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Flying First Class on Emirates Airlines

Flying First Class on Emirates Airlines

AIRLINES, LUXURY TRAVEL

What do you think of when you think first class travel? Sir Tim Clark, the President of Emirates Airlines has said, “Emirates pioneered the First Class private suite concept back in 2003, and today it’s the industry benchmark when it comes to first class travel.” I couldn’t agree more. When I think of First Class flying, I feel like it’s impossible to even imagine the kind of luxury that Emirates delivers. They are truly in a league of their own when it comes to innovation, comfort, style and special features.

Emirates First Class Check in
Emirates First Class Check in

First Class on Emirates 777-300ER and A380 

I was lucky enough to experience this unique style on Emirates nonstop flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dubai on their 777-300ER, then again from Dubai to Mauritius, in their beautiful A380 aircraft. I was beyond comfortable in my fully enclosed First Class private suite – inspired by Mercedes Benz. There were so many luxury features including room service via video calling, premium amenity kits, endless snacks, pajamas and more.

Emirates First Class Cabins on A380
Emirates First Class Cabins on A380

Let’s start with the space; at 40 square feet of personal space each, these fully enclosed private suits are laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. This is the first time Emirates has partnered so closely with another luxury brand and you can see the Mercedes influence in the details like the soft leather seating, high-tech control panels and mood lighting. They also have zero-gravity seating and virtual windows for middle seats on their newest planes, how cool is that?!

Emirates First Class Suite - 777-300ER
Emirates First Class Suite – 777-300ER

You can adjust your seat from the portable remote control that controls almost everything in your suite. The seat has several positions, and even has a massage option.  You can open/close the suite door, turn your lights off and on, call the flight attendant and even control the in flight entertainment. Everything is literally at your finger tips!

Emirates First Class Suite Control
Emirates First Class Suite Control

The suite comes with a  massive television,  two lamps, a vanity mirror, and a writing and toiletry kits, as well.

Emirates First Class Suite Television and Vanity Mirror
Emirates First Class Suite Television and Vanity Mirror

They kindly provide you with noise canceling headphones. On the window side, there is also a remote control that controls almost everything.

Emirates First Class - Headsets, Controls, and Vanity Mirror
Emirates First Class – Headsets, Controls, and Vanity Mirror
Emirates First Class Writing Kit
Emirates First Class Writing Kit

On my flight home, I was traveling with my husband and we choose the pair of center seats which have an adjustable wall that can be raised in the event you’re traveling alone (or want some quiet time from the person you’re traveling with).

Emirates First Class A380 - Center Seats
Emirates First Class A380 – Center Seats

Emirates First Class Suites do not have overhead bins, all carry-on items need to be stored underneath the television.  I made sure to store my bag to one side to allow for the seat once it converted into the bed.

Emirates First Class A380 Center Seat
Emirates First Class A380 Center Seat

The Emirates First Class suite on the 777-300ER are actually bigger than the ones on the A380. It has a higher door and a higher wall which helps to provide more privacy when it’s time for bed.  The moment you close those doors, you feel like you’re in your very own room which is such a nice and unique feeling on a commercial airplane.

Emirates First Class Suite Doors A380
Emirates First Class Suite Doors A380
Emirates First Class Suite A380 - Suite Doors Fully Closed
Emirates First Class Suite A380 – Suite Doors Fully Closed

When it’s time for bed, the Emirates Flight Attendants make your bed for you.  They put a topper mattress over the seat which really makes it very comfortable.  I’m one of those people that can never sleeps on a plane and I managed to get about 4 hours of sleep!

Emirates First Class Suite Bed
Emirates First Class Suite Bed

They also dim the lights of the plane, and the ceiling looks like little stars.

Emirates First Class Evening Lights
Emirates First Class Evening Lights

Food & Service

The food and service on Emirates is top notch. Whatever you want to eat, they will bring. Have a sweet tooth? No worries, a personal basket filled with candies will be sure to help your cravings!

Emirates First Class Candy Basket
Emirates First Class Candy Basket

A couple of minutes after settling into my seat, the flight attendant came by and offered to familiarize me with the suite and took my drink order. I asked for champagne and was offered a nice class of 2009 Dom Pérignon before take off, followed by some Arabic coffee and dates.  Dates are very popular in the Middle East and they certainly hit the spot.

Emirates Flight Attendant Flying Arabic Coffee in First Class
Emirates Flight Attendant Flying Arabic Coffee in First Class
Having Arabic Coffee in my Emirates First Class Suite
Having Arabic Coffee in my Emirates First Class Suite
Dates served on Emirates First Class
Dates served on Emirates First Class

If you’re thirsty, you have your own personal minibar which can be raised and lowered by the push of a button in the suite.  It offered Pepsi products, both still and sparkling water, as well as orange juice, and 7-up.

In-Suite Bar on Emirates First Class
In-Suite Bar on Emirates First Class

The menu is extensive, you can order anything from caviar to lobster tails. For my dinner, I enjoyed a delicious salad with fresh rolls to start, salmon cooked to perfection, and the most delicious chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert.  I was so impressed with not only the quality of the food, but also the high level of service. Your wish is the friendly staff’s command, and ordering is made even easier if you want to do so with video calling any time during the flight.

Emirates First Class Dinner and Breakfast Selections
Emirates First Class Dinner and Breakfast Selections

While there isn’t a large bar like on the A380, the 777-300ER still offers a small bar for the passengers in the front. The service was so amazing during my flight, that I never had to get up to serve myself.

Emirates First Class Bar 777-300ER
Emirates First Class Bar 777-300ER

Amenities

Each suite is fitted with an inspiration kit which features the luxury Byredo skincare collection found only on Emirates, as well as Hydra Active moisturizing pajamas and a Bulgari amenity kit. It is everything you could need to fully relax and enjoy some sleep on long flights!

Emirates First Class Pajamas, and Toiletry Kit
Modeling Emirates First Class Pajamas in the Emirates A380 Bathroom

Emirates exclusively has showers suites onboard the A380, which can also be used as bathrooms as well when they aren’t occupied. The two shower suites are at the front of the upper deck, one on each side. First Class passengers are allowed 30 minutes of shower time, however, you only get five minutes of water in the shower.  Inside the shower is a timer, so you need to be quick when showering.  I booked my shower time two hours before landing which was just perfect and so refreshing.

Emirates A380 First Class Bathroom with Shower
Emirates A380 First Class Bathroom with Shower

You are welcome to bring your own toiletries into the shower, but you’ll find it’s well stocked with VOYA Spa products, razors, shower caps, and even a blow dryer.

Emirates First Class A380 Shower Spa - VOYA Spa Products
Emirates First Class A380 Shower Spa – VOYA Spa Products
Emirates A380 First Class Bathroom Amenities
Emirates A380 First Class Bathroom Amenities

Being able to fly First Class on Emirates Airline was a dream.  Everything from the incredible space to the high quality service and food is impeccable. I was absolutely spoiled and enjoyed every minute of my long flights. I recommend you spoil yourself too and experience this luxury- you deserve it!

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

28 Comments

  1. Carly | Fearless Female Travels
    February 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    Reply

    I can’t just see myself dumping EVERYTHING into my reusable shopping bag. Toiletries, snacks, stationary, travel accessories… in you go! Into mama’s bag!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 19, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Ha, some great goodies to take home for sure!

  2. Meagan
    February 18, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    Reply

    OH my gosh, this looks like an amazing travel experience. We usually got for bare-bones airfare and splurge on our destination, but… having a bed, your own space, and a candy basket? Man, that’s enough to make anyone reconsider.

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 19, 2018 at 9:53 am

      I know, it’s sometimes worth the splurge! Their business and economy is amazing too, they know what they’re doing 🙂

  3. Nicci Marquart
    February 18, 2018 at 10:51 pm
    Reply

    Love traveling and this post was just great. Thanks Carmen !

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 19, 2018 at 9:53 am

      So glad to hear that, thanks Nicci!

  4. Mei and Kerstin
    February 19, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    Reply

    Oh my! The first class suite looks awesome! It’s crazy that there’s even a shower in there! This is really unbelievable! We’ve never flewn in first class, but from what I see it’s usually cabins for one person, right? We’d love to stay together in one cabin/suite, would that be possible?
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    • Carmen Edelson
      February 20, 2018 at 2:51 am

      It’s one per person but I assure you, it’s fabulous! 🙂

  5. Josh
    February 19, 2018 at 5:14 pm
    Reply

    Holy smokes that looks fancy! We once got a first class train in Sri Lanka but that definitely compare to your flight!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 20, 2018 at 2:51 am

      I love train travel, that sounds lovely!

  6. Corinne
    February 20, 2018 at 7:29 am
    Reply

    I would totally love being pampered in the air. The few times I’ve flown first class, it didn’t even come close to what you experienced. Sigh – someday!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 22, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Emirates is on another level and I was blown away!

  7. Ghia Lorenzo
    February 21, 2018 at 12:56 am
    Reply

    Ohhh wow! A home away from home themed flight. You will definitely be pampered in this flight! Indeed luxurious! What an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing this post!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 22, 2018 at 11:04 am

      You’re very welcome, Ghia! Thank you for reading 🙂

  8. Wanderlust by Jona
    February 21, 2018 at 1:42 am
    Reply

    Oh, that looks amazing! Really have to reconsider booking first class on my next long flight, haha!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      February 22, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Yes, you must! It’s such a nice splurge.

  9. Rachel
    February 21, 2018 at 12:31 pm
    Reply

    This looks like the most amazingly luxurious flight I have ever seen. I had no idea you could have a shower while flying! And I love all the little additions – like the vanity mirror adn the candy baskets – I bet all these little things add up to make your flight go so quickly! I would love to experience this once, one day!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

      I think they are the first to have a shower on board a commercial airplane!

  10. Angela @ Dang Travelers
    February 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    Reply

    What do I think of when I think of first class? I think of BUCKET LIST ITEM. I have never flown first class and my husband thinks I’m nuts that it is on my list but let’s be real – it is awesome. I’m even more excited after reading this. A writing kit? Pajamas? And a shower??? I’m so making his happen!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 22, 2018 at 11:07 am

      I know… so many amenities!!

  11. Andra
    February 22, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    Reply

    My husband and I are huge fans of Qatar but I would say that Emirates’ first class is better than theirs 🙂 I had no idea they teamed up with Mercedes for their suits. And I would give anything to have those noise canceling headphones on each flight!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Yes, it’s an amazing collaboration with Mercedes! You can really tell 🙂

  12. Sandy N Vyjay
    February 22, 2018 at 10:05 pm
    Reply

    Emirates is a really good airline. Have experienced their services many times. But not experienced Emirates by First class. The experience really looks amazing. The food is really looking amazing and what a well-stocked bar.
    The suite looks so private and comfortable.

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 25, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      It is beyond comfortable! I was amazed.

  13. Doreen Pendgracs
    February 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    Reply

    I flew Business class with Etihad Airlines 10 years ago, which got me a bed and all the wonderful things you mentioned–except the shower! That sounds amazing, as one could arrive at the destination fully refreshed. Can’t imagine how to do it all in just 5 minutes though! As I do have plans to go back to Dubai within the next year, I will definitely look into flying with Emirates for my flights.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      February 28, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      The water runs for five minutes but you can book a spot in the bathroom for longer! 🙂 Incredible feature.

  14. Leon
    March 19, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    Reply

    Wow! it looks amazing! thanks for the great info (photos look awesome). Will try Emirates first class.

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 19, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      You’re very welcome! I love Emirates.

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