Middle East-based airline, Emirates has launched its daily service from Nairobi to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), through its Dubai hub.
Emirates Regional Vice President for East Africa Khalid Bel Jaflah said the latest service is the seventh gateway for Emirates in the United States , and the 12th new route to join the airline’s international network in 2012.
“Our U.S. flights help to open new markets that the business and tourism community is reliant upon, as the globalization of commerce and travel is dependent upon transportation for passengers and cargo,” Jaflah said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Wednesday.
Travelers to Washington Dulles will fly on a Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft featuring Emirates’ award winning service and passenger comforts, including private suites in First Class, lie-flat beds in Business Class, wide Economy Class seats, SMS, telephone and email service at every seat, and 1,400 channels of in-flight entertainment.
Jaflah said the Emirates service will facilitate trade and promote tourism between the two cities.
Estimated tourism receipts in 2011 closed at 1.16 million U.S. dollars, an increase of 32.9 percent compared to the 877.3 million dollars from 2010.
According to the Kenya Tourism Board, the top five source markets for Kenya in 2011 were Britain with 203,290 visitors, U.S. with 119,615, Italy with 96,360, Germany with 68,737 and India with 58,986.
“Emirates offers important new choice, competition and a higher level of internationally recognized service to the Washington, DC market with a state-of-the-art product and fleet,” Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said in the statement.
“As one of the most important global cities in the world, we look forward to connecting DC-area travelers with the largest number of one-stop flights to Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.”