As Emirates Airlines’ Boeing 777-200LR taxied to Boston Logan Airport Gate E4, a water cannon salute was the official first gala welcome for Emirates Airline’s inaugural Dubai to Boston route. And what an exciting day it was at Logan Airport!
The inaugural flight departed, from Dubai, with 264 passengers on board representing 39 countries. The 13 1/2 hour flight was greeted with a round of applause as Emirates Airline began their daily service to Boston. As the plane taxied to the gate, the pilot opened his window and displayed the Commonwealth Flag.
Governor Duval Patrick said it best, “We are thrilled you are here.” Emirates Airlines will connect Boston with over 140 destinations worldwide. All classes of service are available on the aircraft; first class, business and economy. Emirates Airline was voted the best Airline in 2014 and as we toured the plane it was clear that the aircraft is spacious and the amenities were lavish.
According to Tim Clark, Emirates Airline’s CEO, the United States has been one of their strongest markets and the Boston-Dubai flights are completely full, with a few seats still available in May.
Both JetBlue and British Airways have both partnered with Emirates Airline, and for the first time JetBlue will codeshare. JetBlue is Emirate’s connecting partner, in the US and 27 of the passengers on today’s flight were connecting on JetBlue’s new Boston-Detroit route, which also launched today with three daily non-stop flights.
Today’s event was extraordinary and we were privileged to be there in person covering all the excitement. We will be following up with a more in-depth look Emirates Airlines, their routes, and what makes them the world’s best airline! It’s an exciting day when a true luxury airline starts flying from Boston!