Desert and Snow will have More in Common Now! Sounds Strange?

Under a new frequent flier partnership with Seattle-based Alaska announced Jan. 19, people will be able to fly from Seattle to Dubai non-stop on Emirates Airline for about 100,000 frequent-flier miles. Emirates, which starts Seattle service March 1, operates 185 flights weekly between Dubai and 10 Indian cities, just one to two hours away.

Current routes to India involve flying across the Pacific to Asian cities then catching connecting flights to India, or flying the other way, connecting through Europe. The Emirates aircraft will instead fly over the Arctic, 14 hours and 30 minutes from Seattle to Dubai.

Boeing 777s that Emirates will operate on the daily route will feature eight first-class suites, with a full bed and 27-inch screen, for a mere $15,000 round-trip. The 777s will hold 354 people.

Nordstrom , Tommy Bahama, Amazon and Paccar are the Major Employers in the Seattle Area whose staff will benefit most from this new route .

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman  said Emirates will become Alaska’s 15th mileage partner, and West Coast people will eventually be able to redeem, and win, Alaska miles for Emirates flights.

Few People are aware that Emirates Airlines has become the world’s largest operator of Airbus A380s, with 80 either delivered or on order, but has purchased no competing Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals. I guess that is why Emirates is an Ideal Partnership Target Nowadays.

It is also worth nothing that Emirates is the world’s largest operator of Boeing’s biggest twin-engine aircraft – the 777 – with 195 either delivered or on order. Emirates’ current fleet of 168 is expected to grow to 237.