The good news involves their upcoming new service (in October) to Dubai and Moscow. The good part is that the Moscow service will be into Domodedovo (DME), not Sheremetyevo (SVO). Why is that good? Because DME has an express train connection to central Moscow. SVO has bus service to connect to the metro system, but Moscow traffic is horrendous. Not that I'm planning a trip to Moscow in the foreseeable future, having been there twice, but there is always the chance of going through there on the way to somewhere else. (Solovetsky Island, for example, interests me.)
On the personal travel front, my plans for Madagascar are coming together nicely. I was amused today to get an email from the travel agent I'm working with reiterating (at the request of the Malagasy agent he works with) how rough one segment will be. But it will get me to places that are decidedly off the beaten track for Western tourists and should be well worth it.