Emirates might have just narrowly scraped by a disaster when one of their Airbus A380 en route to Moscow was about to ‘land’ (crash really) 8 miles from Domodedovo (DME) Airport in Russia’s capital.
SPG & Emirates Your World Rewards 500 Starpoints For Sign Up September 18 – October 30, 2017 (Targeted)
SPG and Emirates launched Your World Rewards partnership back in 2014 (read more here) where SPG and Emirates elite members get reciprocal benefits and earn bonus Starpoints and Skywards miles (SPG has similar partnership with Delta and China Eastern).
Now, a LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an email that SPG had sent out today offering 500 free Starpoints for signing up and linking SPG and Emirates accounts.
Financial Times run an interesting piece earlier this week that is worth a read for those that fly on any of the ME3 (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways).
For the first time, the ME3 are projected to grow in low single digits this year and Qatar capacity wil actually decrease due to the blockage.
Qantas few years ago decided to drop all of their other European destinations besides London and serve it via one-stop service via Dubai instead of the usual Asian gateways cities after signing a deal with Emirates.
Today, the airline announced that it would again route one of the services QF1/2 Sydney to London via Singapore and also extend the partnership with Emirates by five years. The airline will also start direct Perth to London service next year.
Emirates has been sending out emails this week about informing its Skywards members about changes implemented to economy seating based on “extensive customer feedback”.
I would assume that this means that there are fewer options for free seats (seems that all the seats are now pay only before check in for those without status) and Skywards elite members are not exempt of these fees either even at the Platinum level.
Emirates & Flydubai Deeper Cooperation (Codeshare, Schedules, Destinations & Frequent Flier Program)
Emirates and Flydubai, both airlines owned by the Emirates government via investment vehicle, today announced deepened co-operation in the form of cosdeshare, schedule and network optimization initiatives.
Emirates only operates widebody planes while Flydubai serves short/medium-haul destinations in the Middle East/Asia using Boeing 737 single aisle aircraft.
Emirates Airlines passenger who are Champagne connoisseurs should close their eyes right now and better not read any further because the airlines just caught red handed re-using leftover champagne.
A passenger caught a flight attendant on video filling champagne from a glass back into the bottle and uploaded it on social media.
Emirates & Turkish Airlines Passengers Can Again Travel With Laptops And Electronics To US Effective July 5, 2017
Emirates and Turkish Airlines passengers can again travel with their laptops and large electronics to the United States effective on July 5, 2017, after Dubai and Istanbul airports implemented enhanced screening methods.
Etihad Airways passengers traveling from Adu Dhabi have been able to travel with their electronics since July 2nd (read more here).
Extortion: Emirates Transit Passengers Being Forced To Leave Carry On Items Behind Or Pay An Overweight Fee
There are extensive reports coming from Emirates passengers who were forced to pay a high fee or leave baggage/duty items behind after the airline now weighs carry on baggage in transit.
Delta Air Lines released the other day 15 minute long “documentary” about the gulf carriers trying to inform its employees what is at stake.
Financial Times yesterday run an interesting story about the current state of the Emirates and what pains the airline is currently going trough.
The forward looking booking for the summer are soft, the airline doesn’t appears to have plan for the frames it took off from the US market, and there might be a merger in the making with the FlyDubai.
It is Ramadan time in the Middle East that doesn’t seem to extend to the politics that we don’t cover here in the LoyaltyLobby unless it affects travel.
United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have all decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. It unclear at this time what does this means to Qatar Airways. Can the airline still operate flights to/from these countries and use their air space?
A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email about situation that many must be facing when transporting fragile items. They arrive broken!