Emirates Airlines (EK) is one of nine 5-star airlines in the world, and the largest air carrier in the Middle East. From their hub in Dubai, Emirates operates flights to and from 11 cities in the US; New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Washington D.C. (IAD), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAD), Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Orlando (MCO), and Fort Lauderdale (FLL), as well as most cities in the United States through their code-sharing agreements with Virgin America (VA) and JetBlue (B6).
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Turkish Airlines announced direct flights via Istanbul to Kathmandu from September 1, 2013. This will allow another one-stop flight from five major US cities (Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles). From May 16, 2014, Turkish will also add a direct flight, making it the second airline to have a one-stop flight from Boston to Kathmandu.
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This is the first time after Visit Nepal Year (VNY) 1998 when a number of international airlines have begun operating here in a row,said Keshav Khanal, deputy director general at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
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Since 2007, Nepali passport no longer need a transit visa to fly on Cathay Pacific (CX) via Hong Kong as long as they are connecting via Cathay or Dragon. Cathay uses its sister concern Dragon to reach Kathmandu, and has started daily flights to Kathmandu.
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Founded in 2003, Etihad Airways (EY) is one of the fastest growing, most dependable airlines in the Middle East. Etihad operates flights between Kathmandu and New York (JFK), Washington (IAD), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO). In addition, Etihad Airways is able to reach most cities in the United States through their interline partnerships with American Airlines (AA), JetBlue Airlines (B6), and Virgin America (VA), making them one of the most convenient and well-connected airlines in the world for Nepalis. In October 2016, they received a five star rating from SkyTrax, marking them as one of the top ten airlines in the world.
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China Southern Airlines has emerged as a dominant airline for international travelers in the eastern hemisphere, clocking it as the largest airline in Asia and the fourth largest in the world. Since 2009, it has been rated a four-star airline by SkyTrax (making it the largest air carrier to hold this rating), and became the first mainland Chinese airline to join an air alliance when it became a member of SkyTeam Alliance in 2007. In the United States, China Southern operates out of three major hub airports; Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK).
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