Emirates becomes the first airline to introduce a facility that is completely dedicated to the A380 fleet, which currently consists of 27 aircraft out of a total order of 90 A380s placed back in 2008. The new DXB facility offers:
- Direct boarding from First Class and Business Class lounges to the A380’s upper deck (something that they already offer in several airports including JFK, see the trip report here).
- A full-service hotel and spa for transiting passengers
- Extra spacious, state-of-the-art lounges
- An underground train connecting to Terminal 3’s main arrival and departure halls
Want to check out the new DXB facility and the on-board Emirates experience? There are a few Emirates redemption opportunities available that allow for business and first class awards, with one option that became even more generous as of October 1st.
Meanwhile, Korean Air has upgraded to 777-300ER aircraft on the Sao Paulo– LAX route effective October 30, 2012. The upgrade adds 28 additional business class seats on the route. Yes, this is another business/first award option down to Brazil bookable with Ultimate Rewards or Delta SkyMiles. You’ll be limited to economy and business class if your using Delta SkyMiles (now viewable on Delta.com). You can also sign up for the Korean Air Skypass program and transfer your Ultimate Rewards points directly to Korean for redemption at a 1:1 ratio. Even better, KE first class was previously only available to elite Skypass members, but is now available to all members for redemptions on any aircraft including the A380. However, there are blackout dates on redemptions which do require additional points so refer to the KE website for full details.