It’s good news for travellers jetting between Dubai and Boston this summer with Emirates beginning A380 flights between the two cities.
We’ve known these flights were coming for some time. The flights have now begun and the bonus is that the A380 will be back on the route this northern winter.
The daily Emirates 777-300ER to Boston was swapped out for the A380 on June 1st. The A380 will fly the route throughout the northern hemisphere summer until 30th September. The route will revert back to the Boeing 777 throughout the remainder of the northern autumn. But the A380 will be back heading towards Boston again throughout December 2019 and January 2020.
Emirates is currently running a little sweetener for passengers who book the flight prior to 31st July 2019, via the Emirates website. Economy Flex Plus ticket holders will be entitled to a free Uber to or from Dubai airport up to the value of AED120. Economy Flex ticket holders are entitled to 50% off Uber to and from Dubai airport, up to a value of AED60. Business and First class passengers travelling on EK issued stock will continue to enjoy the chauffeur driven service.
Travelling on the 777-300 is no hardship but the A380s is a nice step up for passengers. The largest passenger jet in the skies accommodates 489 passengers across three classes.
Dom Perignon and showers ?
First class on the Emirates A380 consists of 14 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. It’s a nice product but by way of comparison, Singapore Airlines has six first class suites in the same space on their A380s. What does set Emirates first class apart are its showers. Finishing up a 14 hour flight from Boston with a shower at 39,000 feet will have you hitting the ground feeling fresh and looking smart.
The Dom Perignon in Emirates first class doesn’t hurt either, but the helping yourself to top shelf drinks from the Emirates bar is over. Too many premium passengers were pocketing the premium drinks. Now they pour them for you.
Lie flat beds in a 1-2-1 business class
Business class on Emirates runs along the entire top deck of the A380. It is broken into two cabins with the main 66 seat cabin at the front and a smaller 10 seat cabin at the rear. The 76 lie flat business class seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration.
The seat pitch is 48” and the width is 18.5”. Direct aisle access is available on the Emirates A380, which is a big step up from the old 2-3-2 configuration. Experienced Emirates business class travellers often opt for the much more intimate rear business cabin.
Economy on Emirates
The bulk of the passengers will be in the 427 seat economy cabin on the main deck. Emirates will begin rolling out premium economy cabins on their A380s in 2020, but until then it’s going to be a long flight to Boston for many passengers. Economy seat pitch is between 32 – 34”. On the plus side, the seat width at 18” is only marginally smaller than the business class seats.
Whatever class you are flying, Emirates has decent IFE and respectable food. The extra space on the A380 makes the 14 hour flight between Boston and Dubai a much more pleasant prospect for most passengers than the Boeing 777.