Emirates Airline today announced that it is launching a daily service to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Terminal 5, from 5th August 2014 to be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR powered by GE90 engines.
Chicago will become the airline's ninth gateway in the USA, coming soon after the commencement of its services to Boston, Massachusetts on 10th March this year.
Speaking about the new route, Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline said, "Chicago has long been a destination in the United States which Emirates has wished to serve. Like Dubai, Chicago is a major global trade and transportation hub with great cultural diversity that is an economic engine for its region. We welcome the chance to establish a non-stop trade bridge between these two great cities and, via our Dubai hub, to more efficiently link Chicago area passengers and shippers with our international network beyond Dubai to 125 destinations spanning six continents. This is good news for trade and tourism for both cities, and jobs that rely on both, as well as for consumers who will benefit from greater competitive choice." "Chicago welcomes Emirates, one of the world's largest international airlines, to our city," said Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. "Air transport links are critical for trade and tourism, and Emirates' non-stop daily flights to Dubai will only add to our global connectivity and further our goal to host 55 million visitors by 2020, in turn generating jobs not only at the airport but across Chicago's travel and hospitality industries."