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Got $100? Then You've Got Access to the Captain's Seat of an Emirates A380

April 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

The massive Dubai Mall may seem like it has everything—there's an ice rink, aquarium, waterfall, gold souk, luxury hotel, and the title of "world's largest mall (by total area)"—but up until recently it's been lacking the one interactive exhibit it needed the most: a flight simulator.

Of course, this being Dubai and all, it can't be just any flight sim; the rig is that of an Emirates Airbus A380 cockpit, complete with flight instructor. Seeing as how Emirates is currently the world's largest operator of A380s, such a superjumbo flight sim only adds to the Mall's UAE cultural attractions and obsession with the superlative.

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New Route News from Qatar, United, and ANA Means New Destination Ideas

April 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Qatar Airways:
Just last week Qatar Airways made another debut on US soil, as the carrier officially started up service to and from Philadelphia. Things started flying during the middle of last week, as Boeing 777s brought a new international option to the Philadelphia area for the first time in a long time. Nonstop flights will do their thing all the way over to the carrier’s hub in Doha, and after that there are connections available to pretty much anywhere else in the region. Qatar Airways isn’t stopping here, as they will also be heading to Miami in June. After that they will also be visiting Dallas-Ft. Worth beginning in July.

· Emirates:
A new plane is headed to Dallas-Ft. Worth later this year, as Emirates shows off what it can do flying to and from the area. As of now it’s October 1 for the very first flight, as an Airbus A380 will carry plenty of passengers between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Dubai. For those keeping count of the big bird’s capacity it will be exactly 489 passengers heading between the two countries. Emirates currently offers nonstop flights aboard some Boeing 777s, but it sounds like they need a few more seats to keep up with the demand on this route.

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Emirates, Delta, and Icelandair Have This Month's New Route News

March 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Emirates:
Those who call Massachusetts home just got a new nonstop option this week, as Emirates is now doing its thing back and forth out of Boston’s Logan Airport. Boeing 777-200LRs will be the planes taking to the skies, as the passengers, pilots, and personnel do their thing between Dubai and Boston. Emirates will operate the flights each and every day of the week, so no need to balance your schedule to score a ride with them. For those that are interested in the specifics it’s flight 238 that departs Boston at around 11pm, and it arrives over in Dubai at around 7pm the next day, all times local.

· JetBlue:
Here’s one to add to the warm weather map, as JetBlue just announced destination number 86. This time the carrier is making the short trip between New York-JFK and Cape Cod, as they’ll be doing the nonstop thing right into Hyannis, Massachusetts. This is nonstop number 64 out of New York-JFK, and should be a great way to beat the traffic during the summer. Understandably it’s a seasonal thing with flights each and every day of the week between June 26 and September 9.

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So, Who Won BBC Top Gear's A380 Race to Sydney?

March 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: James' final leg, from Dubai to Sydney

24 hours ago, BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May set off from London-Heathrow Airport with a final destination of Sydney, Australia. They flew on separate planes through different layover airports, and their arrival times were to be within thirty minutes of each other despite the incredibly huge distance traveled. The trip evolved into a Top Gear Live challenge, with the usual jokes and competitive spirit of a regular Top Gear challenge, except that it all occurred over Twitter.

Well, now that the guys have completed their #RacetoSydney journey and are on the ground Down Under, it's time to name the winner.

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Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson and James May are Racing Planes to Sydney

March 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: The race has concluded, nearly 24 hours after it began. Check out who won, and how some twists made it a real nail-biter.

The sun has set for tonight in London, but it's already a bright new day over in Sydney. The miles and time zones between the two world capitals are many, and right now they're the focus of a new, live Top Gear race, as presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May challenge each other to be the first to zip across the globe and touch down at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport.

Both are traveling on commercial flights—Jeremy's onboard Singapore Airlines SQ321 to Singapore and James is on Emirates EK6 to Dubai—and both on Airbus A380s for all legs. They're also due to share their travels on Twitter thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi, but only Jeremy seems to have gotten the hang of using the network onboard his flight, which is currently chasing James' flight across Germany.

But is this race really for BBC's Top Gear? All signs point to yes, as Jeremy notes that it is a "Top Gear race," and the video of their announcing it (posted below), was uploaded to a "Top Gear Live" channel. There's a hashtag, of course: #RacetoSydney.

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Watch an Emirates 777 Strip Down and Suit Up

February 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s no new livery to be had here, but we can't help and sit back for a couple of minutes and enjoy the time-lapse distraction from the folks over at Emirates. It’s hard running an airline with all the planes and paint, and every once in a while one needs to strip things down and throw on a fresh coat—got to keep things looking good.

In the embedded video above Emirates shows off what it takes to clean a Boeing 777-300 down to bare metal, and then to bring things back to airport ready condition. Repainting an airplane to keep things looking professional is just part of the airline business, but when you speed things up into a quick little video it becomes that much more interesting.

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The Little Things: Emirates' First Class Almond-Stuffed Dates

February 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Emirates' First Class bite, Bateel figs stuffed with almonds.

Emirates, which is known to be über-luxurious on the ground as much as it is in the air, presents guests with a little treat before flying: a wooden box filled with Khidri dates from the prestigious Bateel gourmet confectionery of the U.A.E. Dates are considered a perfect after dinner desert to top off a delicious feast and Bateel is known to have some of the best.

Not only are guests in the lounges treated with a box on each counter, but First Class passengers onboard flights are offered a plate of these delicious fruits as a pre-arrival snack. Similar to a piece of chocolate prior to landing, the figs are a sweet end to a sumptuous flight experience and keep your belly from grumbling through immigration.

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Even Falcons Get to Fly on Commercial Aircraft

January 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comment (1)

Have you ever flown with a pet? It can be a frustrating experience, not to mention expensive, but from time to time even four-legged and feathered friends need to go on vacation too.

This brings us around to the above photo, of two men traveling in economy class on a flight either to or from the middle east, who are enjoying a little in-flight entertainment, a little nap, and a little quality time with their falcons.

The image comes courtesy of @mrstrefusis on Twitter, who explains a bit further: "my friend who lives in the UAE sent it to me - I've asked him if it's something he saw himself or if he found it on t'interweb."

Now, next time we see a traveler trying to calm a yapping dog, we'll just be happy we're not sitting next to two birds of prey with very real claws and very real sharp beaks.

[Photo: @mrstrefusis, hat tip to @runwaygirl]

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Cheers! These 13 Airlines Aren't Afraid to Pour the Good Champagne

January 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (3)

Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.

While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:

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What It's Like to Belly Up to Emirates' A380 Onboard Bar

December 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Long gone are the days when flying was an event and passengers "dressed to the nines" to be wined and dined at 30,000 feet. Despite cost-cutting and the spread of air travel to more than just the moneyed, a few modern airlines manage to pull off bits of those glamor days still. One of these is Emirates, because traveling on one of their A380s is one of the more civilized experiences, stretching from boarding to deplaning. On our own recent flight, however, it was the full bar that wowed us most.

The airline's superjumbos feature separate First Class and Business Class bars, both fully stocked with top-shelf liquors, fine Champagnes, and light bites to lubricate passenger relaxation and socializing. Just after take-off, while the cabin crew are prepping for meal service, a few crew members are tasked with setting up this flying perk that is unique to only a few carriers.

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Leading the New Route News are Air Canada, LAN, and Hainan Airlines

December 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Air Canada:
It’s been a long time coming, but Air Canada is finally going to score its very first Boeing 787s once 2014 rolls around. Things seem to finally be on scheduled for delivery, and if all goes according to plan the new planes will be hitting the hangar as soon as March. If you’re eager to fly in one of these new planes it looks like Air Canada is planning to introduce them on nonstop flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv and Toronto and Tokyo-Haneda. Both flights are scheduled to take to the skies on July 1, but before then they’ll be testing out all the buttons, switches, and whatnot on the new toy—probably even flying it domestically between Toronto and Montreal and on a few transatlantics.

· LAN:
So you’re in Aruba enjoying the sun and the sand, but then you start thinking that somewhere else might be nice to visit. Just head over to LAN Airlines’ website, as they’ve got an option that you might enjoy. This week they started up new nonstop service between Bogotá—in Colombia—and Aruba. Things took off earlier this week, and the planes and people will head back and forth on Mondays and Thursdays. Airbus A320s are in charge with the flying, of course with some help from the pilots, and it’ll be a quick flight with only roughly 500 miles between the destinations.

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Even on a Short Hop, We're Enamored with Emirates' Business Class

November 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (2)

Yesterday, we unzipped our amenity kits and showed you what's inside the über-luxe Emirates First Class swag. Now we can reveal what it's like to fly on their A380.

We booked a Business Class seat on one of the world's most sought-after airlines, on a bit of an odd route. An Emirates super jumbo A380 actually flies from Brisbane to Auckland. It's a trip of a little over three hours, but that's plenty time to enjoy a little extra luxury.

As you can expect, everything from time in the Emirates lounge to sitting back in our lie-flat seat on the upper deck contributed to our lack od desire to leave the plane upon arrival in Auckland.

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