Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4168 posts, RR: 17 Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
I lived in Dubai for ten years and I still go back to see my parents every Christmas and summer. I've flown EK alot (SIN, MUC, CDG, BEY, LCA, etc) and have found them to be generally a good airline. Certainly much better than AC.
MileHighClub From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2004, 47 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2612 times:
Dubai is a fantastic place to live for a few years on a fat expat package. Make sure everything from company car to return J class tix for the entire family are included in your package and you will be set. The lifestyle is quite laid back but still very cosmopolitan. And i still people, who look back at me in disbelief, that Dubai has the best nightlife in the world - and i've lived in Geneva, New York, London, Paris, San Jose, Taipei and now Hong Kong/Macau.
With regards to my opinion about EK, please read the thread in the Trip Reports forum.
747ENG From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 25 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
I have flown them many times as far back as 1993 to HKG from LHR.
Dubai is now a world beating airport, even before its current expansion programme. The service I had has, to my recollection always excellent, and I have on at least 3 times had an upgrade to J class
Using frequent flyer miles I have used them also to upgrade myself also.
Which brings me to my next point. Airline Cutlery Plastic or metal
In any class when you are not flying into LHR you get (apart from pretty good meals) metal cutlery. When you fly into LHR, certainly in Y and J you get plastic and also I believe in F, because of the "security" regulations.
Plastic is always tacky, but you get "substantial" plastic cutlery. Does anybody think, what is now such a little difference between metal and plastic is going to make a difference and reduce any perceived threat to LHR bound passengers.
The hub and spoke arrangement is great for airlines and EK make use of it with many connections coming into Dubai for transit, especially to LHR.
I dont know what they regard as a minimum "scheduled" transfer time, but the last 2 flights I have done the DXB to LHR flight has been "delayed" in order to meet late inbound flights from the Indian sub continent, where the potential from delays outside the control of the airline is greater.
Any experiences from others, as this trend is ok once in a while, but I get the feeling it might happen more regularly than the airline would care to admit
RAAFController From Australia, joined May 2001, 125 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2374 times:
I have only flown Emirates a few times and find that their service is generally good, their aircraft new, and hub arrangement also good. I do have to say (as i have on another post previously) that their B777 Y class arrangement of 3-4-3, is very cramped and poor. One of the worst Y classes of any airline. The lack of sleeper beds in J is also below par. Its also a pity they are not in any of the major airliner alliances such as oneworld or Star...or even Skyteam.
Having been delayed a few times as well in Dubai for connecting passengers, I would have to say that maybe they do not leave sufficient connection time.
Dubai is a great hub and airport. Modern, clean, efficient and with all the facilities (showers, gym, hotel, duty free etc) that one could want.
EK40 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
Working in the travel industry I have flown most major carriers several times over, (QF,BA,SQ,TG,VS,CX,MH,AA,CO etc) I have also flown most in Y,J and F class, I can honestly say that EK are by far the best airline in the world, They have a vision that no other airline could possibly match! They believe they can make a success of routes, they fight through the hard times and give 100% to all the destinations they fly to. There staff are amazing, and there fleet is one of the best in the world. As for DXB airport nothing but WOW can describe that place!
PIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6 Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2220 times:
Emirates Airlines and Dubai are awesome. I have flown to Pakistan on
Emirates twice, both times I had an overnight stay in Dubai and they put us up in 4 star hotels and provided shuttle service to and from the Airport.
The Food is great and the service is awesome.
Airlinefreak1 From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 260 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2133 times:
having lived in Dubai for more than 15 years ,and often fly between the UK and the middleeast, i think that Emirates is def. the Best airline ive flown . I have tried BA , KL, AF ,GF, UA and SQ ,and BI .
EK def surpasses All airlines .
It comes very close to BA and SQ , to say the least . They just need to open up more routes to become a truely worldwide airline , and intorduce their new first and bizz on all their aircrafts , and then they will def surpass BA !!..
On all my occasions , ive had ontime dept and arrival , friendly cabin , brilliant hospitality, very young acfts, excellent food , and pssobly the best IFE around .
Good flight options : 3 from LHR , 3 from LGW , 2 from MAN , 2 from BHX and soon Glasgow .... which is brilliant - but what surprises me even more is that despite all these daily flights , its is very difficult to find a seat to DUBAI on a short notice - u need at least 4-5 months !!!
Regarding Dubai airport , it makes LHR and CDG look like poor african airports ( cables dangling from roofs , moody staff , and no seating areas !!
Terminal 2 in DXB isnt as impressive as terminal 1 though ...
Qatar and Bahrain are trying to catch up , but IMO , itll take them at least 15 years to catch up...
thanks to Sheikh Ahmed Bin rashid Al-Maktoum and Mr Clark ....
May Emirates continue to strive and surprise every1
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
I'm with Mile High with regard to Dubai as a place. I am a New Yorker, worked out in the UAE for 2 years and sorry I ever left, the growth today is in places like Dubai, not here in old, 20th century cities like NYC with aging populations, high taxes, etc. As for EK as an airline, they are doing some incredible things, but who wouldn't with their budget? They are like the Pan Am or BA of the 21st century, the clear innovator in terms of new technology and services. I hope to be able to fly with them again soon, only this time nonstop JFK-DXB on my next visit to the Emirates, and when I get there I hope someone will offer me a job because NYC is history, literally!
TBCITDG From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 921 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2016 times:
The only thign that I seem to hear a lot is that the service is not consistent. Is this true???
Also that you cabnn either get a great aircraft, or something that is not that great.(when taking into account leg room in Economy).
Aside from all of this, I am wondering how many more airlines flying from Europe or South will change from Changi (SIN) to Dubai???? Any opininons???
I am sure that the sheiks in UAE would love to take some business from SIN and make Dubai the hub, between Europe and Asia.
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1960 times:
EK is above average in biz....much better than SQ...but not quite a reliable as BA.
Dubai itself is very nice although I have only been there twice. There appears to be a genuine appreciation for those foeigners trying to understand the country and culture (I had no problem talking to anyone openly about US resentment in the Middle East and our foreign policy).
The Burj al Arab (excuse if I spell wrong) is grossly overrated, however. It's as boring inside as it is architecturally stunning on the outside. The need to ditch the Ali Baba decor....
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1849 times:
Off topic a little but anyone know if Americans still need a visa to visit the UAE? When I lived there you had to show that you had one before they would let you board a flight to DXB or AUH, but apparently now the process is somewhat different.