The Airline: Emirates

Aircraft: Airbus 380

Fun fact: Emirates ranks 4th when it comes to the world’s biggest airlines in terms of scheduled passenger-kilometres flown. It also prides itself on owning the largest fleet of Airbus 380 aircraft in the world, with 104 of them being in service while 58 more are on order.

Cabin: First class

Layout: 1-2-1

When it comes to flying first class, Emirates always sets the bars high with its Airbus 380 craft. Below is a review to help you bone-up for the flight

How to book the Emirates first class tickets

There are various ways to fly Emirates first class. The first and most obvious option is through the airline’s frequent flyer program. Below are more options

  • Using the Japanese airline’s mileage bank. This option is cheaper as the further you fly, the better the value. To book tickets using this option, simply search Emirates on Japanese Airline’s website, and follow the next outlined steps.  
  • Alaska Airline mileage plan. The process of booking your first class Emirates tickets is similar to the one shown above.
  • Emirates skyward miles

Pre-flight experience, what to expect

Everything about flying Emirates first class is A-list. Flying first class gives you access to the airline’s first class lounge which is not only spacious but also boasts amenities such as a complimentary spa, children play areas, wine cellars, business areas and quiet areas with comfy pillows, blankets, and lounges where you can relax before takeoff. Additionally, first-class passengers can board the plane directly through the dedicated first class lane instead of going back to the basic gate.

Before takeoff, passengers are greeted with a welcome drink (mostly champagne), hot towels, dates, Arabic coffee, newspapers, magazines, a high-class Bulgari amenity kit, stylish pajamas which keep you hydrated, and a menu.  

Inside Emirates A-380 first class cabin

Emirates is famous for setting the bars high in air transport sector and its first class cabin will undoubtedly surpass your expectations.

The first class cabin boasts 14 suites in a 1-2-1 configuration.  Note it’s a suite, not a seat which already spells comfort. Each suite has a sliding door for privacy purposes and if you’re in the middle suite, all you need to do is press a button to raise the divider and get your privacy. The window seat is perfect for solo travelers while the middle seats are a perfect fit for couples or people traveling in twos.  

Inside the suite

When Emirates say they own the most luxurious seats in the sky they sure mean it. The leather seats are well padded for comfort and measure 23 by 86 offering sufficient leg room, especially because there are no overhead bins. It can convert to a fully lie flatbed for maximum comfort or when you want to sleep and you can  press the NO DISTURBANCE button for a disturbance free sleep or nap experience. In addition, the seat can recline into various positions and also boasts of multiple massage options. All of these can be activated using the wireless touchpad in the suite.

There is an interesting personal mini-bar at the side console which you can raise or lower using the touch pad. However, if you love chilled drinks, then this is a downside as they aren’t chilled. Apart from the mini-bar, there is a lighted vanity mirror packed with a string of skin care and sleep products such as essential oils.

There are several USB ports and AC power in the seat not to mention the reading lights. Passengers also get a pair of noise-canceling headphones in each suite and a writing kit.


If you travel first class Emirates then you will dine on demand. That means you have a diverse array of cuisines to select from, and you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, starting with caviar. There is also a wide selection of wines, cocktails, beers, and spirits, not forgetting a broad range of non-alcoholic beverages that you can opt for.


When it comes to entertainment, trust Emirates not to disappoint. Each suite boasts a large LCD 27-32 inches screen and a broad range of TV shows, radio, films and even games to keep you occupied during your flight.

Extra perks

As if not riveting enough, first class A380 Emirates passengers also get to enjoy 30-minutes in the spacious bathroom which also packs diverse bathing amenities and a heated floor. Even though you only get 5 minutes of shower runtime, you have 25 extra minutes to enjoy the rest of the amenities at your own pace.

Another extra perk is the onboard lounge which offers you an opportunity to try out different cocktails and drinks. What’s even more intriguing is that it’s safe as the bench seats keep you buckled up in case need arises.

The customer service from the crew is top of the shelf as they are not only professional but also friendly and attentive.


Whether you are a first-time flyer or a frequent flyer, flying first class on Emirates A380 might prove to gives you an opportunity to fly like royalty. Even though there are several downsides such as the fact that internet access isn’t complementary and you are only allowed 20 MB allowance, the perks outweigh the flaws making the entire flight worth your bucks, not forgetting memorable.


The author Martin