‘More’ is always yours for the asking while being pampered on Emirates first class. The Dubai-based airline behemoth shook up the aviation industry when it introduced ‘the spa’ (a personal showering space) for first class passengers on its A380 flights last decade. While that feat is yet to be matched by any other airline, it is not just the much-talked about upper deck of the A380 that takes the cake. Even the Boeing 777s that service most of its Indian destinations come unmatched in their plush luxury service in the sky.
It’s an experience that starts long before you take-off. First Class (as well as Business Class) passengers are picked up by chauffeur-driven Merc limos for airport transfers in India, and get to enjoy lounge facilities including a 24-hour gourmet buffet, drinks and snacks bar, free wifi and shower rooms.
Once on board, beside the champagne welcome drink, sky’s the limit. Emirates was first in the world to launch private First Class suites, with electrically operated doors and seats that recline from upright to full-flat bed. The suite has a personal electrically controlled mini bar, reading lights, a flower vase, a literature pocket, a credenza sideboard, wardrobe, and wireless passenger seat controller to change channels on the 32inch screen linked to its inflight entertainment system as well as for seat functions and room service (when you are in First Class, you decide when you want to eat and drink, and what!). Of course, the food is served in Royal Doulton china and Robert Welch cutlery, while the stellar wine list boasts of such heavy duty brands like Dom Perignon 2005 Rose and Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008. And there’s a mountain of goodies for you, from soft drinks to chocolates to energy drinks (including a tub of energy pills that helps in jet leg recovery. Thoughtful!), as well as blankets and skincare products (the much-talked about Bulgari amenity kits are now provided only on long-haul overnight flights, sadly).
If that’s a mouthful, then look out for more. Emirates plans to continue innovating, with a new re-worked First Class product all set to be unveiled at next month’s Dubai Air Show. This will include private first class suites for the B777s laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the existing 1-2-1. Get set for ‘more’, surely.