As those following me on Instagram may know, I had the opportunity to experience Business Class with Emirates during my trip to Australia in May, on the world’s largest airline passenger carrier; the A380, no less!
The first question that pops into mind is: Is business class worth it?
Let’s find out.
Emirates’ A380 has a huge business class; a total of 76 seats (58 in front, and 18 at the back). Each of their business class seats are fully-inclinable into a flat-bed seat. I took a redeye flight, allowing me to take full advantage of this feature! Oh, and they have a bar at the back of the plane too, you know, for drinks, conversation and just to move your legs around a bit if you feel the need to.
The business class cabin features a staggered configuration. This means you get to pick either seats being closer to the aisle or window, depending on your preference. If you’re travelling alone, I’d recommend you pick a seat closer to the window, with the tray table, accesories etc on your right, so you could have your own little private space.
However, since I was travelling with my partner, we decided to pick seats next to each other, without obstacles:
I like that Emirates gives its passengers a choice with their configuration. I was able to freely talk and steal some of my partner’s food whenever I liked!
Once we were settled, the flight attendant who would be taking care of us introduced himself to us. He also offered us a pre-departure drink, with the choice between champagne, apple juice, or orange juice.
You can’t get any better than Emirates’ ICE inflight entertainment system. It’s widely known to be the best in the sky, with an incredible selection of movies, TV shows, music etc – over 2500 channels! I loved the size of the screen too!
To the left of my seat, there was the entertainment controller, seat controller, power outlets, and a minibar stocked with a variety of beverages (still water, sparkling water, juce and soda) and an empty glass. Perfect – no need to wait till after takeoff for drinks! I like that it came a little nifty metal rail that you lift when you want a drink. I’m guessing it’s to prevent drinks from spilling. Further left, there are little storage spaces by the windows where you can put your laptops, headphones etc etc so you’ll have easy access to it throughout the flight.
There were also button at the side to convert the seats into a flatbed whenever you’re ready. Nifty!
Other items distributed to us:
After takeoff, the flight attendants came to each our seats and offered to lay a mattress over it. I gladly accepted.
The Bar/ Lounge area
Shortly after takeoff, we decided to check out the bar area, before dinner was served.
I love food, so after the bar, it was straight back to our seats for a 3-course dinner! I picked the Seafood duo, Lamb loin and Cheese plate.
Seafood duo was delicious – prawns were large and cooked perfectly.
Lamb loin – Another win. These were big, generous portions.
Last but not least, being the cheese fanatic that I am, I just had to try the cheese platter. You can never go wrong with cheese!
I would show you the breakfast options, but I slept throughout the flight and missed breakfast. I did have some finger sandwiches from the bar though, my favourite – I just love little finger sandwiches!
After dinner, the rest of the flight was spent looking like this:
Seriously, I loved it all. If you’ve never indulged in a business class flight, this should be on your bucket list. It’s a completely different way to fly and everyone should try it at least once, it’s a whole experience in and of itself. Your body will thank you for it. I actually wished the flight was longer, so I could get in more sleep!
Everyone who’s travelled with me know I don’t sleep well on planes. I look on in envy at friends and fellow passengers who knock out the moment the plane ascends. Not me. If I’m lucky, I’ll get 30mins pockets of sleep. I get restless, I fidget, I look for the optimal spot that’ll let me sleep in peace – a spot that never materialises. Instead, I resign myself to watching movies sleepily, bobbing in and out of sleep. It definitely takes a toll on my body.
But not this time. I woke up feeling refreshed, not something I’m used to, especially after a redeye. Thank you Emirates!
Hello tomorrow, indeed.