Rarely is a single flight so contentious. But with one daily flight between New York John F. Kennedy Airport and Milan’s Malpensa Airport, Emirates has irked some of the major players in the U.S. aviation industry.
Want to be a flight attendant for Emirates Airline, the Dubai-based luxury carrier?
Now is your chance.
The airline will recruit crew on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Torrance Marrriot South Bay just south of Los Angeles International Airport. It starts at 9 a.m. You’ll be speaking to the company’s recruitment team. You should also register online at www.emirates.com/careers.
You’ll notice none is based in North America, which is not really a surprise, as service standards here tend to lag behind the rest of the world. Asian and Middle Eastern carriers dominate the list. It’s also worth remembering that a good number of airlines on this list receive some sort of government support.
SkyTraxx says it it surveyed more than 18 million people before coming up with its list.
We should be getting the list of the top American carriers soon. Until then, perhaps it’s time to plan a trip on one of the airlines below.
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- ANA All Nippon Airways
- Asiana Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Etihad Airways
- Garuda Indonesia
- Turkish Airlines
- Qantas Airways
Emirates Airlines, the Dubai-based carrier perhaps best known for its on-board showers, will bring the double-decker Airbus A380 to Los Angeles beginning in December.
The plane will replace the considerably smaller Boeing 777-300 ER now being used on the Los Angeles to Dubai route. The A380 is outfitted with 489 seats , with 14 first class suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business class and 399 seats in economy.
Unlike the 777, the A380 is fitted with the carrier’s distinctive showers for first class passengers. There are two showers on board.
Emirates, which has a strong route network to the Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East, has served Los Angeles since 2008. Airline analysts say the airline has been successful in picking off connecting passengers that once transited in European airports like Frankfurt and London.
Emirates uses the A380 to 23 destinations worldwide. In the United States, New York John F. Kennedy Airport has twice daily service on the plane.
Airline officials say the Los Angeles to Dubai flight is the longest the carrier flies in terms of distance.