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Emirates first class

Emirates A380 First Class Review

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.

Emirates first class

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.

Emirates first class A380

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.

lay flat bed

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.

Emirates first class bathroom

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.

emirates spa products

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.

emirates a380 first class

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.

Emirates lounge

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.

Emirates first class bed

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.

  • WOW! This video rocks! Great look inside at what flying first class on Emirates is like. I have now added this to my bucketlist as a must! Do you get to keep the pajamas and slippers?!

    February 27, 2016
  • Ava Grace

    Love your video and article!!!

    February 27, 2016
  • Nila Hollingsworth

    Looks amazing!! The best way to travel when you have a 16 hour flight ?

    February 27, 2016
  • EVH

    #lifegoals !!

    February 27, 2016
  • Matthew Latsha

    That experience gives a whole new meaning to the mile high club!!! I can’t wait to book a flight with them next year.

    February 28, 2016
  • Vanessa vincent

    Um this is life changing!! Amazing!! Pack me in your carry on next time please! It’s like a dream come true :).

    February 28, 2016
  • Kate

    Wow, air travel will never be the same for me now that I know what’s happening on the second level!

    February 29, 2016
  • Ivy

    Wow! What an awesome experience! Loved this!

    March 2, 2016
  • Nice review Misha – have you tried Etihad First Class A380 apartment yet?

    Agree that Emirates is stunning, at every level – First Class especially of course on the A380, but Etihad have their noses in front I think with the apartment.

    I understand Emirates have apartments coming (revamp on the layout you experienced) and also you may be tied promotionally with Emirates etc. but we’re all lucky to have so many wonderful carriers in the sky these days 🙂

    Lovely blog BTW – thanks ! Have a lovely day

    March 18, 2016
      • William Macadam

        The ‘apartment’ is not First, it is somewhere between First and private flying.
        I find the cost of the apartment to be wildly uneconomical, you would likely be able to charter for less.
        Etihad and Qatar both have a very competitive product in First.
        Changing into airline PJ’s even in economy, for a long haul flight, makes all the difference in comfort, one may get strange looks in economy, but who cares!
        PS: Yes you’d have to BYO PJ’s for an economy sector 🙂

        September 24, 2016
        • Matthew Coulson

          Maybe you are confusing “The Residence” with the apartment? The apartment is their first class offering,.

          January 18, 2017
  • jason


    May 28, 2016
  • Awesome

    May 29, 2016
  • Valeria

    How much does this run for?

    June 14, 2016
  • Sue Kunda

    Thank you for your review, very in depth. We are flying first class in late August….really looking forward to the experience.

    June 16, 2016
  • William Macadam

    Etihad and Qatar are pretty much on a par with EK at the pointy end. I’d venture that Qatar is slightly better, perhaps a review/comparison in the works? It’s a thankless task, but someone has to do it!:p

    September 24, 2016

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