My recent trip to Adelaide was great but it was even better by the fact that I flew with Emirates Airlines. Emirates recently started flights from London to Adelaide via Dubai and I was invited to see just how nice it is to fly with Emirates.
I got to the airport early (!) so I was able to hang out in the Business Class Lounge at Heathrow before boarding. Nothing like a nice open champagne/wine bar to start off the trip. Once seated in my cozy little demi cabin, the flight attendants came round with Veuve Clicquot 2004. I was flying on the A380 to Dubai enroute to Adelaide and if you haven’t been on an A380 yet, I’d highly recommend it. Take off and landing are so smooth on the A380 that it’s hardly noticeable, it it weren’t for the fasten seatbelt signs, it’d be hard to tell.
Business Class on the A380 is lush. Lots of leg room, mini bar, huge tv screen, seats that lay flat at the push of a button and plenty of counter space even, next to your personal mini bar. I should also mention that Business Class also has a full on bar at the rear of the compartment, complete with bar snacks of olives, nuts and finger sandwiches all laid out for you to munch on, complimentary of course. And they even have a little happy hour, putting out chips and salsa in mid-flight. I went back there to hang out for a bit and seriously, it’s easy to forget your on an airplane, once they pull the curtains closed. The only tip off are the seatbelts on the lounge benches that I suppose they have to have in case of turbulence. I have to say the flight attendants, who double as bartenders, make some mean Manhattans (in a good way)!
From Dubai to Adelaide we switched to the Boeing 777. The level of service doesn’t dip though and Business Class is just as nice although we don’t have our own little demi cabins, it’s still extremely comfy.
The winelists on all flights gave you a lot of choice as well. It’s so nice to handed a mini winelist from which to choose from. To Dubai we had a choice of French or American whites and reds and from Dubai to Australia we had a choice of Australian or French wines, including the Leeuwin Prelude Chardonnay 2010, the Pierro LTC 2010 Margaret River, the Ch. Marquis de Terme 2003 Margaux and the Seppelt Aerin’s Heathcote GSM 2009 Victoria. And they passed through the cabin during service to offer you various tastings of each if you wanted. To finish we had a choice of liqueurs and Graham’s 20 yr old tawny port.
After that it was time to make my bed, the attendants come round with thin mattresses to lay over my seat, to make my sleep even more comfortable, and I’m out of the next 6 hours. I woke up just as we started to fly over the west coast of Australia – gorgeous from 36,000 ft!
I loved flying with Emirates not only because of the excellent service and very comfortable plane ride but all the little extras, from the travelling kit of complimentary Bulgari products to the chips and salsa during happy hour, they have to be some of the most enjoyable flights I’ve ever been on.
Emirates flies twice daily to Adelaide via Dubai from Heathrow and has 5 daily flights on the A380 to Dubai and beyond.
Coming soon, 24hr stopover in Dubai and a trip to the top of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa