DUBAI TO SYDNEY- A380
If anything was going to soften the blow of our European vacation coming to an end, flying Emirates Business Class was going to be it. I suppressed the tears welling up in my eyes and bid a reluctant farewell to the last leg of our journey. We were boarding an aircraft comparable to a luxury hotel- so let's be honest, it's impossible to be in a grumpy mood- 14 hours of stretching out, being pampered and fine dining? YES PLEASE. While my husband and I have been lucky enough to do a handful of business class trips, we travel economy class 90% of the time (<---- who am I kidding? Make that 95% of the time). What I'm trying to say is- business class is a luxury for us and never taken for granted. Even the little Godiva chocolates and Emirates branded mini vinaigrette bottles made me happy. The small things huh? Or is it small things amuse small minds?...Hmm, anyway....
Onto the review: I have read lots of mixed feedback on Emirates Business Class product. Some prefer the 777-30ER - favouring the small intimate cabin and personal service, whereas others swear by the flat beds and communal bar on the larger A380. Well, we were lucky enough to travel on both aircrafts this trip- our favourite flight would have to be on the A380- even though both were obviously fabulous.
All meals were excellent quality. In fact- they were so good you felt like you were dining in a high end restaurant. Except you are wearing thick bed socks, wrapped up in an Emirates polar fleece blanket and rocketing through the air at 800kms/hour. The standout meal would have to have been our dinner- a chicken curry with pine nuts and saffron rice. So full of flavour and moreish- if a local restaurant served this dish, I would become a regular (-- or even a serial pest demanding the recipe). Breakfast was also delicious- omelet with chicken sausages, potato pattie, roasted tomato and garlic mushrooms. The wine list was really impressive too- I'm no wine connoisseur but all we tasted were lovely!
Friendly, professional and extremely attentive. Our main steward took a genuine interest in our holiday- enquiring where we had visited, what our highlights were and asked for feedback on our flight. There were plenty of staff availble for the duration of the flight - checking if they could provide anyone with water, offering snacks, glasses of wine, fruit, or a foot massage (ok, ok- totally kidding with the the foot massage)---- but they really couldn't have done enough for you for the duration of the flight. The service was warm and genuine.
A full recline bed in the touch of a button. To give you an indication of how comfortable the seat was, 10 minutes after dinner was cleared I had drifted off into a full slumber- FOR 6 HOURS STRAIGHT. This is a miracle for me- I don't even do that at home! I'm normally a wriggly worm that wakes every couple of hours--- my poor husband--- obviously I found the flat bed really comfortable. One important thing to note if you are travelling as a couple in business class: choose the inner seats in the middle rows (ie: E and F seats) on the A380 if you are wanting to sit beside one another- otherwise you will end up on the outer rows of the middle section and essentially sitting a few feet apart. Handy if you are fighting, not so handy if you actually want to talk!
If we are are lucky enough to travel business class again to Europe I will definitely consider Emirates as my first option. All flights were on time, the cabin was very clean and well laid out, comfortable seats, fantastic food, great wine list and friendly, warm service. Oh and they have Godiva chocolates- did I already mention that?
For more information on Emirates: www.emirates.com
All photos by Belinda- www.outoftheoffice.com.au