Arrivals & Departures Emirates touches down in Fort Lauderdale

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The airline adds its 11th US destination, plus plans to upgrade its Casablanca service mean Aussies can fly all the way to Morocco in A380 comfort. 

Emirates has touched down in its 11th US destination, with the start of its first daily nonstop passenger service from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the airline's second destination in Florida after launching Orlando more than a year ago.

The city is a popular tourist destination in its own right, with plenty of sunshine, temperate weather, beaches and golf courses, and is also a major cruise terminal for voyages. Its Port Everglades is considered one of the three cruise busiest ports in the world with more than 4 million visitors a year.

The new service also provides access to the South Florida, Miami and West Palm Beach. 

It will operate as flight EK213, departing from Dubai at 3.30am local time and arriving in Florida at 10.55am. The return flight, EK214, will depart at 8.20pm and arrive in Dubai at 7.40pm the next day. 

It's operated by a Boeing 777-200LR in a three-class configuration with eight first-class suites, 42 business-class lie-flat beds and 216 economy seats. 

Passengers continuing on from Fort Lauderdale can take advantage of Emirates' partnership with JetBlue Airways for connections to 32 destinations in the US and to the Central and South America. 

Emirates has also announced it will upgrade capacity of its service between Dubai and Casablanca, meaning Australians will be able to fly the whole way from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Morocco aboard the flagship A380 from late March.

The airline says this will be the first ever commercial A380 flight to Morocco and North Africa when it debuts on March 26. 

The A380 will offer increased seat capacity across all three cabin classes, providing an additional 1834 seats per week to meet growing demand on the route, which it says has seen steady growth since it launched in 2002.

Passengers aboard the A380 also enjoy on-board wi-fi, the award-winning ICE entertainment system with more than 2500 channels, an on-board lounge for first and business-class passengers plus, for first-class passengers, private suites and an on-board shower spa. 

Emirates now flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide. 

First picture: A water cannon salute welcomes Emirates inaugural flight EK213 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on December 15, 2016. Picture supplied.

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