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”.
You can now explore the 3 cabins inside of an Emirates Airbus A380 on Emirates.com courtesy of "web virtual reality (VR) technology". As things stand the aircraft on view is home to the older style First Class cabin but Emirates says that the technology will soon include all configurations of the A380 and its Boeing 777 aircraft.
Clearly I'm not as clever or as business-savvy as Tim Clark (the president of Emirates) or I would be a multimillionaire and flying around the world without wondering if I'm crediting my trips to the right loyalty program or if I'm using my miles wisely.....but I still know a bad idea when I hear one.
Emirates currently operates a daily flight between Dubai and Osaka using its 777-300ER aircraft but travelers on this route can expect a significant upgrade from October 2018. Emirates operates a fleet that is solely made up of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft but the differences in the onboard experience offered on the two can be very different. The 777 that Emirates currently employs on the Osaka route offers very similar First Class suites to the one's you'll find on the Airbus A380 but that's just about where the similarities end.
Earlier today I wrote about Emirates scheduling A380 service between Dubai and Hamburg from October this year and, while researching that article, something else jumped out at me - the Emirates 777-300ER that's scheduled to fly the second daily flight between Dubai and Hamburg only has 6 seats in the First Class cabin.
One of the more common misconceptions amongst those not immersed in the world of travel is that Emirates offers great premium cabin products throughout its fleet - it does not. The airline's business class cabin on most of its 777 aircraft is actually pretty poor with 7-across seating throughout and with no direct aisle access for half of the cabin. The fact that not even an airline like American still offers such a cabin configuration on its wide-body aircraft should tell you just how antiquated the Emirates layout is and why Business Class flyers on the Hamburg - Dubai route will be delighted with the news that was announced yesterday.