Emirates First class is among the best ways to fly first class to anywhere in the world. Emirates has the largest fleet of A380s and has reactivated a handful of them since the pandemic. From the Middle East to the world, Emirates First class on the Boeing 777 and Airbus a380s is the way to go!
Currently, the Airbus A380 is flying between Los Angeles and Dubai and my partner and I were able to experience Emirates First Class from Dubai to LAX. Dubai to Los Angeles flight time is approximately 16 hours and 20 minutes. It’s a long time to be in the air, but the luxurious Emirates First Class makes the time fly by. Especially when you have the First class cabin nearly to yourself and the First class ticket is booked on points!
First Class Emirates Seat & Cabin
Emirates Airbus A380 cabin is massive. There are 14 seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration. With 4 solo seats along each side. If you are booking Emirates first class and traveling along. Grab a window seat to enjoy the view and to play with the electric shades!
There’s also 3 pairs of seats in the middle. Middle seats are best for those traveling together. Yet, there is a large partition that goes up, so if you are traveling alone and end up in the middle there is still plenty of privacy. Plus as there are no overhead bins making the entire cabin feel and look extra spacious.
The seats are beautiful and gaudy at the same time. Yet, that’s why we fly Emirates. With hints of gold and bright lights, the massive suites are ready to make sure you are comfortable and have privacy throughout the entire flight. The Cabin crew is very good about opening and closing the suite door between service.
The seats have a large TV screen plus a tablet for seat and light controls. The large screen is also a touch screen, if you prefer to lean forward. The seat comes with a makeup mirror and an Emirates branded pen and writing pad.
The seats have a large TV screen plus a tablet for seat and light controls. The large screen is also a touch screen, if you prefer to lean forward to operate the TV. Select from thousands of movies, games and TV Shows. Emirates entertainment is among the best in the sky offering movies from all eras.
The seat comes with a makeup mirror and an Emirates branded pen and writing pad. Do your make up in flight or write a love note to someone back at home, these suites really do have just about everything you might need while flying. But wait, there’s more.
Puffy eyes, gone. Booking Emirates first class means inflight amenities such as face moisturizers and eye cream.
Finally, each guest also receives a leather amenity kit and features BVLGARI toiletries. These are customized for men and women and feature lotions, a shaving set, and BVLGARI cologne.
Yet don’t forget, the most standard feature in a premium cabin. Noise canceling headphones
On day flights Pajamas are only available by request. On long haul flights all passengers are offered pajamas and slippers shortly after boarding.
Emirates Meal Service
Emirates First class service is among the best in the air. Given the pandemic, some airlines have made changes. Yet, since summer 2021, Emirates’ First class meal service is back to pre-pandemic levels. Other than masks and gloves, you would never know you were flying during the pandemic. Upon boarding guests are welcome with a drink of their choice and all amenities. We went for another serving, Dom Perignon champagne please
Boarding took approximately 45 minutes and during this time flight attendants offered several rounds of drinks. Every time our glass was more than half empty someone showed up with a bottle. Serving Dom Perignon 2008 and refiling our glasses with a smile time and time again!
Emirates offers a dine on demand service and allows customers to order whatever they want, when they want. As the flight leaves Dubai at 8 in the morning, there are both breakfast and dinner options. I always skip breakfast as I find airplane breakfast to be less satisfying than other meals. Check out the entire Emirates First Class Menu.
Long Haul Emirates First Class includes additional spirits not found on regional flights. However, all flights have the $1000 Hennessey Paradis. The real difference is in the additional gins and vodka.
Once in the air, service begins with a round of drinks and hot towel service. After towel service, meal service begins. I truly believe that Emirates is one of the few airlines offering hot towels still in a premium cabin.
For starters, I opted for more an additional Dom Perignon Champagne, Caviar and canapes. Emirates adjusted caviar service since I flew Emirates First Class in April 2021. Emirates caviar service includes a mother of pearl spoon.
First Class Emirate service is perfect, each item served individually. The breadbasket is also back and is not individually wrapped. Flight attendants walk each dish out on a tray to serve customers.
Rounding out emirates first class menu with dessert and a delicious port could not be better than with a Chocolate Fondant. My feast ended and it was time to sleep. Much more emirates first class food to come later!
First Class Bar
The Emirates flying bar is in the very rear of the top floor of the A380. The airbus a380 featured the old bar configuration. Several business class guests spent time in the bar while we enjoyed a couple of cocktails. It was nice to mingle with other passengers from both first class and business class. First class passengers were obvious since they were all in their Pajamas. As both Business class and first class were 100% full, the bar stayed somewhat busy.
Our bartender was tons of fun! Although, she didn’t have a ton of bartending experience, she made up for it in personality. She only knew how to make drinks from the menu. We had fun teaching her how to make other cocktails. The purser also spent time in the bar with us and insisted on taking some fun photos. It took several times to get it right, but it also helped pass the time.
The crew had a polaroid camera and snapped several candid photos of myself and Diego. Needless to say, we had lots of laughs during our first class flight.
Our bartender showed off her newly learned Dirty Martini. Other than crafting cocktails, she also insisted serving Dom Perignon to us. She was among our favorite cabin crew member.
Emirates a380 First Class Shower
About two hours before landing I opted for a shower. I wanted to land fresh and not sticky. The two shower suites are in the forward part of the Airbus A380’s upper deck. When not in use, they double as the bathrooms for first class passengers. Each passenger received 5 minutes of water. The large bathrooms feel like something from a spa. The shower suites include heated floors, and there’s a large changing space, hair dryer and every amenity needed. Currently the Airbus A380 jets with a single shower attendant.
The shower is large with a bench to sit down on. I actually preferred the Emirates Shower suite to the Etihad A380 shower. By the time I showered, I was so excited that I actually forgot to take photos of the shower itself. I took photos of me in the shower, but those aren’t blogger friendly. Whoops! Thankfully, my fellow blogger has an video review of the Emirates A380 shower.
One thing that remained different on the Airbus A380 is the forward bar in first class was never set up. It remained in Spa mode throughout the flight.
First Class Emirates Airbus A380 Impressions
The Emirates A380 is a beautiful bird. Although I feel Emirates First Class on the Boeing 777 is a more private experience. The bar and the showers are great on the Airbus A380 is fantastic. Honestly, I prefer to fly the Emirates gamechanger first class private suite on the Boeing 777 whenever possible. Now if we could get the new First class suites on the Airbus A380, then that really would be a game changer! Otherwise, I am actually just as content on Qatar’s business class Qsuites.
Overall, Emirates first class with Emirates first class lounges and complimentary chauffeur is doing a fantastic job with premium services. I went out of my way to fly the Emirates A380 and I would likely do it again. Yes, it’s a bit of a gimmick, but 100% worth it. Emirates First class is near spotless when it comes to service. I hope you too can enjoy it soon.