Review: Emirates Airbus A380 Business Class Dubai to Sydney


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This flight review is from Emirates in an Airbus A380, traveling in the luxury of Business Class from Dubai (DBX) to Sydney (SYD). You can also read our review of Emirates A380 in Business Class from Brisbane to Dubai.

Emirates Airbus A380 now flies out on all its main international routes. The advantages of traveling on the Emirates’ A380 in Business Class include pleasingly plush and comfy seats, extensive amenity kits, wonderful food, and an attractive bar choc-full of goodies on the upper deck.

Worth noting is that flying the Emirates Airbus A380 is a much nicer flight experience than flying in the Boeing 777. Emirates offers Business Class on both aircraft types, but the product you get is better on the A380 (Read our review of our Emirates Boeing 777-300ER Business Class trip between Dubai and Brussels).

Seat Plan of Business Class On Emirates A380

Emirates’ Business Class seats are located in 2 rooms on the upper floor of the Emirates Airbus A380, sat to the rear of the First Class cabin. The first cabin is larger, with 58 seats, while the rear cabin (just in front of the bar) contains just 18 seats and feels more boutique. The configuration in Business Class is 1-2-1, which is great as it gives each seat direct aisle access.

The cabin feels luxurious, with classy burled walnut veneer, gold trim, and pearlized plastic that frames the seats. The mood lighting during the flight meant that the colors of the ceiling changed with the local time. I particularly like the starry sky panels which are shown during the nighttime.

Each seat comes with loads of storage, an in-seat power supply, a side desk for space to work, and your own minibar (not refrigerated) stocked with soft drinks. The seat can be reclined into a full, comfy flatbed. Each seat also comes with a thin blanket, a large pillow, a duvet, noise-canceling headphones, flight socks, and earplugs.

What are the best Business Class seats on Emirates’ A380?

I am often asked which are the best seats to choose on a flight, or in this case, what are the best Business Class seats on the Emirates Airbus A380? This is clearly a subjective question, but in my opinion, the window seats (A, K) are more private than the aisle seats (B, D, G, J). This is because they are shielded from the aisle by the mini-bar cabinet to the side of the seat. The window seats also have storage cabinets under the windows and, of course, a view!

The twin middle seats in the center of the aircraft (E, F) are ideal for people traveling together but rather too close for independent travelers. It is also worth noting that the aisle seats (B, D, G, J) are a small amount shorter when fully flat, extending to 70 inches instead of the 79 inches or 200 cm, which is the length enjoyed by the window and middle seats (A, E, F, K). Seat pitch varies from 122 to 99 cm, with the central and window seats having more room than the aisle seats.

I think Seats 23A and 23K are the best Business Class seats because the extra legroom and shielded position block you from other passengers, thus offering more privacy.

What are the worst Business Class seats on Emirates’ A380?

I think 7A and 7K are the worst seats: even though they do have slightly more legroom, they are open to the aisle with very little privacy.

Amenity Kit Review In Business Class On Emirates A380

The Emirates Business Class amenity kit was in a large luxury wash bag. It contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, handkerchiefs, deodorant, Gilette shaving foam (men), a razor, moisturizer, and aftershave by Bvlgari. The women’s one has more feminine product ranges. Pajamas were not offered on this long-haul overnight flight, unlike Qatar Airways.

Food Review In Business Class On Emirates A380

As you arrive, you can choose between a glass of water, orange juice, or Veuve Cliquot. Before takeoff, you also get a refreshing hot towel (hot towels were served before lunch and before landing).

After takeoff (around one hour), a large breakfast was served (at the local hour, 2:00 am!). It consisted of fresh mango juice, fruits, yogurt, and bread (butter croissant plus a pastry). For the main course, I chose the mixed grill made up of chicken, steak, mushrooms, roasted cherry tomato, and potato.

Around two hours before landing, “lunch” was served (at 7:00 pm local time). As a starter, I choose the Arabic mezze complemented by garnishes and a salad. The main course was also good and was grilled beef steak with truffle jus, sauteed leaf spinach, grilled tomato on the vine, and roasted garlic potatoes. As a dessert, I choose fruit.

For the hungry ones, light bites were available non-stop during the flight, from cold snacks (deli platter) to hot snacks (e.g., creamy vegetable pie, prawn cake skewers, nasi goreng) and sweets (lemon meringue tart).

Inflight Entertainment System Review In Business Class On Emirates A380

The Emirates A380’s inflight entertainment system is excellent, with an extensive range of new-release and classic films, television shows, box sets, and audio options. You have up to 1,800 channels of movies and TV shows in multiple languages. You can also play games or watch the cameras installed in the tail, nose, and back end of the A380. The inflight entertainment is displayed on a large 17-inch (43 cm) touch-screen.

Bar Review On In Business Class On Emirates A380

The A380 Onboard Lounge is a bar exclusive to First Class and Business Class customers and the interaction point or meeting place during the flight. There was a selection of premium spirits, wines, champagne, cocktails, and beers, plus hot and cold drinks served by a dedicated bartender.

You can read more of our Emirates Business Class and Emirates First Class flight reviews and our comparison between Emirates vs. Etihad vs. Qatar Airways: the best airline in the Middle East.

You may also want to read our other long-haul Business and First Class flight reviews on Emirates.

Review by our friends at Luxury Travel Expert

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