The spacious Emirates A380 Business Class is located on the Upper Deck of the aircraft, spread over two cabins with 58 seats in the primary cabin and a further 18 seats in a more secluded cabin near the rear.
The smaller Business Class cabin offers a more private experience but is located closer to the A380 in-flight lounge.
A true Emirates A380 Business Class window seat, separated from the window by a row of luggage compartments. Seats tend to have access to two to three windows
The mini-bar and side-table of the Emirates Business Class A380 has a two-tiered storage unit for knick-knacks lower section for stored beverages. An Evian water bottle and range of juices are provided complimentary. An up & down sliding grill secures bottles during turbulence.
The side-table features a storage unit for a hand-held tablet.
Cabin crew present guests with juice and champagne on boarding the A380.
Emirates other window-seat option is actually positioned a few feet away from the window, with the side table distancing passengers from direct access to the window.
The new side-table is a fixed unit that stows beneath the side table. Gone is the ‘click to release’ style of old.
Passengers can position themselves closer to the table using the sliding seat adjustment mechanism.
The sidetable has some new illuminated push button seat controls, making it simple to customise seat settings.
In flat-bed position, the seat rests against the foot-well and acts as an extension of the seat, as pictured here and on the following two slides.
The foot-well is now two-tiered, with passengers able to store shows in either compartment. The previous shoe storage box that was hidden beneath a cushion is gone.
The control hub has been revamped and is now home to two USB outlets, a head-phone adapter and a universal-power outlet for charging laptops, tablets, phones or other devices.
There’s also a small reading light and a button that operates the blue light in the mini-bar. An overhead light switch is also available found on the mobile phone/controller unit.
In the centre of the Emirates A380 Business Class cabin, every second features side-by-side seating designed for couples, friends or colleagues travelling together, but a divider activated at the flick of a switch provides a level of privacy (as pictured in the next photo).
The window-seat luggage compartments run the length of the aircraft beneath the window…
and provide ample storage for a small suitcase on rollers….
or a laptop and other personal devices.
The remote control for Emirates’ ‘ice’ in-flight entertainment system is now operated using a touch-screen unit.
ice offers hundreds of entertainment channels to choose from and makes the 13 hour flight to Australia pass in no time at all.
Another enhancement with the product is a new lighter and sleeker tablet device that can also be used to control the IFE.
Emirates’ Business Class amenity kits come complete with Bvlgari products.
The tray-table provides the base for an excellent in-flight work-station. There is ample room for a laptop and other devices.
Lunch options on the flight from Dubai included Venison and forest mushroom stew, Seafood machbous, Red Thai chicken curry or the Reuben sandwich – the latter a menu option borrowed from Emirates’ alliance parter, Qantas.
BEN’s lunch appetiser is a Traditional local Arabic mezze complete with hommous, muhammara, tabouleh, aubergine moussaka, stuffed vine leaves, olives and more.
In BEN’s opinion, Emirates Seafood machbous is a clear winner for aircraft fare. The marinated seafood is immersed in aromatic spices and slow cooked with rice, and garnished with roast pine nuts.
Is it worth the cost of an Emirates Business class ticket?… maybe.
A cheese platter platter rounds off a delish food service.
A mattress provides added comfort when the seat is coverted to a lie-flat bed.
In-seat pockets are gone in the new Emirates A380 Business Class seat design. Instead, a clever return swings from beneath the arm-rest and adds a few extra inches of seating when the seat is configured as a bed (as pictured on the next slide).
In flat-bed mode, the arm rest lowers and a flip-out return adds more seat width.
Lots of choice for breakfast prior to arrival into Sydney.
BEN selects the Pancakes which are served with toffee sauce and mixed berries.