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Emirates' first OIA flight draws water salute

Emirates' first OIA flight draws water salute

The first Emirates flight landed in Orlando on Tuesday, making a new connection between Florida and Dubai. A water salute welcomed the Airbus A380 — the first of its kind scheduled to land at Orlando International Airport — as it touched down shortly after 11:30 a.m., ending its inaugural 15-hour flight. "Emirates' nonstop service to Dubai opens a new world of opportunity for Orlando to pursue tourism and business exchanges with the Middle East, Africa and Asia," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a news release. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said county leaders want to develop a direct business connection with Dubai as soon as possible. "We very...

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