Emirates was invited to test Chicago O’Hare’s A380 equipment for a one-time commercial flight on 19th July 2016. This invite consists in testing the gate, operations and significant infrastructure improvements that have been implemented to accommodate the A380.
“Chicago has welcomed us from the day Emirates commenced daily flights from Dubai in 2014, and we are honored to work alongside the City, airport, and department of aviation, to bring the A380 for a test flight to this exciting and progressive city,” said Rob Gurney, Emirates’ Senior Vice President of The Americas. “Over the last two years, Emirates flights have carried over 160,000 passengers from Chicago to Dubai and beyond for both business and leisure travel and have carried more than 60,000 tons of cargo, supporting tourism, business and exporters. Many of our customers from Chicago and surrounding areas have already experienced the Emirates A380 seamless and convenient connections from our hub in Dubai to more than 40 destinations across our network, including the Middle East, South Asia, and the Far East.”
“The arrival of Emirates’ A380 plane to O’Hare International Airport is exciting for the city of Chicago,” said CDA Commissioner Ginger S. Evans. “The improvement we’ve made at O’Hare to accommodate the A380 is one of many projects underway that will make Chicago more competitive and attractive for passengers and businesses. I want to thank Emirates for its commitment to Chicago.”
According to an analysis by Campbell-Hill Aviation Group, Emirates’ existing 777-300ER service to Chicago provides US$383 million in annual economic benefit, contributes over US$153 million in annual spending by visitors, and helps to support over 3000 U.S jobs.