One of the benefits coming out of the Qantas Emirates Partnership for Skywards members is a new membership tier ‘Skywards Platinum’. This new elite tier to be introduced from 1 April 2013 will be awarded to Skywards who have flown at least 150,000 tier miles the members 12-13 month earning window, the great news for existing members is those who have hit the benchmark in the past 12 months will be automatically upgraded to Skywards Platinum. How Much Flying to Obtain Skywards Platinum As mentioned a Skywards member will need to have flown 150,000 tier miles within their 12-13 earning window, so providing you travel on the full Skyward Flex fare Platinum could be achieved with 8 Sydney to London return flights. The great news is that if you travel in Business or First the 150,000 mile mark a lot easier with just under 5 Sydney London return flights needed in business or for First Class just under 4 return Sydney to London flights. Skywards Platinum Benefit Overview The media release says for the first time Platinum members will receive exclusive benefits usually reserved for First Class passengers, which equates to the following benefits. First Class check-in and baggage delivery – Allowing Platinum members to check an additional 20kg of checked luggage, check-in at first class check-in counters with checked baggage with the same high priority as first class passengers luggage Emirates First Class Lounge Access in Dubai and London – This is a first in the past not even gold members had access to first class lounges, now Platinum members have access in both the Dubai and London First class lounges and what’s better is that a guest flying in any class is also invited 75% bonus Skywards Miles when you fly with Emirates – When you fly Emirates you will receive an additional 75% miles Gold ‘Partner’ Card for a spouse or partner – Another great benefit that will further benefit members a partners of platinum members, Guaranteed Business Class revenue seats – Guaranteeing the availability of Business Class seats for purchase ‘Last Seat’ Flex reward tickets even on high-demand flights – Allowing Platinum members the ability to use miles for seats even on high demand flights The Skyward Platinum tier is long overdue and while these benefits go a long way to filling the gap that Emirates had in its Frequent Flyer program there is still a long way to go to catch up with the leaders.
Emirates today announced that from 4 June 2012 the airline would expand into Vietnam with daily non-stop Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City Services Emirates 124th destination will be serviced by a two class Airbus A330-200 on the Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City route and then from 28 October the aircraft will be upgraded to a 2 class Boeing 777-300 ER. The Airbus A330-200 operating this route will feature 27 Business Class seats and 251 Economy Class seats, Flight details for both services will be as follows: Route Flight Number Depart Arrive Dubai – Ho Chi Minh EK390 0925hrs 1920hrs Ho Chi Minh – Dubai EK391 2050hrs 0045hrs +1 “Following the signing of the Air Services Memorandum of Understanding between Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates in April 2011, we have been busy planning this route and it comes at a very exciting time for the airline, as our global network continues to expand,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. “Emirates will offer tourists and business travellers, particularly from the Middle East, Africa and Europe, a convenient option to access Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most vibrant places in South East Asia and we are convinced that this will prove to be a highly popular route. We look forward to growing our partnership with Vietnam and would like to thank the Government and Airport Authorities for their support in the planning of our launch,” Mr Clark added. Ho Chi Minh City will be the Emirates’ eighth route launch in 2012, following on from Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro on 3rd January; Dublin on 9th January; Lusaka and Harare on 1st February; Dallas on 2nd February and Seattle on 1st March.
If you are a regular Emirates flyer to London then you will be happy to hear that the airline has just announced a third daily London Service from 24 January 2012. This new Airbus A380 service to Heathrow will replace the existing EK029/EK030 service which is operates on a Boeing 777 aircraft. Emirates operates 5 daily flights between Dubai and London Heathrow so this additional A380 service will mean 3 out the 5 daily flights will be operated on the A380, “Given the popularity of Emirates’ A380s, I know this news will be well received by our customers flying between London Heathrow, Dubai and beyond. As these magnificent aircraft continue to join our fleet, we can offer more seats and choice in and out of high density points, while enabling a greater number of passengers to benefit from the Emirates’ A380 experience,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation. The full timetable of A380 services into and out of the UK is now as follows: (Current at the writing of this article) Route Flight Number Depart Arrive Dubai – London (LHR) EK001 0745hrs 1135hrs London (LHR) – Dubai EK002 1335hrs 0025hrs Dubai – London (LHR) EK003 1430hrs 1815hrs London (LHR) – Dubai EK004 2015hrs 0700hrs Dubai – London (LHR) EK029 0940hrs 1330hrs London (LHR) – Dubai EK030 1635hrs 0325hrs Dubai – Manchester EK017 0755hrs 1145hrs Manchester – Dubai EK018 1330hrs 0025hrs Dubai from Australia connections to London Heathrow From Sydney 2 daily direct flights from Sydney to Dubai, with one of these services operated on the Airbus A380 (EK413) and the other operated on Boeing 777 aircraft, there is also another flight from Sydney with a stop in Bangkok. From Melbourne there is 1 direct flight (2 others with connections) to Dubai all operated on Boeing 777 aircraft. From Perth there is one direct flight to Dubai operated on a Boeing 777 aircraft From Brisbane there is 1 direct flight to Dubai (1 other with connections) both operated on Boeing 777 aircraft
Have you been a regular passenger to Narita? Well, this could be good news for you. Emirates being one of the renowned international airlines have added two more flights every week which would mean that there would already be everyday flight from Dubai and Narita International Airport starting this November. Good service of the said airlines continues despite the recent earthquake in Japan since it has indeed been a tough time for the residents. Flights are indeed important especially when disasters like this happen. Emirates pursued to cater to passengers who needed to fly from the country to their destinations. Emirates’ flight to Narita has started since March 28, 2010 and will still push through with its operations. It’s the EK 318 which flies from Dubai at 0250hrs and arrive at Narita International Airport at 1735hrs. The return flight is favorable too since the EK 319 flies from Narita at 2200hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0350hrs the next day. The commitment has been there as one of what Emirates stood for Japan. Since the country has given them a good opportunity for business, the airlines in turn did not leave them during those times even when it seems to be a bit risky. That’s one good deal of partnership. With Japan being an essential market for the airlines, the gratitude of the company is brought back upon the increase of flights being opportunities for passengers.. There are 200 cabin crews who are Japanese which enables passengers to feel as if they’re just home where they also delightfully serve delicacies from the said country during flights, with its own movies shown. Exporting products that are manufactured is very much essential for Japanese since Dubai gets to export the said products to other countries as well. There are a couple of products to export all around the globe that Emirates has been a big part from the 60,000 tons of cargo it has carried since the year 2002.
DUBAI, U.A.E., 27thJuly 2011: Emirates has announced that they will start daily service of their most advanced A380 airbuses to historic city of Rome from December 1st, 2011. Celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 6 Emirates landed on Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport with the announcement to schedule a permanent A380 service to Italy to share commemoration of 150th year of Italian unification. Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation Mr. Salem Obaidalla said the A380 service to Rome would highlight their commitment to Italy to whom they are serving since 1992. Travellers would enjoy unparalleled on-board amenities in all classes and great connectivity of our network via the Dubai hub. He also thanked to the airport authorities who have strategically upgraded their infrastructure to accommodate A380 aircrafts. This fruitful investment will help strengthen economic ties and tourism between the UAE and Italy.Emirates, at present, has two flights to Milan and Venice daily which becomes a 35 flights weekly to draw US$ 4.6 billion business liaison between the two countries. The A380 flight EK 97 shall depart Dubai at 09:10hrs (local time) and arrive at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport at 12:35hrs (local time). Flight will return as EK 98 from Rome at 14:35hrs (local time) and arrives in Dubai at 23:05hrs (local time).
Emirates airlines have announced to set destination for its A380 squad in Malaysia on 1st December 2011. Previously the airline started its services to Kuala Lumpur through Dhaka in October 1996 and with a time span of ten years the airline was able to connect Kuala Lumpur with Dubai on non-stop basis. Today there are 21 non-stop flights scheduled among the two cities. The first ever A380 to Malaysia with flight number EK346 would fly, from Emirates’ platform to Kuala Lumpur, from Dubai at 04:05 hours and reach Kuala Lumpur at 14:55 hours the same day. The aircraft will return to Dubai vide flight no. EK347 from Kuala Lumpur at 19:30 hours and reach there by 22:30 hours. For the last 15 years Emirates of UAE, the leading trade partner of Malaysia, has played a major role between the two countries. According to Richard Jewsbury, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Far East and Australia, following robust and cumulative necessity of travelling to and from Malaysia Emirates has incorporated its A380 on the same route which will facilitate businessmen and tourists resulting in increased tourism for Malaysia. He also added “I would like to express my gratitude to YB. Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha, Minister of Transport, YB. Dato’ Sri Dr.Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism and Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director, Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), all of who have supported Emirates over the years and made this A380 launch possible.” Trade volume between the two countries has been multiplied in the last ten years from US$ 1.16 billion to US$ 4.59 billion and still increasing. Addition of A380 to Emirates’ service line has helped passengers fly to 100 plus European, Middle Eastern, African or American destinations of their choice. There are also stopover packages providing travellers to stay and relax in the soothing sights of Dubai.
Emirates have announced that from 3 January 2012 they will commence daily flights into Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires to further expand their South American network. Emirates Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro flights will be operated on their luxurious 3 class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with 8 First Class Private Suites, 42 lie-flat Business Class seats and 304 Economy Class Seats. Emirates Rio de Janeiro & Buenos Aires timetable from 3 January 2012 Flight Number Route Depart Arrive EK 247 Dubai to Rio de Janeiro 0705 hrs 1535 hrs Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires 1720 hrs 1930 hrs EK 248 Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro 2130 hrs 0120 hrs +1 day Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires 0255 hrs 2235 hrs “Both Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro are rightly renowned as world-class leisure destinations as well as important business and trading centres. Our research has shown that there is a high demand for these cities from across our network,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group. “Brazil has been part of the Emirates network since 2007 when we began flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo. With the country playing host to both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil will be further catapulted into the world’s spotlight, and we will be in a prime position to transport sports enthusiasts to these renowned events. Meanwhile, our first service to Argentina is a much-anticipated addition to our network which will open important new markets for us,” added Sheikh Ahmed. Brazil stands as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, thanks to its success in the petroleum sector, a young and active workforce and stability in urban growth. Trade between Brazil and the Middle East follows the trend: according to the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, exports to Arab countries totalled US$12.57 billion in 2010, representing an annual growth of 34%, while imports ended the year with US$6.96 billion, an increase of 33% compared to 2009.
Emirates was recently named Airline of the year for 2011 by Air Transport World, the award was given for Emirates commitment to operational excellence safety and trendsetting customer service. Air Transport World is one aviation industries’ leading publications Below are some comments from both Tim Clark (President of Emirates) and Perry Flint (Editorial Director of Air Transport World): “The last few years have been among the most demanding in our industry’s history but despite the challenges, we have kept our focus on delivering the very highest standards of product, passenger comfort and operational efficiency,” said Tim Clark. “This recognition is testament to our commitment to innovation and service excellence as we continue to grow our global network and offer customers more opportunities to discover the world from Dubai.” “Customers have a choice to fly Emirates, given that more than 125 airlines serve Dubai. The route network appeals to travellers not only in the UAE, but to those in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America who value the efficiency and connectivity of the Dubai hub,” said Perry Flint, Editorial Director for ATW. “A cornerstone of EK’s (Emirates’) success has been a relentless drive for cabin innovation not just in premium class but in economy,” added Flint. “The decision to award Emirates ‘Airline of the Year’ is in recognition for its strong commitment to safety and operational excellence, its trendsetting customer service and its superb financial performance including a 22-year consecutive annual profit streak.” The full media release from Emirates can be read below: Emirates named ‘Airline of the Year’ Emirates has been conferred the prestigious ‘Airline of the Year’ award for 2011 by the leading industry title Air Transport World, in recognition of the Dubai-based carrier’s “strong commitment to safety and operational excellence, trendsetting customer service and superb financial performance”. Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, received the award at a gala dinner in Washington D.C. on 8th February 2011. “The last few years have been among the most demanding in our industry’s history but despite the challenges, we have kept our focus on delivering the very highest standards of product, passenger comfort and operational efficiency,” said Tim Clark. “This recognition is testament to our commitment to innovation and service excellence as we continue to grow our global network and offer customers more opportunities to discover the world from Dubai.” “Customers have a choice to fly Emirates, given that more than 125 airlines serve Dubai. The route network appeals to travellers not only in the UAE, but to those in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America who value the efficiency and connectivity of the Dubai hub,” said Perry Flint, Editorial Director for ATW. “A cornerstone of EK’s (Emirates’) success has been a relentless drive for cabin innovation not just in premium class but in economy,” added Flint. “The decision to award Emirates ‘Airline of the Year’ is in recognition for its strong commitment to safety and operational excellence, its trendsetting customer service and […]
Emirates AeroMobile inflight mobile phone service will reach its five millionth user this week. The world’s leading airline for mobile phone services onboard, Emirates has seen a 38 percent increase in passengers switching on their mobile phones and connecting to the service in the last 12 months. The AeroMobile system allows passengers to use their own mobile phones to make and receive phone calls and text messages from Emirates aircraft in flight, just as they would on the ground. Over 220 Emirates flights per day currently offer the AeroMobile service. “Since AeroMobile was introduced on our flights in March 2008, we have witnessed a remarkable rise in passenger usage. Reaching the five million user mark is a significant milestone for Emirates and showcases exactly how popular the service has become,” said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates Vice President Corporate Communications Product, Publishing, Digital and Events. “Use of wireless mobile communications is growing at an incredible speed across the world, taking over from the traditional wired methods of yesterday. People like to be connected, even at 30,000 feet. AeroMobile gives people the flexibility to switch on their mobiles during a flight and, if they wish to, make a call or send an sms. Using a mobile phone on an Emirates flight is now an everyday occurrence for our passengers and it’s a service they have come to expect from us,” added Brannelly. Statistics for this service during 2010 included 227 phones turned on during a single flight, with up to 65 percent of passengers often switching on their phones. During this year Emirates is expected to turn on GPRS data functions for this service which will allow Blackberry and iPhone users to surf the internet and send email inflight.
Emirates today announced that they will start direct flight to Copenhagen from 1 August 2011, this new route will be operated on a three class Airbus A330-200. With flight details as follows: Route Flight Number Depart Arrive Frequency Dubai – Copenhagen EK 151 0830 hrs 1310 hrs Daily Copenhagen – Dubai EK 152 1455 hrs 2315 hrs Daily The full media release from Emirates can be read below: Copenhagen Joins Emirates’ European Network Denmark to become the 67th country served by Emirates 21st January 2011 – Emirates is set to add a new European country to its ever expanding route network when the Dubai-based international airline launches non-stop, daily flights to Copenhagen in Denmark on 1st August. Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city which attracts 1.3 million tourists a year will become the Emirates’ 112th international destination and the 27th destination in Europe. “Copenhagen is an important hub for the whole of Scandinavia and the launch of our non-stop service will open up a new market for Emirates. It will also offer Denmark’s businesses with easy connections to previously untapped markets,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group. “Dubai and Copenhagen both have a strong maritime and trading tradition and Emirates is looking forward to adding this dynamic city to our European network and also welcoming Denmark as the 67th country that we fly to from Dubai.” Starting 1st August 2011, EK 151 will leave Dubai each day at 0830hrs and arrive in Copenhagen at 1310hrs. From Copenhagen, EK 152 departs at 1455hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2315hrs. Emirates will be operating an Airbus A330-200 on the Copenhagen route in a three-class configuration. On board, passengers can enjoy the delicacies from the exclusive menu served to them by Emirates’ cabin crew from over 120 nations. Passengers on all Emirates’ flights also have the added bonus of extra baggage allowance with 30 kilograms for those travelling in Economy, 40 kilograms for Business and 50 kilograms for First Class. Copenhagen, with a population 1.2 million people in the metropolitan area, has a compact city centre which has developed into a major regional centre of culture, business, media and science. Copenhagen is the third new route announced by Emirates for 2011, following Basra on 2nd February and Geneva on 1st June.