Emirates A380

On Board

Emirates A380

When you are actually flying you don’t really get the chance to have a good look at the plane, compare the seats in each of the classes, try out the pitch, admire the leg room or compare flat beds.

Therefore you can imagine my delight when I was invited by Emirates to spend a morning on their A380.

Lets start in economy. I am 5ft 9 and even I could cross my legs. They are based on a 3 – 4- 3 configuration. Somehow compared to other economy classes the seats seemed spacious, as the unnecessary bulk had been removed, with all the bits for TV and chair mounted in the seat in front. On most of the A380s the entire bottom of the plane is economy, although on the flights with no First Class they have replaced first class with a small economy cabin. The trick here is securing the 2 window seats. Do remember that Emirates are now charging to pre-assign seats in Economy, but the good news is on line check in opens 48 hours prior to travel.

Business Class was fantastic. The seats turn into full flat beds with mattress toppers and blankets. To be perfectly honest I felt the seats were smaller than British Airways Club World, but there was a mini bar, iPad, and a flat screen TV to keep me entertained. If you are travelling together the trick here is to get the E and F ‘Lovers Seats’ in the middle of the plane. All Emirates Business Class seat maps can be opened up on booking and don’t forget the Chauffeur Drive. If you are travelling alone the window seats offer the most privacy.

All the Emirates A380s have the sociable bar at the back of the plane for use by Business Class and First Class passengers. 

And finally First Class. It was spectacular. A TV screen bigger than my TV at home and a full flat bed. The suite even had a sliding door so when you decide to change into your PJs you really do have complete privacy. The plane comes with a spa shower allowing First Class passengers to shower and freshen up before landing. Service is on demand, as is dining, so you really can tailor-make your journey according to your needs.

There are a total of 6 Premium Lounges in their Dubai Hub for Business and First Class passengers. There is even a spa to iron out any knots or creases caused by your flight.

Emirates really does work for travel to Africa with connections via Dubai to South and East Africa. With regional flights from Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Heathrow, Gatwick and Glasgow, it is an airline that we highly recommend. 

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