A roundup of some of the latest airline and hotel news announced recently. Includes details of a new Ritz-Carlton resort coming to the Caribbean, news that Emirates will restart its A380 service between Dubai and Houston, information on how you can check-in a case of wine for free on Alaska Airlines & details of when the Malaysia Airlines lounges in Kuala Lumpur will reopen.
Emirates has announced plans to start a new service between Dubai and Auckland which will stop off in Bali along the way. Thanks to 'Fifth Freedom' rules travelers will be able to fly solely between Auckland and Bali or Bali and Dubai if they so choose.
A roundup of some of the news I've noticed over the past 48 hours including details of Emirates' new flights to Chile, news that Starbucks is going down a path that I don't understand and news that Etihad is apparently so desperate for cash that it's cutting another premium cabin benefit.
Over the past year Emirates' scheduling team has been very active when it comes to the airline's routes to/from the US with Emirates apparently happy to tinker with its schedule on what seems like a very frequent basis. We've seen Emirates reduce services to Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston and Florida and, as recently as 16 January, I noted that Emirates is no longer taking reservations for one of its JFK flights through 26 November 2018.
Recently Emirates has been making noises to indicate that it's not happy with the current offering from Airbus (the airline would like to see the aircraft fitted with new and considerably more efficient engines) while Airbus has been suggesting that Emirates' requests are uneconomical to bring to fruition. Things have been coming to ahead for some time and Emirates has been making noises indicating that it may drop the A380 if it can't come to an agreement with Airbus.
News that Lufthansa is eliminating First Class from two routes to the US (at least for summer 2018), news of a new Hilton opening in a beautiful part of Europe, details of an Emirates schedule change which sees an extension to the cut in service to New York and news that Singapore Airlines has scheduled its new A380 on its routes to London and Hong Kong.
Emirates has unveiled a new marketing campaign in which it encourages travelers to upgrade the airline they're flying on and not just their seat. The latest campaign pokes fun at travelers who try all kinds of tricks to try to score an upgrade (we've all seen them!) and ends with an apparently contented traveler checking in with Emirates.
Emirates operates 3 daily flights between Dubai and Frankfurt and, as things stand, one of those flights is operated by an Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft while the other two flights are operated by the A380s that are now almost synonymous with the airline.
Emirates has decided that 2 daily flights between Dubai and Sydney simply isn't enough for the European summer season (which is actually Australia's Winter) and Cathay Pacific has announced that it's cutting a route to Europe almost two years to the day from when the route was launched.
The onboard bar that Emirates offers Business Class and First Class passengers in its Airbus A380 aircraft is one of the things that the airline used differentiate itself when it introduced the concept back in 2008. Other airlines like Virgin Atlantic offered a version of the onboard bar before Emirates came along with its concept, but it's the Emirates version that most people seem to think of when you mention a bar at 38,000ft.