Flying Business Class on the Emirates A380 - Review!
December 8, 2016
When I first decided that I was coming to New Zealand, one of the first things I thought was - THE FLIGHT. I mean that is a long ass flight.. the best part of 2 days and having flown to Ibiza a few weeks before I came out, I realised that even 4 hours sitting still in a aeroplane seat wasn't particularly good for my knees / back / neck.
SO I thought I would just have a quick dabble and see how much the flights were and in my opinion, considering how far I was flying, it was TOTALLY worth the money. For a start, you get an extra 20kgs to travel with in hold baggage, so 40kg in total and when your moving your life across the world, BELIEVE ME, 2 just isn't enough. On my first packing attempt I was still 18kgs over, thanks mum for helping me pack, re pack, then un pack, then pack another 2 times! You can also have up to 7kg in your hand luggage + another bag so I took a large rucksack, which again could be 7kg. TRUST ME, its STILL not enough, not for me anyway when half of my suitcase was filled with drugs / makeup! If you wanted to fly economy, you only get 1 suitcase, to pay extra it worked out for me an extra £950, which just for a suitcase, I may as well fly sit next to my suitcase as that's the price of a ticket! This was a huge plus of Business Class that you got extra weight allowance (+ now I have moved up in the world with my air miles, I get an extra 10kg when I fly - YAY!!!!)
Next and obviously most importantly was the seat, now on some of the older planes, I think the 777, apparently on business they don't lie fully flat, so when your booking make sure you fly on a A380 the whole journey - I used The Luxury Travel Expert to help me decide all of this. I went with seat 27A as this had the longest leg room although mine didn't even nearly touch the end, you deffo don't need it! I also wanted a A seat as it meant your seat is next to the window and you have the side bar area where seat B / C would be so it's more private, obvs if your flying in a couple then you may want to sit next to each other, although I'm pretty sure the middle screen comes in handy after about 12 hours of being stuck next to each other!! This seat was in the back half of the cabin, at the front meaning the bar was behind, I didn't hear any noise from it though! I didn't sleep amazingly well, but a hell of a lot better than I would have been if I couldn't put my legs up, my knees start to throb and go wobbly after too much sitting down and after 14 hours my back (Scoliosis, Antereolisthesis, 2 posterior annular tears, DDD) was in agony, luckily I had strong painkillers with me to see me through but I really don't think I could have coped if I couldn't of laid down or stretched out!
So I was actually pretty disappointed with the food, and this was one of the things I was massively looking forward too! BOO! I mean the menu is great and fancy, if your NOT gluten free, low fodmap and don't like fish. ALL the gluten free alternatives were fish. GROSS. I had booked in with gluten free and no fish / shellfish but when I checked about my meals when I got on the plane I was told that I could only be one or the other?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I decided that I would pick my one option (ridiculous) and stick with gluten free and then I could just pick around the fish. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy the meal, my gluten free roll though however, was lovely. I ended up just eating off the snack menu. The same thing. For 2 days.
The same goes for the business lounges that you get access to as part of your journey, fantastic if your NOT gluten free, low fodmap and don't like fish. So at Heathrow and Dubai (at 6am) I enjoyed some steamed vegetables and plain rice. Although their selection of soft and alcoholic beverages was pretty impressive so I decided I would make up for lost food with champagne. Splendid!
Finally, also included in the ticket is a chauffeur driven car, again another big swayer for me as I didn't want to be dropped off at the airport by my parents and walk around puffy faced (I was expecting to meet a billionaire on the plane and get married, and I didn't want my first impression to be resembling a panda, sadly he stood me up. BOO), and the cost of a taxi would be pretty pricey, I also thought as well that if the chauffeur is late, then technically its emirates fault so if I missed my plane then it would be their problem to sort out - i'm a worrier! My chauffeur dude was a legend. Best person I could have got given that I was leaving my family and friends and animals behind, I had a little sob and he was very kind and even had tissues ready! He also said to my parents that he'd get me there safe and sound which I thought was a really nice gesture. He was a very philosophical guy and we had an awesome chat on the way down!!
All in all, it was a once in a life time experience for me, I decided to use some of my savings as I knew my back probably couldn't take economy, and turning up in New Zealand with NO sleep, not being able to walk properly, a bad back and generally just in a foul mood (as airports are EVIL) would put me on an instant downer and the recovery with my back was something I wasn't willing to risk (early in the year I could barely walk), and actually after working out all the additional costs like a taxi and bag, I think it only worked out like £300 more expensive, TOTALLY WORTH IT. They just need to work on their food.