Emirates’ new First Class is another product I’ve been dying to try out since it’s release, much like Qsuites. The gulf carrier announced the new suites back in November 2017 and since then, they’ve been talked about extremely positively.
I was able to book Emirates’ new 777 First Class from Dubai to Brussels for 75,000 Qantas points. I had to book this flight a day before departure as Emirates tend to only open space last minute as they want to maximise revenue bookings.
The flight left from Terminal 3 in Dubai and boarding was able to be done from the First Class Lounge. Boarding promptly started and there was only 1 other passenger boarding from the lounge.
For this flight, I was assigned seat 1A. When I booked and went to go select my seat on the Qantas website, all of the other seats were blocked, however, there was only 1 other person in First meaning the cabin was pretty much empty which is rare for a Brussels flight.
When you walk onboard, you’ll be absolutely blown away with the finishes and detailing on the suites. The luxurious and sleek patterns are a huge upgrade from the old faux wood.
Unlike the older Emirates 777’s that feature 8 first suites, the new configuration holds 6 seats and you can definitely notice the huge improvement in space and comfort.
The new suites include customisable lighting & temperature, door to ceiling closing doors, a 32-inch full HD IFE screen, a plush and beautiful leather seat that converts into a fully flat bed with zero gravity options and a pair of Bowers and Wilkins noise cancelling headphones.
Without a doubt the coolest feature of the new suites is the virtual windows in the middle seats. The virtual windows are a lot clearer and sharp than you’d think, they’re incredible to look at.
There’s also no window shades, the curtains are used and this gives the suite a very luxurious feel.
As with every Emirates first class flight, a small snack basket is handed to you at your seat.
The crew came around to ask if I would like a pre-departure beverage, I went with a champagne and orange juice.
As this flight isn’t considered long-haul, no pyjamas are handed out and only a small eye patch and socks are distributed instead of the Bulgari full amenity kit.
Some binoculars are also given to First passengers who are seated at a window seat.
Here are the menus for the flight:
To start off the meal service were some warm nuts and a glass of the Dom Perignon Rose.
For the appetiser, I went with the Caviar and condiments.
And for the main course, I went with the beef fillet with peppercorn sauce.
The design of the suites is closely matched to that of the Mercedes Benz S-Class, Emirates have done an incredible job in making that possible.
The small details are really well appointed and and you can see the effort and money the company have spent on these suites.
On the left of your seat is where your closet storage is as well as your noise cancelling headphones.
Another one of the more talked about features of the new first suites is the interactive touch screen that has the ability to not only change the lighting in your suite but also customise your temperature to suit your liking, this is a HUGE benefit to passengers.
It’s a known fact that not only Asian carriers but also Middle Eastern carriers tend to enjoy having a warmer cabin. Have you noticed this?
As you can see, the colour changes to your preference. This is a really nice touch and feel like it’d be cool to see more airlines introduce something like this.
Like the old suites, you’ll find a tablet on the left side of the seat as well as heap of switches which can adjust a multitude of things.
Just down from the tablet is is where the entertainment remote is found. The seat also includes a few types of charging, USB charging, a universal power point and USB-C charging which was nice to see.
Emirates’ new first class is definitely up there on one of my new favourite products. The fine detail in the finishes were superb and I’m also a massive fan of the customisation abilities, especially the temperature controls. I’m someone who can only sleep in colder air and this was very useful to get a couple hours of sleep on the flight.
To watch the video about my flight, take a look here. The video looks at the customisable lighting if you’re interested to see it in action: