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Orlando International Airport to get nonstop service to Dubai

Emirates airline to also open gateway to Middle East, Asia

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando International Airport announced that it will soon offer nonstop flights to Dubai with Emirates airlines.

The announcement was made by airport officials and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

One flight will be offered daily starting September 1.  An introductory rate of $999 for economy class will be offered starting Wednesday, officials said.

The flight will be on a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with eight First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats. Prices will range in upper class seating to nearly $10,000.

Officials said the route will also offer access to other destinations throughout Asia and Africa.

"This is a great day for Orlando," said Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, in a release. "The benefits of this new service will be measured not only financially with a $100 million economic impact annually to the region, but also for decades to come as our business community takes advantage of efficient access to new destinations on several continents."