Emirates just roasted United Airlines in the most brilliant way
If you haven’t seen the (quite shocking) clip of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight yet, then take a look at it below…
Here's the brief recap: The flight was full, and four United Airlines staff needed seats. After boarding the plane, they decided to offer passengers $800 and one night in a hotel to give up their seat. Nobody volunteered, so they chose names at random. One of the passengers they chose refused to leave his seat and was dragged off the plane. In a later video he is seen with blood on his face.
As you’d expect, the internet has gone wild over this story, with the majority of people saying that this is an unacceptable way to treat a paying customer.
Emirates did what Emirates does best, and used it as a clever PR opportunity. Playing on the fact that the President and CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz, recently said, “Those [Gulf] airlines aren’t really airlines” Emirates posted a video on social media to prove why they are a “real airline”.
Fly the friendly skies with a real airline. pic.twitter.com/wE5C5n6Lvn— Emirates airline (@emirates) April 11, 2017
“Well Mr Munoz,” the clip starts. “According to TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, not only are we a real airline… we are the best airline.”
The Dubai carrier was chosen by TripAdvisor users for the coveted prize of best airline in the world 2017, as well as receiving two awards for class of service – best First Class and best Economy Class.
The awards are voted for by TripAdvisor users, making them very well respected in the industry. At the time of winning, Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates said: “We are honoured to be named the Best Airline in the World at the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017. The fact that the awards are a result of unbiased reviews and feedback speaks to our commitment to deliver a superior travel experience for our customers.”
United Airlines didn't make the top ten.