Emirates to Fly A380s on Non-Stop Asia-US Routes?

Could Emirates soon be flying non-stop from Asia to the US in their quest to become a truly global airline? According to Bloomberg, that’s the plan and they fully intend to turn up the competition over the Pacific.

Emirates President Tim Clark said in Cape Town “The last piece of the jigsaw is the trans-Pacific.” “Where we will go, when we will do it, and with what, is under plan at the moment.” The carrier will be able to board people in Asia under liberalized traffic rights secured by the United Arab Emirates. “The open skies arrangement that the U.A.E. has with the U.S. allows us to take passengers on a fifth-freedom basis from the west coast and central points in the U.S. to points in Asia,” he said. “On the other side of the equation we have open skies with Singapore, Thailand and certain points in Japan.”

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  1. would they be the first airline to be truly worldwide once they “conquer” the trans-pacific route? Or are there other airlines right now that truly do have a global routing in place?

  2. @Joey Until recently Wir NZ had around the world service with flights between Auckland and London Heathrow via Hong Kong as well as Los Angeles. However the Hong Kong to London Heathrow flight has now been dropped. Singapore Airlines still has effective round the world service with flights from Singapore to Newark (nonstop) and New York JFK (via Frankfurt). However the Newark flight is being dropped later this year.

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