First of all: I love flying Emirates Airline, because their service is incredible, and even if you choose the normal Economy Class there, you might feel more comfortable than in a first class seat anywhere else. Okay, that’s not quite true. But when it comes to comfort, Emirates Airline is one of the best. Some time ago, on the first of July 2016, to be more precise, the airline’s 1st A 380 started its daily nonstop service from Vienna to Dubai. I had the chance to check it out for you; and boy, the A 380 is an incredible thing.
The specifications alone are amazing: It is the world’s largest passenger aircraft (so far); the paint used for the outside of the aircraft alone weighs about 530 kilos (that’s more than 1.000 lbs). It comes with three different seating classes on two levels, and according to the airline’s press releases it’s one of the most economical aircrafts so far, as it uses 20 percent less fuel per seat than a regular plane of that size does. (Well, that sounds exciting, right? But we do have to keep in mind that we are talking about a mathematical theory, based on the assumption that the plane is fully booked, which – with that prices – is not too likely; furthermore it’s still flying and that won’t be exactly ecological friendly in the near future).
So all in all the A 380 is not really a new thing. What is new (and that was also the reason why I paid the steel giant my respects) is that there’s a daily nonstop connection from Vienna to Dubai now, departing from Vienna every day around 3:05 pm, landing in Dubai by 10:45 pm. For the other way round it’s leaving Dubai 8:55 am and landing by 12:55 pm. Seven days a week, once a day.
So let’s talk about the interior now. Cause that’s really breathtaking. I mean, there’s Economy Class and I think I’ve mentioned it before (or might soon, if I haven’t yet), but Economy with Emirates is more comfortable than certain hotel rooms in London I’ve stayed in. There’s the very amazing board entertainment system called ICE, which makes the flight to Dubai (it only takes about five hours) pass by in no time. You’ve got a handheld device to play games on your private screen, you get tons of different TV channels, films, shows, radio programs, games and even Wi-Fi. Of course the service is excellent; I’ve never met a friendlier cabin crew than the Emirates’ one.
Then there’s business class. It’s located on the upper deck. And that really impressed me (well, at this time I did not know that there’s still first class to discover). The seats are very spacious, you don’t really have to deal with your neighbours, cause there’s only one seat at the window on each side and two in the middle row. And between them you can put up a wall with just pressing one button. All of the seats can be turned into flat beds, you can stretch out your legs. You get socks, an eye mask, a gourmet menu and an awesome collection of drinks. In the rear end there’s also a bar where you can have a nice chat and get some drinks. You’re welcome to take a seat on one of the comfy couches there as well. As they are equipped with seat belts you can even stay there during turbulences.
Okay, now – can it get better? It can! It absolutely can. Because there’s still first class. And that one offers some sort of private suites for 14 passengers. What it really is is a very spacious seat that can be turned into a little private cabin by sliding doors. Additionally to all of the business class comfort you get huge flatscreens, an ipad, the seats form to proper beds with comfortable mattresses and a loooot of space. You don’t have to wait till food is served; you can eat a la carte there. But the most astounding thing is maybe the spa shower in the aircraft. Showering above the clouds? Yep, totally.
Every first class passenger is granted 30 minutes in the shower-spa-bathroom. While you are in there, you can shower in a rainforest shower (warm water for 5 minutes; a timer indicates the passed time) and use all the first class shower products, hair stuff and body lotions. And after you’re done with spa-showering there’s waiting fresh squeezed juice just outside of the bathroom for you. Oh, and that spa bathroom also comes with heated floors and all amenities you might wish for. Like the fluffiest towels ever.
I can’t really tell you prices; all I know is that a regular flight in Economy is not that expensive, when I checked it for the last time it cost about 470 Euros (522 USD). For a business class return flight from Vienna you have to pay at least 2.735 Euros (3.038 USD). The prices for first class might make you cringe as they made me cringe. It is about 6.000 Euros (6.670 USD). Well, I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want to pay that much money for a five hour flight. But everyone to his taste (and pay check). Go with Economy and you’ll be more than happy, trust me.
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