UK – USA Business Travel
- Richard Moss
In 2019, Dubai was our second most booked international destination after Singapore. With such high demand, we thought it only right that we bring you the low down on one of the most popular carriers and aircraft.
Emirates is a subsidiary of the Emirates Group, owned by the government of Dubai. They were founded in 1985 and have a hub at Dubai International Airport. The airline is famous for their friendly and diverse crew. On any Emirates flight there may be up to 12 different nationalities of cabin crew. Between them, they may speak up to 18 different languages in order to provide a comprehensive service to all passengers.
The Emirates A380 fleet is one of the largest operated Airbus A380 fleets in the world. On a daily basis six fly from Heathrow, two from Stansted, three from Manchester and two from Birmingham. There are also twenty Emirates A380 flights a week from Gatwick.
An Emirates A380 aircraft with three cabin classes has a total passenger capacity of 517. Last month I was able to enjoy an in-depth tour of this aircraft, and now have the pleasure of sharing my in-depth knowledge of each cabin.
427 seats in a 3-4-3 configuration make up the economy cabin and entire main floor of the Emirates A380 aircraft. Seats are 18 inches in width and benefit from a 32-34 inch pitch. This cabin is divided into four sections. Each section break is found around the exits, with toilets and galleys here also.
Power ports can be found inbetween seats and WiFi is available to all passengers, regardless of cabin class. All economy seats recline back a short way, allowing for more relaxed viewing of the hundreds of movies and shows available on the ICE entertainment system. In fact there are some 4,500 channels available!
At the tail end of the plane is a spiral staircase leading to the Emirates A380 business class. Unfortunately, this staircase is out of bounds to economy passengers. From here, you enter a small but sociable area with the famous Emirates bar taking central stage.
Business class seats are in a staggered 1-2-1 formation, with middle seating in every other row being perfect for couples. All 76 business class seats are 18.5 inches in width with a 48 inch pitch. These seats transform into spacious and comfortable lie-flat beds, with some bedding, eyemasks and earplugs provided.
Ample storage, amenities, working space, power outlets and WiFi are all additional benefits for business class. The food menu is also a vast improvement on menus available in economy, both in terms of quality and variation.
Now we get to the seriously impressive stuff from Emirates. 14 seats make up the exclusive first class cabin complete with two spa showers. As with business class seating, the arrangement is a staggered 1-2-1 formation. Privacy screens and privacy doors enable passengers to completely cocoon themselves into their suite. The lie-flat seat is exceptionally comfortable at a massive 23 inches wide and spacious 86 inches pitch. An undisturbed and supremely comfortable sleep is available with the premium quality mattress topper, duvet and pillow.
The storage is ornate and luxurious, with a stocked vanity area and mini bar. No overhead bins are required, as a full-sized carry on fits securely within the suite. A 27 inch screen dominates the front view and a tablet allows you to lay back and control everything remotely. Meals are beautifully presented and paired to perfection with extravagant fine wines and champagnes.
To top off the luxury experience, take a shower at 40,000 feet! These two large cubicles are well stocked with fresh towels, luxury toiletries, skincare and hair products.
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