• Emirates seeks Etihad takeover to create world's largest airline

    Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates is looking at taking over unprofitable neighbor Etihad, according to four people familiar with the matter, in a move that would create the world’s biggest carrier by passenger traffic. The talks, which are at a preliminary stage, would see Emirates a...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Emirates upgrades first class audio experience with Bowers & Wilkins

    Already boasting a superb first class experience from lounges at the airport to suites in the sky, Emirates is buffing up the rest of its inflight offering through partnerships with premium brands Bowers & Wilkins, Bulgari and BYREDO skincare. Passengers settling into their first class suite...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2018 18 Comments

  • Now you can earn Emirates Skywards miles and tier status on Flydubai

    IN BRIEF | Emirates is extending its Skywards frequent flyer program to regional partner Flydubai, which will in turn ditch its own Open loyalty scheme for Skywards. The move will let Skywards members earn reward miles and tier miles when travelling on Flydubai, along with spending those miles t...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • How to use Qantas Points to book Emirates flights

    Want to make your Qantas frequent flyer points fly even further? Here's how you can use them to book a flight with Emirates and travel to scores of destinations via its Dubai hub. If you're looking to travel with a dash of luxury you'll certainly appreciate the popular business class bar and the...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2018 21 Comments

  • Emirates temporarily winds back flights to Australia, New Zealand

    Emirates will reduce flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland over April and May 2019 due to runway updates at its sprawling Dubai hub, with travellers needing to plan around the temporary cut-backs. For Sydneysiders, the daily Airbus A380 EK417 flight to Dubai will be paused be...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2018 32 Comments

  • Would you trust a robot to handle your bags at the airport?

    Emirates can’t understand why robots – like the ones used by Amazon's warehouses – aren’t handling airport baggage yet. Outlining what automation, artificial intelligence and big data can do for air travel, the carrier’s President Tim Clark laid out a vision in whic...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • No more 2-3-2 business class, promises Emirates CEO

    The era of 2-3-2 business class is over – at least for Emirates – proclaims CEO Tim Clark, describing the Boeing 777 seating layout with a despised middle seat as "history". "What you see on the upper deck of the A380 is what's going to be in all our cabins from now on," Clark told...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • Emirates premium economy will have all-new ‘sleeperette’ seats

    Emirates says its forthcoming premium economy seat will adopt an all-new design exclusive to the airline as what CEO Tim Clark describes as a ‘sleeperette’. Speaking to Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the IATA aviation summit in Sydney this morning, Emirates CEO Tim...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2018 15 Comments

  • Emirates confirms premium economy launch for 2020 on new Airbus A380s

    Emirates will add premium economy seats to its new Airbus A380 fleet from 2020, airline CEO Tim Clark has confirmed. Update: Emirates CEO Tim Clark has revealed the first premium economy details to AusBT, with what he described as ‘sleeperette’ seats with an exclusive-to-Emirates des...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2018 27 Comments

  • Now you can share your Emirates Skywards miles with family pooling

    Members of Emirates’ Skywards frequent flyer program can now pool the Skywards miles they each earn from Emirates flights into a central ‘My Family’ account, making it easier to book reward flights or upgrades to business class when the family’s points are all kept togethe...

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • Emirates rules out merger with Etihad

    Dubai’s Emirates Group reported a 67% jump in full-year profit and said there are no plans to merge with Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi airline that’s shrinking operations following a record loss. “Many people have reported there will be a merger,” chairman Sheikh Ahmed bi...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 8 Comments

  • Etihad mulls Emirates tie-up rather than become a 'boutique' airline

    Etihad Airways intends to remain a major global carrier as it works on re-sizing its global business following record losses, according to new Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas. The Persian Gulf company, which has built up a vast inter-continental route network and spent billions of dollars o...

    POSTED 1 May, 2018 10 Comments

  • Emirates upgrades spirits menu for first class, business class

    Emirates is adding a selection of new spirits and liqueurs to its inflight drinks menu for first class and business class travellers, along with shaking up the cocktail menu by adding the Negroni, Old Fashioned and Aperol Spritz. Headlining the tipples will be Hennessy Paradis Imp&eacu...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 6 Comments

  • Emirates' new Airbus A380 first class suites due 2021

    Emirates plans luxurious new first class suites for its Airbus A380s, along with bathrooms and shower spa suites, in what airline CEO Sir Tim Clark describes as a "transformation of the cabin." Clark has previously confirmed the suites will be the same as the Mercedes-Benz inspired cribs of its ...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific reaches for top shelf with new first class Champagne

    Is this the start of a new Champagne War between Asia's premium airlines? Cathay Pacific's first class flyers are now being treated to Krug 2004 vintage Champagne on selected routes from Hong Kong. The iconic fruit-forward drop – which sells locally for around $450 a bottle – re...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2018 16 Comments

  • Emirates ditches middle seat with new wider Boeing 777 business class

    Emirates has finally dropped that hated middle seat from its Boeing 777 business class cabin – but only on the long-range Boeing 777-200LR jets, which this week debut with a wider business class seat. All ten of Emirates' Boeing 777-200LR jets will shift to a 2-2-2 layout in business class...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2018 33 Comments

  • Emirates won't launch new premium economy seat at ITB Berlin

    There'll be no big bang launch for Emirates' new premium economy class at this month's ITB Berlin travel trade show, with the Gulf powerhouse choosing not to exhibit at the annual expo. ITB Berlin has become a centrepiece for many airlines' premium products in recent years. Qatar Airways pulled...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 3 Comments

  • Emirates plans new Auckland-Bali-Dubai flights

    Qantas partner Emirates will launch flights between Auckland and Dubai via Denpasar (Bali) from June, using its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. As with the airline's other 'Fifth Freedom' flights, passengers will be able to travel solely between Auckland and Bali or between Bali and Dubai as part of ...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2018 34 Comments

  • Emirates CEO plans Airbus A380s for Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide

    Emirates hopes to upgrade all its flights to Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide to Airbus A380 jets on the back of the airline's recent US$16 billion order for an additional 36 superjumbos on top of its current 101-strong fleet. Boeing 777s currently darting between each of those three cities and...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2018 37 Comments

  • Emirates to buy another 36 Airbus A380s in US$16bn deal

    Emirates has thrown a lifeline to the Airbus A380 with a massive order for 36 superjumbos. Worth US$16 billion at list price – although the Gulf colossus would have struck quite a discount on the sticker price, likely well below the estimated 40% discount which applies to most aircraft fro...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2018 45 Comments

  • Emirates suspends Brisbane Airbus A380 flights

    Qantas partner Emirates will suspend its Airbus A380 flights between Brisbane and Dubai this year. In place of the superjumbos, the airline’s daily EK434/435 flights will be served by smaller Boeing 777-300ER jets between June 1 and August 31 2018 (June 2 to September1 departing Brisbane),...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2018 46 Comments

  • Emirates first class upgrade guide

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. For a little...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2018 3 Comments

  • The Qantas transit guide to Emirates' Dubai Airport first class lounge

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Hundreds of ...

    POSTED 30 Dec, 2017 40 Comments

  • Visiting Emirates' Moët & Chandon Champagne bar in Dubai

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Nestled in E...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 7 Comments

  • Is Emirates' Dubai business class lounge worth $100 to visit?

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Emirates now...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 24 Comments

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