Travolta tells Emirates-Qantas alliance: 'you need me'

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Hollywood star John Travolta has revealed his desire to play a part in the alliance between Emirates Airline and Australian carrier Qantas.

Travolta has been a keen celebrity endorser of Australian carrier Qantas for more than a decade, including owning one of the airline’s very first aircraft, an ex-Qantas Boeing 707 still bearing the airline’s 1960s livery.

Arriving in the emirate for his first visit on Monday, the 59-year-old actor told Arabian Business he wanted to be involved in the new alliance between Emirates and Qantas and had raised the idea with Emirates’ president Tim Clark.

“One of the reasons I decided on this trip is because I met the president of Emirates at a Qantas party in Australia and I said, ‘really, this new partnership, you need to have me there, because it’ll be good for us’,” Travolta said.

“And he said, ‘I want you to be; you’ll love Dubai, you’ll love the people, you’ll love the experiences, you’ll see fun things’.

“Immediately, it was a lot of the Emirates’ passion that got me here to begin with. The rest is to be discovered.”

Travolta said he had wanted to visit Dubai for at least 10 years but the right opportunity had not arisen.

“Then I heard the word that Emirates and Qantas were forming a partnership and I said ‘well, I need to be there because I have never been to Dubai. That part of the world has never seen me in person and I could help promote this partnership,” the self-titled aviation geek said.

“I will say I bullied my way to be here.”

Travolta, who obtained his first pilot’s licence age 23 and was the first non-test pilot allowed to fly an A380, said he was also fascinated with architecture and was looking forward to seeing Dubai’s famous landmarks.

“I want to see the tallest building in the world, but I also want to see all the different styles of architecture in this city,” he said.

Yet to start his tour of Dubai, Travolta, who starred in movies including Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction, admitted he would make a movie in the emirate.

“This is the ultimate futuristic city. There’s a whole other universe here so if you needed to give that illusion in a movie, there’s nowhere else in the world that you would come but here,” he said.

Perhaps he would like to co-star alongside an Arab woman.

“The women here are very beautiful, there’s no doubt about that and exotic in the best way,” he said.

“There’s a warmth that I have already discovered, that is unique. I respond to warmth in anybody but I love warmth in women. I like women who like men and me, so if there’s an energy or spark it feels very comforting.”

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