A regular source had during my absence left a text message on my phones, none of which were inexplicably roaming in Bahrain inspite of my home operators assurances to the contrary, that Emirates was increasing their destinations in North America by two in February and March respectively.
Dallas / Fort Worth will see a daily B777 nonstop service from Dubai, conveniently connecting travelers from Uganda, and the other East African EK destinations to a second Texas destination after Houston. The inaugural flight will take place on February 02nd as EK 221 while the return flight will be EK 222.
Next then will be Seattle, home of Boeing and the United States leading Northern West Coast city, just across from the border with Canadas Vancouver. Boeing is of course a leading supplier of aircraft to Emirates, which is operating the largest B777 fleet already and has at the November 2011 Dubai Air Show placed the largest ever order for yet more B777. The inaugural flight to Seattle will leave Dubai on March 01st, offering visitors for holidays and on trade and business missions convenient connections to the United States, while US travelers from both Dallas and Seattle can then reach a range of additional destinations in the Emirates network with one stop enroute. Watch this space for regular updates on aviation news concerning Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.