“Pending government approvals, United plans to begin its Dubai and Moscow service October 26,” the airline said in a statement.
United is the second US carrier after Delta Air Lines to operate flights to Dubai as traffic between the Gulf and the US continues to increase.
Dubai Civil Aviation officials, however, could not confirm this. “I do not have any idea,” a spokesperson said.
Leading Gulf carriers including Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are operating daily flights to major US gateways – New York, Houston and Washington. Emirates has already announced flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In October 2006, United launched three weekly flights between Washington Dulles and Kuwait, and in December 2007 this frequency was raised to daily.
“Commerce and tourism are growing exponentially in both Dubai and Moscow, and many of our cargo and corporate customers are travelling and shipping there more often to capitalise upon the economic health in these regions,” John Tague, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, said in a statement.
Flying time is expected to be 13 hours from Washington to Dubai.
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