One definition of a good job is one in which every day is a little different from the one before. I guess that is one reason I like the travel industry so much. Not only is every day distinctive but every six months or so, just for grins, we all get together and reinvent the entire industry. Some of us find that a tad stressful but I suppose at least It keeps the little gray cells from atrophying.
Earlier this year I experienced not one but two of those unique sorts of days thanks to one of the world’s most successful and fastest growing airlines: Emirates. Back in January Emirates staged a huge event for nine hundred or so Dallas / Fort Worth luminaries (and a few dimmer bulbs like me) at the iconic of all places. Perhaps you will recognize the big screen that hovers above the field like a suspended Walmart parking lot. The event was hosted, appropriately enough, by Daryl “Moose” Johnson, the former Cowboys fullback.
I must say, Emirates knows how to do things right. To give you an idea of the decor check out this little item. For those who may be wondering, this is not the hallway leading to my office although I think we can all agree, if there were any justice in this world, it would be. In case you are also wondering about perspective, it is considerably taller than me, not the loftiest of standards, I will grant you.
My second little “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” came two months later in March when I was invited by Emirates to drive out to DFW Airport for a nice breakfast presentation and then to tour one of their 777s which by then were shuttling people daily back and forth between DFW Airport and Dubai. After the tour, we reconvened for a sumptuous lunch. I told you they know how to do things right!
OK, steel yourself for a study in contrasts. Close your eyes and conjure up the last time you flew domestic coach in a middle seat wedged between a Japanese Sumo wrestler and a contestant on their way to an audition for “The Biggest Loser” I know, shudder!!!
Now take a peek at what greets you when you arrive in first class on an Emirates flight to Dubai. You know, now that I think about it, I never did find the little mini-bar or the make-up mirror on my last Spirit Airlines flight to Detroit. Whether you are fortunate enough to fly first class on the 777 or the A380, you get you own freakin’ suite! Now that’s just plain decadent.
This may come as a surprise but in addition to booking business and vacation travelers, we also have a missionary / humanitarian contract with Emirates for those traveling for more altruistic motives. You can connect to 125 destinations in 74 countries through Dubai. If you are flying from DFW or SEA, be sure and ask about the brand new firm upgrade offer from Economy Class to Business Class. So if your purpose for travel is business, pleasure or even service to humanity, Emirates and Travel Leaders would be more than pleased to “make your day” too!