On the same day JetBlue Airways starts flying out of Detroit Metropolitan Airport with service to Boston, the airline also will begin connecting service from Boston to Dubai through a partnership with Emirates Airline.
“Detroit is an important market,” said Matthias Schmid, vice president of sales for Emirates Airline’s U.S. division. “It’s an interesting market for us because there is a large population of people (with ties to) the Middle East.”
Flights begin March 10.
New York-based JetBlue will provide nonstop flights from Detroit Metro to Boston’s Logan Airport, where travelers can transfer to an Emirates Airline flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. From Dubai, travelers will be able to connect to other Middle Eastern destinations and India, Africa and Asia.
“There’s a lot of opportunities here for Detroit travelers,” JetBlue spokesman Lindstrom Anders said.
JetBlue is offering a promotion on the flights to Boston with $85 one-way fares through May 22; April 17-28 have been designated as blackout dates.
Schmid said prices for flights from Boston to Dubai will start at about $1,130. Passengers on the 13-hour trip will fly on Boeing 777s.
Emirates Airline and JetBlue have been partners since 2010. Anders said the airlines have had an interline agreement since last fall.
Haifa Fakhouri, president and CEO of the Arab American and Chaldean Council, welcomed the news.
Based in Lathrup Village, the council provides services to Middle Eastern communities in southeast Michigan.
“I think this is a good move,” Fakhouri said.
She said the service will make it easier for companies to conduct business in the Middle East. It also may help promote tourism in the Middle East and foster investment in Metro Detroit, she said.
Detroit Metro Airport spokesman Mike Conway said JetBlue’s arrival means the airport will have low-fare competition to Boston.
Other airlines, including United and Delta, offer flights to Dubai. Delta is charging about $1,200 for a March 10 flight, which includes a two-hour layover in Atlanta.