Effective immediately, you will now be able to check-in to your next Emirates flight 48 hours (up from 24 hours) before departure via desktop or your mobile devices. Online check-in will close 90 minutes before flight departure but having that increased lead time means you will now have greater flexibility in choosing the seats you want (and more importantly, to beat that snaking queue at the airport)! Upon checking-in online and printing your boarding passes, passengers can proceed to drop their luggage at the online check-in counters (usually much shorter queues!) before heading down to immigration and security. If your Emirates flight does arrive and depart from the United States, boarding passes will only be issued 24 hours in advance (even though you can still check-in 48 hours prior to departure).
This extended check-in time will mean better availability of upgrades for Emirates Skywards members. Should there be any unexpected flight delays or disruptions, the 48 hour window will also allow these to be better communicated. Emirates has also introduced the "Hold My Fare" option which gives ticket-hunters the opportunity to lock in the fare for a nominal fee - this has now been extended to 72 hours!
Additionally, Emirates also operates car park check-in facilities around the clock at the famous Dubai hub. Flyers will have the option to check-in and drop off their luggage at the car park check-in facilities from 24 hours to 6 hours before departure. If you are traveling out of Dubai, you may also drop off your luggage at one of the 46 dedicated bag drop counters in Economy Class or separate counters in First Class and Business Class at Dubai International Airport from 6 hours to 90 minutes prior to departure.
Emirates has just announced an expansion of its European network - it will connect Dubai to Zagreb (ZAG), the capital of Croatia beginning 01 June 2017 and this new route will be served by an Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft, the only wide-body service operating to/from Zagreb.
Flying from Hong Kong to Singapore (or vice versa) is the cheapest Suite Class flight on Singapore Airlines that you can take on miles. It is also not terrible on Business Class as the applicable taxes are significantly lower than most redemption around the region. On my way back to Singapore from Hong Kong, I decided to check out the Singapore Airline's Airbus A380 on Business which at the time of writing, just costs 23,375 KrisFlyer Miles before applicable taxes.
When Singapore Airlines first announced the super luxurious Suites Class on the Airbus A380 in 2007, everyone who was even remotely interested in aviation went crazy for it. When I visited Auckland last month, I decided to give the Suites product a try (since it has been almost 10 years since it was first introduced) as there have been rumours of Singapore Airlines discontinuing this product. Read on to find out more about this ultra-exclusive cabin on my flight from Auckland to Singapore!
Japan's largest airline, ANA, has just announced the addition of two renowned master chefs to its “THE CONNOISSEURS” program: Takeshi Kikuchi, Head Chef of TOKYO SHIBA TOFUYA UKAI, and PATINA Restaurant Group Founder and Executive Chef Joachim Splichal. This brings the total lineup of THE CONNOISSEURS to 22 members
With effect from 01 December 2016, Singapore Airlines will be reducing its operations to Jakarta by five weekly flight due to runway maintenance works at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta as directed by the Indonesian civil aviation authorities.
I checked out ANA's newest Dreamliner (787) product on Business Class when I flew from Haneda to Hong Kong in November 2016.
Review of the Singapore Airlines Business Class 777-300ER from Singapore to Haneda (SQ632).
One of nine daily flights that is operated by Emirates between Dubai and Doha will be upgraded to the signature Airbus A380 from 01 December 2016. Emirates has only recently boosted its services to Doha with the addition of two flights, making it the most served destination in the airline's network (nine daily services!).
Following the inaugural flights to Sapporo and Jaipur earlier this month, Scoot launches a brand new, two-times-weekly flights to Dalian (one of China's top romantic cities!) via Qingdao from 30 October 2016. The winner of Asia Pacific's Best Low Cost Airline continues to extend the flight network in the region with her fleet of twin-aisled Dreamliners that is well-known for improved humidity control and cabin pressurisation.
Emirates has just announced a partnership with Thales to equip the new Boeing 777X fleet with the Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The new aircraft is due for delivery starting mid-2020 and it will be enhaced with the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system. This major investment underscores Emirates’ continued commitment to providing the best possible passenger experience, and its strategy to ensure the best and latest technology complements its young and modern fleet.