I took one for the team and am going to fly business class on Emirates this week, with a chance to experience both an A380 and 777-300.
I say “take one for the team” because first class award space was open and I’ve got enough Alaska Airlines miles. And while I argued earlier today that the premium for first class over business class is worthwhile, I made an exception to my “general rule” so that I could offer a current longhaul review of Emirates business class for Live and Let’s Fly.
Plus, I have an ulterior motive, of sorts. I’ve got some meeting in the region this week that I need to be well-rested for. The hope is that my flight in business class will be sandwiched with sleep, with a couple meals on either end. From the perceptive of a writer, reviewing a business class product is much easier…I have less to “miss out on” by sleeping.
My expectations are guarded. While I expect a great flight, I understand that Emirates business class is not like Etihad or Qatar, featuring dine-on-demand service. I’m hoping for a friendly and professional crew — I’ve had mixed experiences on Emirates in the past. I’m also expecting to be offline for 15.5 hours…the wi-fi on Emirates has a poor reputation and I have yet to take an Emirates flight with functioning wi-fi (i.e. fast enough to load email).
I’m not in a particularly talkative mood when traveling alone, so I do not expect to hang out in the bar for any length of time. I still love the concept of communal space onboard and think Emirates pulls it off better than most.
So off we go again. And the return is up in the air…I’ll have some thoughts on that later in the week and may enlist your help in choosing an adequate return. But I’m really looking forward to experiencing my first longhaul flight in Emirates business class!
Have you flown Emirates in business class lately? Anything to look out for?