Beginning today, Oct. 1, Emirates Airlines launches a new route: JFK-Milan. Why is this big news? Because the expanding UAE-based airline will offer the only first-class service between the two popular cities. And, it's the first flight of the airline’s that does not touch down in Dubai before flying on to other gateways.

We expect Emirates’ first transatlantic service to be a big boon for business and leisure travelers, and are already imagining the crush of Louis Vuitton suitcases during Milan and NYC’s Fashion Weeks.

Departure and arrival schedules are timed to sync with flights going to and from feeder markets, especially those on JetBlue (US) and easyJet (Europe).

Renown for its First-Class and Business-Class amenities, Emirates will offer passengers complimentary chauffeured transfers to and from the airport, and access to its luxury airport lounges.

There will be three flights daily in both directions operated on a Boeing 777-300ER, which accommodates eight seats in First Class, 42 flat-bed seats in Business Class, and 310 seats in Economy Class.

“This new route is the perfect marriage of two like-minded cities. Both destinations offer visitors a dynamic mix of culture and business and we are confident that this new service will not only facilitate travel in both directions, but will also create a greater exchange of business, trade and tourism,” said Tim Clark, President, Emirates.

In other Emirates news, last month saw the launch of its new luxury private jet service. The Airbus 319 charter is not limited to Emirates gateways but flies to most locations worldwide—for a price. The amenity-filled on-board lounge and 10 private suites (that include private baths and full-height showers) are arguably among the finest in the skies.

We’re excited to see where Emirates takes us next.

Adrien Glover is deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.