Emirates A380 ventures to Amman and Boston

The A380 Amman service was led by Captain Arif Al-Reyami and Jordanian First Officer Laith Saudi.
Updated 05 June 2019

Emirates A380 ventures to Amman and Boston

Emirates’ first scheduled A380 services have touched down in Boston and Amman for the summer season peak.
The first scheduled A380 service landed in Amman on June 1 at 3:55 p.m. local time and the second A380 service from Dubai to Boston landed at 1:50 p.m. local time. Led by Captain Arif Al-Reyami and Jordanian First Officer Laith Saudi, the A380 Amman service was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.
Emirates will operate its A380 aircraft to and from Amman until Oct. 26 to cater to the increased demand for travel during the peak summer period. The airline has adjusted its schedule on one of its three daily flights (EK 903/904) with the A380. Emirates A380 operations to Boston also coincide with high customer demand during the peak summer and winter travel season and will see overall capacity increase around 45 percent between June 1 to Sept. 30 and Dec. 1 to Jan. 31, 2020.
The move to deploy the A380 on both routes demonstrates the airline’s flexibility to optimize the usage of its fleet to cater to passenger demand within its network, a statement said.
“With the A380 being introduced for the summer, travelers have more choice to explore unique A380 destinations on the Emirates network, as well as experience the ultimate in travel comfort on the airline’s flagship aircraft.”
Emirates has been flying to Jordan for over 33 years, and has carried over 5 million passengers to and from Amman. Emirates has been serving Boston since 2014.
The Emirates A380 flying to Amman is set in a three-class configuration, and will have 427 seats in economy class on the lower deck over the months of June and July, 76 flat-bed business class seats and 14 luxurious first class suites. First and business class customers can catch up, network and enjoy a range of beverages and delicacies in the Onboard Lounge.
The Emirates A380 flying to Boston is also set in a three-class cabin configuration, offering 14 private suites in first class, 76 seats in business class, and 426 spacious seats in economy class.
Emirates is also offering Greek travelers a chance to fly on the A380. The airline deployed the double-decker aircraft to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos on May 31 with the commencement of the peak summer travel period to meet high passenger demand to and from Greece. The A380 will operate to Athens until Sept. 30.
The Emirates A380 has become one of the most recognized aircraft in the world, and more than 115 million passengers have experienced the airline’s flagship since 2008. Emirates currently has 110 A380s in service and 13 pending delivery, and is set to receive six A380s this financial year.


Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Updated 19 August 2019

Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Al-Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in southern Oman has unveiled its new Luxe Mobile Camping Adventures. In collaboration with travel specialist Oman Expeditions, this offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to the sea. 

Set between a relaxing stay at the beachside resort in Salalah, the camping adventures offer tailored itineraries of varying lengths. Activities and camp locations allow guests to discover a wilderness of star-studded skies, vast deserts, rugged mountains and long, empty beaches. Southern Oman is said to be an uncharted destination and one of the only places where the true culture of old Arabia is still alive.

Drawing on the vast country knowledge and experience of Oman Expedition’s founder Sean Nelson, these new experiences weave in the rich, traditional heritage and magnificent natural environment of the region to create rare and memorable expeditions for resort guests while continuing to provide the luxury and comfort they desire. 

A former officer in the British Royal Marines and Royal Army of Oman’s Desert Regiment, Nelson has been nominated annually for the Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Oman since 2012. A leading private travel specialist, he is renowned for his rich and varied experience of the country. Before setting up Oman Expeditions, Nelson founded Hud Hud Travels in 2006, Oman’s northern-based provider of professionally run private luxury camps and events. 

Traveling via luxury 4x4 vehicles, a sample itinerary would include two nights camping with three days of various activities. Guests may choose to venture deep into the most remote parts of the world’s largest sand desert to find peace and solitude amidst magnificent sweeping dunes reaching up to 200 meters in the Empty Quarter. For a seaside option, guests can camp on a stretch of wild and secluded beach along the Dhofar coastline where they will encounter an array of wildlife including spinner dolphins, green turtles and coastal bird life as well as swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water 30 meters from their tent. In the foothills of the Dhofar mountains, guests can step back in time on a trek with camels along the same ancient frankincense trading routes that these prized animals have been following for over 2,000 years.

Oman Expeditions also brings together Dhofar’s top local contacts from guides, drivers and chefs to camel herders, artisans and religious scholars to ensure clients have an enriching and authentic experience. In addition, expeditions are accompanied by members of the Mahrah, a tribe who have traveled along frankincense trading routes with their camels since the time of the Queen of Sheba.