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Airline Exec Says Free In-Flight WiFi Will Become Standard

November 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been following the development of in-flight Wifi since its initial takeoff, but most recently, we've been focused on airlines that have begun to roll out free Wifi. JetBlue was the first American carrier to make the leap, and just a month ago Nok Air became Asia's first airline to let passengers surf the Web for free.

Last week, Dubai based Emirates entered the discussion. The airline's President Tim Clark said that free Wifi is something we will eventually see become standard throughout the global airline industry, as it is definitely a service that customers want. In response, Emirates has been spending about $20 million a year on the installation and operation of in-flight connectivity, he said.

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Watch Emirates Break the Record for World's Shortest A380 Flight

July 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)


Emirates' EK857 & EK858 are currently the world's shortest Airbus A380 flights at 1 hour, 25 minutes and 1 hour, respectively. They travel between Dubai, UAE to Kuwait City, Kuwait, a route which saw the Boeing 777 up until mid-July, when the superjumbo took over and this video was made on the inaugural.

The switch to the A380 coincides with Emirates' 25th Anniversary of service to Kuwait, so the video concludes with all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds such a milestone.

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Why Flight Attendants Handed Germany Their FIFA World Cup Medals

July 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who are the women in veils behind FIFA officials during the World Cup trophy presentation? It was a question passed around Twitter in the few minutes after the final score, and we've got the answer.

These ladies, on the soccer pitch of Rio de Janeiro's Maracan„ Stadium to present medals to the winning team, are flight attendants for Emirates, a major sponsor of the 2014 World Cup.

Following the final match between Argentina and Germany, which Germany won 1-0, a whole line of these red-lipped ladies emerged with trays of medals. The answer to their identity lay in the big red ad banners for Emirates around the field. A similar scene went down in 2010, as Emirates as also a key FIFA sponsor with their cabin crew in tow during that World Cup.

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What's the Longest Route Flown by the Airbus A380?

May 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

As we round a week of chronicling the world's longest and shortest flights on the newest and most notable planes on the planet, it only makes sense to highlight which route is lengthiest for the whale of the skies, Airbus' A380. Some of these aircraft have showers for first class passengers, in-flight duty-free shops, and wider cabins for a bit more space to make spending multiple hours on the aircraft a whole lot more enjoyable.

Emirates is two-for-two on these top spots with their regular A380 service from Dubai to Los Angeles. EK 215 spends about 16 hours, 35 minutes making the 8,339 mile trek around the globe, which gives ample time to experience the world-class service for which Emirates is well known.

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What's the Shortest Route Flown by the Airbus A380?

May 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

This week we've been covering off the world's shortest and longest flights on one of the most exciting aircraft out there, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Thus, it's time to switch it up and have a look at some superlatives for the Airbus A380.

The Airbus double-decker is a superjumbo which can fly up to 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration. Usually these planes are outfitted with several classes, and carry around 525 passengers, but airlines like Korean Air only pack in 407 travelers. With these kind of seat numbers, the A380 is usually reserved for long-haul flights to increase efficiency, but there are a few short hops for the massive plane.

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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 itís hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so weíve 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 carrierís hub in Doha, and after that there are connections available to pretty much anywhere else in the region. Qatar Airways isnít 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 itís 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 birdís 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 itís hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so weíve 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 Bostonís 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 itís flight 238 that departs Boston at around 11pm, and it arrives over in Dubai at around 7pm the next day, all times local.

· JetBlue:
Hereís 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 theyíll 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 itís 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)

Thereís 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. Itís 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 coatógot 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 Łber-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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