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Emirates Airline to offer two-class A380 by 2016?

March 16th, 2013

Kinny Cheng

Via Air Transport World:

Dubai-based Emirates Airline is working on a two-class configuration variant for its Airbus A380 that will enable it to add seats to the aircraft, president Tim Clark confirmed to ATW. The carrier’s current A380 version offers 517 seats in a three-class layout.

The new variant, which could enter service in 2016, would eliminate first class. The upper deck bar would remain.

The airline is still working on an exact number of seats, Clark said. He conceded that additional seats would increase the weight of the aircraft.

Venturing into unknown territory.

But isn’t that one of the specialties of Emirates? I mean, they are — and will remain — the world’s biggest operator of the A380.

Adding to further excitement, there was talk by Airbus Chief Salesman, John Leahy, about possibly configuring an 11-abreast economy cabin in the A380’s main deck.

How would you feel about that if Emirates was the first Airbus customer to adopt this? They are, after all, one of the two A380 operators in the world which has an all-economy cabin layout on the superjumbo’s main deck (the other is Lufthansa).

Emirates’ bid for culinary glory!

August 24th, 2012

Kinny Cheng

From the Irish Times:

“The airline has signed up as the sole sponsor of the second series of RTÉ’s MasterChef Ireland.

In one episode of the 12-part series, contestants will be challenged to prepare a meal suitable for Emirates first-class passengers with produce that can be stored, cooked and served at altitude.”

This is a fantastic idea — and only the likes of Emirates would get behind something like this.

Looks as though in-flight culinary options will be getting much more interesting in the foreseeable future…

Special in-flight menus for passengers fasting during Ramadan

August 8th, 2012

Kinny Cheng

Via Yahoo! OMG!:

“The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated this year by millions of Muslims around the world between July 20 and August 19. Middle Eastern airlines have designed special programs to ensure the well-being of their customers fasting during the holy month. These meals will be served at Iftar, the evening meal when Muslims break their fast.”

The “programs” enacted by both Emirates and Qatar Airways are truly great, and provides that added #PaxEx edge.

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