I was invited with a number of Jordanian journalists to experience Emirates Airbus A380, the biggest manufactured aircraft, to mark thirty years of commitment to Jordan. The experience, curated by Jordanian captain Saleh Mohammad Ameen, was exceptional and unforgettable.
Our journey started in Dubai. The Meet & Greet Assistance met us at the airport and escorted us to our Emirates chauffeur driver, and I stayed with the rest of the media delegation in JW Mariott, where my room had a breathtaking view. At night, we had a delicious dinner at Bateaux cruise and enjoyed the seaside scenery, sailing along the Dubai Creek and basking in the 360 degree view of Old Dubai. Next morning, we visited IMG Worlds of Adventure,`the world’s largest indoor themed entertainment destination. At night, we visited Burj Khalifa and went up to the 148th story, from which we were able to see Dubai’s entire gorgeous skyline.
Next day in the early morning, we went to the airport to ride in the biggest aircraft in the world. The aircraft comes with a number of distinctive qualities, like its three-class configuration, with 429 generously pitched seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
In the aircraft, I enjoyed the unparalleled quietness and experienced the 12-time award-winning ice in-flight entertainment system with a choice of over 2,500 channels on-demand and a reliable and free Wi-Fi connection. During the flight, I experienced first-hand the innovative amenities provided for passengers on-board. The aircraft’s First Class Private Suites, Shower Spas and on-board lounge for First Class and Business Class passengers impressed me the most, as they offered a wide range of drinks and canapés, as well as space to socialise or simply relax. I had so much fun conversing with everyone there, and the atmosphere was full of warmth throughout.
Emirates‘ award-winning Emirates Airbus A380 was welcomed by Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) as the airline ought its popular aircraft into Jordan for a one-off service. The celebratory flight touched down to a water cannon salute, and it was welcomed by key officials including: H.E. Engineer Yahya Kisbi, Minister of Transport, H.E. Lina Annab, Minister of Tourism and Antiques and Senior Executives from QAIA. Travelling on the flight from Dubai was Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice PResident and Chief Operations Office for Emirates; Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf Middle East and Iran, key UAE government and parliamentary officials as well as prominent members of the UAE business committee.
It bears noting that Emirates has been flying to Jordan since 1986, and since then has carried over 4.1 million passengers. In the last five years, Emirates has also transported 100,000 tones of cargo to and from the country. Emirates operates three daily flights between Amman and Dubai. Emirates also employs almost 400 Jordanian nationals across the organization, including 60 cabin crew. The airline also employs eleven Jordanian pilots, of which seven operate the Emirates Airbus A380.