The end of the Air India pilots strike is not the only reason for the large Indian community in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to cheer.
Starting January 1, 2013, Emirates Airline will offer 1,000 additional seats a week each way in its flights between Dubai and New York (JFK).
The additional seat capacity is courtesy Emirates' planned move to replace its Boeing 777-300ER service to JFK with a second A380 aircraft.
Since Emirates flies to 10 destinations in India, the extra seats from JFK is good news for Indians living in the Tri-state area.
Emirates flies to the key Indian cities of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Kozhikode and Kolkata from Dubai.
Effective January 1 2013, Flight EK203 (currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER) will be operated by the A380 aircraft departing Dubai (DXB) at 02:00, arriving New York (JFK) at 07:20 the same day. EK204 departs JFK at 10:40, arriving Dubai at 08:10 the following day.
With a higher seating capacity than the Boeing 777-300ER, the A380 aircraft provides 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 flat beds in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites next to two Onboard Shower Spas.
It's not merely the Indian community in New Jersey and New York that should be smiling.
Indians living in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC will be glad to know that Emirates Airlines is starting direct flights to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) from September 12, 2012.
Besides flights to 10 major cities in India, Emirates also reaches 20 destinations in the Far East and Australasia.
(888-684-4800) to book your tickets to India on Emirates Airline and other carriers.