in First, Business and Economy class on all flights. Most services also have Emirates' award-winning 'ice' inflight system, providing more than 600 channels of information, communication and entertainment.

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