Leading Middle East carrier Emirates Airline recently announced it has dropped its plans to resume its A380 flights to Dallas/Fort Worth. The Dubai-based airline was scheduled to launch its Airbus A380 service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) starting from September 1, 2016. The airline however said that the daily flights on the route will continue to be operated with the help of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Emirates Airline first started its flights to Dallas/Fort Worth in 2012. The airline later deployed its Airbus A380 aircraft configured with a total of 489 seats in October 2014. Travel experts said that the airline's decision not to resume its Airbus A380 on the route has come after assessing the profitability in the face of increasing competition by its rivals, including Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways.
A spokesperson of Emirates Airline said that the company's decision is based on the routine operational review. “Emirates Airline want to ensure that its capacity is deployed to serve the growing passenger demand best across the global network. The airline considers Dallas/Fort Worth to be an important market and remains fully committed to it. The valued customers will be continued to serve on Dubai-Dallas/Fort Worth route with seven weekly flights as usual.”
Emirates Airline presently boasts of operating the largest Boeing 777-300ER fleet in the world. The airline's Boeing aircrafts offer its customers three different cabin configurations, ranging from 354 to 427 seats. The airline is currently offering flights services to 10 cities in the United States from its main hub in Dubai. The U.S. cities being served by the airline include Washington D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago and Boston.
Meanwhile, Emirates Airline has trounced its Middle East rival Qatar Airways to bag the world's best airline title for 2016 during the Skytrax World Airline Awards presentation ceremony at Farnborough Airshow on July 12. The title was held last year by Qatar Airways, which slipped to the second position this year. Emirates Airline has won the prestigious “World's Best Airline” award for the fourth time ever since it was instituted 14 years ago.