First Emirates Plane Lands At FLL After Nearly 16 Hour Flight

Emirates first flight from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale has landed.

The inaugural flight took 15 hours and 36 minutes, according to Flightaware. The routing passed over Iran and through Russia, avoiding a shorter but more dangerous route through Ukrainian airspace.

As a comparison, the daily Doha-Miami flight yesterday took 15 hours and 57 minutes.

In an interview with Airways Magazine, an Emirates executive spoke of three advantages that FLL has over MIA: connectivity with Jetblue, position of the airport between Miami and West Palm Beach, and overall convenience of the airport. An A380 would not be possible at FLL though, he said.