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Champagne, Caviar, and a Shower at 40,000FT – Emirates A380 First Class Review Part 1

Discussion in 'Trip Experiences' started by vegli, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. vegli

    vegli Hangar Gold Member I

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    Emirates A380 short final at Sydney – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

    EMIRATES AIRLINE FIRST CLASS REVIEW BASICS:

    Airline: Emirates Airline
    Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
    Departed: Sydney (SYD)
    Arrived: Dubai (DXB)
    Stops: Non-stop flight
    Class: First Class
    Seat: 2A
    Length: About 14 hours

    Not many people I know get too excited at the prospect of a 14-hour flight that leaves at 6:00 AM. But when travelling in first class, even the 4:00 AM wake-up call is cause for excitement. I was recently fortunate enough to experience the first class product on-board Emirates’ A380 from Sydney to Dubai.

    Most Emirates’ departures from Australia to Dubai are timed to leave at night; this did not appeal very much to me as when traveling first class I like to make the most of the experience, rather than just sleep though it. Luckily, Emirates had recently introduced the A380 product on their EK415 service, which departs Sydney at 6:00 AM with a 1:20 PM arrival to Dubai. This service is primarily targeted at connecting traffic onto the afternoon European services, which allow for a same-day evening arrival into Europe.

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    Emirates A380 first class suite; not a bad place to spend 14 hours – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

    I was happy to be staying at an airport hotel, meaning that I could afford to sleep in a little longer. Check-in at Sydney was completed with minimal fuss, and I was on my way to security within five minutes of entering the terminal.

    Given the Qantas Emirates partnership, first class passengers traveling on Emirates flights have access to the Qantas First Class Lounge at Sydney. Sadly, the lounge was still closed at this hour of the morning. I had to make do with the Emirates lounge – while it is still of a very high standard, it is not as good as the Qantas’ first lounge.

    On board, I was welcomed by the purser and escorted to my seat. As this was my first time flying Emirates First Class, I was given a very comprehensive walk-through of all of the seat and cabin features. At this time, I also received my bvlgari amenity kit along with pajamas and slippers; all of this was very nicely presented in an Emirates-branded tote bag. This is probably the best and highest quality of in-flight amenities I have received on any carrier.


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    Dom Perignon at 5:45 AM? Yes please! Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

    For the welcome drink, I selected none other than the 2004 Dom Perignon. This was accompanied with warm nuts, dates, and Arabic coffee.

    As with many other carriers, Emirates has adopted an a la carte dining option for its first class passengers. This means you can dine anytime during the flight, although hot meals can only be ordered up until 90 minutes before landing. There was a wide selection of dishes on the menu to suit any palette. The highlight on the menu for me would have to be the Iranian caviar – it is nice to see Emirates still offer this, as a number of carriers have done away with the caviar service in their first class cabins.

    More...
    http://www.airlinereporter.com/2014...irates-a380-first-class-flight-review-part-1/
     
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  2. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    ......Nice, but what does it cost? ;)
     
  3. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Exactly! I bet it's a right arm and a bucket of blood. ;)
     
  4. R. M. ANDERSON

    R. M. ANDERSON Hangar Bronze Member III

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    Paper or Plastic ? If you have to ask you don't belong here !
    Moving on - these are not the droids you were looking for !
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    If I had huge "droids", I'd request a ton of paper. :rolleyes:
     
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