A Short Video Tour of the Emirates A380 First Class Cabin
My Review of the Emirates A380 First Class Experience
Well folks, I’m worried a new class of flight snobbery may be forever set in place after today. I write this post from suite 3A – my own private section of the Emirates A380 first class cabin from LAX to Dubai. Ever since I had heard there was an airline that offered spacious spa showers, private suites, and a big bar/lounge area, I immediately added it to the top portion of my travel bucketlist. The only problem is now that I know how comfortable flying can be, I’m not sure I can go back to flying on other airlines.
The boarding process was quick and painless as there is a separate boarding lane for the Emirates first class passengers. I was sent upstairs to board from an entirely different entrance because the first class and business class cabins are located on the second level of the aircraft. Once I stepped on the plane, a flight attendant immediately escorted me to my suite. No overhead bins in these parts. The suite was large enough to fit my carry on and belongings comfortably on the floor below the desk. I was offered champagne and then given a “spa bag” that had pajamas, slippers, eyeshades, and a Bvlgari toiletry bag. The suites are essentially just large, lay flat seats within their own section that can be completely enclosed due to the automatic doors on the outside. Each suite has a mini-closet next to it, so I was able to slip on my pajamas and hang up my clothes.
Looking around the suite I noticed several unique amenities that I hadn’t seen on any other airline before. For starters, a large flat screen TV sat above my personal desk and lit vanity area. The plane has 3 exterior cameras and through my flat screen TV I was able to watch 3 different exterior angles as we took off. A vile of fresh orchids adorned the wall and a big bowl of snacks sat below it. To my left was a beverage fridge and an iPad to control my seat, lighting, and the TV. The woman across from me got up to use the restroom and I observed a flight attendant promptly come over and fluff her pillow while she was gone.
A few minutes later I was given a hot towel, offered some Arabic coffee from a fancy gold pot, as well as some dates and chocolate. I was told that dining was upon request and I could choose from any of the menu items at any time. I was then asked if I wanted to book a time to use the spa shower. Each person in first class is allotted 30 minutes in the spa restroom and the shower runs for about 5 minutes per person. Since this was a 16-hour flight a shower was definitely in order. I booked my shower towards the end of the flight and it did not disappoint. Being able to get off a long-haul international flight, totally rested, refreshed, and showered is a luxury I can’t quite put into words.
There are two spa restrooms in the Emirates A380 first class cabin. They are massive (for an airplane) and fully stocked with shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, cotton swabs, perfume…you get the idea. They are also kept immaculately clean, unlike most restrooms on an international flight.
I’ll be the first to admit that I travel with too many electronics. Thankfully there are 2 USB chargers and a regular power outlet for computers and such. There is also WiFi and over 2000 channels of entertainment. (Although the WiFi did not seem to work very well for me.) The automatic window shades have buttons to open and close and when it gets dark there are tiny lights resembling stars all over the ceiling.
But wait, there’s more! A lounge and full bar is situated at the back of the plane for first and business class passengers. My husband and I decided we’d go check it out (in our pajamas, of course). Snacks, sandwiches, and various desserts filled up the room and as usual our hearty appetites made sure not to let anything go to waste. This really felt more like a private jet than a big crowded airline; only it was better than most private jets I have been on, because it was so spacious.
So, what were the cons? There weren’t many, but it did get pretty hot on the plane, making it hard for me to sleep. Additionally, the lay flat beds may be the most comfortable beds I’ve ever experienced on an airplane, but they still do not compare to any sort of real bed. Being that they have to function as seats too, they are a bit on the firm side. Last thing, my lips always get super dry on flights and the toiletry bag did not have chapstick. I found that odd as most airline toiletry bags do provide some sort of lip balm. Other than that I really cannot think of anything to complain about.
Long layover in Dubai? No worries. Emirates has an elaborate first class lounge with showers and delicious food. There is also a hotel inside of the airport directly above the Emirates lounge, which can be booked for as little as a few hours at a time. Have questions about the Emirates A380 first class experience? Feel free to drop me a line. Curious about the Emirates Boeing 777 first class cabin? See my other review here.