Melbourne Airport welcomed Emirates’ first A380 this week, as it commenced daily services to Dubai and Auckland. Cutting the celebratory cake in the Emirates lounge in Melbourne were Chris Woodruff, the airport’s CEO; Gordon Rich-Phillips, Victorian Aviation Minister; as well as Emirates Airlines’ Salem Obaidalla, SP Commercial Operations Far East & Australasia; and Dean Cleaver, Regional Manager Commercial Operations. Speaking during the reception, Woodruff said: “Today saw Emirates Airlines further strengthen our close relationship which commenced in 1996, when the airport became Emirates’ first Australian destination. Melbourne was also Australia’s first A380-ready airport and we continue to invest in facilities to enhance our service.”
Last week also saw Wings of Alaska bake a cake in support of its petition to the US Department of Transportation to reconsider its decision with regard to the Essential Air Service at Kake and Excursion Inlet in Alaska.