Emirates Airlines (EK)

Emirates Airlines (EK) is one of nine 5-star airlines in the world, and the largest air carrier in the Middle East. From their hub in Dubai, Emirates operates flights to and from 11 cities in the US; New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Washington D.C. (IAD), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAD), Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Orlando (MCO), and Fort Lauderdale (FLL), as well as most cities in the United States through their code-sharing agreements with Virgin America (VA) and JetBlue (B6). For flights from Dubai to Kathmandu, Emirates partners with FlyDubai, a low cost carrier with over 94 destinations in the world. The sheer number and strength of Emirates Airlines’ connections and affiliates makes it an attractive, convenient option for Nepalis traveling abroad.

While Emirates is a 5-star airline, its interline partner FlyDubai is not, so there will be a distinct difference in amenities and service between the the two flights. FlyDubai does not provide food or beverages free of charge (although meals can be ordered ahead of time and purchased on board) for its five hour flight between Kathmandu and Dubai, so you will want to eat before your flight or bring food and water with you. Despite this drawback, FlyDubai tickets tend to be much cheaper during peak travel seasons, and with more than ten flights a week to Kathmandu, tickets are much easier to find.

Your layover in Dubai will be spent in the world-class Dubai International Airport (DXB). Be sure that you have at least two hours in DXB, as the airport is quite large and flights often take off from two different terminals. In the case of a long layover, you can take advantage of the Emirates Airlines tour of Dubai, which includes a city tour of famous landmarks and a shopping excursion. This tour package does involve an additional fee (which covers the visa necessary for Nepali passport holders-American passport holders do not need a visa) and must be arranged by Zen at least 7 days in advance to ensure that your paperwork is processed on time.

If you prefer to stay in the airport, you will have many options available as you wait for your flight. Emirates Skywards Platinum or Gold member can take advantage of its world-class lounge facilities in Dubai, complete with a business center, and complimentary bar service and buffet. Coach passengers may also use the Marhaba Lounge in the terminal, as well as the brand new SnoozeCubes, private rooms with a bed, music, and high speed internet access that can be reserved in increments of 2 hours. If you need a massage to shake off your airplane stiffness, DBX also has several spas throughout the airport where you can relax and unwind.

Zen expects a lot of traffic from Emirates Airlines and its affiliate FlyDubai in 2017 and 2018, especially due to their partnership with Virgin America. By flying Emirates, you can earn Skywards Miles every time you fly and redeem them for reward flights to 23 destinations across North America.

Seasonality
Low Shoulder (Medium) High
9 Jan – 20 Mar 16 Sep – 31 Oct 15 Jun – 15 Sep (Dashain Tihar)
1 Nov – 9 Dec 1 Apr -14 Jun 21 Mar – 31 Mar
10 Dec – 8 Jan

Skytrax Rating 5 Star (out of 5) | 4 Star (in Economic Class)
Weekly schedule
Doha-KTM-Doha:
10-12 flights each week
Emirates Gateway Cities Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Washington (from 10 March, 2014)
Long Transit times: Dubai
Flight booking queries: Tel: +1 800 777 3999
Kathmandu Phone Number & Address:
Address: Heritage Plaza, Kamaladi, Kathmandu
Emirates Number: : +977 1 422 0579 , 425 2048 / 49 / 50
Emirates Interline Partners Fly Dubai, Virgin America
Websites:
Emirates http://www.emirates.com/us/english/
Dubai International Airport: http://www.dubaiairport.com
Fly Dubai http://flydubai.com/
Nepal Hotels: http://yetihotels.com
For More information: http://zentravels.com/

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