This week, Emirates began service on its first route between Europe and the United States, from Milan to New York.
It’s worrisome news for the American carriers (United, Delta, and American) that already serve the route, who are concerned about the competition from an international airline with a stellar reputation.
Emirates was named the World’s Best Airline for 2013 by Skytrax, a leading airline reviewer. No American carrier cracked the top 10.
And for those who act quickly, Emirates is offering flights from New York to Milan for under $US600. (The sale ends October 8.)
For its first and business class passengers, Emirates has some amazing amenities, like shower spas and comfortable lounges. But the large majority of passengers who stick to flying in economy will get some nice treatment, too.
That's awesome news for those who want to use their computers, tablets, or phones throughout a long flight.
So it's not shocking Emirates has won the Skytrax award for 'World's Best Inflight Entertainment' nine years in a row.
A sample economy menu includes a smoked tuna appetizer, and chicken breast or lamb brochette for the main course.
You need a first class ticket to get dessert wine, but economy passengers have access to red, white, and champagne.
Emirates hasn't hired nannies for its flights like Etihad, but it does offer priority boarding for those travelling with kids. The airline also promises complimentary birthday cakes.
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