Emirates Airlines employment comes with cheap flights

Company: Emirates.

Area locations: Washington, Dulles.

Number of employees: 18 locally; 60,000 worldwide.

Dan Cadeaux hasn’t had a vacation in the 10 months he’s been working for the airline Emirates in Washington.

But when he’s ready for a trip, there will be deep discounts waiting.

Emirates, which will begin offering flights out of Dulles Airport in September, gives employees and their immediate family members — siblings, spouses, parents and children — discounts of up to 90 percent on standby tickets, and half-price fares for confirmed seats.

“When we interview people for employment, one of the perks they really look for is travel discounts,” said Sophia Panayiotou, senior vice president of human resources business support for the airline. “It’s great if you fancy going somewhere and seeing the world.”

After five years of employment, workers begin receiving free tickets — generally about two a year — that they can use any time.

“I can use them when I want, where I want,” said Panayiotou, who works in the company’s Dubai headquarters. “It’s great. I could fly to New York or Washington, anywhere I want.”

Emirates also has agreements with other airlines, including British Airways and Virgin, which honor the company’s discounts.

In the 19 years she has been working for Emirates, Panayiotou has traveled to Mauritius, Seychelles, New York, Australia and throughout Europe.

But Cadeaux, sales manager for the company’s Mid-Atlantic division, has his sights set elsewhere.

“I’m thinking somewhere on the Indian Ocean,” he said. “To really get away from it all and have a good vacation.”

Abha Bhattarai covers local banking, retail and hospitality for The Washington Post’s Capital Business section. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
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