Two of the world's leading tourist centers are now linked by nonstop air service.

Emirates Airline has made Orlando International Airport its tenth American gateway and its first in Florida. 

The Dubai-owned carrier began daily service between Dubai and Orlando on Wednesday. The flights, which last approximately 14 hours to Dubai and 16 hours on return to Orlando, will be serviced by Boeing 777-200 LR planes with a capacity for 266 passengers.

Frank Kruppenbacher, chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said the new route will bring $100 million in annual economic benefits to central Florida.

Emirates services 147 desinations worldwide. Its other U.S destinations are Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Washington, New York and Boston. 

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