Flying with Emirates Airlines: Business class review (Mumbai to Vienna)
Since the time we traveled by flight for the first time as kids, we have loved our flight journeys as much as we love our travel adventures. Over the years, we have a traveled a good number of times with Emirates and with its flawless service and luxurious flights, it has become one of our favorite airlines to travel in (we are sure a lot of you will probably agree with us on this). We recently traveled to Austria from Mumbai with Emirates Business Class in their incredibly luxurious A380 plane, the experience was no doubt one of the best we had so far.
The best thing about booking a business class ticket with Emirates is their chauffeur driven car service to and from the airport. We had booked the car 48 hours in advance and the chauffeur promptly arrived at the specified time at our doorstep. The chauffeur dropped us off at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, our check-in procedures were swiftly completed, we went to the Airport lounge to comfortably wait for our flight.
Emirates Business Class seats and facilities
Since we were flying from Mumbai to Vienna, we had our transit flight in Dubai. Both the flights were A380 planes with similar features. The Mumbai to Dubai flight was only about 3.5 hours, we decided to rest and sleep off during our first flight. While traveling from Dubai to Vienna, we made the most of our 5 hours, 46 minutes flight.
The Business and First Class seats are situated on the first floor while the Economy Class seats are located on the ground floor in the Airbus. The Business class seats are very spacious (18.5 inches wide) and comfy with every seat having access to the aisle. The seat can be adjusted to one’s convenience and also has a footrest to put your feet up and relax. If you want to sleep off during your flight journey, the Emirates crew will make up your bed in no time by converting your seat into a single flatbed. The seats are placed in 1:2:1 configuration with the middle seats arranged in such a way that a couple of seats have privacy partitions which you can slide down if you want to chat to your neighbor (perfect if you have a travel partner). Some of the middle seats have total privacy with no slider as there is minibar separating the seats, a great option if you do not want to be disturbed by others.
Every seat has a console with a personal mini-bar which consists of bottled water and non-alcoholic drinks, power sockets, USB ports, eye masks, and headphones. Emirates Business Class passengers are also served with the luxury amenity kit, which is in collaboration with the luxury brand Bulgari. The complimentary kit consists of Bulgari’s Eau Parfumée Au thé noir, body lotion, face emulsion, hairbrush, vanity mirror, wet tissue, toothbrush and toothpaste. The kit is very thoughtfully put together to help us ladies take care our skin and feel good while traveling. A similar kit is also served to men which has some pretty great luxurious men’s skin care products. The seats are designed in such a way that there are many storage spaces of varied sizes to keep your personal belongings.
Emirates Business Class Inflight Entertainment
The A380 has a very chic in-flight entertainment system, ICE (Information, Communication, Entertainment), which we think is one of the best features of the flight. Every seat has a 23-inch touchscreen display with a handheld remote and a tablet to control the system and also the browse the internet. ICE has 2500 channels in total with a wide selection of movies (ranging from latest releases to vintage movies), television shows, games and music.
What’s even great is that you can also connect your personal devices through the HDMI port and access its contents on the screen. There is also on-air Wi-Fi services whereby you can enjoy about 10MB free data, you can also upgrade upto 500MB by just paying $1.00, which is pretty reasonable if you want continuously access the internet while flying.
Emirates Business Class Food
On boarding the Emirates flight, every Business class passenger is offered with the refreshments like Champagne, fruit juices and assorted nuts. A three-course menu is served, which consists of Salads and Starters, Main course and desserts. As we are vegetarians, we opted for our vegetarian meal along with some French wine to go with it. For starters, we were served with the delicious Arabic Mezze platter complete with Hummus, Pita bread, Dolmeh, sautéed spinach and veggie salad. The main course included Herbed rice with vegetable gravy, which honestly speaking wasn’t to our liking. For desserts, it was the Passion Fruit Terrine, which was a melt in the mouth and extremely yummy.
The A380 has an onboard cocktail bar at the rear of the Business class cabin with standup bar which serves drinks and snacks throughout the flight. It definitely amps up the experience of luxury traveling as you sip fancy cocktails served by the efficient Emirates crew at 40,000 feet high.
The Emirates A380 Business Class experience was an ultra-luxurious flight experience for us sisters. The impeccable service by the warm and attentive crew was on par with the Emirates name. We would happily recommend the Emirates A380 flight experience if you are looking forward to traveling in comfort and luxury.
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