An aggressive Middle East airline will join the stable of international carriers flying from Sea-Tac Airport next year.
Emirates will begin connecting Sea-Tac to its hub in Dubai beginning next March 1. The daily non-stop flight will use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The 7,400-mile journey will take more than 15 hours.
The Sea-Tac flight will leave Dubai at 9:50 a.m. and arrive at Sea-Tac at 1:10 p.m. The return flight to Dubai is scheduled to leave Sea-Tac at 5:10 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 7:40 p.m. the next day.
Emirates is the latest international carrier to be added to Sea-Tac’s repertoire of airlines in recent years. Since 2007, Air France, Hainan, Lufthansa, Delta, Icelandair and Condor have entered service from Sea-Tac.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and Airbus’ superjumbo A380 planes.
The airline serves 114 destinations in 67 countries from its Dubai hub.
According to officials at Sea-Tac, the airport has been courting Emirates for five years.
Typically, the airport offers new carriers rate breaks and advertising help to aid them in establishing a market presence. Emirates will receive a waiver of landing fees and other costs for two years. That waiver should save the airline about $1.9 million.
Emirates will pay $2.1 million in other costs to the airport during those two years, said Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper. That’s money the airport wouldn’t have received had Emirates not agreed to begin service.
After the two-year period, the fee schedule will revert to normal, he said.
Emirates this week also announced it has scheduled new service from Dallas-Fort Worth to Dubai.