Late last year Simple Flying took an in-depth look at Emirates’ Airbus A380 at the Dubai Air Show. Now we’re back, this time taking a look inside the Boeing 777 featuring Emirates’ gamechanger first-class suites.
First-class at the front
As is customary on board aircraft, the Emirates Boeing 777s have their first class cabin at the front of the aircraft. In the case of aircraft with the carrier’s new gamechanger cabin, there are six suites. These suites are arguably the most luxurious in the sky.
In fact, the Emirates gamechanger first class suite is more like a hotel in the sky than an airplane seat. Passengers are able to access a minibar, utilize binoculars or the at-seat wardrobe, or recline their seat into a zero-gravity bed. Add onto that a number of skin products, a huge display, and noise-canceling headphones, and you might even forget that you’re flying.
One of the coolest features of Emirates’ suites, however, is only found in the middle suites. Every suite has a window, even if it doesn’t border on the fuselage. To achieve this, Emirates has placed a couple of cameras on the side of the fuselage. These recreate the outside world in stunning detail on virtual windows in the cabin.
Of course, if you’re occupying a first class suite, all of your culinary needs will be taken care of. First class passengers can dine on demand from a wide-ranging menu. This, of course, has expensive delicacies and the finest wines included.
Just behind the six first-class suites is the business class cabin. On the Boeing 777, this consists of seven abreast seating in a 2-3-2 layout. Of course, while not nearly as private as the six suites ahead of it, large dividers do a good job of maintaining privacy in the cabin.
The seats are not staggered, as is found on the Airbus A380. Instead, they line up neatly in a row. As would be expected for a long-haul flight, passengers can benefit from a lie-flat bed. However, when I tried out the bed, it seemed a little bit cozy for a 6ft 3in person.
Similar to the first class lounge, business class passengers get an at-seat minibar. However, the menu will be more restricted than what is on offer in the first class cabin. Additionally, a number of seats don’t have direct aisle access.
Last but not, at the rear of the cabin is the economy class cabin. This is where the majority of passengers traveling with the airline will end up. The cabin is laid out ten abreast in a 3-4-3 layout. While not nearly as comfortable as the premium cabins, Emirates doesn’t take second measures in this cabin.
Each passenger gets to benefit from Emirates’ ICE entertainment system with enough content to fill a number of different flights. Customers in this cabin get a fairly limited food choice, at set meal times. Having road-tested Emirates’ economy seat between London and Dubai, I can attest that it is more than comfortable for long-haul flights.
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