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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have started to lobby the US government to restrict the expansion of the gulf airlines namely Emirates, Etihad and Qatar due to alleged “subsidies”.

WSJ Big U.S. Airlines Fault Persian Gulf Carriers

The United States and the gulf states have an Open Skies agreement that allows the airlines from these countries to freely operate flights in-between, as long as they don’t receive government subsidies. [click to continue…]

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Here are three reader questions from the past week that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions January 3 2015

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]

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Emirates is expanding its free WiFi connectivity for all eligible flights starting immediately the airline announced on November 4, 2014.

Emirates Free WiFi November 2014

Due to the system limitations in place right now, the first 10MB will be free and the next 600MB will cost just $1. The eventual goal is to offer free WiFi fleet-wide. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Emirates are about to launch “Your World Rewards” frequent flier/guest partnership similar to what SPG already has in place with Delta.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Emirates Your World Rewards Main

Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members will receive one Starpoint per USD spent on Emirates flights and Platinum members will receive additional benefits such as priority check in and boarding. It is unclear what Emirates Gold and Platinum members will get from this partnership. [click to continue…]

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JW Marriott Dubai (the old one close to the airport) has an offer for 1,000 bonus Etihad, Emirates or Saudia miles per weekend stay between October 5 and December 28, 2014.

Marriott Rewards JW Marriott Dubai Airline Offer

The weekend night in the Middle East is considered Thursday to Sunday and the Saudia offer requires minimum of two nights stay. [click to continue…]

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Let me begin saying that I am glad that the World Cup is finally over. I am not really into football, but ended up watching quite a few matches in pub environments (too many beer pitchers) in an ungodly hours here in Jakarta.

Emirates FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Bloomberg

Nobody watching the matches could have missed the Emirates advertisements that were all over and the FA’s (their Emirates FA outfits were completely out of place IMHO) carrying the medals at the final ceremony. [click to continue…]

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Emirates made a big announcements today that it would cancel an order of 70 Airbus A350 airplanes that it had ordered back in 2007. This is a huge blow for Airbus.

Emirates Airbus A350

The airline ordered 150 Boeing 777X airplanes at the Dubai Airshow last year where it also placed an order for an additional 50 Airbus A380’s. [click to continue…]