Emirates Brings Back Bavarian Catering For Oktoberfest

Over September and October, around six million people visit Munich for Oktoberfest each year. However, due to the…

Emirates Brings Back Bavarian Catering For Oktoberfest

Over September and October, around six million people visit Munich for Oktoberfest each year. However, due to the rise of the global health crisis, the festivities have been scrapped for two years in a row. Nonetheless, Emirates is looking to keep traditions alive by serving special Bavarian culinary treats on its flights to Germany.

The initial Oktoberfest happened in 1810 to celebrate the marriage between Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony‑Hildburghausen, and Emirates is keen to carry on the legacy of the occasion. Photo: Emirates

Tasty offerings

Emirates flies to Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Hamburg from its Dubai base. Now, those flying on these services will enjoy a Bavarian main course and dessert until October 3rd.

First and business class passengers can tuck into leberkäs, which is a chicken and beef meatloaf. For dessert, those in first class can dine on an apfelstrudel with vanilla sauce, and those in business can opt for a bienenstich (bee sting cake). Meanwhile, economy class travelers will also be treated to leberkäs before finishing off with bienenstich cake.

Emirates takes pride in its culinary provisions. Photo: Emirates

A strong German presence

The flag carrier of Dubai’s widebodies can be spotted all across Germany every day. With travel restrictions easing in Europe, additional flights are expected to operate in the region.

“Emirates currently offers two daily flights from Dubai to Frankfurt, daily connections to Munich as well as six weekly flights to Dusseldorf and five flights a week to Hamburg from its Dubai hub. The airline recently announced that it will ramp up its services to Germany with the beginning of the winter flight schedule at the end of October, with daily connections to Dusseldorf and Hamburg,” Emirates shares in a statement.

“The popular A380 flagship will then also make its return to these two cities. Emirates is scaling up services with additional route resumptions and more flights across its European network, responding to the easing of international entry protocols and an upsurge in passenger demand.”

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Speaking of the A380, Emirates has recently been mulling over the return of its Airbus A380 in Brazil. The superjumbo hasn’t been used on the São Paulo route for over a year.

Extra snacks, such as gingerbread hearts, Bavarian pastries, sandwiches, bretzels, and dips, can be found on the famous A380 lounge. Photo: Emirates

Upholding traditions

Emirates isn’t the only airline that has been gearing up for Oktoberfest. Lufthansa previously announced that it has been preparing for the return for its famous flights during the season. Each year, the flag carrier of Germany chooses flight attendants to make a “Trachtencrew” (costume crew), donning traditional Bavarian clothing.

The airline also has special provisions on board and in their lounges, such as special beer kegs that are customized to handle plane pressurization. Even during the height of the pandemic last year, it managed to keep the tradition going with special Airbus A350 flights to New York.

Altogether, even though Oktoberfest has been canceled for the second year in a row, it’s encouraging to see that airlines are keen to keep some sort of momentum going this autumn. Both Emirates and Lufthansa will undoubtedly be hoping to carry passengers to Germany to celebrate in person in 2022.

What are your thoughts about Emirates’ plans for Oktoberfest? Are you looking to fly with the airline soon? Let us know what you think of the carrier’s operations in the comment section.

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Teesside Airport Remains Closed After Aircraft Incident

Following the light aircraft crash at Teesside International Airport (MME), the airport operators have decided to close the…

Teesside Airport Remains Closed After Aircraft Incident

Following the light aircraft crash at Teesside International Airport (MME), the airport operators have decided to close the airport until Monday. On Saturday morning around 09:39 BST, the plane crashed within the airports’ perimeter while attempting to takeoff.

A light plane crash has caused Teesside International Airport (MME) to close for two days. Photo: The joy of all things via Wikipedia

The airport’s emergency services were the first on the scene, followed by two ambulances from the North East Ambulance Service and an air rescue helicopter. According to reports, the pilot and two passengers have been transported to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

One person in the plane suffered serious injuries

One of the people involved in the crash was seriously injured and transported to the trauma center by the Great North Air Ambulance Service. The other two people onboard the plane made the 13-mile journey from the airport to the hospital by ambulance.

When speaking about the accident, the BBC quotes an airport spokesperson as saying:

“We are hopeful the airport will reopen on Monday 27 September. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank all of our passengers who have been very understanding today.

“All of our thoughts and prayers are with the three people onboard at the time of the incident and their families.”

When talking about the accident, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service general manager, Rob Cherrie said:

“The light aircraft had taken off then come back down again very quickly,” and fire crews had been “forced to cut the three people out of the plane.”

A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service said that the organization sent two ambulances, a specialist paramedic, an officer, and asked for help from the Great North Air Ambulance. Altogether, three patients were taken to hospital, with one having serious injuries.

The engine went silent

When speaking to the ChronicalLive, an anonymous witness who was tending to a horse in a nearby field said:

“I heard the plane engine start to sputter, then looked up to see it bank left sharply. The engine sounded like it was really struggling, then it just seemed to cut out. It looked like the pilot managed to keep the plane fairly level as it started to come down, but then it just dropped rapidly, then I heard a thud behind the tree line. Thankfully, there was no explosion or fire. I phoned the emergency services immediately, and the air ambulance arrived about 20 to 30 minutes later.”

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Loganair offers three flights a day to London Heathrow from MME. Photo: Getty Images.

All flights arriving at Teesside International Airport (MME) were diverted to Newcastle International Airport (NCL) 44 miles away.

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About Teesside International Airport (MME)

Teesside International Airport (MME) is located in the northeast of England, ten miles southwest of Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire. Constructed in 1941 as a Royal Airforce Station, RAF Middleton St. George was the most northerly Bomber Command airfield. During the war is was a base for the Avro Lancaster bomber and from where British and Canadian airmen took off to bomb Germany.

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KLM offers a daily flight from MME to AMS. Image: Teesside International Airport.

In 1964 the airfield was opened as a civil airport and had various names until being branded as Teesside International Airport for the second time in 2019. From MME, KLM operates a daily flight to Amsterdam while Loganair offers flights to various cities in the United Kingdom. During the summer season, Irish LCC Ryanair provides flights for popular summer holiday destinations around the Mediterranean.

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