By Rosemary McClure
9:30 AM EDT, June 20, 2013
“Demand has steadily grown since we commenced operation to L.A. in 2008," said Orhan Abbas, Emirates spokesman. “As Los Angeles is known for its luxury and the Hollywood lifestyle, bringing our A380 into the market was a natural fit.”
The route, the 23rd A380 destination on Dubai-based Emirates global network, will depart Dubai at 8:20 a.m. (times quoted are for local time) and arrive at Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International Terminal at 12:50 p.m. The return flight departs Los Angeles at 4 p.m. and arrives in Dubai at 7:50 the following day.
The 489-seat Emirates A380 offers 14 private first-class suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business class and 399 seats in economy class. First-class passengers have access to shower-spas, and premium passengers on the upper deck can socialize at an onboard lounge.
All passengers receive complimentary food and beverage, inflight Wi-Fi and cellphone connectivity, and can use the entertainment system, which offers more than 1,400 channels of films, TV programs, games and music. The aircraft will replace the Boeing 777-300 ER that has served the route.
Emirates received the title of world’s best airline during a ceremony Tuesday at the Paris Air Show.
The awards, given by SkyTrax, a Britain-based travel consultancy that runs what it calls the “world’s largest review site,” are voted on by travelers from more than 160 countries and cover things such as cabin interiors, in-flight food, entertainment and friendliness of staff.
The rest of the top 10 list:
Tim Clark, president of Emirates said: "For us, the awards clearly reflect a vote of confidence from global travelers. To be voted world's best airline by millions of discerning travelers really is something for our 60,000 strong workforce to be proud of."
Qatar Airways, winner of world's best airline in 2011 fell to No. 2 this year. Singapore Airlines retained its third-place finish from the 2012 results. Other notable changes see Garuda Indonesia enter the top 10 airlines for the first time, ranked eighth, Qantas regains its top 10 status in 2013.
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