When you fly Emirates, you fly in style. And with Emirates’ latest A380 aircraft, this luxurious experience is taken a notch a higher. Text by Bayar Jain; Photographs by Emirates
Emirates, one of United Arab Emirates’ flag carriers and the world’s largest international airline, has long-cemented its name as a luxury airline. With a global network that flies to over 140 destinations, this Dubai-based airline often doubles as the go-to option for high-flying travellers. After all, customers can experience Emirates’ signature service on flights between Dubai and two points in India, Mumbai and Bengaluru, and to more than 30 other global destinations where the flagship aircraft flies to! The much-loved Emirates A380 aircraft provide levels of comfort and sleek designs that make the flying experience even better.
Presenting Emirates’ A380
Emirates’ A380 comes packed with refreshed interiors and comfortable new seats. Picture cream tones and textured bronze waves accentuated by a motif of the Ghaf tree, UAE’s national tree, throughout. It also features a new Premium Economy cabin to allow travellers to experience another level of luxury. Of course, the signature Onboard Lounge design and Shower Spa find a spot in the new design, too.
The Onboard Lounge is sleek in every corner. Located on the upper deck of Emirates’ A380 aircraft for First and Business Class passengers, this stylish space boasts of relaxing ambient lighting paired with bronze and woodgrain accents. In its latest avatar, the lounge offers more seating space along the windows of both sides of the bar. Inspired by private yacht cabins, each seating area comes with a table and window view. Lighter champagne colours accentuated by glossy dark wood trim complete the look. Here, travellers can savour gourmet canapes, handpicked wines from the world and limited-edition fine spirits, as well as signature cocktails crafted by on-board bartenders.
On the entertainment front, the lounge is well equipped. It features soundproof curtains to partition the Onboard Lounge from other cabins, soft ambient lighting options, new window blinds with integrated LED mood lighting and subwoofers, and a 55-inch LCD screen that opens to the world of countless in-flight entertainment options.
Business Class Seats
The Business Class seats on the new aircraft are draped with a champagne-coloured leather cover with wood finishing inspired by executive jets, similar to the Onboard Lounge.
When in Emirates’ A380 Business Class seats, direct aisle access is guaranteed to every passenger. Travellers can recline fully flat with a high degree of privacy throughout the trip. Ample personal storage and personal minibars add to the charm. Enjoy comfort in the skies by tuning to the in-flight entertainment options on the 20-inch HD TV or drift to sleep in lie-flat soft mattresses amid the ambient glow of the overhead lighting.
Food & Beverages
New aircrafts spell new menu options across cabins. These new offerings range from pan-fried salmon trout with moqueca sauce and creole rice or roasted duck breast with orange thyme jus in the First Class cabin. There is also a new vegan menu that brings handcrafted gourmet dishes to the fore. Further adding to the luxury quotient is unlimited portions of Persian caviar in the ‘dine on demand’ service. Pair this with a Dom Perignon vintage champagne, the only airline with an exclusive agreement to offer this luxury vino on board.
Emirates’ signature ice in-flight entertainment system finds a space in the new A380 aircraft as well. ice offers over 5,000 channels including on-demand movies, music, TV shows, box sets, and documentaries, in over 40 channels. This amounts to 3,900 hours of visual entertainment and 3,300 hours in the form of music and podcasts.
Entertainment aside, ice also offers practical features like checking the status of the flight while en-route; real-time view of the sky during take-off and landing from cameras fixed on the aircraft’s nose, tail, and underbelly; a travel guide about Emirates’ hub Dubai; EmiratesRED, the world’s first inflight shopping channel; and access to LinkedIn Learning. For a more personalised experience, create a playlist on The Emirates Mobile App and sync it on-board.
In the First Class cabin, all of this comes paired with cinema snacks such as lobster rolls, juicy sliders, edamame or salted popcorn.
Moët & Chandon Lounge
Located at the Emirates’ business class lounge at Dubai International airport, the Moët & Chandon Lounge brings some of the brand’s most emblematic champagnes to the table. The gold design concept and elegant seating of the space takes its inspiration from the bubbly by recreating the motion, fluidity and energy in its design aesthetics. The accompanying selection of canapes crafted by Michelin star chefs—such as goat’s cheese and emmental gougéres, and blackberry and pomegranate macrons—add to the luxury.
So if you’re booking a long-haul flight and in two-minds about which airline to choose, the Emirates A-380 is a sure shot winner!