The time had finally come- first class on Emirates Airlines! What followed was one of the most ridiculous flight experience I had to date. Keep reading for all the photos and my experience.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I boarded straight from Emirates’ Terminal 3 Concourse A First Class Lounge. I took a photo of the plane I was boarding from another part of the terminal.
After departing from the dedicated first class elevator, here was my view of the A380.
Notice the three separate jet bridges. Emirates’ A380s are configured so that the entire first and business class are on the top level, with economy on the bottom. This ensures that if you’re departing from Dubai, you never have to see an economy class passenger!
I was so excited to be boarding. I gave the flight attendant my ticket, and I was directed to the left, where my suite awaited. My flight attendant, who was with me the entire flight, informed me that only one other passenger would be in my cabin today. She also started pouring some Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006.
I’m pretty confident that I drank an entire bottle while I was on board.
I was happy.
Since there was almost no one else in the cabin with me for this flight, I was able to use another one of the suites for luggage storage. The first class cabin does not have luggage bins. Instead you store your luggage at your seat in a dedicated area in the corner.
I had way too much fun playing with the automatic doors of my cabin…
…as well as the automated mini bar…
Here’s a quick view of the suite from my seat.
You’ll notice the fresh orchids that were in each seat, as well as the snack basket. I actually found this to be a great snack after I deplaned, since I arrived in Hong Kong very late at night.
The seat also featured a writing kit, which had its own dedicated drawer.
Inset in the desk was an amenity kit with some smelling salts and facial balms, complete with mirror to make sure you’re looking nice and glamorous on board.
Before take off, my flight attendant gave to my my Bulgari-branded amenity kit, which is just for men. Women receive a completely different kit.
After take off, I played around with the window a bit. Everything is automatic, it’s very over-the-top.
I also watched my gigantic television screen. What I love about A380s is the tail camera to watch a live view of what’s going on outside the plane. Entertainment was the same as on my previous Emirates flight. That is, an atrocious amount of content, even for this movie buff.
After take off, service began. I of course went for another glass of Dom, with some warm nuts.
Then, the main service started. Here was the menu for my flight.
The canapés were first, which were super fancy. You had some sesame tuna, some foie gras, and some sui mai. I decided to have some Johnnie Walker Blue as well.
The foie gras was served with gingerbread, which I thought was perfectly paired. I’d also like to point out that the faux wood also extends to the tray table, which literally is a table in first class. It was very heavy!
For my appetizer, I couldn’t turn down caviar! My table was set…
…and the main meal began!
For my main, I had the steak, with some French Bordeaux. I have yet to have a delicious steak on board an aircraft, but I will press on and keep the search going. After my main, I decided to have some Hennessy Paradis, which is the most expensive alcohol served on board a plane, at over $700 a bottle.
I feel kind of bad, but I didn’t like it that much! Guess I’m not fancy enough. The carafe of wine I was given, though, I did finish off.
My dessert was some cheese, which I forgot to take a picture of. For the reason, see the above picture. After all that food and wine, it was time for a nap.
My flight attendant made my bed while I checked out one of the “regular” restrooms. Yup, Emirates had their hand here as well.
I came back to a perfectly made bed.
After a few hours of incredibly restful sleep, I decided to have a snack. I chose the chicken from the small bites menu.
It was then that I also elected to take my shower. Yes, the A380 has a shower on board (two, actually) for first class passengers only. One gets 30 minutes in the shower suite, with 5 minutes of water. There’s actually a dedicated spa attendant on board to make sure you’re ready to go.
I even took a video in the shower, to prove/brag to the world that I had!
One of the best parts was once I departed the suite. The first class bar area had been transformed to welcome me back into the first class life, with some snacks and tea.
I returned to my seat to find some fresh fruit and honey.
I also ordered some coffee.
After watching a few more movies, my experience unfortunately came to a close. Was it worth it? Oh, absolutely. I can’t wait to get into Emirates first class again! It was time to deplane, and head to my hotel in Hong Kong for the night.2