Greetings from Dubai. After a 16-hour flight on Emirates from Los Angeles to Dubai, it is good to be on the ground again.
My expectations were guarded for this flight and I think they were just about perfect for what I experienced. The A380 business class flight from Los Angeles to Dubai was comfortable, tasty, but lacked the personal touch that characterizes some business class products.
First, the A380 was only about 2/3 full in business class, so there was plenty of room to spread out. I appreciated the enormous and rather private cabin. Private not so much in that the seats are private but that both economy class and first class are well segregated.
I ended up with a bulkhead window seat in row seven. It provided plenty of privacy, though there was of foot traffic from passengers using the forward lavatory and from flight attendants accessing the cabinet integrated into the suite.
Menus were distributed before takeoff and orders taken shortly after. Emirates offers a choice of three appetizers and you are asked to choose one, though my request for both soup and mezze was obliged.
For the main course, I chose lamb which was served medium well but still very delicious.
I concluded the meal with cheese and chocolate cake, followed by a cappuccino.
Then came sleep. 10 hours of it. And thus I can say, mission accomplished. The goal of this flight was to sleep and I certainly slept.
I woke up with a few hours before landing and requested something from the a la carte menu but was told it was too late and that everything had been thrown out in preparation for breakfast…
Breakfast was indeed served about 2.5 hours before landing. My omelet was tremendous.
I’d give service a mixed review on the flight. One FA smiled, the others did not. No one addressed passengers by name (or at least me) and FAs were not very proactive. Perhaps Emirates has a reason for its service flow, but I found it so odd that the breakfast tray was served prior to drinks. By the time my coffee and orange juice arrived, I had already finished my breakfast.
Kudos to a very practical amenity kit (decent razor with shaving cream, deodorant, nice toothbrush, large[r] toothpaste) and real towels in the lavatory.
I spent a bit of time at the bar…just to stretch my legs…and had it to myself. Again, the flight wasn’t all that crowded.
I got what I expected on Emirates. A comfortable seat, good rest, good foot, and just “ok” service. As expected, internet also did not function. I certainly recommend Emirates, though it is by no means “industry leading” as far as I am concerned.
Stay tuned for a detailed trip report next week.