Posted on April 10, 2017
Flight Review: Emirates First Class A380 Milan (MXP) – Dubai (DXB)
As I talk about in the last post, my wife had always wanted to fly in the “Jennifer Aniston Seat” and now we were finally going to! We boarded directly from the lounge onto to the upper deck of the awesome A380!
Our trip so far:
At the end of the jetbridge we were immediately greeted by Emirates staff that guided us to our First Class Suites at the front of the upper deck!
Route: EK206 MXP-DXB
Seats: 1E and 1F
Flight time: 6 hours
The cabin is set up in a 1-2-1 configuration on the upper deck of the aircraft which gives it 14 suites. There were only 3 other people in the cabin so really only 5 of 14 suites were occupied.
We booked these seats using Alaska Airlines miles which at the time cost us 100K miles per person but with the devaluation of Emirates flights last year, this would now cost 180K! 100K is a lot for a flight from Europe to the US but 180K is crazy! Alaska miles are not super hard to get by using this method though so I don’t find it that unreasonable to spend 200K next summer to fly to Africa in style 😉 .
As we got to our seats my wife was given pajamas, amenity kit and a glass of ginger ale. As I will talk about more in a future post, my wife was pregnant at the time and having a lot of nausea, so I had contacted Emirates ahead of time about her really wanting ginger ale and telling them it was our anniversary.
Because of that they filled her ginger ale every half hour the whole flight! I ask later where my PJ’s were and they informed me that they only give them out if you ask on this rather short, 6hrs, day time flight.
With my wife with her ginger ale, I was asked if I would like some Dom Perignon, which I was all to happy to drink for the both of us! We were then offered some dates, warm nuts and arabic coffee. So with my drinks in hand it was time to look around my throne.
As I mentioned before, there are 14 suites on the A380 with a seat along each window and 2 seats in the middle. We were seated in the 2 middle seats in the first row.
These are fully enclosed suite with a door and divider which can each be controlled electronically.
Once seated you will see there are are several areas to control your seat from with a small area of button on the outside armrest and a tablet on the other side which can be used to control your lights, seat and entertainment! There is also ANOTHER controller in the other armrest in case the other options weren’t enough for you.
Continuing to look around your seat you will also see some reading lights and your own mini bar!! The only problem with your little bar is that the drinks are not cool, they are room temperature.
Finally, looking straight you have your large entertainment screen, a little light, a little snack basket, a drawer with a writing kit and a vanity mirror with some beauty products. There was also a power outlet.
If you are at a window seat there are also controls to close different shades for less light or blackout.
Finally, one of the best parts of any first or business class seat is the fact that it can lay fully flat so you can get some shut eye. This was very comfortable when fully flat but again not as roomy as some other airlines.
Another thing I liked about Emirates is that they have a starry night ceiling when the lights are off! I have much better pictures of this on our next flight from Dubai to Dallas since it was at night but here are a few shots below.
After settling into our seat for take off and having a few drinks, it was time for the real fun aspects of this 6 hour flight on the A380, THE BAR and THE SHOWER!
That’s right, there is a bar and showers on these planes!
The bar is located on the upper deck in the back of the plane and is available to First and Business Class passengers. We asked to see the bar and the flight attendant escorted us back there.
Once in the back we met their awesome bartender and they brought back some of the Dom Perignon and other First Class liquors so that they would have them available to us.
There is some seating at either window in the bar area as well as a few table to stand at.
There is also a flight map and some snacks at the bar and near the map.
There is also a First Class bar at the front of the upper deck but it is far far less exciting haha.
After a few drinks at the bar (only for me) and chatting with the staff and bartender for 45 minutes or so it was time to get to the other highlight of the A380, the SHOWER!
Now I didn’t necessarily need to shower since I got up and showered that morning, maybe 10 hours earlier, but there was no way I wasn’t going to try it out!
There are 2 shower suites on the plane and they are located on the upper deck, on either side of the stairs, in the area where the First Class bar is located. Since we were in the first row they were about 8 feet from my seat.
The shower suite is thoroughly cleaned between each passenger and there is soap, shampoo, cologne, and other beauty products all available. These suites also double as the first class bathrooms during the flight. Katie correctly commented that these bathrooms were easily bigger than either bathroom we have in our apartment! Each passenger gets 5 minutes of water for the shower, which I thought was plenty.
The First Class bar set up is also changed later in the flight when people will be showering to a relaxing spa type atmosphere with warm tea available.
After getting all that fun stuff out of the way it was time to eat and get ready to land in Dubai. I knew we were probably going to eat at some point during our 4 hour layover in DXB so I didn’t eat as much as I might have.
FOOD and DRINKS
To start, here are the menus for anyone interested (click to enlarge, might not be in order and I think I am missing a couple pages):
For more detail of the dishes we had click on the menus for a more detailed description.
To start the dining there was a canapes course with more champagne, this was followed by my appetizer which was caviar with blinis.
Next up was the main course. I got the lamb and Katie went with the chicken.
Then it was time for dessert!
This was followed by a surprise from the fantastic crew we had! To celebrate our anniversary and new baby on the way they gave us a cake! As well as a good old fashion Polaroid to remember it! haha
With this great dessert I did have the only other alcoholic beverage I imbibed during my flight other than Dom Perignon, and that was Hennessy Paradis which runs over $700 a bottle!!!
Overall I found the selection of beverages to be excellent and the food to be only OK at best on this flight, however I found the food on our next Emirates flight significantly better.
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, etc, etc. I particularly liked that they had all the Star Wars movies, tons of Marvel movies and even live TV to watch the UEFA Championship if I wanted! (click on images below to enlarge)
There is also WiFi on the A380 that starts out as free for the first 10MB and then just $1 after that! Now this of course means that most of the plane uses it so speeds can be slow but that is still a great deal!
I can not over state how fantastic the service was on this flight. From the moment we boarded the plane it was clear that the Emirates twitter team had communicated with the crew about my wife being pregnant with our first child, the fact that she was continuing to crave ginger ale and the fact that it was our anniversary.
Katie’s glass was literally filled with ginger ale the entire flight and the crew wouldn’t even wait until the ice was melted before getting her a new glass. They also proactively gave her the pajamas and an amenity kit (will have pictures of this in the next flight review).
The service continued by escorting us back to the bar when we wanted to go back there and then continually checking if we needed anything even while we weren’t at our seats.
The final act of giving us a celebratory cake was just the cherry on top of what was a perfect crew performance.
Initial thoughts? I LOVED THIS FLIGHT! Between the service, shower, bar, enclosed suites and entertainment system I was a very happy camper the entire time. Katie also said this was her favorite flight so far which is saying a lot with flights on Etihad, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa and Singapore all ready in the books.
The food was certainly not the best I have had and the seat was a little narrower than on other airlines but this has now risen to the top couple flights I have been on! The fun continued from there in the Emirates First Class Lounge and our next flight on a 777. Stay tuned!