Find out how Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston makes a new friend on Emirates Flight!

Who doesn’t love the TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S.? I grew up watching it and even now I keep seeing its re runs. It never fails to crack me up. One of my favourite character was Rachel, played so well by Hollywood heartthrob Jennifer Aniston. Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress partners with Emirates for its product campaign! Hollywood actress par excellence, a director and producer Jennifer Aniston makes a return to the Emirates A380.

She makes a new friend, in a new global digital and TV advertising campaign for the world’s best airline*. The cool new ad is a follow up on the successful first Emirates-Jennifer Aniston ad launched last year. It was a much talked-about campaign and took no time in going viral. On the lines of the first light-hearted TVC, my favourite actress lends her unique personality, classic style, and that quintessential touch of humour (which never failed to crack me up), to put A380 in spotlight.

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The advertisement begins with Jennifer exiting her shower room. Jen was freshening up in the Shower Spa when she found the feisty young boy who whiled away his time playing in her Private Suite in the Emirates First Class cabin. Surprised, she remarks to the little boy, “Oh, can I help you Sir?” It is this inimitable style of her which has turned me into her fan for life! As they exchange banter, the two end up finding friendship. The two strike up a conversation. “My name is Jennifer but my friends call me Jen.” Jennifer tells him. “My name is Cooper but you can call me Coop!”, the kiddo retorts, perhaps oblivious to the star

that Jen is!  They build rapport strolling nonchalantly through Emirates’ Business Class cabin and Onboard Lounge, causing much curiosity to the co passengers, the audience is hooked to know what happens next.

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What happens next is heartwarming and warms up the cockles. While they were sitting and chatting on the stairs between the lower and upper decks of the aircraft, Cooper confesses to Jen about his dream of becoming a pilot – of ‘this plane’. “But this is the best plane Jen, So I only want to fly this very plane!” He innocently points to his model Emirates A380 aircraft.

As they walk up the aisle, Cooper reunited with his parents in Economy Class. The parents are taken aback when they see Jen. Jennifer swaps the seat with Cooper’s mother and enjoys Emirates’ ice inflight entertainment system with Cooper. Cooper’s mother is excited and makes the most of Jennifer’s Private Suite.

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Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand explained: “A year ago, when we launched our first ad featuring Jennifer Aniston, we were overwhelmed by what a social phenomenon it became. The humour resonated with audiences around the world, and the ad was viewed by millions of people, generating thousands of conversations. Fans of both Emirates and Jennifer loved her effortless charm and humour, and enjoyed a story that deviated from traditional airline advertising.

“We were overrun with requests to see Jennifer again. She has an enduring, universal appeal that is at once sophisticated, but also down to earth – a great match for our brand. This new ad perfectly captures the fun, spontaneity and glamour of flying on Emirates, and we are confident audiences will find it as memorable as the first.”

The TVC was directed by industry veteran and Oscar-nominee Bryan Buckley, who is acclaimed for his numerous Super Bowl ads. The script and creative concept was a collaboration between Buckley and Emirates’ in-house advertising team and produced in conjunction with the WPP Group.

The TVC can be viewed on the Emirates website or on the Emirates YouTubechannel, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can join the conversation using the tag #JensBack.

Emirates has recently been awarded the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards and I can see why. As I was watching the TVC, my roving eyes got a glimpse of the insides of Emirates. Not only was the suite ultra luxurious but even the economy class looked like a must try in the advertisement. I harbored the dream of flying in Emirates one day and played the TVC one more time. The quintessential Jen fans will understand!

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AIR ARABIA : CONNECTING PEOPLE, CONNECTING CULTURES AT LOW COST!

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As a travel blogger, I enjoy experiencing different airlines. I keep my eyes peeled for what is new and unfamiliar. Traveling with Air Arabia was a smooth experience. When I learnt that my flight from Delhi (India) to Amman (Jordan) will be via Sharjah (U.A.E.), I was secretly delighted. It meant that I will get to explore 3 airports in three different countries via 4 flights. I was looking forward to the variety of experiences.

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Not tress but shapes we saw from aircraft as we approached Amman

As the air hostess welcomed us aboard Air Arabia aircraft at a sleepy 4 a.m. in Delhi, my sleep went for a toss when I found I have been allotted the front seat with extra leg space. On top of it, it was a window seat. Just the way I like it (You know how this blog was named?). I peeped out of the window to see Delhi one last time till I finish my brief romance with the beauty called Jordan.

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Bin and Mohamed took good care of us!

Bathed in yellow lights, Delhi looked so close yet so far. Many migrants from India work in the Middle East, either temporarily or permanently. I realized, this must also be their last sight of India before they returned after spending 1-5 years or more in a foreign land. It must have been an emotional and poignant moment for them. Whether they left India or entered! On my return flight from Amman to Sharjah to Delhi, I was amused to find it inundated with Indians, Nepalese, Bangladeshis in the aircraft. It was great for people watching and engaging in small talks with co passengers. Moments like these help you understand humanity better.

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My Co passenger was an emotional Shephali from Bangladesh. She was returning home after 3 years 🙂

Not everyone can afford to travel to far off lands on a luxurious budget. This is when Air Arabia comes as a rescue. It is a low cost flight but with all the modern facilities. I found the leg space to be really good for a budget airline. As someone who is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, I often end up struggling for leg space. However, on later flights (When I did not have the benefit of extra leg space) I still found it easy to make my way through the passengers in middle seat for those loo breaks.

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The scenes from window seat as we approached Sharjah!

I particularly liked the automated screens which displayed safety instructions by kids. The screen would unfold and fold automatically at the start of the flight. It was followed by an Arabic prayer for the well being of the passengers.

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Bin serving fajita packets to Shefali

I found the staff to be courteous, cheerful and attentive. Their prompt responses completed my Air Arabia experience. I was happy to know their staff could converse in English, Hindi, Arabic and even Korean. On one of our flights, the attendant happened to be Enis Bouyahia. Enis is the ‘face of Air Arabia’ and one can see his face on the posters in cities like Dubai. You can follow him on instagram at @enisbouyahia

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Enis the face of Air Arabia ; Nawras, the informative in flight magazine.

Coming to food, I liked the Veg Biryani which was accompanied with a delicious Raita, Gulab Jamun and fruit juice. Vegetable fajita was okayish though filling. However Paneer Masala would have been better with a little less salt in it. The flavoured tea was good. However, Masala Dosa can be scrapped off the menu. It is one dish which should always be served fresh off the griddle. It is a wrong choice for aircraft food.

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Amman airport : Interiors

Good news is that Sharjah, Amman, Alexandria, Casablanca, Ras Al Khaimah are the 5 hubs Air Arabia flies to and they have a total of 44 airbus (A320s). They fly to more than 100 airports and from 13 cities in India. And did I forget to tell you, they are low cost! I feel it’s great for those who want to travel on foreign shores for work or for pleasure. It caters to both sectors.  I was already dreaming of flying to exotic cities like Casablanca and Alexandria with Air Arabia.

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Amman airport : Exteriors

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Disclaimer : My flights were sponsored by Air Arabia in association with Jordan Tourism Board. I was invited by both for a Press Trip