What It’s Like to Fly First Class on Emirates Airlines

A shower in the sky? Yes, it is one of the coolest (figuratively and literally) experiences you can have on a First Class flight on any airline. But it comes true on Emirates Airlines. The Flight Attendants are great, many have a unique sense of humor that goes along with extremely courteous and efficient service. As expected, you are promptly greeted by a Flight Attendant and offered a drink as soon as you are settled into your seat. The drink is brought to you, followed by the dining menu for your perusal.

The seat is truly amazing. There is an automatic minibar that opens and shuts at the press of a button. But forget about the concept of a “seat” when flying First Class with Emirates. It is actually a small room that you can close the doors around you for completely privacy and a bed that you can fully stretch out on (unless you are an NBA center). The door closes with the press of a button. The “seat” has oodles of leg and arm room, so you hardly notice you’re actually in an airplane. When you want to sleep you ask the Flight Attendant to “make your bed.”

There is a large screen in front of your seat, probably the largest you will see on an airplane. It is then you realize you really are in a small room when the sign in front of you says “Suite”, not “seat.” You don’t have to wait for a Flight Attendant to come along and offer you some sweets or snacks since there is a small basket full of goodies right next to the big screen.

When it comes to food, beyond drinks and snacks, you have the choice between four different menu selections. Generally there will be three of the broader food categories to choose from. You can have beef, a vegetarian dish, or fish. Chicken is also likely to be available, but whatever you order you can be assured it will be delicious! Caviar is the appetizer, followed by the soup of the day. Then the main course follows, which is special beyond words. It should be mentioned that the idea of plastic or paper dishes or utensils will probably get you thrown off of the plane.

For many passengers, First Class air travel is about news and booze. Emirates First Class has a Sky Bar at the end of the section where you can get drinks and be sociable instead of being isolated in your suite. This is a feature you might overlook because you are so enamored with your suite, but for business travelers it can be a good way to make new connections.

As far as entertainment, Emirates has a global reputation for having the best features available on any airline. You get a 20 megabyte storage allowance, unequalled in the industry. They provide noise cancelling headphones and you operate that big screen either by remote control in your armrest or by the mini iPad that is in your suite.

We finally get to the in-flight shower experience, and it is one you will not forget. It is labeled as a “shower-spa” and for good reason. Before we talk about this, if you are traveling during the daytime you need to be sure to ask for the Bulgari Kit which has the amenities and pajamas, otherwise you will not be offered them during flight.

You are asked prior to boarding whether you are planning to take a shower, and when. You get a full 30 minutes of occupancy, but only 5 minutes of actual shower time. Exactly 5 minutes. Though this seems a bit on the low end, remember you are showering at around 50,000 feet in the air – something most people will never do! The other 25 minutes is yours to do what you will.

There are 100 details that can be described here, but between getting a suite in the sky and being able to shower, is there really anything more that needs to be said?! Emirates Airline First Class service is something rarely found anywhere in the world, even if you have your own private jet. It is really something to experience rather than describe, so you should start by visiting their website that provides a visual experience as a reference point to entice you to book a reservation.


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