Evaluate: New Emirates Boeing 777 First Class (IAD-DXB)

To kick off our journey to the Maldives, we flew Emirates’ spectacular “new” firstclass from Washington to Dubai. Whereas the product was launched in late 2017 (over 4 years in the past), solely 9 planes function these cabins, and so they fly a really restricted variety of routes.

I reviewed Emirates’ new firstclass shortly after it launched, however solely on the (pretty) brief flight between Dubai and Brussels. I used to be trying ahead not solely to seeing how this product was holding up (provided that I rank it the most effective on the earth), but additionally placing it to the check on a for much longer flight.

This flight was merely unimaginable — we had the cabin to ourselves, however there have been additionally some service “quirks.”

How I booked our Emirates firstclass tickets

Usually I lock in award tickets fairly final minute, provided that airways are inclined to launch numerous award seats because the departure date approaches. We had a date the place we would have liked to be within the Maldives, although I used to be stunned by how few award flight choices there have been.

Thankfully a number of days earlier than departure, one actually superior choice popped up in firstclass. I booked the next, with each segments in firstclass:

04/16 EK232 Washington to Dubai departing 11:00AM arriving 8:10AM (+1 day)
04/20 EK658 Dubai to Male departing 4:20AM arriving 9:30AM

Okay, I’m not going to lie, the 4:20AM departure on 4/20 had me laughing (and that additionally occurs to be my birthday).

The itinerary price 160,000 Emirates Skywards miles plus $817 in taxes and provider imposed surcharges per individual. Now, a number of issues to notice:

  • Emirates just lately elevated gasoline surcharges considerably, so I hated paying these, however I figured for the Emirates firstclass expertise it could be value it (particularly when you think about British Airways prices comparable quantities for a one-way enterprise class ticket from New York to London, and there’s no alternative to recoup that with caviar and Dom Perignon) 😉
  • Emirates permits free stopovers on one-way Flex Plus awards, so we may get that stopover in Dubai for a few nights for “free”
  • What made this most fun was that Washington to Dubai is the one path to the US at present that includes Emirates’ new firstclass, and on the time of reserving nobody else was even booked within the six seat cabin (and certainly we ended up having the cabin all to ourselves)

The beauty of Emirates Skywards is that the miles are fairly simple to come back by. Skywards is switch companions with all main transferable factors currencies, together with Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, Chase Final Rewards, and Citi ThankYou.

Emirates firstclass check-in, lounge, & boarding

For what it’s value, we had flown to the world the evening earlier than, and spent the evening on the Hyatt Regency Dulles Airport. Sadly our Tampa to Washington flight was considerably delayed, and we had a really brief evening, or else I’d have reviewed the lodge. So that is the place we’ll begin…

We arrived at Washington Dulles at round 8:30AM for our 11AM flight to Dubai. Whereas the check-in corridor was fairly empty total, the Emirates check-in space was packed.

Washington Dulles Airport check-in corridor

There have been numerous folks within the financial system line, although no wait within the first and enterprise class line. We had been helped instantly, and inside a few minutes we had been issued boarding passes to Dubai. It’s so good that there’s not a testing requirement for vaccinated vacationers to Dubai, so we simply needed to present our vaccine playing cards.

Emirates check-in Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)
Emirates check-in Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)

Emirates makes use of the Air France-KLM Lounge Washington Dulles as its contract lounge, which I reviewed in a separate submit. Our flight was departing from gate A20, although premium passengers boarded through gate A22 (the airline makes use of two separate gates for boarding, which finally result in the identical jet bridge).

Whereas trying on the aircraft, I couldn’t assist however discover the license plate — A6-EQI — this was the identical aircraft concerned within the “incident” that occurred in December 2021, on the identical route within the different route (from Dubai to Washington).

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)

Our flight was scheduled to board at 10:30AM (half-hour earlier than departure), however that ended up being delayed as a result of the inbound plane was a bit late. The entire boarding course of was chaotic, largely as a consequence of lack of communication from the bottom employees.

At 10:40AM boarding started for these needing further time, then Zone C was invited to board, then Zone D was invited to board, after which at 10:55AM all premium passengers had been invited to board without delay. When you’re going to board financial system earlier than first & enterprise class, it could at the least be good to elucidate that, in order that there’s not confusion.

Emirates boarding Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)

Emirates new 777 firstclass cabin & seats

We boarded by means of the second set of doorways, the place we had been greeted by one of many supervisors after which escorted to our seats in firstclass. I had assigned us seats 2F & 2K, so we went to the far aisle, after which turned left.

To the left of the second set of doorways are two rows of enterprise class, in a 2-3-2 configuration. Whereas Emirates’ “new” 777s have a barely up to date enterprise class, it’s not significantly better than Emirates’ commonplace (disappointing) 777 enterprise class.

Emirates Boeing 777 enterprise class cabin

Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 firstclass, however, is solely unimaginable. The cabin consists of simply six seats, in a 1-1-1 configuration. The suites are enclosed floor-to-ceiling, so they provide a degree of privateness past what you discover in your “commonplace” firstclass suite.

The way in which the configuration works, you might have two window seats on both sides. Then the middle seat within the first row opens as much as the left aisle, whereas the middle seat within the second row opens as much as the suitable aisle. So when you’re touring collectively and wish to be as near your companion as potential, I’d advocate deciding on 1A & 1E or 2F & 2K. Personally I’d favor row two, for the reason that suites in row two are a bit extra spacious as a result of curvature of the aircraft.

Emirates Boeing 777 firstclass cabin
Emirates Boeing 777 firstclass cabin

Our flight began on an odd observe. As talked about above, I had assigned us seats 2F & 2K (and crews can see seat assignments on their tablets, so the crew ought to have recognized that). But once I arrived at seat 2F, there was a bunch of stuff already within the suite

So I regarded for the flight attendant…

“Hello, I believe that is my seat?”
“Oh, you don’t wish to sit in a window seat?”
“No, I’d like to take a seat right here, please, if that’s okay.”
“The window seats are significantly better, you don’t need that?”
“I’d actually prefer to attempt the digital home windows, as I did a window seat the final time I flew this configuration. We additionally wish to sit as shut to 1 one other as potential.”
“Are you certain? Okay…”

She then proceeded to spend a few minutes eradicating all of her stuff from the suite and as a substitute placing it in a special one. It form of jogged my memory of once I flew Saudia firstclass from Dubai to Riyadh, and was accused of taking “the supervisor’s seat” (which additionally occurred to be my assigned seat).

After the flight attendant eliminated her stuff from the suite, she set it up largely appropriately, after which stated “oh, I forgot one thing.” She ran and received the responsibility free journal, and didn’t simply place it at my seat, however gave us each an obligation free gross sales pitch that rivals the American Airways inflight bank card gross sales pitch.

She talked about what number of wonderful issues there have been within the catalogue, and particularly about all of the perfumes. She additionally claimed that Emirates was having its largest responsibility free sale ever, and that the whole lot was 20% off, however just for 24 extra hours. Because it seems, none of that was true — apparently the costs listed already mirrored all of the financial savings, but oddly my flight a number of days later had precisely the identical pricing.

Ford and I each checked out each other and stated that we higher purchase one thing onboard if we wish to get good service. Anyway, odd begin, however again to the beautiful firstclass cabin…

Final time I flew Emirates’ new firstclass I sat in a window seat, so Ford took that seat this time (on this case, 2K). It was as I remembered, although the leather-based is certainly trying a bit extra stretched out and worn than when the product was launched. Moreover, there are speculated to be binoculars on the seat, however the crew didn’t put these out (this wasn’t probably the most “by the guide” crew, to place it mildly).

Emirates Boeing 777 firstclass seat
Emirates Boeing 777 firstclass seat

I assigned myself the middle seat, 2F. It’s uncommon that I’d voluntarily select a middle seat, however in Emirates’ new firstclass I make an exception. Why? As a result of the middle seats are a bit extra spacious (as a result of curvature of the fuselage alongside the window seats), and most significantly due to the ridiculously superior digital home windows.

There’s a lot to like about this product, from the privateness to the infinite devices. Emirates’ new firstclass is certainly a product the place the iPhone huge angle digital camera turns out to be useful. As you possibly can see, every suite virtually appears like an enclosed prepare compartment, or one thing. The seat finishes are impressed by Mercedes-Benz.

Emirates firstclass suite Boeing 777
Emirates firstclass suite Boeing 777

Every seat has a 32″ excessive definition touchscreen TV, which is about nearly as good as a private leisure display screen on a aircraft will get.

Emirates firstclass suite Boeing 777

On both sides of the TV is a minibar, containing a wide range of drinks and a few snacks.

Emirates firstclass suite Boeing 777

Instantly in entrance of the TV is a conceit, which has a mirror, a writing equipment, and a few lotions. This may be folded down if you’re not utilizing it, in order that the TV isn’t obstructed.

Emirates firstclass suite self-importance

The tray desk may be prolonged from beneath the TV, and simply slides out and in.

Emirates firstclass suite tray desk

To the left facet of the tray desk are AC, USB, and HDMI shops.

Emirates firstclass suite energy shops

Then to the left of the seat is a big pill that can be utilized to regulate nearly the whole lot — you need to use this to pick your most popular leisure, to order room service, to regulate lighting within the suite, and so forth.

Emirates firstclass leisure & suite controls

That’s proper, you possibly can “name room service” out of your pill, together with having the ability to video name the crew to position an order, when you’d like.

Emirates firstclass room service

What’s additionally enjoyable about that pill is you could observe your flight on there when you’re watching a film or TV present on the principle display screen.

Beneath the desk are the seat controls, permitting you to regulate the window shades, lighting, and extra.

Additionally within the left armrest is one other leisure controller. I’m undecided precisely why that is wanted, for the reason that display screen itself is touchscreen, after which there’s additionally the pill. It’s not usually you a see a triple redundant inflight leisure function!

Emirates firstclass suite leisure controls

On the suitable armrest are some primary seat controls, the place you possibly can select from a number of seating pre-sets.

Emirates firstclass suite seat controls

On the suitable facet of the seat is yet one more monitor, which controls lots of the suite features. This lets you management the lighting, the colour, and the temperature within the suite. It additionally means that you can select the “don’t disturb” mode, and to see if the rest room is occupied.

Emirates firstclass suite controls

In relation to the temperature controls, you possibly can’t activate air-con, however you possibly can flip the warmth up or down. I at all times simply flip it down all the way in which, after which due to the a number of air nozzles within the suite, the temperature and airflow are nice.

Emirates firstclass suite temperature controls

Then you too can select your individual temper lighting, which impacts a lot of the “trim” lighting.

Emirates firstclass suite shade controls

How cool is that this?!

Emirates firstclass temper lighting
Emirates firstclass temper lighting
Emirates firstclass temper lighting

The Emirates firstclass suite additionally has a great quantity of storage. On the entrance proper of the seat is a large compartment that may match a typical measurement carry-on bag.

Emirates firstclass suite storage

Then within the again proper of the seat is a closet, the place you may grasp garments, or retailer smaller luggage.

Emirates firstclass suite closet

I’ll discuss extra concerning the digital home windows in a bit, however you’ve gotta love how there are even “curtains” in entrance of the digital home windows.

Emirates firstclass suite digital home windows

I’d observe that along with the usual sliding door, there’s additionally a gap on the entrance of the seat that may be opened or closed. In idea the crew may serve meals & drinks by means of that opening, for these passengers who need privateness (usually for spiritual causes).

Emirates Boeing 777 firstclass suite exterior

Emirates’ new firstclass is solely spectacular. I discover this to be the only finest firstclass product on the earth, because the house is simply so effectively utilized.

I ought to point out that admittedly this product isn’t ideally suited when you’re touring with somebody, since you possibly can’t actually sit or dine collectively. Ford and I had been seated throughout from each other, and with our doorways each opening we may undoubtedly discuss, although we needed to increase our voices a bit.

Emirates new 777 firstclass loos

One main draw back of the 777 in comparison with the A380 is the toilet state of affairs (and that is after all very a lot a “first world downside”). Whereas Emirates’ A380s have bathe suites, the 777 simply has two firstclass loos which are fairly commonplace. One is a reasonably first rate measurement.

Emirates firstclass toilet Boeing 777
Emirates firstclass toilet Boeing 777

It’s form of humorous to me how there are single-use cleaning soap bars, particularly when there’s additionally liquid cleaning soap.

Emirates firstclass toilet facilities Boeing 777

There are additionally some BVLGARI fragrances.

Emirates firstclass toilet facilities Boeing 777

The opposite toilet is a bit smaller, and it’s the toilet that crews are usually supposed to make use of.

Emirates firstclass toilet Boeing 777

Emirates firstclass facilities

After settling in and getting our responsibility free gross sales pitch, we had been supplied pre-departure drinks. Whereas Emirates serves Dom Perignon in firstclass, that is solely out there after takeoff when departing the US, since Emirates doesn’t wish to pay the taxes for serving it on the bottom. So Veuve Clicquot is as a substitute served on the bottom. I had one glass, although needed to tempo myself. There was additionally a face masks and a few hand sanitizer at every seat.

Emirates firstclass pre-departure champagne

We had been then supplied the usual Emirates firstclass facilities. This consists of Emirates’ (allegedly) moisturizing pajamas, slippers, and eyeshades.

Emirates firstclass pajamas & slippers

Then there was the BVLGARI amenity equipment, which was very effectively stocked, and had the whole lot from a shaving equipment, to a dental equipment, to a comb, to a number of sorts of lotion.

Emirates firstclass amenity equipment

Additionally ready in our suite upon boarding had been noise canceling Bowers & Wilkins headphones.

Emirates firstclass headphones

Towards the top of boarding we had been supplied Arabic espresso, dates, and heat towels. For dates, there was the selection between plain, almond, or orange.

Emirates firstclass Arabic espresso & dates
Emirates firstclass heat towel

Emirates departure from Washington Dulles

At 11:15AM boarding was full, and we had been thrilled that we had the primary class cabin all to ourselves (although the flight was full in enterprise class and largely full in financial system class).

At this level the captain made his welcome aboard announcement. It was a world crew up entrance, because the pilots had been from South Africa, Greece, Canada, and Moldova. One of many captains knowledgeable us of our flight time of 12hr30min, and our cruising altitude of 35,000 ft. He apologized for our late departure, however stated they’d attempt to make up a while enroute.

We began our pushback at 11:20AM, at which level the security video was screened. This was my first time sitting in a center seat in Emirates’ new firstclass, and due to this fact was my first time actually experiencing Emirates’ digital home windows.

Emirates’ two heart firstclass suites on the brand new 777s have digital home windows (in row one they’re on the suitable, in row two they’re on the left), and so they’re so darn cool. Because of cameras on the facet of the aircraft, the home windows present precisely what you’d see when you had been seated in a window seat.

It’s unbelievable how sensible they’re, and I really most popular these to actual home windows:

  • It may be laborious to take footage out of actual window seats as a consequence of glare, whereas that’s not a problem with these seats
  • When it’s time to sleep, you may make the cabin really darkish, with zero gentle seeping by means of
  • There’s the overall novelty of, I don’t know, FAKE WINDOWS ON A REAL AIRPLANE!

My eyes had been glued to the home windows much more than they’d often be, which is saying one thing.

Emirates firstclass digital home windows Boeing 777
Emirates firstclass digital home windows Boeing 777

By 11:35AM we had been cleared for takeoff from runway 30. We had an extended takeoff roll (not so long as on that Dubai to Washington flight… too quickly?), and a gradual climb out.

Emirates firstclass digital home windows Boeing 777
Emirates firstclass digital home windows Boeing 777
Emirates firstclass digital home windows Boeing 777
Emirates firstclass digital home windows Boeing 777

The seatbelt signal was turned off about 10 minutes after takeoff.

Emirates 777 firstclass leisure & Wi-Fi

Emirates is thought for its unimaginable ICE leisure system (with “ICE” standing for info, communication, and leisure). The leisure choice is actually infinite, whether or not you’re seeking to watch motion pictures or TV reveals.

Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system

As an avgeek, my favourite a part of Emirates’ leisure system is after all monitoring the progress of the flight.

Emirates ICE leisure system

Whereas not as cool because the tail digital camera you’ll discover on A380s, Emirates’ 777s do have a nostril digital camera, which may be enjoyable to look at throughout takeoff and touchdown.

Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system
Emirates ICE leisure system

Emirates additionally has Wi-Fi on its Boeing 777s, powered by OnAir. The pricing is as follows:

  • A limiteless Wi-Fi cross with no knowledge caps ordinarily prices $19.99, although price $11.99 on this flight
  • A limiteless messaging cross with no knowledge caps ordinarily prices $5.99, although price $2.99 on this flight
  • A 30 minute cross with no knowledge caps price $6.99
Emirates Wi-Fi pricing Boeing 777

Thankfully Emirates presents free Wi-Fi to firstclass passengers who’re additionally Skywards members (and you’ll change between gadgets). So ensure you have your Emirates Skywards quantity in your reservation so to get free Wi-Fi if you join. I discover it a bit unusual that Emirates prices non-Skywards members touring in firstclass, although I suppose the airline needs to incentivize folks to affix the loyalty program.

Emirates Wi-Fi pricing Boeing 777

The unhealthy information about Emirates Wi-Fi is that it’s sluggish. OnAir is about as sluggish as inflight Wi-Fi will get. The excellent news is that knowledge isn’t break up between fairly as many individuals on the 777 as on the A380, so the Wi-Fi wasn’t completely unusable. However I additionally wouldn’t plan on being all that productive when flying Emirates, assuming you’re counting on knowledge.

Emirates firstclass menu & wine record

About quarter-hour after takeoff, the purser handed by means of the cabin to provide us greet us and current us with the menus. That was one of many few interactions we had together with her. Sometimes the purser greets passengers earlier than takeoff and once more previous to touchdown, however that didn’t occur right here.

Emirates firstclass menu & wine record

Emirates has a dine on demand menu in firstclass on lengthy haul flights, and on this flight meals choices included breakfast, lunch & dinner, after which a lightweight bites choice. You could find the menu under.

Emirates firstclass menu
Emirates firstclass menu
Emirates firstclass menu
Emirates firstclass menu

You could find the juice, comfortable drink, cocktail, and mocktail record under.

Emirates firstclass drink record
Emirates firstclass drink record
Emirates firstclass drink record

Then under you’ll find the wine record.

Emirates firstclass wine record
Emirates firstclass wine record
Emirates firstclass wine record
Emirates firstclass wine record

Emirates firstclass lunch service

About 20 minutes after takeoff we had our firstclass glass of Dom Perignon, which was served with some heat blended nuts. Yum.

Emirates firstclass lunch — champagne & blended nuts

We then had some canapés, on this case developed in partnership with Dom Perignon chef Marco Fadiga. This included buffalo mozzarella with pea cream and smoked olive oil, salmon with panko herb crumble, and bresola with feta and cinnamon poached pear. All had been scrumptious.

Emirates firstclass lunch — champagne & canapés

Subsequent up we each had the caviar to begin. We had been requested if we needed a double portion, because the cabin was absolutely catered for six passengers. We declined, since we figured we’d have some extra later as a substitute. Emirates has among the finest caviar service of any airline, for my part (,by way of the caviar itself and the presentation). We accompanied the caviar with some chilled vodka.

Emirates firstclass lunch — caviar
Having fun with Emirates firstclass, perhaps a bit an excessive amount of

We had been additionally supplied a bread basket to go together with the meal, which included toast, garlic bread, rolls, and extra.

Emirates firstclass lunch — bread basket

Whereas I virtually at all times order the Arabic mezze after the caviar, I made a decision to combine it up, and order the pickled lobster with fennel puree and cherry tomato confit.

Emirates firstclass lunch — appetizer

For my fundamental course I ordered the pan-roasted Pacific rockfish. It was completely okay, however I can’t say that the presentation or meals as such was wonderful, or was in keeping with what you’d usually get in a prime worldwide firstclass.

Emirates firstclass lunch — fundamental course

Ford ordered the hen mandi, which was roasted hen in an Emirati spice marinade, served on rice with cashew and pine nuts. He stated it was tasty, however once more, the presentation wasn’t precisely wonderful.

Emirates firstclass lunch — fundamental course

Lastly, for dessert I had the apple pie with custard and mascarpone, which I loved.

Emirates firstclass lunch — dessert

We loved the meal at a leisurely tempo, provided that it was an extended flight and we additionally weren’t drained but. The caviar and Dom Perignon had been glorious, whereas I’d say the remainder of the meal was fairly lackluster, by way of presentation and style (don’t get me unsuitable, it was nonetheless good for airplane meals, however in comparison with the opposite finest meals you’ll discover in worldwide firstclass…).

Emirates new 777 firstclass mattress

After lunch it was time for a nap, so we requested to have our beds made. To begin with, how beautiful is the lighting in Emirates cabins?! I significantly love the “stars” on the ceiling.

Emirates Boeing 777 firstclass cabin with temper lighting

It was the purser who made our beds (for the reason that different crew wasn’t within the cabin anymore — I believe one flight attendant was resting, and I’m guessing the opposite was attempting to promote responsibility free in different cabins). On the one hand, this was the sloppiest flip down service I’ve ever seen on Emirates. Alternatively, how darn cozy and comfy is that this suite?

Emirates firstclass mattress Boeing 777

Emirates’ new firstclass suite has unimaginable padding, and is exceptionally spacious. Whereas Emirates’ firstclass suite isn’t as massive as Singapore’s A380 Suites, the house is utilized extra effectively.

Emirates firstclass mattress Boeing 777

I believe what equally contributes to the coziness is that the suite closes absolutely, so that you received’t discover extra privateness than this in any firstclass product (I suppose Air France La Premiere presents an identical quantity of privateness when curtains are drawn).

Emirates firstclass suite privateness
Emirates firstclass suite spaciousness

For some time I nonetheless loved the complete view from the digital home windows.

Emirates firstclass digital home windows

Similar to the window seats, you possibly can decrease the blinds whereas nonetheless permitting some (pretend) gentle in.

Emirates firstclass digital window shades

Or you possibly can draw the blackout shades, so that you’ve true darkness (and because you’re going through a wall and these home windows are pretend, it’s really absolutely darkish).

Emirates firstclass digital window shades

I used to be stunned to search out that I managed to sleep for almost 4 hours, and awakened over Germany. Mentally the way in which I consider the Washington to Dubai flight is that it’s like a daytime flight from Washington to London, after which an in a single day flight from London to Dubai (and that even roughly matches the routing). So at this level we had been over midway to Dubai.

Map enroute to Dubai
Map enroute to Dubai

It was already darkish outdoors, as we had been beginning the “redeye” portion of the flight.

Emirates firstclass digital window shades

Emirates firstclass snack

Now that I used to be conscious, the primary order of enterprise was to hydrate (lots). I had at the least a few liters of water, which helped with my ever-so-slight headache. 😉

Emirates firstclass water & candies

About an hour later I figured it was time for one more snack, and Ford was awake as effectively. So we each ordered extra caviar, and we figured we needed to accompany that with some extra champagne. Chilled vodka was additionally supplied proactively.

Emirates firstclass snack — caviar

I made a decision to order the vegetable burrito with refried beans, jalapeños, guacamole, cheese, and bitter cream, with tomato salsa.

Emirates firstclass snack — burrito

Ford had the sriracha tofu poke bowl.

Emirates firstclass snack — poke bowl

Emirates firstclass pre-arrival meal

I spent a few hours working and watching TV reveals, and shortly sufficient we had been over Iraq, simply over two hours from touchdown. At this level we made a fairly sharp flip, as is commonplace on this space.

Emirates airshow enroute to Dubai

The solar was slowly beginning to rise, so I checked out the nostril digital camera. I seen there was an Airbus A380 we had been flying behind. How cool!

Emirates Boeing 777 nostril digital camera enroute to Dubai
Emirates Boeing 777 nostril digital camera enroute to Dubai

Sadly it stored getting additional and additional away, for the reason that A380 flies a bit quicker than the 777. The aircraft was certain for Dubai as effectively, although.

I made a decision to order a cappuccino, which had the Emirates emblem stenciled on it — cute! I used to be supplied a few biscoffs, some candies, and a heat towel, to go together with it.

Emirates firstclass pre-arrival meal — cappuccino

A bit later I ordered a cup of espresso, and was given a few pastries as effectively.

Emirates firstclass pre-arrival meal — espresso

Lastly, about 90 minutes earlier than touchdown I ordered some breakfast. Particularly, I ordered the oatmeal and chia in coconut milk, and had some recent fruit to accompany it.

Emirates firstclass pre-arrival meal — breakfast

Ford had the poached eggs with hollandaise, turkey, and spinach.

Emirates firstclass pre-arrival meal — breakfast

Emirates firstclass service

I hinted at some points of the inflight service above, however let me develop on {that a} bit. Finally we interacted with the purser and the 2 firstclass flight attendants. One firstclass flight attendant was completely good — he was by the guide, responsive, and adopted the usual service procedures.

The remainder of the crew was a special story. At Emirates, pursers have fairly a little bit of duty and energy, and so they very a lot set the tone for the flight, together with the service onboard. The purser on this flight was in all probability the least hard-working purser I’ve had on Emirates.

Like I stated, she got here by as soon as after takeoff to provide us the menus, however that was it. It’s not even that she was in enterprise class managing issues there an entire lot, however reasonably she spent a lot of the flight both seated within the jumpseat in firstclass and even seated in an “workplace” she arrange in one of many different firstclass suites.

In my expertise if a purser is sitting within the jumpseat and also you go to the toilet, they’ll be the primary to deal with you by title, ask how the flight goes, ask if there’s something they will get you, and so forth. There was none of that. She simply sat there and got here throughout as extremely apathetic.

Then there was the opposite firstclass flight attendant. She was hilarious and a great time, however I believe that’s additionally partly as a result of we had been being enjoyable. Nonetheless, she was additionally not particularly skilled, to place it mildly. That tone was set after we boarded the flight, and he or she already arrange all her issues in “my” suite and tried to get me to maneuver, reasonably than apologizing.

It’s fairly clear that she was primarily onboard to promote responsibility free objects at any price, and I suppose that’s honest sufficient, as a result of on every flight there’s a devoted responsibility free gross sales individual, and Emirates creates fairly an incentive to promote. However that additionally shouldn’t come within the type of making up promotions and pressuring folks to purchase. I’ll simply go away it at that…

Emirates arrival in Dubai

At 7:20AM Dubai time, the primary officer was on the PA to tell us that we’d be touchdown in round 40 minutes, and would begin our descent inside 10 minutes.

Airshow approaching Dubai

The seatbelt signal was turned on round 20 minutes later, so the cabin was ready for arrival. I used to be again to simply having fun with the digital home windows nonstop.

View approaching Dubai
View approaching Dubai
View approaching Dubai
View approaching Dubai
View approaching Dubai
View approaching Dubai

We had a fantastically clean landing at 7:55AM on runway 30L at DXB.

Nostril digital camera view approaching Dubai

From there we had a roughly 10 minute taxi to our arrival gate, the place we pulled in at 8:05AM.

Taxiing Dubai Airport (DXB)
Arrival gate Dubai Airport (DXB)
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER upon arrival in Dubai (DXB)

Whereas it was fairly a distance to get to the arrivals corridor, there was no queue at immigration. Moreover, I used to be impressed that our luggage had been the primary two on the belt — it’s good when precedence tags really work!

Arrivals corridor at Dubai Airport (DXB)
Baggage declare at Dubai Airport (DXB)

Backside line

What a memorable flight this was. Emirates’ latest Boeing 777 firstclass is spectacular, with an unbelievable quantity of private house, and infinite facilities and devices. The icing on the cake was that we had the cabin all to ourselves.

Was the whole lot good? No. The meals definitely wasn’t the most effective I’ve had on Emirates (although a double caviar portion didn’t harm), and the service wasn’t as polished as I’ve in any other case had on Emirates. Nonetheless this was a extremely, actually exceptionally enjoyable flight. Emirates’ new firstclass on an extended haul flight is excellent.

I’m giving this flight 5 stars not as a result of the whole lot concerning the service or meals was good, however reasonably as a result of I don’t assume the flight may have been way more pleasant.

When you’ve flown Emirates’ new firstclass, what was your expertise like?

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