Just three years after it began daily service from Sea-Tac Airport to Dubai, the Mideast’s largest airline, Emirates, is scheduling a second daily flight on that route.
The flight, to be flown by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, is scheduled to begin July 7.
Emirates flies from its Dubai hub to nine U.S. cities. Orlando will be the 10th when service begins in September. Emirates is the largest customer for Boeing’s 777 twin jet with 144 in service and 50 more on order. The airline is also the largest customer for Airbus’ huge A380 aircraft.
The airline in recent years has aggressively expanded its route structure around the world connecting passengers from the United States and Europe to Asia, Australia and Africa through Dubai.
Recent statistics from the Port of Seattle, which owns Sea-Tac, show Emirates’ traffic from the airport grew by 27.52 percent in January to 10,176 passengers. That’s an average of 339 passengers daily.
U.S. airlines have complained that Emirates unfairly competes with them because it has government-backed financing available for purchasing its planes and because it enjoys financial guarantees from the United Arab Emirates government for fuel purchases. Emirates has denied those claims.
The second Emirates flight is the latest addition to a growing list of international flights from Sea-Tac. Delta Air Lines is making Seattle its West Coast international hub.