Posted on November 23, 2017
Flight Review: Emirates First Class DXB-DFW
With our time in both of Emirates’ impressive First Class lounges over, it was time to head to our next flight, back to the US. It was just before 2am when we boarded the plane.
For this flight we would be flying on a 777 instead of the A380, which is a little different in terms of seat and cabin.
Our trip so far:
We entered through the forward door and were greeted by the staff before then turning right, into the first class cabin. This cabin has 8 first class seats in two rows in a 1-2-1 configuration, unlike the A380 which has four rows, giving it twice as many seats at 16.
We were seated in row 1, in the two middle seats (E and F). The first thing I noticed upon entering the cabin and sitting down was that there seemed to be more over all space. There are two reasons for this, the first being that the seat on the 777 is slightly wider and second, the ceiling height and width of the cabin is higher and wider than on the upper deck of the A380, where the first class is located on that plane.
Shortly after sitting we were offered a beverage and given our amenity kits and pajamas. There were different kits for men and women which included basic toiletries as well as Bulgari products. The pajamas were comfy but not nearly as comfy as Cathy Pacific or Japan Airlines.
After getting changed and settled, it was time to check out my personal suite.
Route: EK221 DXB-DFW
Seats: 1E and 1F
Flight time: 16 hours
Each seat is it’s own individual suite with doors that encloses the seat for privacy and a center divider which can go up and down for the middle seats. There is also a personal closet in the door to your suite. What I noticed on this flight, was that the walls of you suite are slightly higher on the 777 than on the A380 so it is harder for someone just walking by to see over it than it was on our A380 flight.
The seat width measures just over 23 inches and is all blinged out as you can see from the faux gold and wood finishes.
In front of you there is an incredibly large screen measuring 32 inches, as well as a little light, vanity mirror with beauty kit, and power outlet. Around the suite there are several other lights and even a mini bar to the non-door side with a little electric powered door that opens and closes! As cool as it is, there isn’t any refrigeration in it so it isn’t incredibly useful.
In addition, you have a basket of goodies and a writing kit placed in your suite, which are also not super useful, but still a cool little extra.
There are several ways to control everything in your suite with a tablet which can control your entertainment, lights, seat (there is a massage function!) and even order food, as well as a control on the armrest and another video gamer controller-like control. There is also a large storage compartment near the tablet.
As with most of the high end First Class seats, it’s reclines 180 degrees into a bed which can be made up with pillows and bedding. One of the things I love about sleeping on Emirates is the starry ceiling!
Shortly after take off we were again offered a beverage, as well as Arabic coffee and dates.
I was pretty tired at this point since it was about 2am, but I have a hard time turning down free Dom Perignon, so I just had to have a few glass…and Katie was pregnant so I needed to test hers too 😉 .
Emirates has a dine on demand option so you can order anything on the menu whenever you want which is great, especially for late night flights. Since we were leaving so late I just had a steak sandwich, which was AWESOME with some Johnny Walker Blue label before laying down for the night. As you can see from the menu below, there are several high end alcoholic beverages and it’s a real treat to be able to enjoy JW Blue and Dom on the same flight.
After we awoke from our pretty restful night sleep we had some breakfast. Katie had some sort of eggs and I had the roast beef (which wasn’t that good) as well as another little sandwich and some fruit.
In the front of the cabin near the restrooms there is also a little bar display with drinks and godiva chocolates! We needed several of these since Katie LOVES chocolate, and she was pregnant so she gets whatever she wants!
Overall, after two flights with Emirates I found I LOVE their drink selection but find there food just OK. Nothing wrong with it, but certainly not as good as Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, etc.
The Emirates entertainment options are excellent and extensive. Their “ICE” system is jam packed full of movie, TV shows, live TV, music, kids shows, games, outside camera, etc, etc. I particularly liked that they had all the Star Wars movies, tons of Marvel movies and even live TV. I have some pictures of the entertainment selections in my last post on the A380 First Class.
Below are some screen shots to give you some examples of whats available.
It’s hard to beat the service we had on a first Emirates flight to Dubai, so this crew was already at a disadvantage by comparison. I thought the staff was very attentive and responded quickly to the call light. In general I would say that they did a very good job but nothing really above and beyond, which isn’t really needed on a flight where I am hoping to sleep as long as possible.
As the cabin only had 5 of the 8 seat occupied, the crew did offer to turn the window seat for each of us into our bed when it was time to sleep. I always appreciate this when it’s available because it gives you an area to keep your stuff as well as a clean seat to go sit up in immediately after waking up (original seat).
Now everyone’s favorite, bathroom pictures! By the way, the size is WAY WAY smaller than the A380.
Overall this was another great Emirates flight. I got about 7 hours of sleep which was great and I continue to love the over all experience with Emirates. The 777 does not have the showers or the bar that are really fun in their A380 but since we got on the plane at 2am and planned to sleep as much as possible, that was really OK. Actually, this may be there better plane for sleeping and relaxing. The suite walls are higher, the seat is slightly wider and the cabin is taller and wider overall. It just feels more spacious. For maximum sleep I would go 777 and for overall fun experience I would go A380. Either way, I am really looking forward to flying Emirates First Class again this July!