Emirates has quietly dropped a bombshell on the travel world by introducing a Business Class fare that has a lot of the usual Business Class benefits stripped out. At the time of writing, there's no mention of this move on the Emirates media page and I haven't seen it mentioned by any of Emirates' official outlets but the fare is very real indeed.
Emirates offers three daily non-stop flights between Dubai and the Maldives during the summer season (in winter this increases to four) and all of these flights are currently operated by the airline's standard 777-300ER aircraft.These aircraft all offer a First Class cabin which has been around for some time (and which is similar but not identical to the cabin on the airline's A380s) and they offer a poor Business Class cabin which has been out of date for most of this decade....but things are about to change.
Emirates has just announced a deal to purchase 40 Airbus A330-900neos and 30 Airbus A350-900 which will be delivered between 2021 and 2024 and this almost certainly signals the end of the road for the Airbus A380.
Emirates operates around thirty 5th Freedom Routes around the globe with the better known ones including Milan - New York, Athens - New York and Bangkok - Hong Kong. Now the airline has announced that it will start up another 5th Freedom route in Asia.
Emirates first flew is A380 to Boston as a one-off flight in summer 2017 but we had to wait until mid-January 2019 before the airline announced seasonal A380 service between Dubai and Boston during the 2019 summer season.
My feelings about Valentine's day are not suitable for publication in a blog that tries to avoid using profanities and language unbecoming of a civil human being but, as I'm sure there will be a lot of people flying in Emirates aircraft on and around February 14th, I though I'd share what you can expect from the airline around the ultimate Hallmark holiday.
From 4 February 2019 Emirates is lowering the baggage allowances on select Economy Class fares across its entire network. The changes only kick in for bookings made from 4 February onwards so existing reservations remain unaffected...but this is still a pretty negative move by Emirates.
Last summer Emirates flew an A380 to Boston as a one-off exercise and left many people wondering if this was a sign of things to come. Since then the Dubai - Boston route has continued to be served by an Emirates 777-300ER and there's been no further news surrounding the A380....until now.
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Over the past few days Emirates has announced that it has expanded its Skywards loyalty program to include its low-cost subsidiary flydubai. The airline has also announced more flights between Dubai and Europe as a result of “strong market demand”.