Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach.

The airline will operate a GE-powered US-built Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class configuration on the route, offering eight First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats for travellers, plus up to 15 tonnes of bellyhold cargo for shippers.

Passengers looking to travel beyond the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area to onward destinations in the US, Caribbean and Latin America can take advantage of the airline's codeshare partnership with JetBlue Airways (B6) that offers connection options to more than 26 destinations in the US and 19 destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, including the Bahamas, Cancun and Havana. Visitors to the Sunshine State will also benefit from having two Emirates gateways in relative close proximity to each other, providing more options for travellers to make the most of their journey to Florida.

For example, travellers to Fort Lauderdale can see several destinations in South Florida for either leisure or business, visit local attractions and towns just a few hours north in Orange County, then fly back to Dubai direct from Orlando International Airport (MCO) or onwards on an Emirates connecting flight.

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