MIAMI — Emirates Airline will not resume its Airbus A380 service to Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), intended to start on September 1. Instead, the carrier will continue using a Boeing 777-300ER on the daily route.
The Dubai-based carrier first began flying to DFW in 2012, and deployed its 489-seat A380s on the route in October 2014. However, direct competition from Middle East carriers Qatar Airways and Etihad, together with oneworld partners American Airlines and British Airways, and Lufthansa to Europe, which cater to many of the connections to India and Asia offered by Emirates, have exerted a yield pressure on fares.
“This decision was made as part of our routine operational review, to ensure that our [Emirates] capacity is deployed to best serve customer demand across our global network. We [Emirates] remain committed to Dallas/Fort Worth, and will continue to serve our customers on this route with seven weekly flights.” An Emirates spokesperson said.
Emirates’ current Boeing 777-300ER fleet—the largest in the world—offers three different cabin configurations, ranging from 354 to 427 seats. Currently, the airline offers direct services from its hub in Dubai to ten cities in the United States—Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.