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Logan Goes (Even More) Global. And, here's your chance to ask the pilot... in person.

Posted by Patrick Smith  October 19, 2013 06:19 PM

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A bit of a follow-up to my previous post about all the exciting new airline service at Logan...

No sooner was I done gushing about the arrival of JAL, Copa and Turkish Airlines when Emirates will make BOS its latest U.S. city when it launches Boeing 777 nonstops to Dubai this spring.

Through DXB, passengers can connect onward to Emirates' massive network stretching throughout Asia, Africa, and Australia. Fast-growing Emirates was voted "World's Best Airline" in the latest Skytrax rankings.

Tokyo-Narita, Panama, Istanbul, and now Dubai. This ain't your grandfather's Logan.

Of course, the expansion of foreign-based carriers into U.S. markets -- particularly state-supported airlines like Emirates -- has become increasingly controversial. The how and why of this is a topic for another time. Controversy aside, whether you're headed to Turkey or Turkmenistan, Bali or Bangladesh, the residents of New England have a trove of new options for getting there, aboard some of the world's most elite airlines.



Are you a nervous passenger? A curious frequent flyer? A transient with nothing better to do?

Well if so, the Boston Public Library is where you'll want to be this Tuesday evening, October 22nd. I am scheduled to give a presentation of some kind.

I say "of some kind" because 1., I'm a lousy public speaker, and 2., I really have no idea what I'm going to say or do. Mostly, I suppose, it'll be a question-and-answer session. Anything and everything related to air travel is fair game: safety and security, airline fares and customer service, airports, pilot training, wild animal husbandry... you name it.

I'll also have some cool photos to show, and maybe do some fire juggling and who the heck knows what all else. Signed copies of my book will be for sale for $15 each.

Showtime is 6 p.m. My entourage usually arrives a few minutes early to sweep for explosives and clear away the screaming teenage girls. When I'm on the scene, it's like the Beatles at Idlewild, baby.

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Patrick Smith is an airline pilot, air travel columnist, author, and host of In his spare time, he has visited more than 80 countries and always asks for a window seat. He lives in Somerville. More »

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