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All business class carrier Silverjet has announced it is adding non-stop service to Dubai, making it the first biz class airline to try a route that doesn't cross the Atlantic. Service will start November 18 with introductory round-trip fares of £999 ($2,000).
Silverjet's London hub is a private terminal at Luton airport, where the airline has connecting flights to Newark, though travelers wanting to go all the way from EWR to DXB will have to endure an 11 hour layover in England.
Once in the air, the Silverjet experience will have a lot in common with the trans-Atlantic route: sleeper beds, lots of entertainment and flexible dining options. The Dubai route will add:
A specially tailored service including a Halal menu, Arabic menus, Qibla service [pointing toward Mecca] and ladies only loo to meet the needs of customers from the United Arab Emirates.
We're guessing there might be a bit less lav action on these flights.
You've already--quite rightly--complained about how confused you are about what you can take on a plane in domestic US flights (and BTW, we're still confused about the gummy bears). Well, just to add a bit more confusion to the mix, any flights going through popular hub Dubai are now about to be subject to new carry-on rules too.
Until now, Dubai International Airport has been free of the kinds of restrictions that's made us gobble down our gummy bears before the security check. From June 17, anyway visiting or transiting in Dubai will be restricted in the amounts and kinds of liquids, aerosols and gels they'll be able to carry on.
The basic rules sound familiar: less than 100mL of anything soggy, in individual containers inside a Ziploc bag, maximum 20cm by 20cm. But just like nearly everywhere else, they're pretty vague about exactly what's banned, and we don't know their opinion on peanut butter, either.
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