I fly to Sydney from Birmingham in the UK three times a year on average. I use Emirates because they collect me from home in a limo', deliver me back the same way. That means I can avoid London!Since using the A380 for the first time I insist on booking on this flight every time now. It is a great aircraft and while the business class seats are not quite horizontal they are almost so. The personal space, storage and comfort are exceptional and I have never had occasion to be less than impressed with the service. I only live in hope that one day they will fly the Birmingham to Dubai leg on the A380 too.The flight from Dubai to Sydney is non stop and I never fail to arrive refreshed and ready for anything.
Airport lounge huge variety of food and drink,I had idli and channa-paratha for brekfast, then a free 20 min back and neck massage.The lounge is a minute from first class plane entry.Private cabin with varied amenities and plenty of space, see emirates web site. Canapes, caviar,dom 2000, menu selection available on demand. Beds not as comfy as SQ first but ok.Six hour flight passed quickly.Quiet cabin, shower available, 5 mins running water.
In Emirates First Class, on board their B777's you will find a mini-bar, as well with a magazine rack and a movable personal screen on a side panel from your seat. The seat, itself in not as much luxury as other airlines offer in this aircraft model, but the amenities and attentions are much better, just this mini-bar idea is great! Take a look at the picture to know what I'm talking about.
Try to avoid row 48. Seating space in this row is very limited and cramped. Reclining the seat is not possible due to the lavatory wall behind the seats.
Emirates new coach class seats are great for longe range flights. Generously sized seats have personal entertainment system in their back. There are serveral general screens as well. In flight service is average.
It seems that in order to pay for its AVOD and good food, Emirates is under the impression that they need to squash as many pax as possible on to their planes. This is particularly true of all the 777s in economy class. Instead of the normal 9 abreast for most other airlines, Emirates has opted for a high density 10 abreast. True, they give you an extra inch or two of pitch, but if you are not intimately acquainted with your seat neighbour by the beginning of the flight, you certainly will be by the end. The exit door does give plenty of extra room to stretch out long legs, but you pay for this in terms of seat width. An already cramped seat becomes even more uncomfortable due to the tray table being stowed in the armrest. The ICE AVOD system is amazing, but not yet installed on all aircraft, so it is a bit hit and miss.
Emirates has configured a couple of 777-300 with First class suites, but there doesn't seem to be a way of knowing whether your plane has this unlikely configuration. I only was informed of this when I checked in at CDG. The suite itself is, of course, very luxurious, although the white leather looks like it might be better suited to the inside of an unsavoury 1977 GM car rather than a top airline. The bar inside does not contain any alcohol; one must ask for that, which rather seems to defeat the purpose of having a bar in one's suite. The bed somehow did not recline entlrley flat and I found it a bit awkward for stretching out.