Emirates will begin flying its flagship Airbus A380 to San Francisco and Houston from December 2014.
Both routes will be upgraded from the current Boeing 777-300ER to the superjumbo, with Dubai-San Francisco's A380 flight EK225/226 beginning December 1 and Dubai-Houston's EK211/212 following on December 3.
The A380 will add an extra 135 seats to San Francisco and 137 to Houston, but the big wins are are the pointy end with the superjumbo's 76 lie-flat business class seats and 14 private first class suites – plus a bar where premium passengers can mingle during the journey.
Also see: we review Emirates Airbus A380 first class shower
San Francisco and Houston will be Emirates fourth and fifth US gateways to see the Gulf carrier's A380, joining New York, Los Angeles and as of October 1, Dallas/Fort Worth.
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