DFW International Airport is adding another new international destination to it's roster of departures.
Beginning Feb. 2, Emirates Airlines will launch daily, nonstop service between DFW and Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Emirates will serve the route with Boeing 777-200LR aircraft that can carry 266 passengers. The route, which will take about 16 hours, is the first nonstop flight to the middle east out of Dallas.
"This monumental announcement from Emirates brings a new and highly valued international airline partner to Dallas/Fort Worth," said Jeffrey P. Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport. "Emirates daily nonstop service between DFW and Dubai connects two global super-hub portals for U.S. travelers to the Far and Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and Africa on a trendsetting airline."
Officials with the airport estimate the DFW-DXB connection is worth about $227 million a year in economic impact.
Emirates is also adding Seattle as part of their U.S. expansion. The airline will operate Boeing 777 aircraft seating 354 passengers on the 15-hour flight from SEATAC to DXB.
The only other U.S. cities served by the international carrier are Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York-JFK, and Houston.
The DFW-DBX route is the ninth new international route DFW has added this year.