Emirates and Miami International Airport celebrated the inaugural flight of the airline’s four-times-week Dubai-Miami service on July 22 at 11 a.m.
A water cannon salute greeted Emirates aircraft EK213 as it arrived at MIA, drawing a crowd of passengers, aviation lovers, and visitors. The airline flew its Boeing 777 Gamechanger on the inaugural flight and exhibited the aircraft’s interiors to customers on the ground, including its First Class private suites.
Emirates’ First Class suites aboard the Gamechanger offer up to 40 square feet of personal space and ultra-modern design features, including floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and sleek design elements inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The airline will then operate its three-class Boeing 777-300ER on the route four times per week, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class, and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Along with Orlando, the new Miami service provides passengers with more service between Dubai and Florida and expands Emirates’ U.S. network to 12 destinations on over 70 weekly flights, giving passengers more choice and simple connections from the Emirates network to South Florida. It also connects visitors from South Florida, South America, and the Caribbean to more than 50 destinations in the Middle East, West Asia, Africa, the Far East, and the Indian Ocean Islands via Dubai.
Emirates extended its hallmark onboard service to include specially prepared mocktails and cocktails on the airline’s food and beverage menu to commemorate the new offering, and customers in all cabins enjoyed a zesty key lime pie dessert to finish out their meal. Upon boarding and arrival, mood lighting was set to the characteristic red, white, and blue US colors to transform the in-flight experience on the journey to Miami. Customers of all income levels appreciated the 4,500 channel variety of on-demand entertainment on ice, which included a Miami-inspired musical playlist, as well as Wi-Fi and Live TV.
The new route will also complement Emirates SkyCargo, the freight business of Emirates, which has been running passenger freighter services to Miami since October 2020. Emirates has been providing cargo capacity into and out of Miami, allowing for the export of perishables, electronics, and other components, as well as e-commerce goods. Emirates SkyCargo has also flown charter flights on its Boeing 777 full cargo aircraft to transport champion horses from Miami to equestrian contests across the world in the past. Emirates SkyCargo has carried over 7,700 tonnes of cargo into and out of Miami since 2019.
Emirates today serves 12 US gateways, including Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC, and Orlando.
Flights to and from Miami will be operated four times per week by Emirates on their three-class Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates flight EK213 departs Dubai (DXB) at 03:10 hrs and arrives in Miami (MIA) at 11:00 hrs, while Emirates flight EK214 departs Miami at 21:10 hrs and arrives in Dubai at 19:25 hrs the following day.
Dubai has remained one of the world’s most desirable holiday destinations, particularly during the winter season, since it safely restarted tourism activities in July. International business and leisure travelers are welcome in the city. Dubai provides a wide range of world-class experiences, from sun-kissed beaches and heritage activities to world-class hospitality and leisure facilities. It was one of the first cities in the world to get the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, which recognizes Dubai’s extensive and successful steps to protect guest health and safety.
Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of safety precautions at every stage of the customer journey, with the health and well-being of its customers as a top concern. In addition, the airline has recently added contactless technology and expanded its digital verification capabilities to provide its customers with even more options to use the IATA Travel Pass this summer.