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A Beautiful Emirates First Class Flight To The Maldives

To finish our outbound journey to the Maldives, we flew Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER first-class from Dubai (DXB) to Male (MLE). I gained’t be absolutely reviewing this flight, since I’ve reviewed Emirates’ “previous” 777 first-class earlier than, and I don’t need to be too redundant. Nonetheless, I wished to hit on a number of of the highlights.

As a reminder, this was booked as half of a bigger award itinerary, as we redeemed 160,000 Skywards miles per particular person to fly from Washington to Dubai to Male, with a stopover in Dubai (and naturally the Washington to Dubai flight in Emirates’ new 777 first-class was the spotlight).

A 4:20AM 4/20 birthday flight

Once I noticed award availability on this flight I felt like I needed to guide it. My birthday is April 20, and taking a 4:20AM flight on 4/20 is one thing that I couldn’t actually flip down. Admittedly touring between the UAE and Maldives may not be the best strategy to have fun this particular time. 😉

Emirates first-class boarding cross

By the way in which, for these questioning about why my boarding cross says “PARTNER,” I don’t have a solution to that. I requested a buddy at Emirates, and he stated that generally award tickets present that.

I believe “PARTNER” usually refers to worker workers journey, or at the very least that’s the very best clarification I’ve give you. For instance, after I entered the Emirates first-class lounge, the agent needed to affirm that I redeemed miles and wasn’t on workers journey. Unusual.

Exploring Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Concourse C

I’ve transited Dubai Airport Terminal 3 extra instances than I can depend, but one way or the other I had by no means (at the very least knowingly) flown out of Concourse C. We spent most of our time on the airport within the first-class lounge in Concourse A, and the agent informed us that it might be a 30-45 minute stroll to our departure gate.

I’m a quick walker, so often I massively reduce these numbers, and assume it’s extra like 10-Quarter-hour. Nope, it ended up taking us round 25 minutes to get to the far finish of Concourse C. How had I by no means flown out of there earlier than?!

Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Concourse C
Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Concourse C

We additionally briefly stopped on the Emirates first-class lounge Concourse C. I knew there was a Concourse B first-class lounge (which I’ve reviewed earlier than), however one way or the other I by no means know this lounge existed. And albeit that’s most likely for the higher, as a result of this lounge isn’t spectacular. Does this seem like a random Precedence Cross lounge, or a hub first-class lounge for one of many world’s greatest regarded airways? Typically it looks like Emirates is admittedly caught previously.

Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai Terminal 3 Concourse C

Anyway, boarding was scheduled to start out at 3:35AM, 45 minutes earlier than departure. Certain sufficient, that’s precisely when first and enterprise class passengers have been invited to board.

Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Concourse C

A powerful Emirates brief haul first-class flight

Our Emirates flight was scheduled to depart Dubai at 4:20AM and arrive in Male at 9:30AM, which is a 4hr10min block time (there’s a one hour time change). The precise flight time was 3hr40min. What was the expertise like? Very, very good.

We have been on one among Emirates’ oldest Boeing 777s (A6-EBU, which is 15+ years previous), and the cabin positively felt a bit dated. The expertise on a few of Emirates’ older 777s isn’t nearly as good as on the brand new ones, from the hand held tablets, to the decision of the leisure screens.

Nonetheless, how superior is that this for a 3hr40min flight?!

Emirates first-class cabin Boeing 777
Emirates first-class cabin Boeing 777
Signal you’re on one among Emirates’ older 777s

I assigned us the 2 heart seats within the second row of first-class. We have been speculated to have the cabin to ourselves, however final minute one worker booked, and he or she was in 1A (Emirates captains, Emirates executives, and their households, get house obtainable first-class journey).

Emirates first-class seat Boeing 777
Emirates first-class minibar
Emirates first-class snack basket

The 2 first-class flight attendants and the purser couldn’t have been lovelier — they have been skilled and by the guide, in contrast to the crew we had on the final flight. Earlier than takeoff they provided us pre-departure drinks, so we ordered some Dom Perignon (and we received a few refills).

Emirates first-class pre-departure champagne
Emirates first-class pre-departure champagne

We have been additionally provided Arabic espresso, dates, an amenity package, pajamas, and slippers (these have been equivalent to what we had on the lengthy haul flight, so take a look at the earlier overview for all of the contents).

Emirates first-class pre-departure champagne

By the point we have been airborne it was approaching 5AM, and we have been tremendous drained, since we hadn’t slept that night time. After takeoff we requested the crew to make our beds, and get up as near touchdown as attainable whereas nonetheless with the ability to eat breakfast. Certainly they took care of the turndown service inside 10 minutes of takeoff and dimmed the cabin lights, and we have been off to sleep.

Emirates first-class turndown service

I certain do love how Emirates has “stars” on the ceiling, it’s such a cute contact.

Emirates first-class stars on the ceiling

We slept for over two hours, which was a lot wanted, and have been woken up simply over an hour earlier than touchdown. Kudos to the crew for truly letting us sleep this lengthy, as a result of a lot of Emirates crews will declare they will solely serve a meal as much as 90 minutes earlier than touchdown.

Emirates Boeing 777 airshow characteristic
Emirates Boeing 777 airshow characteristic

At that time breakfast was served. Emirates has a (comparatively) easy menu on this flight, and there’s only a breakfast possibility.

Emirates first-class menu

For these questioning, beneath is the wine checklist for this flight.

Emirates first-class wine checklist
Emirates first-class wine checklist
Emirates first-class wine checklist
Emirates first-class wine checklist

We weren’t actually hungry, however I figured I needed to take some footage for overview functions. It’s at all times good to be woken up with a cappuccino, which even (loosely) had the Emirates emblem dusted on it.

Emirates first-class breakfast

To begin I used to be provided a fruit plate, some yogurt, and a range from the bread and pastry basket.

Emirates first-class breakfast

For the primary course I ordered the scrambled eggs with potatoes, mushrooms, and kale.

Emirates first-class breakfast

Whereas hardly probably the most thrilling Emirates first-class meal, it was good for a flight like this.

Emirates first-class birthday cake

As I not too long ago wrote about, Emirates lets passengers order a birthday cake, and it doesn’t value something additional for those who’re in first or enterprise class. Since I used to be touring on my birthday I figured I’d order one among these, not as a result of I truly wished or wanted a cake, however as a result of I wished to report again on how that is being executed these days.

As we started our descent the crew introduced this out — how superbly introduced! The crew even put some roses and wrote “wishing you a contented birthday” with melted chocolate, which they don’t must do.

Emirates first-class birthday cake

The crew additionally took an image of us with the onboard Polaroid.

Emirates Polaroid image
Emirates Polaroid image body
Emirates Polaroid image body

We solely had a chew or two of the cake since we have been full already, however the crew then packed it up in a to-go field. I felt dangerous not taking it with me, however realistically this wouldn’t have ended properly since we have been going to take a seaplane within the sweltering warmth. By no means thoughts the truth that I’m unsure what the Maldives’ coverage is on bringing recent meals gadgets into the nation.

Emirates first-class birthday cake

An exquisite method to the Maldives

Flying into the Maldives is at all times a deal with, because it’s not usually you get views like this when approaching a serious worldwide airport. I’ll let the photographs communicate largely for themselves.

View approaching the Maldives
View approaching the Maldives
View approaching the Maldives
View approaching the Maldives
View approaching the Maldives

It was cool to lastly see the Sinamalé Bridge (initially referred to as the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge) open, connecting the capital of Male to the airport. This wasn’t but open the final time I flew to the Maldives (on the time you needed to take a ferry), so it was cool to see. I nonetheless really want to go to Male someday, as a result of I’m certain it have to be fascinating.

View approaching Male Airport

Male’s Velana Worldwide Airport isn’t very massive, but it surely’s superb what number of planes are parked right here in the course of the day, on condition that many planes arrive within the morning and depart within the night. Qatar Airways alone had three planes on the bottom, together with two 777s.

View approaching Male Airport
View approaching Male Airport
Taxiing Male Airport
Taxiing Male Airport

It’s additionally enjoyable to catch a glimpse of the seaplane terminal, since that is the first strategy to get round to the additional islands.

Male Airport seaplane “terminal”

Velana Worldwide Airport can be present process some main work, and can quickly have a brand new runway and terminal, which must be a sport changer for the airport. It appears like vital progress is being made there.

We ended up parking at a distant stand subsequent to a different Emirates 777, which pushed again minutes after we arrived.

Emirates 777 Male Airport

Upon arrival they arrange two air stairs, after which we needed to take a bus to the terminal. Happily there was no wait at immigration, so we have been by means of very quickly, and have been on the way in which to our first resort.

Male Airport distant stand
Emirates 777 Male Airport
Emirates 777 Male Airport

Backside line

Emirates impresses with its brief haul first-class expertise, as I can’t think about a flight like this being a lot better. A 4:20AM departure time isn’t precisely preferrred for those who’re not connecting from some place else, however I managed to get in a strong nap, had breakfast, and even loved some Dom Perignon. On prime of that, the crew on this flight was glorious, which made the expertise all the higher.

It’s superb how completely different a brief haul premium cabin product is in numerous elements of the world, particularly when you think about this flight is comparable in size to a Chicago to San Francisco flight, for instance.

When you’ve flown Emirates’ brief haul first-class, what was your expertise like?

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