Let me begin by stating I do not normally fly initially class. This was my first time flying up front! And what much better way to begin than by flying Emirates initially class for my long journey home to Australia.
Flying Emirates First Class
The issue came, nevertheless, when my visa in South Africa ended and I might no longer remain. Theoretically, I could extend my traveler visa in South Africa for three months. However I figured I was just postponing the inevitable. I havent worked since March and theres just so long you can remain sane (and above your credit margin) prior to the walls cave in. It was time to move back to Australia.
As it became increasingly more clear that travel constraints were here to remain, I quickly understood I was out of a job. As a complete time travel writer and photographer, it was time to accept my brief profession break was more long term than I originally believed. However to be truthful, I didnt mind too much. I have actually been taking a trip for 8 years almost complete time, so Im quite enjoying taking prolonged time off.
Flying through the pandemic is something I have actually been nervous about considering that borders started closing in March. At that time, I thought I would wait out the travel restrictions and stay in Cape Town up until things returned to regular. I figured travel restrictions would pass within a couple of months. How incorrect I was!
Booking my flight
The only catch? It was in very first class.
Success! I was flying one-way from Johannesburg to Dubai and later on Dubai to Sydney. I was going house.
I put it down to experience. Key in my charge card digits and held my breath while the page packed.
When I discovered an Emirates flight via Dubai to Sydney, I had actually been looking for a flight for weeks. Prior to that I had actually 2 flights cancelled on me, so I was examining airline company websites daily when this flight popped up.
There are really few flights offered to book because of the flight caps on how many individuals can get in Australia per day. Those that do appear are service class or very first class. Since airline companies need to validate the expense of the flight with higher paying guests, this is. Scheduling this ticket was my finest bet at getting home in 2020.
Onboard my Emirates First Class Flight
My flight was a Boeing 777 with just 8 closed suites in very first class. The very first class section of the plane was full, but I didnt require to fret about social distancing.
Now to my onboard experience.
Due to the fact that of the pandemic, my check-in experience and Johannesburg and pre-flight rituals were fairly uneventful. At the time of writing, Emirates lounges around the world are closed. Nevertheless, the lounge in Dubai is open, which was a welcomed relief given my 20 hour layover!
The onboard welcome
Inside the suite there were also some lotions and potions from Byredo, one of my favourite fragrance brands. For audio on my flatscreen tv there were Bowers & & Wilkins PX noise-canceling earphones ready. There is likewise a complete mini-bar in your seat, not too different from Emirates organization class.
Whenever I fly Emirates I enjoy their service most. And while Ive flown business class a handful of times for work, I was excited to see what would be various about the experience in very first class.
When I boarded the plane I was right away welcomed and used a glass of champagne. Dom Pérignon to be specific! I was also provided a set of pyjamas for each flight (I had two), a bvlgari cosmetics case and a travel health pack for flying throughout the pandemic.
The real action up in very first class is the privacy wall and increased space in your suite.
Food and Beverage On Board
On the second flight, I made time to sample the menu given it was a 13 hour flight through to Sydney. After my glass of bubbles I enjoyed some Arabic mezze and a vegetarian spinach and ricotta ravioli with Neapolitan sauce for dinner. Dessert was a chocolate and mango cheesecake, plus a cheese board to offset lost time (and calories) on the previous flight.
I had two flights to capture from Johannesburg to Dubai and later on Dubai to Sydney. The very first flight was just 8 hours long and in a jetlagged haze, I slept through the entire flight. I awakened as the cabin team were getting ready for landing.
There wasnt a huge different in food offerings between business class and first class. I d state they were both really similar. I did nevertheless observe caviar on the very first class menu, which as a vegetarian was a no for me, however fancy however!
Convenience on Board
The seat in very first class is naturally a fully lie flat bed and a bit more roomy than company class. The major difference I discovered was the lack of overhead lockers, as first class travelers are allowed to keep their baggage inside their suite on the flooring. There is likewise a little closet for each fit with three coat wall mounts, so the stewardess will always use to hang your coat when you board.
There was a small compartment with an Emirates note pad and pen to attend to business on the flight. This was accompanied by the turn up mini-bar by the window. What a reward!
Another addition in the fits is the appeal cabinet filled with Byredo products and a light to clean your skin or use makeup prior to landing. The items consisted of a lip balm, pillow spray, sleep oil, facial mist and a facial wipe.
I believe the most significant different in flying first class is the comfort and personal privacy of the suites. With an electronic closing door, you can truly enjoy total personal privacy on board. This was obviously an invited freedom for flying throughout the pandemic, as I was able to socially distance with ease.
Total: Would I reserve it once again?
, if I had the high-end of picking to fly first class once again I absolutely would.. Because sharing my experience on Instagram a handful of my readers recommended accumulating points is the finest way to do so! As I belong of the Qantas program and Emirates is a codeshare partner, now might be a great time to get serious about accumulating points!
And what much better method to begin than by flying Emirates first class for my long journey home to Australia. Those that do become offered are company class or very first class. My flight was a Boeing 777 with simply 8 closed suites in first class. There wasnt a huge different in food offerings in between service class and first class. The seat in first class is of course a fully lie flat bed and a bit more large than service class.
Dare I state, I am grateful I will not be flying for a while now that I am house in Australia. Ill be holding on to the sweet taste of my first-rate flight for a while to come.