If there was ever a revolution in flying and especially at the pointy end of the aircraft, then it has to be Emirates coming on the scene a number of years ago, raising the bar for its competitors to try and emulate Emirates’ amazing in flight and in this case Emirates’ Business Class product.
A key factor in that revolution has to also be Emirates’ A380 aircraft, which provide a quieter, greener way to travel, the widest cabin of any aircraft in the world with a floor area 49 per cent larger and 35 per cent more seats than a Boeing 747- 400, plus the A380 is also one of the most environmentally-advanced airliners in the sky today, offering better fuel economy than most hybrid passenger cars, burning up to 20 per cent less fuel per seat than today’s next largest aircraft. The A380 is described as the most significant advancement in reducing fuel consumption and emissions in four decades, producing less than 75g of CO2 per passenger kilometre, almost half of the European emissions target for cars manufactured from 2008 onwards
I was very fortunate to be a guest of Emirates between Brisbane and Dubai for Arabian Travel Market and then back to Brisbane a week or so after FTE, having the opportunity to sample Emirates’ A380 business class service
What can I say about my Emirates’ experience, except … simply superb. Everything, from the moment I left home was excellent, including a chauffeured limousine to get me to the airport in Brisbane and also to get me to my hotel in Dubai, the Waldorf Astoria – now how good is that, with a pretty cool car too in Brisbane and highly professional, smart drivers both ends, with everything in my Emirates experience working like a very well-oiled and professional machine that it appears Emirates is all about.
I enjoyed a perfect, smooth, trouble free check in Brisbane, with an awesome 40kg baggage allowance and even better I had access to the Emirates Business Class Lounge, which offers passengers a full blown gourmet dinner before boarding the evening flight to Dubai, great for those passengers that just want to a board and sleep.
Boarding Emirates A380 is directly from the lounge so no queuing to get on board and once on board a happy, smiling international, multi-lingual crew and a welcoming glass of bubbly awaited me and my awesome Emirates Business Class seat!
On the way from Brisbane to Dubai I had seat 8G on the window and on the return 16J on the inside, with both excellent seats, and with the flight taking around 14 hrs each way, there was plenty of time to check out Emirates incredible ICE information communications and entertainment system which offers reportedly 2,000 channels of movies, music and games, satellite phone services, SMS and email, live BBC news headlines and an air show map with external cameras – just awesome for a big kid like me to watch the take offs and landings and all on a 20 inch wide LCD screen.
Most of Emirates A380’s and some of its 777’s also provide free Wi-Fi in all classes for the first 10 MB of data and after that, just USD$1 for 500MB.
An Emirates A380 business class seat is housed in a shell with built-in amenities including a mini-bar, a privacy panel on centre seats which can be moved up and down, a large personal table, an electrically operated separate foot-rest extension, laptop stowage, literature pocket, shoe stowage, adjustable headrests and noise cancellation headsets.
You can also wander down to the Emirates on-board exclusive Business Class Lounge for a drink and canapés and perhaps a chat with your fellow passengers – great for networking in the air, or a chat with a crew member manning the fully stocked bar containing premium branded liquors and spirits and a selection of hot and cold canapés and snacks, plus there are two sofas, and a 42 inch LCD screen showing the aircraft’s position and views from its external cameras.
Enough of the on-board lounge, I could not wait to settle into my Emirates Business Class seat, with by the time I returned, covered a very comfy and luxurious mattress … and I was ready for dinner and movie, with dinner a gourmet dining experience described by Emirates as using the freshest ingredients selected, and designed by award-winning chefs and complemented by wines from around the world., with all meals served on china tableware and on tray tables laid with fine linen.
Emirates Business Class seats convert to a fully-flat bed with dependant on the aircraft, a pitch of 60 to 79 inches and between 18 to 20.5 inches wide and the seat is controlled using a touchscreen controller, with Emirates A380s also having an advanced cabin mood lighting system switches on to encourage sleep, so none of those shocks when the cabin lights go on and off as on some other airlines.
With the very best intentions to do some work speedily relegated and taken over by a movie that I had to watch, both slipped away as I fell into the arms of Morpheus for a very sound sleep, to awaken for a sumptuous breakfast, before we began our descent into Dubai.
With another chauffeur driven limousine awaiting me I Dubai, I was speedily in my room at the Waldorf Astoria and ready to face Dubai and Arabian Travel Market.
My return flight from Dubai to Brisbane was equally superb, with Emirates clearly demonstrating outstanding consistency for high quality service that I am sure other airlines must envy.
In conclusion, if you want to experience flying at is best and in a superb Business Class, then without a doubt an Emirates A380 is the way to do it.
In the meantime, yes, there are actually two other classes on an Emirates A380 with downstairs Emirates’ very smart and industry leading economy, with the very same ICE system as other classes, power sockets in all seats and free wi fi, and in the pointy end of upstairs Emirates’ simply stunning first class with not only awesome private suites and yes, showers and spa.
So, please join me on my awesome business class flights with Emirates and also my quick review of economy and first class … on a stunning Emirates A380.
Written by : John Alwyn-Jones