After the launch of Singapore Airlines A380 in October 2007, Emirates were the second Airline put into service an Airbus A380, and since my first Singapore Airlines A380 review and subsequent Qantas A380 Premium economy flight review you can imagine my eagerness to experience the Emirates A380 first hand. 21 May 2009 was the date for my Emirates A380 Business Class flight, and having flowing Emirates business class in the past (not the A380) and having read most of what other sites have had to say about their A380 I kind of half knew the treat I would be in for! Limo Pickup from home When you fly Business or First Class on Emirates the experience doesn’t begin when you arrive at the airport it begins at your house, with a Limo pickup at your current location (home, office, and hotel) the same goes after landing at your destination. With my Limo pickup booked in several days prior to departure, I received a follow up call, the morning prior to my flight and again the night before from my Chauffer confirming my pickup address and pickup time. My flight EK 412 was scheduled to depart at 7:50am so I booking in a 5:15am pickup. Spot on 5:15am I had a call from my Emirates chauffer Stephen saying he was waiting downstairs, ready to take me to the airport. I have to say the whole experience with Emirates Chauffer Company Brunel Worldwide Chauffer Drive was exceptional, making the lead up to my flight both worry and hassle free. Emirates Check-in Just less than 30 minutes after leaving home on Sydney’s north shore I arrive at Kingsford Smith International Airport (Terminal 1) and make my way to the check-in counter. Using the Business Class checking lane I am checked in within no time at all, and given an eExpress ticket that allowed me to beat the crowds and utilize the eExpress customs queue. The Emirates Lounge The Emirates Lounge in Sydney is located on the arrivals level (level 1) near the transfer security check point, Note you need follow the signs to the lounge then come down an elevator to level 1 Picture 1: The Emirates Lounge in Sydney The first thing I noted when entering was how quite and spacious the lounge was! Being an early morning flight the lounge catered a full breakfast, with the food you would expect from a good quality hotel, which beats many other airlines airline lounges I have been in over the past few years. The Emirates Lounge at Sydney is a combined First Class, Business Class and elite Skywards members lounge, which is great for those travelling Business as The Emirates Lounge is a true First Class lounge in every aspect. Boarding Emirates A380 At the Emirates gate, as you would normally expect there was a dedicated lane for Business, First Class and Skyward elite members, so we cleared the boarding gate fairly quickly and routed to an aerobridge that took us to first and business class on the upper deck. Emirates A380 Business Class Cabin & Seat For this flight I was allocated seat 23K which is a window seat in the last business section before the end of the aircraft and the Business […]
Emirates second Airbus A380 which was expected to be delivered in September this year is now looking like not being delivered until at least 20 October 2008. Parts and supply issues for this A380s internal outfitting is the unconfirmed cause of the delay. This delivery delay sets back Emirates planned Dubai to New York (JFK) introduction. An Emirates US spokesman has said the following “There may be a delay; we are awaiting further details from Dubai.” Emirates (Dubai) and Airbus are still to either officially confirm or deny this delivery delay. Emirates is expected to continue using this routes existing Boeing 777-300ER until Emirates second Airbus A380 is commences operation on 26 October 2008, which is two days after (24 October 2008) Qantas’s first Airbus A380 will fly its second flight from Sydney to New York.
Emirates Airlines this month unveiled its new Emirates Lounge at Brisbane International Airport, the lounge features a 360 degree view and is the first airline lounge in Australia capable of boarding passengers directly onto their aircraft, including the upper deck of an Airbus A380. Dale W Griffith, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates Airport Services and the Honourable Desley Boyle, Minister for Tourism, Regional Development & Industry in Queensland were on hand to officially open the latest Emirates Lounge. Dale W Griffith said: ‘In May 2003, Emirates made a US$13 million commitment to develop superior quality lounges around the world in an effort to provide passengers with luxurious sanctuaries whilst travelling. In 2004, Brisbane became the first Emirates destination outside of our hub in Dubai to have a dedicated airport lounge and it set the benchmark for all Emirates Lounges across our network. “Five years on, we now have 18 Emirates Lounges across our network and are delighted by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers that make these lounges worth our continuous investments. The new Emirates Lounge, the second in Brisbane, continues to embody the airline’s dedication to innovation and superior service.” More than double the size of the previous one in Brisbane, the new Emirates Lounge can seat 172 guests – 106 in the lounge area, 56 in the dining, and 10 in the business centre – and is located adjacent to Gate 75 on the new northern concourse of Brisbane International Airport’s redevelopment. Desley Boyle said: “The lounge is another important investment by Emirates in Brisbane and Queensland and is a cornerstone of the airport re-development. It will provide the international level of comfort and service expected by business travellers from across the world.” Koen Rooijmans, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation said: “Emirates has been one of the fastest growing international airlines to serve Brisbane and has quickly established itself as a part of the fabric of south-east Queensland. They have helped raise the standard of international air travel, and helped create new and exciting tourism markets for Queensland that have enabled us to improve the services offered to passengers at our airport.” Upon first stepping into the new Emirates Lounge, passengers will appreciate the airline’s distinct attention to detail, from the Italian marble finishes to the rich timber joinery. The amenities in the lounge include recently-introduced massage chairs, comfortable leather armchairs sourced from Scotland, flat screen televisions, designer bathrooms with shower facilities, and a well-equipped business centre. Customers will be able to enjoy an extensive menu of complimentary hot and cold gourmet dishes in a choice of formal or informal seating. A complimentary full bar service, including champagne, is offered to guests who can relax while enjoying the unparalleled views of the airport and the surrounding area. Emirates’ trademark attentive service from dedicated lounge staff completes the facility. The Brisbane lounge facilities are available to both First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold members […]
Checking Emirates online booking engine, it looks like Emirates will put its second Airbus A380 aircraft into operation on daily flights on the Dubai (DXB) London (LHR) route from 1 December 2008. Emirates second Airbus A380 will operate under flight number EK1 for the Dubai to London flight and EK2 on the return. EK1 will depart Dubai at 0745 arriving at Heathrow’s T3 at 1135; return flight EK2 will depart London at 1345 arriving at Dubai at 0030 the following day. Emirates will operate 3 cabin configurations on their Airbus A380 aircraft as follows: 3 class 489 seat ultra long range configuration 3 class 517 Long range configuration 2 class 600 seat medium range configuration Emirates are expected to operate the 3 class 489 seat ultra long range configuration on this Dubai London route, and will feature their new Suite which is considered to be in the same league as Singapore Airlines A380 Singapore Suite, along with Business Class that features a lie flat bed. Emirates second Dubai London flight will be put into operation 3 months after the launch of their inaugural Airbus A380 flight on the Dubai New York route from October 2008.
With the recent hype surrounding Singapore Airlines Airbus A380, I thought we needed more content about the Airbus A380 launch for other airlines, so below is two YouTube videos promoting the Airbus A380 for Qantas and Emirates, Enjoy! Qantas Airbus A380 & Boeing 787 Dreamliner advertisement Emirates Painted Airbus A380 Taking off and circling at the Dubai International Air show in 2005, a great video.