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

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

I reviewed Emirates’ new first-class shortly after it launched, however solely on the (pretty) quick 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 one of the best on the earth), but in addition 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 first-class tickets

Usually I lock in award tickets fairly final minute, provided that airways are inclined to launch a lot of 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 shocked by how few award flight choices there have been.

Happily just a few days earlier than departure, one actually superior possibility popped up in first-class. I booked the next, with each segments in first-class:

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 guffawing (and that additionally occurs to be my birthday).

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

  • Emirates lately elevated gasoline surcharges considerably, so I hated paying these, however I figured for the Emirates first-class expertise it will be value it (particularly when you think about British Airways fees related 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 might get that stopover in Dubai for a few nights for “free”
  • What made this most enjoyable was that Washington to Dubai is the one path to the US at the moment that includes Emirates’ new first-class, 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 wonderful thing about Emirates Skywards is that the miles are fairly straightforward to return by. Skywards is switch companions with all main transferable factors currencies, together with Amex Membership RewardsCapital OneChase Final Rewards, and Citi ThankYou.

Emirates first-class check-in, lounge, & boarding

For what it’s value, we had flown to the world the night time earlier than, and spent the night time on the Hyatt Regency Dulles Airport. Sadly our Tampa to Washington flight was considerably delayed, and we had a really quick night time, or else I might have reviewed the resort. 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 general, the Emirates check-in space was packed.

Washington Dulles Airport check-in corridor

There have been a lot of folks within the financial system line, although no wait within the first and enterprise class line. We have been helped instantly, and inside a few minutes we have been issued boarding passes to Dubai. It’s so good that there’s now 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 put up. 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 in 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 resulting from lack of communication from the bottom workers.

At 10:40AM boarding started for these needing additional time, then Zone C was invited to board, then Zone D was invited to board, after which at 10:55AM all premium passengers have been invited to board directly. If you happen to’re going to board financial system earlier than first & enterprise class, it will a minimum of be good to elucidate that, in order that there’s not confusion.

Emirates boarding Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)

Emirates new 777 first-class cabin & seats

We boarded by way of the second set of doorways, the place we have been greeted by one of many supervisors after which escorted to our seats in first-class. 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 a lot better than Emirates’ commonplace (disappointing) 777 enterprise class.

Emirates Boeing 777 enterprise class cabin

Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 first-class, 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 stage of privateness past what you discover in your “commonplace” first-class suite.

The best way the configuration works, you’ve 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 correct aisle. So if you happen to’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 want row two, because the suites in row two are a bit extra spacious as a result of curvature of the aircraft.

Emirates Boeing 777 first-class cabin
Emirates Boeing 777 first-class 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 identified that). But once I arrived at seat 2F, there was a bunch of stuff already within the suite

So I seemed for the flight attendant…

“Hello, I feel that is my seat?”
“Oh, you don’t wish to sit in a window seat?”
“No, I’d like to sit down right here, please, if that’s okay.”
“The window seats are a lot 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 positive? Okay…”

She then proceeded to spend a few minutes eradicating all of her stuff from the suite and as an alternative placing it in a special one. It type of jogged my memory of when I flew Saudia first-class 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 correctly, after which stated “oh, I forgot one thing.” She ran and obtained 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 superb issues there have been within the catalogue, and specifically about all of the perfumes. She additionally claimed that Emirates was having its greatest responsibility free sale ever, and that all the things 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 just a few 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 attractive first-class cabin…

Final time I flew Emirates’ new first-class 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 unquestionably 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 essentially the most “by the ebook” crew, to place it mildly).

Emirates Boeing 777 first-class seat
Emirates Boeing 777 first-class seat

I assigned myself the middle seat, 2F. It’s uncommon that I’d voluntarily select a middle seat, however in Emirates’ new first-class 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 limitless devices. Emirates’ new first-class is unquestionably a product the place the iPhone huge angle digicam is useful. As you may see, every suite virtually looks like an enclosed practice compartment, or one thing. The seat finishes are impressed by Mercedes-Benz.

Emirates first-class suite Boeing 777
Emirates first-class suite Boeing 777

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

Emirates first-class suite Boeing 777

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

Emirates first-class suite Boeing 777

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

Emirates first-class suite vainness

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

Emirates first-class suite tray desk

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

Emirates first-class suite energy shops

Then to the left of the seat is a big pill that can be utilized to manage nearly all the things — you need to use this to pick your most well-liked leisure, to order room service, to manage lighting within the suite, and so forth.

Emirates first-class leisure & suite controls

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

Emirates first-class room service

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

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

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

Emirates first-class suite leisure controls

On the correct armrest are some fundamental seat controls, the place you may select from just a few seating pre-sets.

Emirates first-class suite seat controls

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

Emirates first-class suite controls

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

Emirates first-class suite temperature controls

Then it’s also possible to select your individual temper lighting, which impacts a lot of the “trim” lighting.

Emirates first-class suite coloration controls

How cool is that this?!

Emirates first-class temper lighting
Emirates first-class temper lighting
Emirates first-class temper lighting

The Emirates first-class suite additionally has a very good quantity of storage. On the entrance proper of the seat is a big compartment that may match a regular measurement carry-on bag.

Emirates first-class suite storage

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

Emirates first-class suite closet

I’ll speak 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 first-class 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 principle the crew might serve meals & drinks by way of that opening, for these passengers who need privateness (usually for non secular causes).

Emirates Boeing 777 first-class suite exterior

Emirates’ new first-class is solely spectacular. I discover this to be the one greatest first-class product on the earth, because the area is simply so properly utilized.

I ought to point out that admittedly this product isn’t splendid if you happen to’re touring with somebody, since you may’t actually sit or dine collectively. Ford and I have been seated throughout from each other, and with our doorways each opening we might undoubtedly speak, although we needed to increase our voices a bit.

Emirates new 777 first-class bogs

One main draw back of the 777 in comparison with the A380 is the lavatory scenario (and that is in fact very a lot a “first world downside”). Whereas Emirates’ A380s have bathe suites, the 777 simply has two first-class bogs which might be fairly commonplace. One is a reasonably respectable measurement.

Emirates first-class rest room Boeing 777
Emirates first-class rest room Boeing 777

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

Emirates first-class rest room facilities Boeing 777

There are additionally some BVLGARI fragrances.

Emirates first-class rest room facilities Boeing 777

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

Emirates first-class rest room Boeing 777

Emirates first-class facilities

After settling in and getting our responsibility free gross sales pitch, we have been provided pre-departure drinks. Whereas Emirates serves Dom Perignon in first-class, that is solely obtainable 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 an alternative served on the bottom. I had one glass, although wished to tempo myself. There was additionally a face masks and a few hand sanitizer at every seat.

Emirates first-class pre-departure champagne

We have been then provided the usual Emirates first-class facilities. This contains Emirates’ (allegedly) moisturizing pajamas, slippers, and eyeshades.

Emirates first-class pajamas & slippers

Then there was the BVLGARI amenity package, which was very properly stocked, and had all the things from a shaving package, to a dental package, to a comb, to a number of sorts of lotion.

Emirates first-class amenity package

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

Emirates first-class headphones

Towards the tip of boarding we have been provided Arabic espresso, dates, and heat towels. For dates, there was the selection between plain, almond, or orange.

Emirates first-class Arabic espresso & dates
Emirates first-class heat towel

Emirates departure from Washington Dulles

At 11:15AM boarding was full, and we have been thrilled that we had the primary class cabin all to ourselves (though 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 have 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 first-class, and due to this fact was my first time actually experiencing Emirates’ digital home windows.

Emirates’ two middle first-class suites on the brand new 777s have digital home windows (in row one they’re on the correct, in row two they’re on the left), they usually’re so darn cool. Because of cameras on the facet of the aircraft, the home windows present precisely what you’d see if you happen to have been seated in a window seat.

It’s unbelievable how real looking they’re, and I truly most well-liked these to actual home windows:

  • It may be exhausting to take photos out of actual window seats resulting from glare, whereas that’s not a difficulty with these seats
  • When it’s time to sleep, you can also make the cabin actually darkish, with zero mild seeping by way of
  • There’s the final novelty of, I don’t know, FAKE WINDOWS ON A REAL AIRPLANE!

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

Emirates first-class digital home windows Boeing 777
Emirates first-class digital home windows Boeing 777

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

Emirates first-class digital home windows Boeing 777
Emirates first-class digital home windows Boeing 777
Emirates first-class digital home windows Boeing 777
Emirates first-class digital home windows Boeing 777

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

Emirates 777 first-class 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 limitless, whether or not you’re trying to watch motion pictures or TV exhibits.

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 in fact monitoring the progress of the flight.

Emirates ICE leisure system

Whereas not as cool because the tail digicam you’ll discover on A380s, Emirates’ 777s do have a nostril digicam, which might 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 vast Wi-Fi move with no knowledge caps ordinarily prices $19.99, although value $11.99 on this flight
  • A vast messaging move with no knowledge caps ordinarily prices $5.99, although value $2.99 on this flight
  • A 30 minute move with no knowledge caps value $6.99
Emirates Wi-Fi pricing Boeing 777

Happily Emirates presents free Wi-Fi to first-class passengers who’re additionally Skywards members (and you’ll swap between gadgets). So ensure you have your Emirates Skywards quantity in your reservation in an effort to get free Wi-Fi whenever you join. I discover it a bit unusual that Emirates fees non-Skywards members touring in first-class, although I assume the airline desires to incentivize folks to hitch the loyalty program.

Emirates Wi-Fi pricing Boeing 777

The unhealthy information about Emirates Wi-Fi is that it’s gradual. OnAir is about as gradual as inflight Wi-Fi will get. The excellent news is that knowledge isn’t cut 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 first-class menu & wine listing

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

Emirates first-class menu & wine listing

Emirates has a dine on demand menu in first-class 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 first-class menu
Emirates first-class menu
Emirates first-class menu
Emirates first-class menu

You could find the juice, tender drink, cocktail, and mocktail listing under.

Emirates first-class drink listing
Emirates first-class drink listing
Emirates first-class drink listing

Then under yow will discover the wine listing.

Emirates first-class wine listing
Emirates first-class wine listing
Emirates first-class wine listing
Emirates first-class wine listing

Emirates first-class lunch service

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

Emirates first-class 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 have been scrumptious.

Emirates first-class lunch — champagne & canapés

Subsequent up we each had the caviar to begin. We have been requested if we wished a double portion, because the cabin was totally catered for six passengers. We declined, since we figured we’d have some extra later as an alternative. Emirates has a few of the greatest caviar service of any airline, in my view (,when it comes to the caviar itself and the presentation). We accompanied the caviar with some chilled vodka.

Emirates first-class lunch — caviar
Having fun with Emirates first-class, possibly somewhat an excessive amount of

We have been additionally provided a bread basket to associate with the meal, which included toast, garlic bread, rolls, and extra.

Emirates first-class 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 first-class lunch — appetizer

For my principal 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 superb, or was consistent with what you’d usually get in a high worldwide first-class.

Emirates first-class lunch — principal course

Ford ordered the rooster mandi, which was roasted rooster 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 superb.

Emirates first-class lunch — principal course

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

Emirates first-class lunch — dessert

We loved the meal at a leisurely tempo, provided that it was a protracted flight and we additionally weren’t drained but. The caviar and Dom Perignon have been glorious, whereas I’d say the remainder of the meal was fairly lackluster, when it comes to presentation and style (don’t get me mistaken, it was nonetheless good for airplane meals, however in comparison with the opposite greatest meals you’ll discover in worldwide first-class…).

Emirates new 777 first-class mattress

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

Emirates Boeing 777 first-class cabin with temper lighting

It was the purser who made our beds (because the different crew wasn’t within the cabin anymore — I feel 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. However, how darn cozy and cozy is that this suite?

Emirates first-class mattress Boeing 777

Emirates’ new first-class suite has unimaginable padding, and is exceptionally spacious. Whereas Emirates’ first-class suite isn’t as huge as Singapore’s A380 Suites, the area is utilized extra effectively.

Emirates first-class mattress Boeing 777

I feel what equally contributes to the coziness is that the suite closes totally, so that you received’t discover extra privateness than this in any first-class product (I suppose Air France La Premiere presents the same quantity of privateness when curtains are drawn).

Emirates first-class suite privateness
Emirates first-class suite spaciousness

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

Emirates first-class digital home windows

Similar to the window seats, you may decrease the blinds whereas nonetheless permitting some (pretend) mild in.

Emirates first-class digital window shades

Or you may draw the blackout shades, so that you’ve got true darkness (and because you’re dealing with a wall and these home windows are pretend, it’s truly totally darkish).

Emirates first-class digital window shades

I used to be shocked to seek out that I managed to sleep for practically 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 have been over midway to Dubai.

Map enroute to Dubai
Map enroute to Dubai

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

Emirates first-class digital window shades

Emirates first-class snack

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

Emirates first-class water & goodies

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

Emirates first-class snack — caviar

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

Emirates first-class snack — burrito

Ford had the sriracha tofu poke bowl.

Emirates first-class snack — poke bowl

Emirates first-class pre-arrival meal

I spent a few hours working and watching TV exhibits, and shortly sufficient we have 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 digicam. I observed there was an Airbus A380 we have been flying behind. How cool!

Emirates Boeing 777 nostril digicam enroute to Dubai
Emirates Boeing 777 nostril digicam enroute to Dubai

Sadly it saved getting additional and additional away, because the A380 flies a bit sooner than the 777. The aircraft was sure for Dubai as properly, although.

I made a decision to order a cappuccino, which had the Emirates brand stenciled on it — cute! I used to be provided a few biscoffs, some goodies, and a heat towel, to associate with it.

Emirates first-class pre-arrival meal — cappuccino

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

Emirates first-class 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 contemporary fruit to accompany it.

Emirates first-class pre-arrival meal — breakfast

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

Emirates first-class pre-arrival meal — breakfast

Emirates first-class service

I hinted at some points of the inflight service above, however let me broaden on {that a} bit. Finally we interacted with the purser and the 2 first-class flight attendants. One first-class flight attendant was completely good — he was by the ebook, 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 accountability and energy, they usually very a lot set the tone for the flight, together with the service onboard. The purser on this flight was most likely the least hard-working purser I’ve had on Emirates.

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

In my expertise if a purser is sitting within the jumpseat and also you go to the lavatory, they’ll be the primary to handle you by title, ask how the flight goes, ask if there’s something they’ll 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 first-class flight attendant. She was hilarious and a very good time, however I feel that’s additionally partly as a result of we have been being enjoyable. Nevertheless, she was additionally not particularly skilled, to place it mildly. That tone was set once we boarded the flight, and he or she already arrange all her issues in “my” suite and tried to get me to maneuver, fairly than apologizing.

It’s fairly clear that she was primarily onboard to promote responsibility free objects at any value, 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 only 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 superbly clean landing at 7:55AM on runway 30L at DXB.

Nostril digicam 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 have been the primary two on the belt — it’s good when precedence tags truly 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 first-class is spectacular, with an unbelievable quantity of non-public area, and limitless facilities and devices. The icing on the cake was that we had the cabin all to ourselves.

Was all the things good? No. The meals definitely wasn’t one of the best 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 very, actually exceptionally enjoyable flight. Emirates’ new first-class on a protracted haul flight is superb.

I’m giving this flight 5 stars not as a result of all the things concerning the service or meals was good, however fairly as a result of I don’t suppose the flight might have been rather more gratifying.

If you happen to’ve flown Emirates’ new first-class, what was your expertise like?

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