Sydney Travellers Score Emirates’ Refreshed A380 Business Class
DMARGE recently had the good fortune to travel in business class from Sydney to Dubai on an Emirates A380. During the experience, we got a first-hand look at Emirates’ refreshed A380 business class. Luc Wiesman, director and founder of DMARGE, was recently invited to Dubai for the grand opening of Atlantis The Royal – Dubai’s newest luxury resort. On the way there, between losing his AirPods and realizing his phone camera is broken (the tragedies of travel), he was lucky enough to fly in business class – the recently revamped business class – on one of Emirates’ refreshed A380s. Here’s a taste of what it’s like to fly business class on one of these refurbished jets – new decals, starlight roof and all. The starlit roof is sublime. BOB may have wished we could pretend planes were like shooting stars in 2010, but on an Emirates business class flight in 2021, you don’t have to work your imagination too hard to have incredible night vision. The starlight roof is nice and soothing, and a welcome part of the refreshed A380. The wood paneling has been redone. No, it’s not the interior of some overenthusiastic lifetime vehicle’s Toyota Hiace – it’s Emirates business class. In all seriousness, the wood panels give the cabin a nice touch of homeliness and class that you just don’t get anywhere else. The argyle patterned leather is a nice touch. Like a mall massage chair – but (much) better. Emirates business class seats on its A380s have a pitch and width of 48″ – 18.5″ respectively. The leather pattern is also squeaky. The big screen TV (and touchpad) jumps out at you Another thing that jumps out at you (in a good way) is the TV. It’s very spacious (20 inches) and great for watching movies and TV shows on – and Emirates has a wide range of entertainment options (up to 5,000 channels) to suit every taste. There’s also high-speed wifi and Bluetooth on board, so you can connect your own headphones to your TV. Each seat has direct aisle access. This makes getting in and out of your seat a breeze. In addition, the seat reclines seamlessly into a completely flat bed (as you would expect from business class) with a mattress and a cozy blanket. Sweet dreams indeed. The living room is ‘pinch yourself’ stuff It’s always a surreal moment. One of those things you’ve seen all those times in photos and videos, but experiencing in person (albeit for the second time) was a game changer. Ideal for meeting people and having a chat, if you feel like it, or just to have a quiet drink (or light snack) if you don’t. There’s also relaxed ambient lighting and bronze and wood grain accents (as you’d expect as part of a multibillion dollar investment program like this). Also on the plus side, this time the other passengers behaved themselves, unlike last time when Luc flew business class and found himself alongside a few other passengers apparently doing their best to break David Boone’s record for martinis (or was it VBs) to break. over the Indian Ocean … All right, thanks to this ongoing refreshed A380 programme, Sydney travelers now have the opportunity to experience all these double-decker business class luxuries with Emirates when flying to Dubai (or London via Dubai) .
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