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Flying the A380 with Emirates

A380 Emirates

Airplanes have always intrigued me, so to fly the biggest commercial airliner in the world, the Airbus A380, is an exciting event for me! On my way from Amsterdam to Hong Kong, I flew with Emirates from Amsterdam to Dubai, the first leg of my itinerary.

The A380 is the only airplane with two full-length decks: the lower deck where the economy seats are located and the upper deck for first and business class passengers. That is, Emirates’ A380’s are designed this way.

I was seated in Economy Class on the main deck, in a window seat on the right side of the aircraft. I was quite happy with my seat. 🙂 It was spacious and I had plenty of leg room. When I reclined my seat, the bottom part slid forward a little, adding to my comfort.

My seat in the A380

I had a personal entertainment system, with a large screen and great selection of newly released movies. I ended up watching Impossible, the movie that tells the story of a family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. A very touching movie.

I was pleasantly surprised that my seat came with a electrical socket and USB connection to charge my electrical devices. This is a great feature, especially for long-haul flights. I didn’t have to worry about my devices running out of battery!

Entertainement system A380

The entertainment system also provided three different camera views, one facing down and two facing forward. This is nice if you’re sitting next to the wing and the window view isn’t great.

Camera on A380

Now to the food service. A nice little menu was distributed at the start of the flight, showing the different menu options. The menu looked nice and offered a starter, main course (two options) and desert. I went for the Lamb Biryani. Definitely one of the better meals I’ve had in Economy class.

Food menu A380 Emirates

More and more airlines are installing WIFI services on their airplanes, and Emirates is no exception. It’s provided by OnAir. Instead of buying access for a certain amount of time, you have to purchase a certain amount of data. It was quite expensive, $10 for 30mb. Just about enough for typical smartphone use, checking email, Facebook etc. I ended up buying more to listen to a live radio report of my favorite football team trying to qualify for the Champions League. Unfortunately, they lost :(.

I can only think of one drawback of the A380. Because of the design with two decks, the A380 has a wide fuselage. This means that there is some space between the window seats and the fuselage. One the one hand, this gives you extra space, but the drawback is that it makes it harder to rest your head against it when you want to go to sleep. But, as you can see in the picture below, I still managed to make myself comfortable :).

A380 window seat

All in all I have to say my flight was certainly a very pleasant one, probably the best I’ve had in economy class. Find out more about Emirates or check out the Emirates A380 seat map on Seatguru.

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12 thoughts on “Flying the A380 with Emirates

By Navid Moazzez on 31 August 2013

Hey Jasper,

I love following your adventures around the world, very inspiring and you’re a true lifestyle designer!

Great post about flying the A380, very informative. Can’t wait to go on it now 🙂

Have a great day,

By curtis vowell on 23 January 2014

In regards to the power socket, do you remember if it was a UK power output?

By Amna Ahmed on 13 August 2015

Love your flight story…. its good to share your experience with all.. <3

By Jasper on 26 August 2015

Thanks Amna, glad you like it!

By Prannoy on 27 November 2015

Hi I was wondering did you pay for the meal part extra or it was included in the ticket cost

By Jasper on 28 November 2015

It was included in the ticket price.

By Greg on 15 April 2016

Hi Jasper,
Found your review very informative and covered all the areas that I’m looking for answers about. I’m flying to HK tomorrow on an A380 and now thanks to your review know about the sleeping ‘issues’ and also the entertainment system available. Reassuring being able to read someone else’s experience beforehand. Looking forward to my flight now! 😀

By Jasper on 21 April 2016

Hi Greg, glad you found the article helpful and have a safe flight!

By john on 14 August 2016

Hi Jasper I very nervous passenger sadly. I am taking my ipad with me will the usb port be suffient for me to keep it charged, and can i use the internet on it to keep me from being bored ?

By Jasper on 22 December 2016

Yeah you should be able to charge your iPad!

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