Written by Barnaby Taylor. Published on .
When travelling in first class your expectations will (and rightly should) be very high. And when you fly with Emirates, those expectations might just be exceeded. Why? Because, in our humble opinion, they provide quite possibly the finest first class experience in the sky. Whether you’re booked on an upcoming flight, or you’re an aspirational jet setter, let me take you on a journey so you know exactly what to expect.
No matter where you’re flying, if you’re travelling up front in first class, you’ll either be in a Boeing 777-300 or an Airbus A380. Both of these offer the absolute pinnacle in luxury travel. The cabins are wrapped in the finest materials and ooze quality. The in-flight service is perfectly choreographed by an immaculately presented crew who ensure the experience leaves you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired.
When travelling with Emirates, your journey doesn’t start at the airport; it starts right at home. The complementary Emirates Chauffeur service that operates in over 70* cities worldwide will pick you up in a luxury BMW* and whisk you on your way. When travelling long haul, this really takes the stress out of getting to the airport and ensures you arrive there in comfort and importantly, on time!
*Please check t&c’s for conditions.
Emirates Airlines have a dedicated first class check-in area at Heathrow with approximately 20 check-in desks. This will guarantee a smooth and quick experience, leading on through fast-track security to the Emirates Lounge, located in Lounge Area E. The Emirates Lounge has recently been renovated at London Heathrow Terminal 3 and it dazzles! This is where you can enjoy the gourmet cuisine and drinks before your flight while taking in some great views of the runway.
When travelling through Dubai Airport, first class passengers have exclusive access to the first class Moët & Chandon Champagne Dubai Lounge which is one of the best airport lounges in the world. And wow, what a lounge this is! Just a few of the benefits first class passenger will enjoy include shower spas, a Cigar Bar, fine dining, dedicated quiet areas and direct boarding to the flight from the lounge itself! This turns waiting in an airport into a truly luxury experience as you bide your time until you have to move on to your next destination.
Once on board the flight, passengers are really able to relax and experience the best of what Emirates has to offer. Let’s take a closer look at the two configurations available…
This experience has been likened to a ‘hotel room in the sky’. With floor to ceiling doors on the first class suits able to be closed on the Boeing 777, passengers are able to enjoy total privacy within the fully enclosed private first class cabin. Game changing technology includes a personal temperature controller and mood lighting which enables the passenger to enjoy the freedom to dine, sleep and be entertained on their own terms.
The first-class cabin has an industry first with ‘virtual windows’ where you can enjoy high definition projections of the outside world, so even if you’re in a centrally located suite, you still feel like you’re looking outside! The soft leather seating can be reclined to zero gravity settings finding the body’s natural resting position. Furthermore, passengers will enjoy an exclusive range of Byredo products are available for passengers to refresh themselves during their flight.
On the A380 passengers feel happily indulged and at home. Once inside your first class suite you are in a world of your own. With the ultimate in digital entertainment, a wine menu to satisfy the most discerning tastes and fine dining at anytime, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Passengers on the A380 also benefit from having access to an on-board lounge bar where they can choose from a selection of premium beverages and canapés served by a dedicated bartender. When it’s time or sleep, your seat converts into a fully lie flat bed with a sumptuous mattress for pure comfort and a restful night.
Fancy a shower? Passengers are able to also enjoy the sheer luxury of a rejuvenating shower at 40,000 feet in an on-board shower spa! Refresh yourself with a range of exclusive Bvlgari toiletries and signature Timeless spa products.
When travelling with Emirates, passengers will feel as if they are in their own private cinema with up to 3,500 channels of movies, TV shows, music, and games, on demand and in multiple languages and a selection of entertainment with Audio Description and Closed Captioning. To fully enjoy the entertainment system, first class passengers will be able to use the Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones that suit every environment with 22 hours of battery life and 3 noise cancellation modes.
Emirates first class offer one of the most luxurious amenity kits available. Each Passenger will arrive refreshed with the Bulgari amenity kits. Emirates newly designed first class kits have a leather feel and touch and come in charcoal grey for men and beige for women.
Emirates also provide new pyjamas for first class customers travelling on overnight flights. The innovative pyjamas use Hydra Active Microcapsule Technology to keep your skin soft while flying. The fabric gently releases naturally nutrient rich sea kelp as you move around, preventing dehydration and stimulating circulation. And when it’s time for some sleep, drape yourself with the soft sheep-skin like blankets which are also exclusive to first class customers and settle in for a peaceful rest.
From a sumptuous à la carte cuisine to a tasty midnight snack, the cabin crew will prepare passengers’ meals whenever the mood takes them. They can taste the authentic flavours of regional menus or try the healthy meal options prepared by the award-winning chefs.
First class meals are all presented on Royal Doulton fine bone china with exclusive Robert Welch cutlery. Passengers are able to order room service to their first class private suites for a superb in-flight dining experience. Choose from a selection of fine wines from world-class vineyards, a limited-edition vintage champagne, or maybe try one of the very specially chosen spirits or a refreshing cocktail.
Emirates fly to 150 destinations around the world, in 80 countries and across six continents from its hub in Dubai. They operate one of the best first cabins in the world that come with many extra benefits. Emirates are regularly ranked in the top 5 airlines around the world and it is their superb in flight amenities, first class passenger service, and their attention to fine detail that makes every journey for passengers taken on their flights a truly luxurious first class experience.
Discover more about Emirates, the services they provide and flight deals from our experienced travel consultants by calling on 0208 417 1366. We also provide excellent deals on business class flights, click here to go to our Emirates business class page.
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