Emirates to launch Milan-New York flights

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Emirates will launch daily flights between Milan Malpensa and New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) from 1 October.

The Dubai-based carrier will operate the once-daily flight on a 360-seat Boeing 777-300ER as an extension of its existing service between Dubai and Milan, it says. The route will be its only one between Europe and the USA across the north Atlantic.

Emirates says that the flight is timed for easy connections with flights operated by its codeshare partner JetBlue Airways in New York.

"Operating a trans-Atlantic route has been on our agenda for some time," says Tim Clark, president of Emirates, in a statement. "The route is currently underserved, particularly with a strong premium product offering - this is where we see a clear opening for Emirates. We intend to capitalise on this opportunity, stimulating further demand and encouraging additional traffic flow in both directions."

Emirates has authority for the route from the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC). It does not need US Department of Transportation (DOT) authority for the route under the US-United Arab Emirates open skies agreement, says the airline.

Alitalia, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines fly between JFK and Milan, according to Innovata schedules.

Emirates flew between Hamburg and JFK from 2006 through 2008.