Emirates Business Class on the Airbus A380 : EK384 Dubai to Bangkok
In January I had the chance to fly on Emirates on one of my sectors en route from the UK back to Australia. The flight I took was from Dubai to Bangkok, operated by the Airbus A380. The flight number is EK384 and the departure time was scheduled for the ungodly hour of 3.05am! Arrival into Bangkok is at a more respectable 12.25pm.
At just after midnight I woke up in my Deira hotel, took a shower and grabbed a cab for the short trip to the airport. This flight leaves from the newest terminal, T3. It took me a while to work out where to find the First Class check-in counters, I was able to use them as part of my Qantas Platinum status since the two airlines are now partners. In fact I was booked on the Qantas codeshare flight number QF8384.
|Outside the terminal at Dubai - clearly the home of Emirates|
|First Class check-in zone|
|Heading towards departures|
There is a rather large a la carte restaurant in the lounge, have a look at the meal I consumed BEFORE I even got on the plane:
|Moet and Voss water|
|The huge bread basket for 1 person|
|Spring Roll Starter|
One of the interesting and somewhat unique features of the Emirates lounges in T3 is that you can board the aircraft directly from the lounge. Each gate is represented in both the business and first class lounges with a gate agent arriving just before boarding commences to scan boarding passes. You then proceed down an elevator and straight onto the jetway. I love it!
|Economy passengers with no status have to wait here - poor things|
|Boarding the upper deck - all premium seats are upstairs (First and Business)|
|Emirates A380 - Business Class Seat 8G|
|Looking across to the window seat 8J|
|Your legs go here|
Champagne was served as a pre departure drink in a nice large champagne flute:
|Moet - the standard Emirates business class champagne offering|
|White wine - I was very happy to see Vasse Felix represented, they make great wine|
|The reds - also featuring a French and an Aussie option|
|Cruz LBV Port 2001 is on offer tonight|
|Tonight's flight takes us over the Arabian Sea, India and The bay of Bengal|
|Emirates have one of the nicest business class amenity kits - featuring Bulgari|
Eventually the apologetic Captain announced we were ready to go and we pushed back and made a smooth departure. The A380 has such a unique feel during takeoff, it just feels big, and it's very smooth. A completely different feel to the Boeing 777.
Once we were safely up in the sky and the seatbelt sign was turned off, the crew sprung into action setting up the beds for sleep and offering a drinks service. A mattress was placed over the seat to smooth it out when reclined into bed mode.
I ordered a glass of the Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon from the menu, it was promptly delivered with a plate of nuts. All airlines that serve nuts in packets to business class passenger please take note of this photo:
Looks a little better than a foil packet doesn't it?
Meanwhile at the back of the plane there were a few people up and about having a drink at the bar:
It's a rather special experience, the Emirates A380. There is nothing else like it in the sky. The bar facility is superb, it feels like a bygone era of travel!
After a quick drink I headed back to my seat and off to bed for a 2 and a half hour nap. When I woke up I went to stretch my legs and snapped a photo from one of the rear windows:
|Beautiful day outside|
Breakfast service then commenced:
|Fruit was nice - bread was average - yoghurt also average|
Next up, the main course, I had chosen the Asian option which was stir fried egg noodles, a pork bun and some dumplings:
I'll be perfectly honest, the food wasn't brilliant. The noodles had no flavour. The prawn and pork dumplings were OK but I would prefer if they came with soy sauce. I didn't finish it but I wasn't that hungry anyway considering the massive meal I had consumed prior to boarding.
|Good Morning - Wake Up Everybody!|
If you wanted a drink at the bar, too late, it's closed for today:
|The business class cabin|
|Arriving at the gate|