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BrewDog Airlines to Return to the Skies in October 2019



The airline is at it again.

Following the tremendous success of its inaugural roundtrip flight from London to Columbus, Ohio earlier this year, BrewDog Airlines has announced it will launch a pair of roundtrip flights across the pond this coming fall.

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Departing October 31, the flights are open exclusively to BrewDog’s investors, who are lovingly referred to as Equity Punks. Passengers flying from Columbus to Edinburgh will spend five nights visiting the Ellon BrewDog headquarters as well as some of Scotland’s best whiskey distilleries while guests flying from London to Columbus will enjoy a five-night stay in Ohio’s capital city. They’ll tour BrewDog’s new American brewery along with some other Ohio craft breweries.

Tickets for the debut flight this past February cost about $1,600.

For investors lucky enough to snag a ticket—more than 13,760 Americans have become Equity Punks—the in-flight experience will be unlike any other as BrewDog Airlines promises an “immersive craft beer experience at 35,000 feet.”

Guests will receive inflight care packages including BrewDog eye masks and blankets and sip on various BrewDog beers. The highlight of the samples will be the specially brewed Flight Club, which is formulated to combat the effects of high altitude on beer.

PHOTO: BrewDog founders James Watt and Martin Dickie aboard BrewDog Airlines. (photo courtesy of BrewDog Airlines)

“We’re taking craft beer to new heights—literally—with BrewDog Airlines. Our first flight was an amazing success and we received an outcry of interest in a flight departing from the States to visit our homeland in Scotland,” BrewDog co-founder James Watt said in a statement. “What better way to say ‘Thank You’ to our awesome Equity Punk community than with a beer experience like no other.”

“At BrewDog, we’re on a mission to make people as passionate about great craft beer as we are, exciting them about what craft beer is and can be. Through BrewDog Airlines, we’re doing just that.”

BrewDog’s ambitious foray into the travel and tourism industry has included hotels. BrewDog’s 32-room DogHouse hotel opened in Columbus last year and the Scottish brewery recently announced plans for another DogHouse hotel in London.

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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