Emirates considering purchasing narrow-bodied aircraft.

I just came across this post on CNN.com, where they are quoting Emirates CEO Tim Clark on Emirates considering buying a fleet of narrow-bodied aircraft within the next 18 months.

It is a radical change from what Emirates now is operating, as they have a 2-aircraft fleet only, solely operating the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380. Of course, there is a big difference in the number of passengers in those planes too, the Boeing 777-200LR only takes about 260 passengers, whereas the one-class Airbus A380 takes 615 passenger, but still moving from this fleet and adding a narrow-bodied fleet will be interesting.

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Emirates Has Invested $500 Million to Build a ‘Fort Knox’ of Wine

Just came across this article on Bloomberg, found it very interesting, so thought I would share it with the rest of you as well:

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-05/how-emirates-airline-serves-the-best-wine-list-in-the-sky

 

 

2016 and what to expect in 2017

So, 2016 has come to and end, and 2017 is just about starting.

It has been the first year for this blog, but hopefully I will be able to keep it going for a while longer. It has been my first attempt at blogging, and there has been a lot to learn, and a lot of mistakes made. I am still trying to learn as much as I can, but as long as my daily average hits is in the area of 12-18 readers pr day I guess it will be a while longer before I can resign from my current job and become a full time traveler and blogger ;D

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Qantas announces the worlds longest passenger flight

Qantas has just announced the worlds longest passenger flight. Starting March 2018 they will be operating the first ever non-stop flight from Perth, Australia to London, United Kingdom.

The flight will last about 17 hours, and cover a distance of 14.499 KM or about 7,829 NM.

Route from Perth to London

This flight will be marginally longer than the current longest flight in the world, which is operated by Emirates with an Airbus A380 between Dubai and Auckland, which is 7700 NM.

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The worlds shortest Airbus A380 route is now live

As I wrote about a month ago, Emirates is launching the worlds shortest Airbus A380 route between Dubai and Doha.

Well, the route is now live, on the 1st of December the A380 touched down in Doha, and was greeted with  a water cannon salute at Doha airport.

Water cannon salute

The flight had a filed flight time of 1 hour and 20 minutes, but I am pretty sure that the real flight time was in the area of 45-50 minutes, as is the typical length of a flight on this route.

Dubai – Doha

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Emirates welcomes new generation A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft to its fleet

Emirates A380 business class
Emirates A380 business class

Emirates has begun taking delivery of its new generation Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The first of the new generation A380s was delivered this month as Emirates’ 85th A380. The first of its new generation Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is expected to be delivered later this month and will feature upgraded Business Class seats amongst other features.

These new aircraft reflect Emirates’ continued investment and commitment to flying a modern, environmentally –friendly fleet and providing its customers with a superior level of comfort and safety.

New generation Emirates Airbus A380

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Emirates moves to an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

Emirates at DXB
Emirates at DXB

In line with its vision to offer a superior passenger experience and improve environmental performance through a modern and state of the art wide-body aircraft fleet, Emirates has retired the last Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its fleet from active service. This makes Emirates the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.

Emirates recently retired A6-EAK from operational service. The aircraft was the last of the 29 Airbus A330 aircraft that had been operating as part of its fleet. A6-EAK joined Emirates in 2002 and had flown for over 60,000 hours travelling close to 45 million kilometres in 14.5 years. That distance is equivalent to almost 60 return journeys between the Earth and the Moon. Emirates has also phased out A6-ERN, the last serving Airbus A340 in the fleet which had joined the airline in 2004, originally manufactured in 1999.

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Up to 600 dirhams cashback with CitiBank Creditcards

Citbanks best card for earning miles with Etihad, Emirated and Qatar Airways
Citbanks best card for earning miles with Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways

Citibank is now offering up to 600 dirhams cashbak if you apply for any of their credit cards online.

The only requirement for getting the cashback is that you have to spend at least 5000 dirhams on the creditcard to get 300 dirhams statement credit, or 10000 dirhams to get 600 dirhams credited back to your account. This means up to 6% back on your spends for the first 10.000 dirhams you spend on the card, a better deal than most deals you can find out there right now.

 

The promotion seems to be valid for a selection of CitiBanks Credit Cards, my favorite that I am currently using myself is the Premier Miles, where you earn Citi miles on all your spends, which you can then credit to any airline program you choose (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways and many others) at a 1:1 ratio, making it an excellent currency if you are not particularly loyal to just one of them.

CitiBank's Cerdit Card Promotion
CitiBank’s Crrdit Card Promotion

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Incredible fares from Cairo after Egypt devalued the pound

Egyptian pound to AED chart
Egyptian pound to AED chart

On the 3rd of November Egypt had to devalue the Egyptian Pound by 48% to meet IMF demands for a 13 billion dollar loan.

As you can see from the graph above, the value of one Egyptian Pound fell from 0.41463 dirhams to 0.23602 in a moment. The good news for this is that fares out of Cairo (and other Egyptian cities) are priced in Egyptian Pounds, and airlines have so far not adjusted their fares. This means there are some incredible fares to be found.

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Emirates launches the world shortest A380 route

Emirates Airbus A380
Emirates Airbus A380

Emirates has announced that from December 1, 2016, they will start operating the Airbus A380 once daily between Dubai and Doha, Qatar.

Emirates is already operating 9 daily flights between Dubai and Doha, and it is one of those who now gets upgraded to the A380.

doh-dxb

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