On the Ground: I arrived at Incheon International Airport and easily found the Emirates check-in. Early for my flight, I was second in the business-class line. I was checked in and on my way to the Korean Airlines lounge within minutes.
Pre-Flight: At the late hour of 10 p.m., the bright lounge was stocked with a variety of food — pizza, fried rice and pasta for those seeking dinner, plus lighter fare such as salad and sandwiches. Tasty macaroons were a nice touch for my sweet tooth.
There were plenty of comfortable chairs all around; free WiFi (no password required) made it easy to get a few last-minute emails out before the flight. A business desk complete with printer was in the center of the lounge, easily accessible to all.
In-Flight: I had been anticipating my first Airbus A380 flight for some time, and I was one of the first business-class passengers to board. Even with my knowledge of the aircraft, I was still astounded by the size of the plane and the number of friendly Emirates flight attendants waiting to greet and assist travelers.
The cabin configuration features a single seat on the window and two in the center aisle. At first the seats appear rather small and boxy, but as I settled, I realized how thoughtfully equipped they are, including a personal selection of beverages, counter space for my book and electronics, and a spot by my seat for magazines (where I put my laptop). I was treated to a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne before takeoff and a beautiful amenity kit full of Bvlgari products.
Once in the air, I selected a traditional local Arabic mezze plate to start, seasonal salad and chicken tandoori for dinner, accompanied by a glass of Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc. All were excellent, and I passed on dessert, as our fight departed at midnight and I was ready for some sleep.
The lie-flat seat was very comfortable, and aided by my Emirates eye mask, I got some sleep while others gathered in the lounge at the back of the cabin.
Just a 10-hour flight from Seoul to Dubai, the time went fast, and soon it was time for breakfast. I selected a delicatessen assortment of cold meats and cheeses and herbal tea. I only had a little time to explore the ICE entertainment system but was impressed with the assortment of movies, music and full seasons of my favorite shows.
The Experience: Never having flown Emirates before, I had high expectations, and I must say all were met, with great attention to detail — from the seat design to the amenity kit to the beautiful uniforms and quality service. Additionally, the A380 aircraft did not disappoint. I could truly feel the air was fresher and less dry than any other flight I have been on. No frequent traveler should miss the Emirates A380 experience.
- Less than 10 minutes for check-in
- Friendly and helpful agents
- Priority tagged bags
- Airport lounge
- Complimentary in-lounge food
- Priority boarding
- Helpful and courteous flight attendants
- Pre-flight beverage service
- Pre-flight newspapers and magazines
- Extensive on-demand menu
- Self-serve in-flight pantry
- Amenity kits
- Lie-flat seat/bed
- Mattress and comforter
- In-flight menu with three entrée choices
- Top-shelf wines and liquors
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.
As of November 2022, Rohrkopfhutte (mountain hut) on Germany’s Tegelberg mountain reopened, and the dream view from the terrace, of the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau and the stunning Schwangauer Alpsee, can be seen in the valley below.
Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Palm Springs became a destination of legend when Hollywood’s biggest and brightest during cinema’s “Golden Age” turned the desert community into their glamourous backyard. While restaurants and hotels epitomizing definitive Palm Springs luxury open, adapt and change with the times, it says something that one of its hottest restaurants sets up an outpost back in Los Angeles. And that’s exactly what chef Michael Beckman and restaurateur Joe Mourani did on the southern tip of the always-evolving Fairfax District.