Qantas is launching a new schedule for flights between Australia and New Zealand to better align the flights with its partner Emirates. The airline will also launch twice-weekly seasonal flights between Auckland, New Zealand and the Western Australian city of Perth from December 6. Under the new schedule, Qantas is changing its existing Christchurch to…read more >>>
Emirates uses the huge Airbus A388 aircraft on long-haul international flights from New York, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The upper deck hosts 14 First Class and 76 Business Class seats all in a 1-2-1 formation. On the lower deck, 399 Economy Class passengers occupy the whole cabin in a 3-4-3 seating formation.
Emirates uses Boeing 777-300ER planes for its flights from the US on the remaining routes. The B777 carries up to 364 passengers in 3 classes. Business class seats are in a 2-3-2 configuration, while economy class seats are configured in rows of 3-4-3 seats.
Both aircraft are used on Emirates' flights to Australia.
In The Air
Passengers in Emirate's First Class can enjoy a luxurious experience, at the heart of which is their own personal suite featuring a fully flat bed with a mattress. Why not take a shower or relax in the on-board lounge for a cocktail on the A388. Business Class customers also have access to the lounge as well as their own fully flat bed seats, a menu served on Royal Doulton china and over 1,400 channels of entertainment.
Economy Class offers that same range of channels alongside telephone and email services built into each narrow, but ergonomically-designed seat.
On The Ground
First and Business class passengers on Emirates are treated to a personal chauffeur service to the airport and upon arrival receive dedicated check-in and fast-track vouchers to ease them through the airport. Along with members of the airline's Skywards Gold program, they are hosted prior to take-off or on layover in the luxurious surroundings of one of the many Emirates lounges worldwide, or one of those hosted by their partner airlines.
Emirates has won the award for Best Inflight Entertainment at the Skytrax Awards for the last three years running and took Airline Of The Year at the 2011 Air Transport World Awards.
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