Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seat herringbone configuration

Qatar 787 – 8 Dreamliner business class review

 

An evening take off with a flight time of just under 7 hours.  Read our review about the Qatar 787-8 Dreamliner business class product Qatar from London to Doha. We are eager to compare the Middle Eastern airline to the likes of Emirates and Etihad. We have flown Qatar in economy and it isn’t great. Let’s hope the business class product is much better.

After a disappointing experience in the Aspire Lounge Gatwick North Terminal, we try to get on board the Qatar 787 – 8 business class as soon as possible. Also, we like to try and not get other passengers in our shots. We’ll blur you out for anonymity!

We are also looking forward to the stop in Doha because the Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge is supposed to be their best lounge in the world. 

Quick Index of Qatar 787 – 8 dreamliner Business Class 

                                        

Qatar 787 – 8 dreamliner business class cabin

The business class cabin is relatively small, compared to the likes of the non refurbished Qantas A380 business class cabin. There are only 22 seats. It is arranged in the reverse herringbone configuration. Thank goodness it isn’t like the British Airways ‘honeymoon’ configuration!

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seat herringbone configuration
The herringbone configuration of the 787-8 Dreamliner is good for everyone’s privacy. The seats are in a 1-2-1 arrangement, which means everyone has aisle access.

The configuration is 1-2-1 which is great for solo travellers and couples. Everyone has aisle access, yay!

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seats near the toilet avoid
You probably want to avoid these two seats because they’re close to the toilet. They do however, offer maximum privacy, since they are ‘separated’ from the main cabin by the “bar”.

There are two seats that you probably don’t want. These are located just behind this ‘bar’ ledge area, that seems to us, very strange. These two seats 6E and 6F  are also closest to the toilet, so avoid them. A curtain separates you from the economy class cabin.

The service galley is at the front of the 22 seats so if your’e noise sensitive, you may want to choose a seat towards the back. There are 2 toilets at the back of the cabin.

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seat closest to the front is near the service galley
If you don’t want to hear the clinking of cutlery and clattering of plates, don’t choose a seat near the front! This will be your view.

Qatar uses mood lighting throughout the flight. The changing colours are said to aid relaxation. But they don’t help for taking good food shots!

                                    

The seat and its surrounds on the Qatar 787 – 8 dreamliner business class cabin

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha seat herringbone configuration
The seat on the 787-8 Dreamliner plane from London Gatwick to Doha.

The seats themselves look very comfortable. After take off you get to ‘make your bed’ with the mattress, but, you have to ask for it. On Emirates and Qantas flights we have experienced, the mattress is already on the seat when you board. The curved back however, doesn’t give maximum privacy, but adds a touch of elegance. The window seats ‘lean’ towards the windows so you’re facing away from the aisle and the centre seat passengers. Even if you’re travelling alone and you get a centre seat, you can raise the privacy shield.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat and surrounds
The herringbone configuration means if you want to interact with your neighbour, you can! If not, the privacy screen will provide plenty of non- face time!

The seat controls move you into various positions. They are very well ‘drawn’ and easy to understand.

Underneath the seat control panel, there is an additional storage bin, which contains the noise cancelling headphones.

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha additional storage bin
As you’re looking around your seat lift up the padded storage locker. In here, you’ll find your headphones and enough room for a small bag.

You get an extra bit of elbow room, whichever seat you’re in. Everyone gets a mini storage draw which contains a bottle of water and the noise cancelling headphones.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat and surrounds
Every seat has this extra shelf space. We think Qatar could have used this space more effectively, perhaps a mini bar like Emirates do?

The foot well is somewhat narrow and very tall passengers, may find this a problem.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat and surrounds
For very tall passengers you may find the narrow footwell slightly annoying.

When you pull the table out for eating, if you move your legs to cross or uncross them, you may hit the table with your knees.

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha review table in business class LGW to Doha
The fold out table is spacious, around double the size of an economy class table.

There is an international charging socket underneath the shelf

                                

In flight entertainment

The Oryx entertaiment system is quite comprehensive. The Qatar in flight entertainment system has all the usual options. The latest films and classic films in various languages. You can watch the flight cameras or listen to music. The TV screen doesn’t move which is great or not?

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class review sreen size LGW to Doha
The business class screen is 17 inches and crystal clear. Qatar claim it is the first in the world to operate a dual screen interface which allows you to play a game, whilst watching a film.

You can either touch the screen itself or use a hand held device to select your entertainment.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha hand held IFE controller
The hand held IFE controller is a little small in our opinion.

In our opinion it is a bit too small, the hand held device. We much prefer the tablet you get on the Emirates A380 – 800.

comparing the IFE touch screen tablet you get on an Emirates A380 business class to Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class procuct only1invillage
Sorry Qatar, but we prefer Emirates’ tablet control system for the entertainment options. Emirates provides this in addition to the hand held controller.

The noise cancelling headphones are a nice touch. They are superior to the ones you get in economy class. If it weren’t for the three prong jack, the headphones wouldn’t be given back!

noise cancelling headphones Qatar Airways 787-8 dreamliner business class review LGW to Doha only1invillage
We like the noise cancelling headphones. They make a big difference when you compare them to economy class headphones!

            

The electronics around the seat

The TV controller hides in a compartment to the left  or right of your seat.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat electronicsTHe
The IFE controller is neatly stored near your elbow.

The seat positions allow for a fully flat angled bed. Not all Qatar’s business class seats do. Similar to Emirates, some business class seats are still the old fashioned angled style. Shock, horror, gasp!

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat electronics
Easy to use seat controls. Even if you don’t understand them, it’s just fun pressing every button!

There is a massage facility which is really good, if you like massages.

The charging socket is located underneath the shelf area where the seat controls are. The USB slot is next to the headphones slot.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat
Your universal charger point is located underneath the seat control buttons.

                        

The amenity kits on the Qatar 787- 8 dreamliner business class

We do love a good amenity kit with a toiletries bag you can reuse! The one provided for ladies is orange and filled with Monte Vibiano goodies, an eye mask, some rather fetching matching socks and ear plugs. The bag is from a family owned Italian luxury goods company, called Bric’s.

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha ladies amenity kit
Definitely a keeper! The bright orange bag is sturdy and will be a good reminder of the Qatar Airways 787-8 dreamliner business class flight from London to Doha.

The amenity kit for men is blue. It contains exactly the same toiletries as the amenity kit for ladies. The only difference is the socks and eye mask are a different colour.

As it’s an overnight flight, we are provided with pyjamas and slippers. The pyjamas are not 100 per cent cotton, unfortunately. The black slippers are also a nasty nylon, which will make your feet sweat. Still, the pyjamas and slippers are better than creasing and sleeping in your own clothes. You’re also more inclined to fall asleep after the dinner service.

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha pyjamas only1invillage review
On overnight flights, Qatar add pyjamas to the amenities on board.

                      

The food and beverages on the Qatar 787-8 Dreamliner business class

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha pre flight cocktail and warm nuts
Before take off you are offered some warm nuts and a cocktail. After a disastrous experience in the London Gatwick lounge, we are eager to sit back and sip!

If you have special dietary requirements, like vegetarian or gluten free, this can be ordered on the app beforehand. You can even get a ‘bland’ meal. What would that taste like?!!!

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha seat table setting lantern salt and pepper
What we do love about the Qatar meal service in business class is the little extra touches. The electric lantern and the ever so cute mini salt and pepper grinders, make you feel at home in the skies!

Did we ‘relish sumptuous cuisine designed by the best chefs in the world and savour expertly served exclusive vintages?’ Those are the words from Qatar’s website. In terms of presentation, the food is very good. In terms of taste, we’re sorry to report that there is room for improvement.

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha appetiser beef bresaola and melon
The beef bresaola and melon appetiser is very well presented. However, the beef was turning brown at the bottom. It should be bright red.

The bevarages are not as expensive as Emirates offer either. Notably the wines are of a poorer quality. However, the signature mint and lemon drink is refreshingly delicious and you must order at least two throughout the flight!

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha signature mint and lemon seriously addictive drink
We don’t know what goes into the Qatar signature mint and lemon drink, but, it’s seriously addictive.

The menu selection always reflects the place you’re flying to and from. So, on the flight from England there are traditional English and Arabic options.

The dinner service begins an hour into the flight. After a disappointing selection of food in Qatar’s London Gatwick North Lounge, we are hungry!

It’s appetiser time! The amuse bouche is very well presented. Top marks! It tastes good too.

Qatar 787-8 dreamliner business class lgw to doha food amuse bouche
A very tasty salmon and grapefruit amuse bouche to start the dinner service on the evening flight from London Gatwick to Doha.

For main course the most exciting sounding dish is the beef fillet. Let’s see if Qatar can pull off a medium-rare steak in the air!

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha food main course dinner only1invillage
The beef fillet presents well. Unfortunately it was overcooked and dry. The peas, as you can see are also not green. Too much time in the oven.

Unfortunately the beef was really overcooked. It had a nice flavour, but, it was not gourmet standard. We were offered a chicken alternative, but, we didn’t want white meat. Thumbs down for Qatar’s main course. The flight attendants were eager to hear our feedback, but, will anything be done about it for future customers?

So far two strikes for the appetiser and main course. Can Qatar win back some points with the dessert?

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha dessert
The fresh berries served with almond syrup. The strawberries could have been sweeter. The almond syrup was good.

We choose the healthy option, because how wrong can you go with mixed berries? Even here, attention to detail is lacking. There are still some green parts of the top of the strawberries in the bowl. Overall, a disappointing dinner. It certainly didn’t meet our expectations of the “finest dining in the skies” with “extraordinary cuisine” as the Qatar website suggests.

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha breakfast
The pastries, juice and coffee at breakfast time served just before landing in Doha.

One hour and 20 minutes before landing in Doha, you are offered breakfast. We choose the cooked option, knowing that there will be middle eastern breakfast choices in the Al Mourjan Lounge, when we land. The next flight we take to Singapore on the Qatar Qsuite will also start with breakfast.

                    

The service of the Qatar staff

The staff greet you by name which is a good touch. On this flight the staff are very friendly, but not over friendly. They ask for feedback and are more than happy to take pictures for you.

                    

The Qatar 787 business class toilets

Why didn’t you go to the toilet before?!!! The bathroom, the restroom, the wash closet. Whatever you want to call it, it’s where you do your ‘business’ in the plane. We are sorry to report, the toilets are a bit disappointing as business class toilets go. It is the same size as an economy class toilet. 

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha toilet shot
Qatar Airways 787-8 business class toilet. It’s the same size as in economy class.
Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha toilet amenities
There’s Colgate toothpaste and brushes in the toilets. There’s a bottle of something missing in the toiletries section. Poor show Qatar.

                  

The Qatar 787 -8 dreamliner business class bar

There isn’t one!

Qatar AIrways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha bar ledges
These two ‘ledges’ are essentially the ‘bar’ area on board the Qatar Airways 787-8 business class flight from London to Doha.

Ok there isn’t one as in bar service with a flight attendant mixing you cocktails. You can place some drinks here on this ‘bar ledge’ and congregate if you need to stretch your legs. But, how awkward for the passengers sitting in 6E and 6F! 

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha champagne glasses
After take off the social area is set up. A few bottles of champagne and wine are placed on the bar ledges.
Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha snacks in the common area
Some packaged snacks are arranged in the common area at the back of the business class cabin, next to the exit doors.

Not that we crave alcohol, you understand, we just like comparing on board bars on different airlines! There is only a bar on the A380 Qatar business class product. After take off, some fresh fruit, nuts and a few bottles of alcohol are placed on the “bar” ledges.

Qatar Airways business class 787-8 dreamliner LGW to Doha fresh fruit
A fresh fruit bowl sits next to the champagne glasses to help yourself after take off on the Qatar Airways 787-8 business class flight from London to Doha.                  

                  

Summary of the Qatar 787 -8 dreamliner business class cabin 

Firstly, we like the layout of the cabin. It works really well for everyone, offering privacy to all passengers.

Secondly, the seats are very comfortable and the fully flat position is always welcome.

We love the amenity kits. Good quality and a great souvenir of the flight. 

However, the Qatar 787-8 Dreamliner business class does have some down sides. There’s no real bar on the Dreamliner. Oh well, next time we must fly the Qatar A380. It seems to be an A380 thing! 

The biggest let down is the food quality and taste. Qatar need to up their game on this aspect of the soft product on this particular flight.

Have you flown out of London Gatwick on the Qatar 787-8 dreamliner in business class? Do you agree with our review? Let us know, by submitting a comment.

 

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Qatar Qsuite A350 Business Class

 Qatar Qsuite A350- 1000 business class review

 

This is our most anticipated  flight review yet! The business class Qsuites have really been a game changer for Qatar Airways. The first of its kind to offer first class like suites with extreme privacy. The two middle seats can be joined to make a double bed! Is that encouraging the mile high club????!!!! Wink, wink, nudge, nudge!

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review the bed in the sky business class
Good night or as the pillow says, it’s a good day, whichever way you look at it. The Qsuite bed in the sky is Qatar’s biggest selling point for business class passengers. The blanket is one of the softest and most luxurious we have experienced yet.

Read our review of the 7 hour flight from Doha to Singapore. It’s an early morning start. Well, early for us, 8.30 am. We get on after a quick visit to the Al Mourjan Lounge in Doha

Quick Index of Qatar A350 Business Class Qsuite

                                                                                                                                          

Find out which planes in the Qatar Fleet have the Qsuite

Not all Qatar business class planes are made equally! You are not guaranteed a Qsuite unless you are on the A350-1000. Some of the Boeing 777-200LRs will have Qsuite. Similarly, select Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A350-900s might have Qsuite. We did our research very carefully!

                                                                                                                                          

The Qatar A350 business class cabin

After a sumptuous feast in the Qatar Al Mourjan business class lounge in Doha we reluctantly board the plane. Just joking, any time we board a business class flight, we are pretty excited!

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to SIngapore review cabin configuration
The Qsuite cabin in all its glory on the A350-1000 from Doha to Singapore. There’s a total of 46 seats. Some seats face forwards and some seats face backwards to the nose of the plane.

The configuration of the seats is a glorious 1-2-1. Off to a good start. This is one time where a window seat is great, when travelling alone. From the picture above, you can see that some seats face forwards and some face backwards.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to SIngapore review cabin configuration window seat
The one time a window seat is a good choice is in business class! You get the view and the leg room! Note how C’s passport matches the Qatar colours!

The seats in the centre section that are closer together can make a double bed after take off! That’s what all the fuss is about. A first class experience at a business class price is the selling factor here.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to SIngapore review cabin configuration the qsuite bed
Qatar’s Qsuite bed is made up for you after take off. A true bed in the sky!

Qatar were the first to introduce sliding doors, like in First Class on some airlines. However, these doors are purely visual. They don’t stop the sound of a crying infant from reaching your ears! Whether crying infants should even be allowed in business class is a whole other blog post!

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to SIngapore review cabin features sliding door for privacy
The Qsuite sliding door guarantees privacy from your fellow travellers. However, it doesn’t protect you from snoring passengers or crying infants!

Not only can some Qsuite seats convert to a double bed, but people travelling and actually ‘doing business’ can make a mini conference room of 2 opposite seats facing each other to form a group of 4. Qatar call this the quad set up. Movable panels can be opened up to form a social or business area. How cool is that?! On this particular flight, there were no people ‘doing business’. In fact, the flight was pretty empty, about 14 people in total. Therefore, we don’t have a picture of 4 people opening up the Qsuite dividers to make a conference room. Click here on the Qatar Airways website to see what the ‘conference room’ in the sky looks like.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review conference room on board
The four seats to the right of C, convert to a mini conference room in the sky. Due to the emptiness of the flight, this cannot be shown. But, go to Qatar’s website if you’re really curious to see how it looks. The pink mood lighting isn’t great for taking pictures though!

                                                                                                                                          

The seat and its surrounds on the Qatar A350 business class cabin

Most seats are less than 2 years old. Qatar launched their first Qsuite in June 2017. If you’re on a plane that just got configured with Qsuite, then it could even be new! There’s a total of 46 seats.

When sitting up right for take off, there is a huge amount of legroom. Well that’s what business class is all about!

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review leg room on the foot stool business class
Ready for take off! There’s a huge amount of leg room in the up right position on board the Boeing A350-1000 configured with the Qsuite.

There is ample storage in the overhead lockers/bins and each one is labelled with your closest seat number. Additional storage can be found in the padded ‘armrest’ which contains the noise cancelling headphones and a bottle of water.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review padded arm rest containing head phones and water business class
The padded arm rest can be lowered for extra room when the seat converts into a bed. Pretty clever piece of engineering!
Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review inside the arm rest extra storage business class
Inside the arm rest there is additional storage space. You can easily slip your lap top in for take off and landing. Your noise cancelling headphones are located in here with a bottle of water.
Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review mattress on bed business class
When you’re ready for your snooze, the crew will put the mattress down on your lie flat bed in the sky. Sweet dreams. We personally found the converted beds very comfortable.

                                                                                                                                          

In flight entertainment

Every passenger in business class gets 60 minutes of complimentary wi-fi internet on board. 

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review complimentary 60 mins wi-fi internet on boardbusiness class
Get your social media fix on board the Qsuite for a whole hour!

When you have finished ‘Whats apping’ and uploading Instagram stories to make your friends jealous, there’s plenty to watch and listen to. The screen is huge and has very good resolution. The latest Hollywood, Bollywood and world cinema films are available. In addition, you have TV series, documentaries and more music than you can ever get through. 

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review screen size business class
The screen is 21.5 inches wide. Touchscreen or handset operated. Choose from thousands of entertainment options.

                                                                                                                                          

The electronics around the seat

You can charge your laptop, connect to HDMI and USB ports from your seat. Everything is within easy reach and nothing is hidden or in a hard to reach corner.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review international charger and usb business class
The international charger and USB port are within easy reach of the Qsuite seat. They are at eye level and easy to find.
Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review international charger and headphone jack business class
The headphone jack and your complimentary 60 minutes wi-fi internet are all easy to access from your Qsuite seat.

To control the seat itself there are a variety of self explanatory buttons.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review seat control icons business class
The elegant seat controls will convert your seat into a variety of positions at the touch of a button.

The ‘DND’ button is an acronym for ‘do not disturb’. So much better than sticking a sticker onto your seat in economy class. The Qsuite seat also comes with a massage function which is very effective.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review reading light business class
Need to catch up on some reading? Switch on the reading light for a warm glow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The amenity kits on the Qatar A350 business class

Like the amenity kits from London to Doha, the kits are filled with Castello Monte Vibiano toiletries inside a  Bric’s bag. Bric’s is an Italian luxury travel bags and fashion accessories company. It boasts that all merchandise is made in Italy. On top of that it remains a family company. 

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review ladies' toiletries bag and contents business class
The female toiletries bag is a bright yellow with matching flight socks, ear plugs and eye mask! Stop the lips drying out with a Monte VIbiano lip balm. Keep skin hydrated with a moisturising facial mist and an anti-aging moisturiser.

The bags are definitely classy and ones for keeping for future travels.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review men's toiletries contents business class
For gentlemen, the toiletries are exactly the same as the ladies’ bags. The bag is blue and comes with blue flight socks and matching eye mask (not shown, they’re in the bag). Inside the plastic container are ear plugs.

The Monte Vibiano toiletries are hypoallergenic, paraben free, nickel tested and cruelty free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The food and beverages

It’s breakfast time on the Doha to Singapore flight. The mains to choose from are Arabic, Western or Asian. Having had the Arabic meze in the Al Mourjan Lounge in Doha, we opt for the Asian prawn congee.

What we really like about the Qatar food service is the cute little touches like the mini salt and pepper grinders and the table light.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review breakfast Asian prawn congee business class
The prawn congee with shitake mushrooms, spring onion, ginger and soya sauce. Tasty and authentic.

It’s a short flight from Doha to Singapore, about 7 hours. After catching a few hours of shut-eye it’s feeding time again. There is a choice of light bites ranging from a mixed garden salad, Thai red curry with seafood, spring onion panini with beef fillet or fresh finger sandwiches and scones. If none of that takes your fancy, there’s a snack platter, where you get snack size portions of world cuisines.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review snack platter before landing business class
Sample the world on a platter. From top left: gooseberry crumble with redcurrant confit, sweet and sour chicken kebab, Vietnamese rice paper rolls. Bottom row: mushroom poppers, smoked salmon, seafood tikki. Served with a choice of harissa aioli, pesto mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce. Yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The service of the Qatar staff

Throughout the flight, the crew introduced themselves and asked for feedback on their service. The Qatar staff react with lightning speed to the call button. They are eager to promote the Qsuite and explained the cabin features in detail. The crew offered to take numerous photographs and open up the quad set up. We found the Qatar crew to be very friendly without being over bearing. Top marks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The Qatar A350 business class toilets

Will they be as special as the cabin? Are they big enough to swing a cat in (like in the BA A380 business class)? Is the toilet tissue 3 ply? These burning and very important questions will now be answered!

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review toilet on board business class
It’s an economy class size toilet on board the A350-1000 Qsuite cabin. Amenities available are not as generous as an Emirates A380.

The tissue paper isn’t 3 ply, it’s the same old rough stuff you get in economy. There is a box of disposable razors, toothbrushes and combs in case you come on board unshaven and with bad breath.

Qatar Qsuite A350-1000 Doha to Singapore review soap and lotion business class
The hand wash and lotion are the same brand, Rituals, as in the Al Mourjan Lounge in Doha.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The Qatar A350 business class bar

Unfortunately only the Qatar A380 business class product has the bar. You have to ask yourself, what’s more important the bar or the seats? You can get the bar effect by ordering as many cocktails on demand and glasses of champagne as you can manage!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Summary of the Qatar A350 -1000 business class cabin 

Firstly, we love the layout of the Qsuite cabin. The flexibility of transforming spaces into work and leisure zones for people travelling together is fabulous. Solo travellers are not neglected either, with the best window seat view and privacy screen.

Secondly, the seat comfort in all modes is good. Some people may experience issues with the table when eating. If you’re very tall, your knees may bang against the underside of the table as you cross and uncross your legs.

Thirdly, the Qsuite is modern, clean  and has great electronic features. The mood lighting enhances rest, even though it isn’t ideal for taking photographs.

              

Qatar Qsuites A350 vs Emirates A380 Business Class

How does the Qsuite experience compare to our current favourite business class product, the Emirates A380?

Well, let’s do the scoring!

The first let down for Qatar is the lack of chauffeur service. Getting a complimentary ride to and from the airport is a big plus in our eyes.

Secondly, sorry Qatar, your flagship AL Mourjan lounge in Doha, misses a few points. In terms of food presentation and choice, shower facilities and of course, who can compete with the Moet and Chandon Lounge Emirates has in Dubai?

A plus for Qatar Airways is the larger screen. Size does matter! The Qatar screen (21.5 inches) is 3 inches wider than the Emirates screen (18.5 inches).

The second plus for Qatar Qsuite is the sliding door, which none of the Emirates fleet in business class have.Optimum privacy is guaranteed on the A350-1000 fitted with Qsuite seats.

Emirates win back a point with the food and beverages. The quality and taste of the Emirates dining experience is superior to Qatar’s, notably the choice of premium alcohol, served on board. 

Just for the flight experience, the A350-1000 Qsuite is the better product. However, overall, in our opinion, if you include the lounge and the limo service (pre and post flight experience) we will still pick Emirates A380.

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Qantas A380 Business Class

Qantas A380 business class desperately needs an upgrade

 

Read the highs and lows of the Qantas A380 business class cabin on its journey from Melbourne to Singapore. It’s a non stop flight of just over 7 hours.

Australia’s national carrier gets the Only1invillage review. Flying high  and flat with the white kangaroo because Qantas has an impeccable safety record. Like the character in Rain Man says, “Qantas has never crashed”.

We get to turn left when we board a plane! One of us is already a little light headed after 2 hours in the Qantas international business lounge Melbourne. Is it going to be a g’day or not? Continue reading as we give you all the details of this business class flight.

Quick Index of Qantas A380 Business Class 

                                        

Find out why the Qantas A380 business class desperately needs an upgrade.

The flight from Melbourne to Singapore is scheduled to leave at mid day. An announcement is made that the plane is going to be delayed. When you’re sitting in economy class, expletives start to form. Your eyes meet your fellow passengers and you roll your eyes upwards.

Qantas A380 business class cabin flight review Melbourne to Singapore Only1invillage
On the flight leaving Melbourne, there isn’t any pre flight champagne. We settle for the wine and pretzels.

But, if you’re in business class, you don’t care, because the champagne just keeps on coming! Well actually, there’s no pre flight champagne on the Qantas A380. We settle for wine and pretzels instead. We have sympathy for our fellow economy class passengers. After all, we fly economy too!

Maybe Qantas read our blog, because on a second flight on the A380 from Melbourne to Singapore, champagne was available. Plus other exciting news, the nuts now come in a ceramic bowl!

Qantas A380 Melbourne to SIngapore business class
Thanks Qantas for upgrading the almonds into a bowl! Previously nuts came in a plastic bag, not very business class like. Pre flight champagne is now available too.

                                        

The Qantas A380 business class cabin

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The Qantas A380 business class cabin is a 2-2-2 configuration.

First up, it’s really big. The business class section on the upper deck is split into two parts. The front end is smaller and feels more cosy. There are 18 seats here. We get seats 13 A and 13B. One is a window seat and one is an aisle seat.

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Seats 13A and 13B are a window and aisle seat. The window passenger has no direct aisle access.

The configuration is 2-2-2. If you’re not travelling in a couple or with friends, it can get a bit awkward for the window seat passenger. The window seat passenger has no direct aisle access. Your fellow passenger will have to step over you when you decide to go fully flat!

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Even with the privacy screen on maximum, it’s not that private! On board the Qantas A380 business class cabin.

The service galley separates the mini cabin from a further 24 business class seats. Behind that there are 8 rows of premium economy seats. Finally at the very back of the plane are 2 rows of economy seats.

The front end contains the ‘bar’. We’ll get onto that a bit later!

                                      

The seat and its surrounds on the Qantas A380 business class cabin

The seats themselves are comfortable enough, but, showing their age. The positives are the 180 degree flat bed position and the comfort mattress. Notice that business class seats are not much wider than economy class seats. It’s all about the legroom.

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Qantas A380 business class seats. Not as wide as you might think. But, you’re in it for the legroom! The mattress makes the seat extra comfortable, especially in lie down mode.

There is a huge amount of legroom.

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Flying business class is all about the amount of legroom space. The seat width isn’t that much wider than an economy class seat.
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On board the Qantas A380 business class cabin, there’s plenty of leg room.

The window seat passenger gets an extra piece of stowage space in a side compartment.

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The window seat passenger enjoys handy stowage space. This is in addition to the overhead storage on the Qantas A380.

An additional advantage for the window seat passenger is the extra ‘arm lean’ space. It might make up for the fact that you have to step over your fellow passenger to get to the aisle.

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If you’re stuck in the window seat, you get some extra arm lean room! Plus, you get the view of the clouds. There are some good things about a window seat.

                                      

In flight entertainment

 There is plenty to entertain yourself with. The Qantas in flight entertainment system has all the usual options. The latest films and classic films in various languages. You can watch the flight cameras or listen to music. The TV screen is a bit grainy and small for business class.

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There are plenty of entertainment options on board the Qantas A380 business class cabin.

The noise cancelling headphones are a nice touch. They are superior to the ones you get in economy class. You almost want to take them with you!

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The noise cancelling headphones really do make a difference.

But what’s going on with this controller? Is it a telephone?

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Hello Qantas! Your TV controller needs an upgrade! Is this controller a telephone too?

                                      

The electronics around the seat

The TV controller can hide in a compartment to the left of your seat. The seat can go into many positions. You can have just your feet up, a slight recline or, the fully flat bed. The buttons to change the seat positions are self explanatory. What we love most, is the in seat massage function of the seats. Getting a massage at 39,000 feet, that’s luxury.

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Adjust your seat to 4 different positions at the touch of a button. The Qantas A380 has a lovely massage function built in to the business class seat.

The most disappointing and surprising aspect of the seat electronics is the lack of charging outlets. There are no USB or sockets to charge your devices! What is going on Qantas? That’s a big reason why this fleet of planes needs upgrading. Many airlines in economy have USB charging options under the TV. We are baffled by the lack of electricity available in business class.

On this point, we have to apologise to Qantas. There is a socket and USB charging points on the A380, but they are very difficult to find. On the most recent flight, we only found out the power points after over hearing the flight attendant tell another passenger! They are not in the most obvious location.

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Oops there are power sockets and USB charging slots! Sorry Qantas! However, in our defence, their location is very difficult to find. They are located in front of the middle console that contains the TV.

                                      

The amenity kits on the Qantas A380 business class

We have to say, they’re a bit under whelming. No pyjamas, that’s only for first class passengers. The quality of the toiletries bag isn’t great. It looks a bit cheap and will make a great ‘re-gift’ present for a 5 year old. The Aspar products do smell very good, though.

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The his and hers amenity kits are certainly eye catching. They don’t contain much, however, which is a little disappointing.
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Apart from the eye mask, ear plugs, socks and toothpaste, this is what you get. Mini Aspar toiletries products – hand cream, a face moisturiser and a lip balm.

                                    

The food and beverages

Now if you really want to know what you’re eating, you can pre- select your food online. You go to ‘manage your booking’ on the Qantas website and look for ‘Menu Select’. Personally, we like the surprise, there’s always something you’ll want to eat, when flying business class.

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We are happy to report that the lunch service looks and tastes good on the Qantas A380 business class flight from Melbourne to Singapore.

When you fly business class you expect the food to be restaurant quality. The food should look and taste different to economy class. From the ‘real’ cutlery and crockery, you expect a big difference. The food is definitely better than economy class! One small gripe is the wine and premium alcohol quality.There’s also no cocktail service, unlike on  Emirates business class.

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The Asian inspired appetisers of pork and shiitake mushroom dumplings look and taste good. There is a choice of fresh bread. J opts for sourdough bread.

The menu selection always reflects the place you’re flying from and the destination. So, on the flight from Australia there is a choice of Asian inspired and Modern Australian food. We opt for one of each and share!

The menu selection always reflects the place you're flying from and the destination. So, on the flight from Australia there is a choice of Asian inspired and Modern Australian food. We opt for one of each and share!
The prawn salad is delicious and fresh. The modern Australian menu also includes a third option, of pumpkin soup, but, we can’t fit it in! The chilli and lime salsa on top of the prawns is sublime.

The lunch service begins an hour into the flight. The headphones are on and the latest film is rolling. It’s main course time. There are four options to choose from! There’s a vegetarian polenta with braised greens, mushroom ragout and a salsa verde. The other choice is a Moroccan style beef tagine with chickpeas, roasted sweet potato and coriander yoghurt. As you can see, it’s a difficult choice!

The menu selection always reflects the place you're flying from and the destination. So, on the flight from Australia there is a choice of Asian inspired and Modern Australian food. We opt for one of each and share!
J opts for the seared Humpty Doo (A small town in Northern Australia) barramundi. It comes with a tamarind sauce, gai lan and Jasmine rice. It’s very good and doesn’t have the mud taste that barramundi can sometimes have.
The menu selection always reflects the place you're flying from and the destination. So, on the flight from Australia there is a choice of Asian inspired and Modern Australian food. We opt for one of each and share!
C opts for the roast chicken breast on a potato gratin. It is served on minted peas, with honey roasted carrots and a tarragon eschalot butter. Now, try saying that again, without reading it!
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On another flight there is a Moroccan spiced carrot soup with coriander yoghurt. All starters come with a salad and a choice of bread.
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Qantas ran out of a chicken salad, so C got a seared tuna and eggplant salad from first class, instead! No complaints here!

Ok, Ok, so we eat a lot. Yes, we had a little breakfast in the lounge before the flight, but, you can always make room for dessert! In the interests of a thorough review, it would be unfair not to order something sweet!

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The final act is here. Sweet and savoury delights on board the Qantas A380. The cheeseboard is served with quince paste and a cranberry jelly. The chocolate mousse is topped with sour cherries and toasted almonds. The almonds are missing on our pudding.
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The bread and butter pudding with mascarpone is only just OK to finish the lunch service. We want to speak to the chef please!

Now, just when you think you can’t eat any more. Three hours into the flight, there’s the mid flight snacks. These are also available at the ‘bar’ section at the very front of business class. They are pieces of whole fruit, chocolate bars and bags of crisps/chips. They don’t need a photograph.

Prior to landing, so about 6 hours into the flight comes the last food offerings. There’s a choice of two things, so naturally, we order one of each!

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The prior to landing meals are much better than in economy class. The Cornish pastie and the egg noodles are both very tasty. They get the thumbs up from Only1invillage!
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Beef koftas with chickpea and a cucumber yoghurt dressing. Pre landing snack on the Qantas A380 business class ex Australia.

                                    

The service of the Qantas staff

The staff are friendly, but not over friendly. They don’t seem to have as much time to chat to you about your destination. For example, landing cards are handed out regardless of whether Singapore is your final destination. A more personal touch would have been to ask passengers if they are connecting or not. Outside of meal times, the Qantas staff keep to themselves. 

                                      

The Qantas A380 business class toilets

This is what you have all been waiting for! Here it is, the toilet photo!

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It’s an economy class toilet. The Qantas A380 business class cabin desperately needs a toilet upgrade! There are no toothbrushes or face towels on offer in the toilet.

                                      

The Qantas A380 business class bar

This is the part of the Qantas A380 that needs the urgent upgrade the most. When you see the pictures of the bar, you will understand why. Unlike its competitors Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic and Korean Air, you probably won’t be leaving your business class seat for this bar.

It’s not really a bar and the shape of it, isn’t really enticing. Despite that, you will always get some people using the room behind the curtains!

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This is the Qantas A380 bar! Judge for yourself.
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You collect your own drinks from a separate section of the ‘bar’ and then walk to the seating area of the ‘bar’. We do like the safety belts, in the bright red seats. Safety first Qantas!

                                      

Summary of why the Qantas A380 business class cabin desperately needs an upgrade

Firstly, that bar isn’t enticing. There should be better quality wines on boarding and cocktail options to match competitors. If you compare the area to its competitors, you can see why it doesn’t come close to Emirates or Qatar’s on board bar. See pictures of the Emirates A380 bar here.

Secondly, the seats are starting to sag and could be a little wider. Seating configuration of 2-2-2 vs competitors such as Emirates 1-2-1 means a lot less space. Also it means window passengers need to climb over the person next to them. The privacy screens are too short. The television screens are too small and low quality. The toilets have no amenities.

Good news the overhaul of the A380 started in September 2019. The first upgraded plane flew from London to Singapore in October 2019. We have yet to fly this route. When we do, we’ll let you know! Qantas promises to make the bar area more inviting. 

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This is what Qantas envisions the new bar area to be. Definitely an upgrade from the existing bar on the A380. The refurbishment begins in September 2019.

Qantas has also announced that all seats will have aisle access in business class. They are making their business seats more like Qatar’s ‘business suites’ which are like mini first class areas.

The upgrades are scheduled to finish at the end of 2020. Roll on 2020, we say!

To read about the improvements, Qantas is planning for the A380 fleet, click here.

 

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Emirates A380 business class review Kuala Lumpur to Paris

Emirates a380 business class Kuala Lumpur to Paris

It’s non stop luxury from the business lounge in KL and onto the first A380. A BMW return transfer service to a complimentary hotel in Dubai too. Back in the dazzling and glitzy flagship lounges (there’s 3) in Dubai and onto another A380 to Paris. Come along with us for the ride.

Quick Index of A380 Business Class KL to Paris

                                                                                                  

Getting to KLIA and the Emirates Lounge

You will notice when in Malaysia, that acronyms are everywhere. No one says Kuala Lumpur – it’s KL darling. Unfortunately the Emirates limousine service to the airport isn’t available in KL so you are stuck with a cab, Uber, Grab or train. 

Flying business class on long haul flights makes it that much more bearable! Using the lounge beforehand in Kuala Lumpur is even better. The lounge is pretty empty for the 19.10 departure flight. This is also the best flight in our opinion, because you can leisurely check out at midday from your hotel. Most, if not all hotels in Kuala Lumpur have a midday check out time. So much nicer than European hotels, that sling you out at 10am. You also miss the notorious KL traffic. Sometimes, it takes over 1.5 hours from downtown KL to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). The lounge is actually very impressive check out our full review here.

Stopover, Flight Times and Transit

Emirates flies with 1 stop in Dubai, between Kuala Lumpur and Paris (Charles de Gualle). There are 3 flights daily. Departure times from the Malaysian capital, are, 01:10, 10.15 and 19:10. The flight time is approximately 7.5 hours for each leg of the journey.

Emirates flight times from Kuala Lumpur to Paris
Emirates flies 3 times a day from Kuala Lumpur to the French capital.

The transit time can range from 3.5 hours to 18 hours! If you opt for the longest stopover, in business class, Emirates will provide you with a complimentary hotel stay. This will also include your meals and transfer in Dubai.

Emirates business class long transfer chauffeur Emirates provide all business and first class passengers with a complimentary chauffeur to a hotel in Dubai. Your layover in Dubai has to be over 6 hours to access this.

Emirates use Dubai and Singapore for their stopovers in Asia from Australia and New Zealand. From Kuala Lumpur, you’ll be in  transit in Dubai for between 3.5 hours to overnight. If you choose the overnight stopover/layover option, (anything over 6 hours for business class passengers) Emirates will provide you with a complimentary hotel. Emirates call this their Dubai Connect service. All the meals are included and so is the BMW or Mercedes chauffeured car to and from the hotel.

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Emirates business class stopover in Dubai includes a BMW to and from the complimentary hotel if your stop over is 6 hours or longer.

The hotels Emirates use varies. We stayed in the Roda Hotel. Emirates like to advertise the Copthorne Hotel as standard, but it is at their discretion.

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Emirates business class stopover in Dubai includes a complimentary hotel stay. All meals and transfers to and from the hotel are provided.

                      

You must make use of the stopover in Dubai by using the Moet and Chandon Lounge in Terminal 3. It’s quite unique. When flying business class via Dubai, don’t miss out. See our separate review here for the Dubai Emirates Lounge. Read on to find out what to expect from the Emirates A380  business class flight from Kuala Lumpur to Paris, via Dubai. 

                                                                                                

Here’s the full review of the flight on Emirates A380 business class flight from Kuala Lumpur to Paris

 

After using the very non busy Emirates Lounge in Kuala Lumpur, (See separate review here) we are very relaxed as we board the 7.5 hours flight to Dubai. The personal welcome message ensures you are in the correct seat! Naturally you will have chosen the best seat via the Emirates App, beforehand!

                                                                                

the Emirates  A380 business class cabin

                                                         

The cabin is spacious and private on the upper deck. Nab the window seats if you’re a lone traveller. The window seats offer the most privacy. The middle seats are great for friends. Even if you’re not travelling together, the middle seats are still private enough.

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The cabin configuration on the Emirates A380 is 1 – 2 -1.

The walnut and cream colours are used throughout the cabin. There are a couple of gold bling accents throughout too.  The bar is packed up for take off. It looks modern and funky when the canapes and stuzzichini come out later! You receive your champagne before take off.

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No Emirates business class flight is complete without the pre -flight champagne and nuts.

When you need to sleep, the cabin darkens and you look up to the twinkling stars. Well, not literally, the electric stars on the roof. There is also mood lighting that sends signals to your body to prepare for sleep and waking up. That’s why some of the photos are a strange colour!

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The configuration of the seats is good for both single and couple travellers. The privacy screens in the middle seats are high enough to shut out your fellow traveller, should the need arise! There is no problem getting in or out of every seat. All seats offer easy aisle access.

 

                

the seat and surrounds on Emirates A380 business class

The most important thing about the seat in any business class flight is that it reclines to 180 degrees.  A flat bed makes all the difference. There’s good storage space around you and you won’t inconvenience anyone when accessing your belongings. In business class, ample electrical points for charging various devices comes as standard. You get a personal soft drinks mini bar too. An additional ‘mattress’ for softness is  provided after take off. Your personal tablet is also available for flight information and selecting entertainment.

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Reserve a window seat if you want more privacy on the Emirates A380 business class seats.

The seats are most importantly able to go to a fully flat position. The Emirates 777 -300 ER business class does not do this. Newer 777 – 200LR planes do, however have a lie flat bed. The 180 degrees position allows you to get a full night’s rest. Immediately after take off, Emirates provides you with a ‘mattress’ which makes the seat even more comfortable for sleeping. Even if you don’t want to sleep, the mattress provides an extra layer of comfort.

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A sleeping C awakes from the fully flat lie down bed in business class. Note the happy face after a good rest. Check your plane model carefully as not all Emirates planes have 180 degree positions. Shock horror! Yes, some of the older planes only have angled seats in business class. You have been warned.

There is plenty of space surrounding you. Plenty of stowage space by your feet and the over head locker.

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If you have a window seat you get a deep storage locker.

Some people don’t like the personal storage ‘box’ which is quite deep on your window side if you have a window seat. If you’re in the aisle seats, you have plenty of storage overhead. You’ve got your USB ports and international sockets close at hand too. Your soft drinks mini bar and small items storage shelf are all within easy reach.

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The seat area on the Emirates A380 business class includes your own personal mini bar. Plenty of charging options and your own personal tablet.

So, after the welcome drink and warm nuts, which come in a ceramic bowl, it’s time to look into the amenity bag. Men get a compact, grey rectangular toiletries bag filled with mini sized Bvlgari products. A disposable razor, shaving foam, the plastic toothbrush and those all important sexy flight socks!

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Looking into the mens’ toiletries bag. Bvlgari products, shaving foam and a razor to fight the 5 o’clock shadow. The bag is quite smart and good for re-use.

Ladies get a beige Bvlgari toiletries bag. Plastic brush, compact mirror, toothbrush, eye mask, body lotion and eau de toilette. Not sure the bag is reusable. It’s not as sturdy as the mens’ toiletries bag.

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The ladies’ toiletries bag is filled with mini sized Bvlagri products.

All passengers are provided with noise cancelling headphones. They’re not as good as your BOSE headphones, but 10 times better than the economy class headphones. 

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Your noise cancelling headphones. A lot more padded and comfortable than the economy headphones!

 

                  

Emirates A380 business class In flight Entertainment

The entertainment system for business class passengers comes with a huge 23 inch screen. You can control your entertainment in three ways. You can touch the screen directly, use the handset, like in economy class, or use your personal tablet. There are over 4000 programmes and films. You can catch up on TV boxsets, listen to whole West End or Broadway musicals or watch endless documentaries. The latest films/ movies are a highlight of Emirates’ in flight entertainment. The flight cameras are also quite fascinating. We always leave the personal tablet on flight camera mode. If you’re not asleep, you won’t get bored.

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Your business class screen keeps you entertained for hours if you can’t sleep. Bye bye Dubai….hello Paris!

                                                                        

 Emirates A380 business class service

Business class service is pleasant and friendly. Staff notice when your personal mini bar needs a top up. We do notice that when there are only 20 passengers in business class, the friendliness of the staff increases dramatically. They are attentive, but not in your face. They also seem genuinely happy, particularly the bar staff. Where else do you get to chat and get paid at 40,000 feet? 

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Emirates flight crew are always smiling on the A380 service. Wouldn’t you if you were here?                                                                                                                    

                                                                            

the bar on the Emirates A380 business class

Fancy going to the pub or wine bar? After take off, the staff busy themselves setting up the famous bar at the back of the plane. Here you will find a large screen TV, standing room and seating for about 8 people. Little hors d’ouvres decorate the bar and cocktails are made to order.

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The famous A380 bar on board Emirates planes. Photo courtesy of Rob Young (Flickr)

If you’re a light sleeper, make sure you choose a seat away from the bar. If your flight is carrying an international sports team, things can get quite rowdy! The bar area is like a mini lounge area. You have 2 small seating areas on either side. There are 2 stand up spaces and a dedicated cocktail maker! The on board bar used to be the standout feature of Emirates business class. Now other airlines have jumped on board (no pun intended!!!) Qatar, Etihad, Virgin Atlantic and Korean Air also have on board bars. Maybe we’ll get to try them and write a review.  

                                                                                                

The food and Beverages on Emirates A380 business class

 

The food is good, but not exceptional. Whilst not exactly gourmet in taste, the presentation is solid. It is really hard to get fantastic tasting food when so high up in the air. It still needs to get reheated and this is where the freshness factor loses points. Still, the smoked salmon entree is always a good choice. You can’t go wrong, pulling out some salty fish from the refrigerator!

Your gourmet food is served on fine china crockery by Royal Doulton.  Your cutlery is exclusively designed by Robert Welch! (Just in case you wanted to know). All the salads are crisp and fresh. If you really want to know what you’re going to eat before the flight, you can download the PDF menu here.  J loves looking up the premium wine and liquor section, which you can also see here. The main draw card of all Emirates A380 planes are the bars at the back, where you can mingle with other guests or the staff. Never have your warm nuts and crudites looked so good!

The food on board is presented as a taste sensation of the globe. Flying from Kuala Lumpur you have a choice of Asian or Western starters, mains and desserts. All food is served on a crisp white tablecloth. You have shiny, stainless steel cutlery instead of plastic. If you haven’t pre – ordered a special meal, the staff come around with their phone to log your meal requests. There are also light bites available during the flight. You won’t be going hungry, that’s for sure. 

We opt for the smoked salmon starter. Moist and tasty. Fresh lemon and capers on the top are pleasing to the eye. The little salad has not wilted yet.

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The smoked salmon starter is a great way to start off your dinner on the Emirates A380 business class. It even comes with capers!

For main course, the beef dish is succulent enough. There’s a bit too much sauce and the beef is medium. Like we say, it’s really difficult to get restaurant quality in the air.

The 7.5 hour flies by! (No pun intended)

We’re landing in Dubai and swapping onto another A380. As we opt for the long stopover in Dubai, we use the complimentary hotel service. (See above – Stopover, flight and transit times)

When we get back to the airport for our Paris flight, we make use of the Emirates Dubai lounge before boarding !

Back on board the Emirates A380 to Paris, from Dubai. We settle in to the same comfortable seats and play with the electrics again. Surely that’s the first thing everyone does? The crew is new and are as relaxed and refreshed as we are. We make sure the latest films are showing and calculate how many we can watch before landing. The menu is different and the first difficult choice is what to eat for breakfast.

We choose  the Western English breakfast. The little flower shaped butter is one of those special touches that foodies will appreciate. Cute little salt and pepper shakers add some table elegance. Fresh orange juice is on offer as well as cappuccino or freshly brewed tea. 

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It’s breakfast time! Yoghurt and a refreshing fruit salad. Fresh coffee or cappucino available.

It’s deja vu! We’re on another A380 plane. This time however we bring you a toilet review!     

                                                                                                

the toilet on the Emirates A380 business class

No Only1invillage review is complete without the important toilet pictures! Don’t look in the magnifying mirror. Flying has a terrible habit of enlarging pores and drying out your skin! You’re still breathing the same air as your fellow economy class passengers.

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Erm, we know you have always wanted to see inside the business class toilets!

If you love brushing your teeth, you’ll find extra toothbrushes and Colgate toothpaste in the toilets. Apart from that, there’s not much more to say. It’s got a tap with hot and cold water, face cloths and perfume. It’s not a huge toilet, but how much room do you need? It is slightly bigger than economy class and of course, you have fewer people to share with.

                                                                                                

final thoughts on the Emirates A380 business class KL to Paris

 

The Emirates world wide network is quite big. Partnering with Qantas and part of the One World alliance, you can fly practically anywhere in the globe. If you’re flying with British Airways and at the last minute you get a plane swap for an Emirates A380, this is a good thing. 

On this particular flight, the two A380s are exactly the same. In fact, maybe it is the same plane? The crew changes in Dubai, but the standard of service, food, entertainment etc remains the same. 

A good thing about taking two shorter business class flights is you get to use two separate Emirates lounges in different countries. You get to experience the KL Emirates lounge and the Dubai Emirates Lounge. If you take a longer flight, for example, the Dubai to Melbourne route, which is 15 hours non stop, you only get to use the Dubai lounge.

The on board bar is a definite plus, over other long haul carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Having a bar, brings back that luxurious feel of flying in the good old days when a whole deck was a lounge. We read  that somewhere. Is it the best business class available? Well, you’ll have to decide for yourself.

 

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British Airways a380 business class london to singapore

Only1invillage tells you what to expect on the British airways A380 business class 13 hour flight. From the seat to the service, everything is covered!

13 hours is a long time to spend in the air. Choose carefully which carrier to fly with. A non stop, long haul flight can either be hell or heaven. Thankfully Only1invillage will help you choose. Below, we provide a thorough review. Read on to find out what to expect from the British Airways A380  business class London to Singapore.

So dive right in or skip to what you’re interested in…

                                                          

Summary of the British Airways A380 business class

British Airways A380 business class cabin                                                              

The seat configuration is unique to say the least! BA call it the honeymoon seat. We call it not great if you’re travelling alone! You will fall in love or out of love with these seats.

British Airways a380 business class seat

The seat converts to a 180 degrees  flat bed with foot stool. There is good storage space around the seat for small items. Ample electrics for charging various devices are all within easy reach.

british Airways a380 business class f&B

The food is just OK. It is quite disappointing for a business class product. As always the appetisers are better than the mains. The presentation of the food is good. It’s a shame that the taste doesn’t match up with the presentation. The drink selection is a bit cheap. When you’re in business class, you want to feel like you are buying a premium product. When the wine is mediocre, disappointment starts to creep in. 

British Airways A380 business class service

Pleasant but not overwhelming standard of service. Sometimes it feels like that the cabin crew are hiding. 

 
                                                                                                                                                    

Here’s the full review of the flight on British Airways A380 business class flight from London to Singapore

A 13 hour flight is never something we look forward to. However, flying business class makes it that much more bearable!

Of course there are comparisons to be made with Emirates business class’ A380 service and Emirates Boeing 777-300 planes which Only1invillage has experienced on various routes. BUT Emirates do not fly non stop, from London to Asia.

After refreshing showers in the lounge it’s time to board the 13 hours British Airways business class flight to Singapore, from London Heathrow. We do feel for economy passengers, we have been there too!

Firstly, even though we know the cabin configuration is 2-4-2 , we decide to give C’s home nation carrier a go!

                                                                                                                                                    

the British Airways A380 business class cabin

 

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British Airways’ A380 business class configuration is 2–3- 2.

Secondly the seating is not everyone’s cup of tea. Do you really want to face a stranger for 13 hours? Probably great if you’re travelling together (and you like them!). Not so great if you’re a lone traveller. Of course you can put your privacy screen up, but, it will come down so the cabin crew can serve food and drinks more easily. On the positive side, the window seats have easy aisle access for both passengers.

The seats face each other on the British Airways A380 business class cabin, but there is easy aisle access
The seats face each other on the British Airways A380 business class cabin, but there is easy aisle access.

                                                        

the seat and surrounds on British Airways A380 business class

The seats are a boring grey colour. Neither very comfortable or very uncomfortable. There is plenty of stowage space, where everything you need is within easy grabbing distance. Window seats have an additional deep storage space. See the picture on the right below.

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BA A380 business class seats are a boring grey colour. Not the most aesthetically pleasing. Handy stowage areas around your seat.

Also, there is plenty of leg room and the seat does convert to a fully flat bed, which will be very welcome on the 13 hour flight. We think we will be falling asleep somewhere over the Middle East.

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British Airways A380 business class seat converts to a fully flat bed. Time to put your feet up!

So, after the welcome drink and nuts, which come in their original packet, unlike Emirates, which come in a ceramic bowl. It’s time to look into the amenity bag provided. A couple of Elemis mini sized products, the plastic toothbrush and those all important sexy flight socks! We are not impressed with the drawstring bag that the amenities come with. It looks very cheap and you definitely won’t be reusing it. Similarly, the size of the products given are not generous.

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Inside the amenity kit (photo courtesy of buisnessertraveller.com) on the BA 380 business class.

                                  

the bar on the British Airways A380 business class

The bar on board the British Airways flight, isn’t quite like the Emirates A380 bar. Judge for yourself! Still, if you don’t want the flight crew to think you’re a complete glutton, it’s an easy trip to go and get some in flight exercise and extra nibbles! As you can see, there are a few snacks and pre bottled drinks. No one is mixing you a cocktail here! It’s do-it-yourself on board the BA A380. There’s also no where to socialise on the BA A380. You have to take the drinks and snack back to your seat.

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Well it’s a bar of sorts! Crisps/chips and a few drinks to help yourself in between meals.

                                

The food on british airways A380 business class

The food on board is better presented than in the business class lounge on the ground. A good selection of cuisine from around the world. The salad is crisp and tastes fresh. The tomatoes are juicy and the micro herbs make the appetiser look restaurant quality.

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A good start! The apertiser looks appealing and tastes good.

You get the linen tablecloth and of course, ‘real’ cutlery and ‘real’ plates. By ‘real’ we mean metal cutlery and china crockery. The apetiser is a good start to the meal. Similarly, the main is reasonably tasty. It is always hard to get high quality food in the air, even in business class. The vegetables are a bit on the soft side. That’s what reheating does to your food does at 40,000 feet!

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A main course of beef and ginger served with rice and vegetables.

Continuing on to dessert. A cheesecake and a chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis (aka raspberry blobs as we like to call them!)

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Calorie conscious dessert. Cheesecake AND chocolate mousse!

In addition to the food, of course there is all the alcohol you could ever want. Unfortunately, the wine list isn’t of premium quality. You won’t be testing your sommelier skills out on this BA A380 business class flight.

Moving on to breakfast. C opts for the ‘full English’ cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs. Can’t get more British than that! The orange juice is a bit disappointing because it isn’t freshly squeezed. Not even 100 per cent juice. You can taste concentrated orange juice even 36,000 feet up in the air. 

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A very British breakfast, bacon, sausage and eggs. The ‘full English’ breakfast choice on BA’s A380 business class service from London to Singapore.
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Breakfast is served with fruit salad and a croissant on fine bone china.

              

the toilet on the British Airways A380 business class

No Only1invillage review is complete without the all important toilet pictures!

Even though there was only one toilet, it was huge!

If you bring your cat along, you can swing it around, as the saying goes. If you don’t have your cat with you, you can do some exercise in the spacious toilet. It is the biggest toilet we think you’ll agree.

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That’s a big space! This is just one half of the spacious toilet on the BA A380 business class flight from London to Singapore.
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The other half of the toilet in business class on the A380.

                  

final thoughts on the British Airways A380 business class

Not many airlines fly non stop between London and Singapore. Consequently your choices are limited to British Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and most recently Norwegian Air. However, Norwegian Air’s premium product isn’t really business class standard, given that the seats don’t fully recline.

We like this flight because it is non stop. The seat configuration on the British Airways A380 business class is not for everyone. You may wish to fly Qantas or Singapore Airlines instead, due to this. In addition to this, Qantas is upping its game with an on board lounge on its A380 business class planes. Moreover, Singapore’s newest A380 business class product has centre seats that join together to make one bed! However, you will be paying a higher price for this luxury.

British Airways is a slightly cheaper business class product, given the lack of leather seats and other cabin aesthetics compared to Singapore Airlines business class. Also the amenities are a bit cheap and the food nothing to write home about. In conclusion, if price is your main comparison factor and you need to fly non stop, British Airways A380 business class is a good choice to consider.

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Review Emirates A380 Business Class Dubai to London

Recently only1invillage was fortunate enough to have the pleasure of travelling on the Emirates A380 business class Dubai to London. Check out our thoughts on the amenities and highlights of the trip below.  Maybe you’ll change your mind on which carrier you choose as a result of reading this! Especially relevant when reading this is to note that we are not sponsored in any way by Emirates, even though it seems like it. 

So dive right in or skip to what you’re interested in…

                                                                                                                                                           

sUMMARY

THE SEAT and AMENITIES on the Emirates A380 Business Class

Storage space, pull out large  table/tray suitable for a laptop. Seat controls, 180 degrees flat bed, entertainment screen tablet and non alcoholic mini bar.

THE BAR on the Emirates A380 Business Class

The socialising area of the A380 comes with nibbles and freshly made cocktails. 2 couches and a flat screen TV. Fine wines and spirits.

THE FOOD and BEVERAGES on the Emirates A380 Business Class

Tasty smoked trout and chives served with quality bread for appetiser. Quinoa and roasted cod for main. All served with fine wines, beers and spirits.

THE SERVICE and ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM on the Emirates A380 Business Class

Huge variety of films, TV shows and music, 20MB of free internet on the 23 inch screens. Attentive but  non intrusive service from cabin crew.

  • Only1invillage’s Review of Emirates A380 business Class In more Detail with the EMBARRASING Selfies

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    After a pleasant three hours in the Emirates business lounge in Dubai, Only1invillage is refreshed and relaxed to continue the next flight to London, having flown from Denpasar (Bali) on the B777-300 in business class the night before. 

    See review on the inferior Emirates 777-300  business class flight Bali to Dubai on our blog page.

    The Emirates A380 business class cabin is much fresher and cleaner looking than its 777-300 counterpart.

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    The same soothing wooden, cream and light grey tones abound throughout the spacious cabin.

     

     

     

     

     

                                                                                          

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    Cream, grey and wood are Emirates’ business class’ signature colours.

                                                                                                                                    

  • Seating on the emirates A380 business class dubai to london

    First of all it was a very empty flight with about 20 passengers travelling in business class.

    Originally allocated seat 8G, an aisle seat in the middle section. Had to move after take off as the passengers in front had a baby and they smelled rather strongly of BO!!! (body odour)

    The configuration of seats on the Emirates A380 business class are much better than the ageing Boeing 777-300 Emirates business fleet of planes. The seats are in the 1-2-1 arrangement with good privacy. Any seat is good and you won’t have to climb over anyone to get to that bar!

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    The seats are 1-2-1 in configuration – each middle seat has aisle access which means no climbing over your fellow passenger!

    More on that later! If you’re a privacy freak, you might want the window seats and you’ll also get those precious extra inches of ‘window lean’ space!

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    Window seats on the Emirates A380 are all single, no one next to you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Minibar on the emirates A380 business class dubai to london

Thank goodness the seat itself comes with its own minibar of non alcoholic drinks and two USB chargers. That’s more like it, Emirates!

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Only1invillage enjoys the in seat mini bar on the Emirates A380 business class.

 

 

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2 in seat USB chargers with storage for phone or tablets above the mini bar. Stay powered on during the flight.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  • seat comfort on the emirates a380 business class dubai to london

    There are cool, one touch buttons, to recline, half recline and flat bed controls, within easy reach.

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    One touch buttons to change your seat position in the A380 Emirates business class cabin.

     

    The “mattress” comes out immediately after take off and in our opinion, makes a big difference to sleep comfort as it covers the ‘gap’ between the back rest and the seat when in the fully flat position. This is especially relevant if you are on the heavier side.

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    The comfort “mattress” to make the fully flat bed more comfortable.

     

     

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    Only1invillage is very happy due to the fully flat bed on the Emirates A380 business class product.

     

    There’s plenty of space to store a handbag or laptop bag in the foot area.

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    There’s plenty of storage space under the foot rests to store small bags.

     

Inflight entertainment system on the Emirates A380 business class

The controls for the entertainment system are much newer than the 777-300 and quite the opposite. The TV is sharp and consequently a pleasure to watch. A tablet sized control unit controls the TV and separately shows the flight path while your movie/film is playing.

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Watch the flight path on the adjoining tablet in addition to controlling your entertainment (review Emirates A380 business class Dubai to London)

 

 

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Control your entertainment from a tablet sized device.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Amenities on the Emirates A380 business class

No amenity kits were provided as apparently, they are only given out on flights over 9 hours in duration. Funny that, because on a previous flight in business class on Emirates, from Melbourne to Singapore, an amenity bag was present. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

bathroom on the Emirates A380 business class

In the interests of fair reporting, Only1invillage went to the toilets and was happy to report that although not as big as the British Airways A380 business class toilet, where you could swing a cat and probably a dog too, it wasn’t the same size as in economy class (unlike the 777-300)

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Only1invillage is not sitting on the toilet taking this selfie!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                

the Bar On the Emirates A380 Business Class Dubai to London

At the bar, only1invillage calculates that standing elbow to elbow, there is probably enough room for 8 people and the two couches can cozily seat 3. 

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Before take off the Emirates A380 bar doesn’t look so glamorous (Review Emirates Business Class Dubai to London by onlyi1nvillage)

 

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After take off the cupboards are opened and the Emirates A380 bar is open for business class passengers.

 

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Canapes are placed at strategic locations around the Emirates A380 bar for business class passengers.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                            

the food on the Emirates A380 business class

Back to the seat to eat the main course of roasted cod and quinoa…..

Emirates A380 business class review Dubai to London
Dinner time! Roasted cod and quinoa served with sourdough bread.

 

It was time for dessert. A chocolate mousse. Slightly disappointing in both appearance and taste.

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A disappointing chocolate mousse on the Emirates A380 business class Dubai to London.

 

After watching a few films and snoozing, C woke up with bed head! Quite the opposite hairstyle to a few hours before!

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Is that what sleeping does to your hair on the Emirates A380 business class Dubai to London????

 

                                                                                                                                                                                        

the emirates chauffeur service when flying Emirates business class

A smooth landing into London Gatwick, where the Emirates chauffeur service is waiting after customs. Whisked away to the final destination by a Mercedes van, while relaxing in the comfortable and spacious seats. In as much as we like Singapore Airlines, Emirates pips them at the post by offering the complimentary chauffeur service to business class passengers. While it is a great service, do check though that your destination is on the chauffeur city list.

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A fleet of Mercedes await at London. Got a van instead of a sedan. The Emirates chauffeur service is a slick operation in addition to the perks of flying business class.

 

A fleet of Mercedes await at London. Got a van instead of a sedan. The Emirates chauffeur service is a slick operation in addition to the perks of flying business class

                                                                                                                                                                                    

Final Thoughts on the Emirates A380 business class

In conclusion, good job Emirates! Most of all, we like the pleasant experience which starts in the business class lounge in Dubai and ends with being driven to the final destination after landing in London. Probably the best business class service after landing because of the chauffeur service.

When flying Emirates business class, only1invillage says it is probably best to fly on the A380 where possible, due to the fully flat bed and the good food and wine on board. As a result of all these differences between the two aircraft  noted in our review, we consequently decree the Emirates A380 business class is a far superior product to the Emirates B777-300 business class.

Hope you enjoyed reading only1invillage’s review of the flight from Dubai to London in business class. While you’re here, you might want to read our other reviews relating to business class.

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 Emirates 777-300 business class review flight Denpasar (Bali) to Dubai

Recently only1invillage was lucky enough to travel on the Emirates 777-300 business class Denpasar to Dubai. Check out our thoughts on the amenities , highlights  and low lights of the trip below. 

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    summary

    Recently only1invillage was fortunate enough to travel on the Emirates 777-300 business class Denpasar to Dubai. Check out our thoughts on the amenities, highlights  and low lights of the trip below. 

    It was a very empty flight. Ten people in business class. A departure time of midnight. Flight duration 9 hours.

    The seat does not fully recline! You won’t get a fully flat bed. But, there is an in seat massage facility. However this does not make up for the lack of 180 degree recline. If you get the window seat, you will also have to climb over your fellow passenger. Again, not great! This plane the Boeing 777-300 is clearly the older model.

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Full Review of Emirates 777-300 business class flight EK 399 Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia) to Dubai (UAE)

Before you even get on the plane in Denpasar, you will have come from the the Emirates Lounge in Denpasar Airport which is quite a surprise, but not in a good way! Check out the review Bali Business Class lounge.

The flight will probably be extremely empty with plenty of space.and If you are not happy with your seat, there are options available to move. The lack of passengers is probably due to the late take off time of just after midnight. The total flying time is forecast to be just over nine hours. So time to sit back and relax.

Immediately,  one can see that this  plane is older than some of Emirates other planes. The interior cabin  still has the colours of the Emirates A380 business class, which are cream and walnut wood. The configuration of the cabin is 2-3-2 which is great for people travelling together. It’s not so good if you’re strangers and you like your privacy.

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The cabin configuration is 2-3-2 in the business cabin on the Emirates 777 300.

the seat on the emirates 777-300 business class

Seat 3K is a window seat. The configuration of the plane is not ideal if you’re a lone traveller. The window seat passenger will have to climb over the aisle seat passenger, therefore not very convenient. This is not the case on the A380 business class cabin. Luckily, an empty flight means this won’t be a problem. After take off, you are given a ‘mattress’ to soften the seat. The ‘mattress’ also covers that annoying gap that opens up between the seat and the back rest.

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Window seat 3K, you’ll have to climb over your fellow traveller to exit on the 777-300

There were a few crumbs in the arm rest which, which was disappointing for business class cleanliness. Also the cup holder in the seat divider had coffee stains. Ewwww.

You have various choices for a pre flight drink and you have time to test the workings of the seat, which include in seat massage. The leg room is good for all people under 185cms. The pillow is soft and supportive.

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The pre flight drink and warm nuts. Champagne is of course on offer, but C chooses orange juice.

                                                                                                                            

the electrics on the Emirates 777 -300 business class

The seat itself, is slightly uncomfortable and wearing thin especially on the bottom part, probably due to age. Thank goodness passengers get a “mattress” after take off to soften the seat and to aid sleep.

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 Emirates provide you with this ‘”mattress” immediately after take off, to aid seat comfort.

The space around the seat is limited. There is nowhere to store a laptop or small handbag. There is no USB charger, only an international socket which isn’t very convenient! Luckily, only1invillage has USB adapters in hand luggage!only1invillage emirates business class review 777 300

 No USB charger??? You can only charge one device. B777-300 older electrics on the seats in business class.

The seat does not not fully recline to a 180 degree flat position which is very disappointing. This makes it a bit like AirAsia business class, but this seat is still better.

The entertainment system is showing its age. It is so old in fact, it hasn’t had an upgrade from economy class. The TV is fuzzy and  consequently this means the picture quality is not sharp. While the headphones are reasonably comfortable, they are not however noise cancelling.only1invillage emirates business class review 777 300

That’s an economy class control unit!  Emirates B777-300 EK399 business class entertainment system control.

                                                                                                                            

the amenities on the emirates 777-300 business class

An amenity bag is provided with Bvlgari products which is a good touch. There is a handy little mirror enclosed which only1invillage likes. The rest of the amenities are a bit cheap looking, for example the plastic brush. Men get a slightly different bag, both in design and contents. Inside the bag for men, there is a razor and also eau de toilette instead of parfum. The construction quality of the amenity bag for men is altogether of a higher quality and can be used again. If you run out of toothpaste, you can always get more from the bathroom.only1invillage emirates business class review 777 300 amenities for ladies

Amenities provided for ladies on Emirates business class flight EK399 Denpasar to Dubai. Bvlgari products and a mirror for the ladies.

the toilets on the Emirates 777-300 business class

Upon venturing to the toilets, only1invillage is dismayed to find they are exactly the same as economy class! The only difference is there are amenities such as toothbrushes, hand cream and face cloths. It doesn’t deserve a photograph because we all know what a toilet in economy class looks like! Furthermore, it also smells like it hasn’t had a good clean in a long time. There is also some cheap air freshener placed in a rather awkward place.

                                                                                                                          

the food on the Emirates 777-300 business class

Now onto the food. It is disgraceful for business class. As you would expect, a tablecloth is spread over your tray, metal cutlery and porcelain plates come as standard. This sets an expectation for great food. Unfortunately, nothing is further from the truth. We are very disappointed with the food on this business class flight.

The smoked duck is dry and tasteless and the accompanying salad to start, going limp and browning on the edges. When you read the menu, the taste buds start to get excited. Sadly, after eating it, your expectations have not been met.only1invillage emirates business class review 777 300 food

 Dry and tasteless smoked duck with a wilted salad EK399

The main was slightly better, but nothing to write home about!

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The beef and bok choy main course. Apologies for the green tint. The cabin was in dim mode for dinner.

 

The desert is a disaster, in fact, almost inedible. Billed as an orange frangipane tart, what transpired was a dry, cheap looking cake. Therefore, two bites later it was left to further dry out! Having travelled frequently with Emirates in economy class, there isn’t much difference in the taste on this particular class. 

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Dessert disaster  on flight EK399, a dry, tasteless cake, not a tart!

There isn’t a wide range of herbal teas or decaff options for drinks  making you feel like you’re travelling in economy class. Emirates business class food needs to look and taste like it is special.The non alcoholic options are also limited which is easy to improve on. Overall, severely disappointed with the dinner that this Emirates business class product provided on this flight. The taste and presentation of every dish was more similar to Emirates economy class and not Emirates business class.

The breakfast is better, probably due to fresher and less processed options. Only1invillage chooses granola and yoghurt and cannot comment on the cooked omelette option. One can only guess the quality and edibility.

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 Granola and yoghurt breakfast Emirates 777 300 flight EK399 business class.

                                                                                                                          

final Thoughts on the Emirates 777-300 business class

An ageing plane the Emirates 777-300 business class product is definitely not as good as its A380 counterpart. The whole experience makes you feel not as pampered. Very disappointed with the food and beverages on board this flight. A non fully flat bed is really surprising for Emirates business class. This will make only1invillage think twice before booking a non A380 business class flight with Emirates.

Along  with the awful lounge at Denpasar and no chauffeur service to the airport in Denpasar, Bali, we will try to fly from another Asian city. Chauffeur service and a great business class lounge can be found in Singapore when you fly with Emirates. In conclusion, due to 4 factors, we’ll probably not fly from Denpasar again. The bad food and the economy class toilet are not great business class expereinces. The entertainment quality in addition to a non flat bed means we will probably be avoiding this route and this plane in the future.

Emirates has now suspended its chauffeur service until further notice for all business class passengers.

                                                                                                                          

arrival into dubai from an Emirates business class plane

Arrival into Dubai is a bit of a walk to get to the chauffeur service, so be prepared to walk about 20 minutes.  There are plenty of those walking escalators, which will lessen the steps. It’s still a hike to reach your bag if Dubai is your final destination. However, you will be rewarded with the sight of the Emirates chauffeur service which almost makes the long walk worth it!

If your next flight is over 9 hours away, Emirates kindly provides you with a hotel. This also includes all meals and the transfer from the airport, to the hotel and back again. Consequently, if Dubai is not your final destination, you are still entitled to the chauffeur service due to the layover/ stopover time. So if time is not an issue, this is a good option since you can get a flat bed at the hotel.

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