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After our visit to the lounge, we were more than anxious to get onboard our Emirates A380 to Dubai.
The aircraft interior was noticeably newer, with the walls of the suites going higher than the older version. There was also the noticeable difference in the LCD for controlling the seat.
The seat itself was just like usual.
Including the mini-bar
As we settled in, we were offered the standard pre-departure champagne.
Then a few minutes later, we were offered Arabic coffee and dates. I really do enjoy the arabic coffee.
A few minutes later one of the cabin crew came around to schedule shower appointments. I chose 2 hours before arrival, as I like to arrive refreshed.
Before long, boarding was complete and we were on our way.
The Meal Service
We started the meal service off with some sort of seafood option. I ended up skipping it, but my wife took one for the team. I think she ended up enjoying it.
Then there was Caviar
For my entree, I had a teriyaki beef dish, it was good, not terribly amazing, but certainly was good.
My wife selected a beef dish, she enjoyed it more than I enjoyed mine.
Desert was sweet, but not terribly memorable.
My wife on the other hand, had a chocolate cake / lava cake type thing, which she enjoyed.
The On board Bar
Despite the short flight, we still found time to make a trip back to the onboard bar. Its really a great amenity, in that it gives you an opportunity to stretch your legs, and mingle with others. I also had the chance to chat with the purser, who at one point stepped behind the bar–a bit uncomfortably so. An interesting point came up in the conversation, was that Emirates doesn’t give their flight attendants crew rest on flights under 8 hours. I guess I can understand that, but 8 hours of constant work in addition to all the pre-departure prep seems like a long time without a break.
The Emirates A380 First Class Shower
Perhaps the biggest deal about flying Emirates First Class is being able to shower at 40,000 feet. It really is that nice. Each A380 has two shower spas, located on the upper deck, in the nose of the aircraft (or as far forward as is possible on the upper deck).
They are pretty roomy, have heated floors, and a monitor that shows the airshow–because who doesn’t want to know where they are, when they’re in the shower?
Of particular note on this flight was that Emirates is moving to different soaps / shampoos amenities. Previously Emirates offered two types of soaps / shampoos. One for energizing, and one for relaxing. They are now shifting to only one. This for me, was kind of a shame because I enjoyed the two types. I also enjoyed the extras they had like the exfoliating body wash. Prior to flying Emirates, I didn’t even know that exfoliating body wash existed, but its certainly a nice perk.
Overall, the flight was wonderful. If only it was a bit longer.