August 17, 2013


Emirates has raised the bar again to even greater heights with the launch of Emirates Executive.  The new luxury jet service provides a private charter option to most locations worldwide and beyond the existing Emirates network.  The spacious Airbus 319 aircraft offers both private customers and corporations with diverse travel options a high level of comfort and service for up to 19 passengers, with on board private suites plus a large multi-functional lounge area.

A319_016_120613The lounge at the front of the aircraft is designed to seat up to twelve passengers and combines a work area and rest zone with two large sofas surrounding four mechanically activated tables and two 42” HD LCD screens.

The second area has ten private suites, each with a fully lie flat seat and a 32” HD LCD screen.

The large spa is equipped with a shower, floor heating system, decorative mirrors and marble as well as luxury skincare products.

Culinary options from Emirates’ award-winning menus, along with customised options to suit any dietary requirements are served with a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Exterior - Emirates ExecutiveThe aircraft is equipped with state of the art technology including Emirates’ in-flight entertainment with up to 1,500 channels of on demand entertainment, as well as a live TV, video conferencing facilities and high-speed internet and mobile phone connectivity.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President – Planning, Aeropolitical & Industry Affairs said “Emirates Executive elevates the high standards and quality of Emirates that our customers have come to expect, with the flexibility and luxury that can only be offered by a private chartered flight”.

What a way to fly!       Sandra Tiltman


June 16, 2013


Stockholm is the latest city that Emirates Airlines has added to their ever increasing list of European destinations.

Flights to this Scandinavian city will commence from 4September 2013 and to celebrate, Emirates is offering special fares for Australian travellers wishing to fly to Stockholm.  These special airfares are valid for travel between 4October – 5December 2013 and 16January – 24March 2014.  All bookings must be completed by 26August 2013.

Emirates Image, Emirates Aircraft at Dubai Airport84 flights per week are operated by Emirates from Australia to Dubai, with daily onwards connections to Stockholm, where one of the highlights for Australians will probably be the newly opened Abba Museum.

Emirates boasts a network of 34 European destinations, all via one convenient stop in Dubai.

I’ve flown to Europe and back several times with Emirates and thoroughly enjoyed the flight experience.  The fantastic service from their international crew, great food and wine and most important of all, comfortable seats, makes the time go so quickly.

To break up the long journey to Europe, I always spend a couple of days in Dubai, staying in one of the many luxurious hotels.  There are so many five star hotels to choose from, guests are spoilt for choice.

If you prefer to fly straight on to your European destination, Dubai is one of the easiest airports to transfer to another flight.  There are so many shops to tempt you, with selections of watches, cosmetics, clothing, computers and much much more while you wait for your connecting flight.

Sandra Tiltman.


June 9, 2013
Sandra Tiltman Enjoying Emirates A380 Business Class

Sandra Tiltman Enjoying Emirates A380 Business Class

Emirates now offers passengers two daily A380 from Sydney to Dubai.  Upgrading flights EK 414 and 415 to the Airbus A380-800 has increased capacity by 1,890 seats per week or 38%.

Set in a three-class configuration, the Emirates A380 has 399 seats in Economy Class on the lower level, 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper level.  Passengers in the First Class cabin can freshen up in one of two on-board shower spas.

Since flights to Melbourne commenced in 1996, Emirates footprint in Australia has created more than 3,500 jobs, carried over 16 million passengers and 350,000 tonnes of cargo, as well as invested more than $85 million in Australian arts, community and sports sponsorships.

Sydney first joined the network in 2000 and received its first A380 service in February 2009, just the third destination on Emirates’ expansive international network to receive the state of the art aircraft.

With 57 Airbus A380 aircraft on order, 33 currently in the fleet and a growing network of more than 20 A380 ready airports, Emirates is now working towards Brisbane joining this network in October 2013.

The second daily Sydney A380 launch precedes Brisbane’s first A380 service and follows a period of growth for Emirates’ presence in Australia.  In 2012 Melbourne received a daily A380 service and daily services to Adelaide commenced, while in March of this year, Perth services were upgraded to three times a day.

“As part of our commitment to Australians, our newest A380 service between Sydney and Dubai is also a key element of the growth of our Global Aviation Partnership with Qantas,” said Barry Brown, Emirates Vice President Australasia.

Emirates’ non-stop EK414 service leaves Dubai at 02.15 and arrives in Sydney at 22.05, then departs Sydney as EK415 the next day on its return journey to Dubai at 06.05, arriving at 14.30.  The flight connects conveniently with a range of European and UK services including London, Rome, Milan, Zurich, Moscow and Munich, with A380 services all the way through to both London and Moscow.  Sandra Tiltman


July 9, 2012

Emirates Airlines is embarking on a major expansion of its network, with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months.  From 1 November, Emirates will launch four weekly flights to Adelaide from Dubai, growing to a daily service from 1 February 2013.  Adelaide will become Emirates’ fifth destination in Australia.

The current twice daily service to Perth will expand to 19 weekly flights from 1 December, becoming a triple daily operation from 1 March next year.

“Emirates is currently in a concentrated and sustained period of global expansion,” said His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group (Pictured).  “The addition of Adelaide to our network and the boost to our Perth operations demonstrates our commitment to investment and growth in our Australian operations and highlights the economic strength and global demand for the two cities as business, leisure and investment destinations.  We will also grow capacity to Melbourne with the introduction of daily A380 services in October, in addition to our existing double decker flight into Sydney.”

The French city of Lyon will also be added to Emirates’ network from 5 December, making it their third French destination along with Paris and Nice, plus a daily service to Warsaw, Poland will begin on 6 February 2013.

The airline currently has a fleet of 176 aircraft, including the world’s largest Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 fleet, flying to 124 destinations and supported globally by more than 60,000 staff.

Emirates has one of the world’s most generous baggage policies, allowing passengers in Economy 30 kg, Business 40 kg and First 50 kg of checked baggage.  These generous allowances are a huge bonus to Australians, who always seem to travel with a lot of luggage.  When planning a trip and choosing an airline, I am sure generous baggage allowances act as an incentive to book with Emirates.   Sandra T.

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