Guess I needed to put a
after that last sentence. I've flown both Singapore Airlines and Emirates a number of times and agree that their service far exceeds that of our flag carriers. I was stuck in Bangkok on 9/11 (not a bad place to be stuck
, because there was a ban on flying into the US and so FedEx didn't want us to operate back to Paris, because there was no ramp space for us to park. A few days later they called me and told me that we'd be paxing instead of operating, and now instead of flying back to Paris, they'd like us to go to Dubai, to pick up a jet there and then operate back to Paris's CDG. They had us booked on Emirates, in First/Business Class. When we showed up at the gate (no First Class lounge) we were greeted by 200 or so Arabs, mostly in robes, all waiting for the same Emirates flight. It was a very disquieting feeling, and we were both uncomfortable for the entire flight. Thankfully the vast majority of them were sitting in Coach. It felt good to get off that flight. We operated back to Paris, and took a jumpseater with us, who was the head of security, for FedEx, for the Middle East region. He was traveling back to Paris, to hand over a video tape, of one of the Terrorists, who had been photographed sending money, via FedEx, from Dubai, to the States. We landed, were met by the FBI, the tape was handed over, and our security guy got back on the next jet back to Dubai.
Plus, did I mention that the flight attendants for Singapore are HOT, and they love to party. Only problem is they all look exactly the same.