Emirates brings its A380 to Los Angeles, North America’s super jumbo jet hub

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Emirates is now flying its A380 to Los Angeles, giving LAX its ninth daily flight on the massive double-decker jet. The first Emirates A380 was to arrive in Los Angeles today.

LAX has by far the most daily A380 flights in the United States, a point of pride for airport officials, who have spent most of the past decade improving the airport so it can accept the super large jets. And while the A380 is not selling particularly well, a bunch of aviation experts told me last month that LAX probably will remain a A380 hub for the foreseeable future. The city’s population is big enough to handle very large aircraft, they say.

The Emirates flight to Dubai is among the longest in the world. The flight from LAX is blocked at 15 hours and 50 points. From Dubai to Los Angeles, the flight is blocked at 16 hours 30 minutes.

Here are the current A380 flights from LAX:

  • Qantas (2) – Sydney, Melbourne
  • Air France (1) – Paris
  • Singapore (1) – Tokyo
  • Korean (2) – Seoul
  • China Southern (1) - Guangzhou
  • British Airways (1) – London
  • Emirates (1) – Dubai
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Watch an Emirates A380 land at New York John F. Kennedy Airport

What’s it like to land an Airbus A380?

This slickly produced video from Dubai-based Emirates Airlines details what it’s like to land the double-decker jet at New York John F. Kennedy Airport. Emirates will start flying the A380 to Los Angeles on Dec. 2. It replaces a Boeing 777.

In August, Emirates celebrated its 5th year of A380 flights with this graphic.

In August, Emirates celebrated its 5th year of A380 flights.

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Emirates Airline is looking for flight attendants from Los Angeles

Emirates is looking for flight attendants from Los Angeles. No word on whether you have to smile like this.

Emirates is looking for flight attendants from Los Angeles. No word on whether you have to smile like this. Photo courtesy of the airline.

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.

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Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines lead list of world’s top airlines

Emirates (800x505)There a lot of rankings of the best airlines. But it seems there’s only one that most carriers truly pay attention to. Those are the annual SkyTraxx awards, and they were released Tuesday.

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.

  1. Emirates
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. ANA All Nippon Airways
  5. Asiana Airlines
  6. Cathay Pacific Airways
  7. Etihad Airways
  8. Garuda Indonesia
  9. Turkish Airlines
  10. Qantas Airways

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Emirates Airlines to bring A380 to LAX

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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.

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