Flight Review: Emirates A380

Mention the A380, the Airbus that has revolutionised long distance air travel in recent years, and one immediately associates it with a double-decker jet plane, reclining beds, and flying in the lap of luxury. Even television advertisements subliminally link the name with business class and first class travel.

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Airbus A380 at Dubai Airport

But what is it like to fly in the A380 economy class?

For those of us living in Australia, long haul flights are a fact of life. We endure nearly 24 hours of travel time before we reach destinations such as Europe. Even if we don’t have to put up with screaming babies, reckless toddlers and the gigantic person in the aisle seat over whom we must climb in the middle of a flight to squeeze into the toilets, the journey is never as endearing as the destination.

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Sydney Dubai Long Haul Flight – Seat 69E Entertainment

For the Sydney to Dubai sector of our last European trip, we flew Emirates’ A380 for the first time.

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Tail Camera

Take off is extremely smooth. One second you are on the ground, the next second you are in the air with no feeling of the transition from one to the other.

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Inside the cabin

The A380 is undoubtedly a large bird. Once inside, you get a sense of space but Emirates have configured the cabin so as not to be overpowering in size. It is divided into sections which are more intimate than an endless row of seats. That is as intimate as you can be with 120 people in one section.

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Plenty of room to move around and stretch the legs

An hour into the 14 hour flight to Dubai, Mr G starts a conversation.

“Do you notice anything?” he asks.

“No,” I reply.

“Listen…”

We are speaking in normal voices without having to raise our voices or put mouths to ears to carry a conversation. This is a very quiet plane. There fore you need to be discreet in what you are saying.

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Emirates engines

Quiet is good. There is no engine noise to distract you from sleep unless you are the type who takes comfort in listening to engine noise to let you know that you are flying.

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Retro 80s Music – Powering your Laptop

With more than 1,200 channels on demand, the ICE entertainment system aboard the A380 can keep you occupied for hours. From a selection of recent movies, classics, TV series and music as retro as you’d like to powering your laptop into the armrest of your seat and writing away, there is always something to do. Just be mindful of watching any comedy or your hyena laughter will carry through the entire cabin and start a chain reaction.

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Mood lighting with stars on the ceiling

When your body clock finally gives up, there is always mood lighting and star projections onto the ceiling to lull you into gentle slumber.

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Stairway to heaven

And if you suddenly feel as if you have ascended the stairway to First Class or Business Class heaven, remember, it is just a dream.


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Flight Review: Emirates A380 was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

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  7. Well, you know I’m not really loving those planes so much, but I have to concede this one looks pretty swish. And 80s retro music on tap, they saw me coming!

    • When you live in Australia, unfortunately you don’t have much choice so these big birds are certainly the go. Thought you’d like the reference to the 80s music :)

  8. Looks like a pretty nice ride. I especially like the view from the camera on the tail. Very high tech. And a few hours of 80’s music is never a bad thing. :)

    • The entertainment centre is great and can keep you busy for hours. If only there was free internet with the 80s music ;)

  9. definitely looks like a nice ride. The quiet is a big bonus & the star projections are very sweet. I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to take one, but looking forward to it!

    • It’s a lot of fun being on board, and the cabin crew were exemplary. No hesitation to fly Emirates again, so when you get the chance, it’s well worth it.

  10. That economy class looks pretty spacious – I love the large
    screen seat monitors as well. I’ve yet to fly with Dubai, but now,
    even more than before, am sure I won’t be disappointed.

    • If it is at all possible to love air travel, the A380 is the way to fly. Of course, one dreams of business class and first class travel on long haul flights but for economy, it makes it an enjoyable flight!

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