Okay, there is first class and then there’s Emirates Air lines first class.
With top spot in TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards for 2017, and it’s easy to see why. For starters, the Middle Eastern airline’s first and business class passengers can relax in one of the Emirates lounges before boarding the plane without having to queue. When boarding as a first class passenger, you’re greeted and escorted to your seat by a flight attendant and offered complimentary Champagne. You’re given your own spacious cabin with sliding privacy doors and the kind of amenities that you’d expect to find in a high-end hotel. The leather seat reclines and becomes a lie-down bed.
Upon arrival in the cabin, you’ll find a wash bag filled with fragrances and toiletries by luxury fashion house Bulgari, Gillette shaving foam, a toothbrush, Colgate toothpaste, and Axe deodorant. The glossy wood paneling and gold trim provide the perfect frame for the view outside. First class on an Emirates Airbus A380 only has 14 seats, so the service is tailored to each individual. If you need to freshen up at 40,000 feet, you can book a slot in one of two on board showers and spas. The room has heated flooring and each passenger is given five minutes of water during their 30-minute session. When you return to your seat, your assigned shower attendant will have left a fruit plate with honey waiting for you.
Regionally-inspired gourmet meals can be prepared for you at any time and are served on Royal Doulton bone china. Your suite can be transformed into a mini dining room by the flight attendant. Passengers can relax and enjoy a range of treats while watching movies on their interactive touchscreen TV, which doubles as a gaming system. Emirates beat both Singapore Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines to top the TripAdvisor’s ranking. Passengers’ chairs also have a massage function. The controls can change the intensity and the type of massage. You can also use the interactive panel to set the ambient lighting and to open and close the doors to your private suite.
Soft drinks are provided in an automated mini-bar…but passengers can always go to the bar if they fancy something a bit heavier. It serves premium spirits, exclusive wines, Champagne, and cocktails — including Dom Perignon, which retails for at least £120 per bottle. There’s enough room to stand and talk to other passengers around the bar. And at night, the bar lights up. It also serves Hennessey Paradis, the most expensive alcohol served by any airline, starting at around £600 per bottle. Though the £4,000 price tag may seem steep, Emirates treats its first class passengers like royalty – and also allows them to disembark before anyone else on the plane. Like I wrote earlier, there is 1st class and then there is Emirates Air lines 1st Classssss!
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