Emirates celebrates 101-year-old seasoned flier with first class upgrade


Emirates showed appreciation to one of its oldest passengers with a first class upgrade and a VIP experience. 

101-year-old Rachida Smati was visiting friends and family in Dubai when the centenarian was offered a first class upgrade for the flight back to her home in Algiers. 

Smati was also greeted by a dedicated team ensuring she was fast-tracked through the airport before heading to the first class lounge for a relaxing experience before boarding her flight.

It was Smati’s third visit to Dubai, a city she counts as one of her favorite destinations for its accessibility, high standards of medical care and vibrant attractions.

Born in Algeria in 1923, Rachida’s first flight was to Paris when she was 21. She continues to be an avid traveler and prefers flying Emirates for its signature onboard experience and service, and focus on customer comfort on the ground and in the air.

“I had a great experience on my Emirates flight to Dubai, the cabin crew were very kind and helpful. I’m looking forward to flying back to Algiers aboard Emirates and experiencing First Class, and I’m ever so grateful for the warm welcome by all of the teams,” Smati said in a statement.

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