August 06, 2014: Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has commenced a daily nonstop passenger service to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
"The Chicago route extends our passenger network to America's third-largest city and complements our existing dedicated freighter service that operates to O'Hare," said Adel Al Redha, Emirates Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
"Launching Chicago-Dubai nonstop passenger service is another important step in establishing Chicago as one of the top tourism destinations in the world and achieving our goal of hosting 55 million visitors by 2020," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Increased connectivity with Dubai will expose more international guests to the world-class hospitality, shopping districts, cultural attractions and architectural achievements that make Chicago one of the greatest cities in the world."
The new service will operate as flight EK235, departing from Dubai International airport at 9:45 a.m. and arriving at O'Hare at 3:25 p.m. The return flight, EK236, will depart O'Hare at 8:35 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 7:10 p.m. the next day. The route will be served by the U.S.-built Boeing 777-200LR aircraft powered by GE90 engines.
In addition to passenger service, the Chicago-Dubai flight will carry up to 17 tons of cargo per flight and increase trade links between the two cities. Emirates began operating cargo service to Chicago in 2013. Currently, Emirates SkyCargo flies a twice-weekly, dedicated freight service out of O'Hare that carried nearly 12,000 tons of cargo last year.
"This connection will deepen the ties between two of the world's busiest airports in terms of commercial travel, with a combined traffic flow approximately 133 million passengers in 2013," said Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. "We look forward to building on O'Hare's successful relationship with Emirates and know that many international travelers will take advantage of this new route."
Emirates began passenger services to the U.S. in 2004 with services to New York. The airline has steadily added more U.S. routes over the past decade. Chicago is the ninth U.S. gateway to join the Emirates network, following the launch of the Boston service in March.