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Flying Emirates

September 13th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I took Emirates from Mumbai to San Francisco, via Dubai. This was a new route for me. The past couple times I have taken Air-India to New York, and then a local flight to SF. But given the uncertainty with Air India (one is never sure if they have enough money to pay for the fuel to fly), I gave it a skip and looked for an alternate path. The Emirates route beckoned — in terms of convenience (a single transfer) and duration (just about 21 hours). And so, I took it to SF.

Emirates also had the new 777 aircraft from Boeing which makes the in-flight experience much better. The service was excellent. And the buzzing Dubai airport was a revelation.

On my way back, as I looked at the monitor for my flight gate, I was amazed to see the number of Indian destinations Emirates was serving from Dubai. I think I counted 10+ flights in the next 3 hours to various Indian cities. Little wonder then that Air India is in the state it is.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sundar // Sep 13, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Rajesh,
    I am amazed by the meticulous planning and execution of strategies by Emirates.
    They provide excellent in-flight experience with latest of technologies and great seats even in Economy. And their routes are just unbelievable and Dubai acts a a perfect hub to connect to connect most of Europe and major cities of US from almost all cities of India and I guess they fill-up the gap left by Air India very smartly.

    They also have majority stake in Sri Lankan airlines.

    Only hazzle is transfer in Dubai which is a bit boring.

  • 2 Vasanth // Sep 13, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Try Etihad Airlines, you will be equally amazed.

  • 3 Statspotting // Sep 14, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Agree with Vasanth, you shd try Etihaad. Also, the break makes all the difference IMO.

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