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Reasons why Emirates won Airline of the Year

Here’s why Emirates Airlines has been THE go-to carrier for many when flying the coop...

Insider knowledge from residents and locals have always pointed to Emirates as being the best airline par excellence. Now, Emirates Airline’s golden reputation has manifested into several international and regional awards commending its flight standards and the versatility of services – which we’ve all grown really attached to. The ‘Airline of the Year’ title in the 2018 Air Transport Awards and its five-award sweep at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2019 are only a few notches in the Dubai-based airline’s belt. Here are a few highlights of the carrier’s exceptionally abundant on-board features that create a comfortable in-flight experience that would make you go over the moon.

The airline cements its ‘home on the clouds’ experience with its handy amenity kits, particularly with the launch of new interactive travel kits with AR tech, in partnership with Blippar – of course, the first of its kind – for the Economy Class. Through the Blippar app, you can access exclusive content like health tips and activities to further enhance your travel experience. Luxury-loving customers in Business and First Class cabins are offered wellness kits well-stocked with luxury products not limited to Bulgari’s Eau Parfumée Au Thé Vert fragrance and luxe skincare essentials from the Swedish brand, BYREDO skincare.

Part of Emirates’ success is from cracking the code – the way to their customers’ hearts are through their stomachs. Their expansive (and delicious) menu selection is undoubtedly one of the biggest factors steering us to their favour. The number of options vary depending on whether the flight is long or short-haul, but whether the country you’re enroute to is foreign or home, the airlines offers a wide ranging and regionally-inspired culinary offering that would suit any palate.

If filling yourself up with gourmet meals isn’t entertaining enough, Emirates has your bases covered with its 4,500-channel-rich inflight entertainment system, ice, complete with blockbuster movies, games, on-demand TV shows, and music in multiple languages. What’s more is that selected aircrafts offer live, real time TV broadcasting so you never miss breaking news or major sporting events for a single minute.

If you still aren’t convinced about Emirates Airline’s rise to the top of the ranks, this should take the cake; from June 1st of this year, the airline hopped on the sustainability train when it vowed to reduce single-use plastics on board and switch out plastic swizzle sticks and stirrers with eco-friendly substitutes as part of its long-term sustainability initiative. The carrier is already plastic-straw-free (hello eco-friendly paper straws!) and offers passengers with ecoTHREAD™ blankets made from recycled plastic bottles, passing our sustainability test with flying colors.

Although you might have caught the travel bug and long to have in the in-flight experience of your dreams with Emirates, it’s hard to not be skeptical about the availability of seats in this uber-luxurious carrier, but fear not! Travelling to 150 destinations in 80 countries, as the region’s largest international airlines, Emirates has 3,600 flights per week from its hub, Dubai International Airport, almost always guaranteeing to take you under its wing.