The cost A return flight from Dubai to New York typically costs from Dh21,095.
The perks Emirates is a frequent winner of the world’s best airline. It was the introduction of the A380 – in 2008 – that promoted Emirates to the world stage, and since then it has deployed more super-jumbos than any other airline, with 57 in its fleet. The plane’s business class – located on the upper deck – is virtually unrivalled by any other carrier. The seats are roomy and their herringbone layout offers privacy for individual travellers, while the dual seats in the centre of the cabin prove popular with those travelling with a spouse. At night you’ll be offered a mattress to put atop your lie-flat seat for extra comfort. The Bvlgari amenity kits offer everything from a toothbrush to handkerchief and perfume. You also have the choice of 2,000 of the latest movies and must-see TV shows, on demand and in multiple languages on your personal video screen. There’s the chance to watch live television news on certain routes. If you have work to do you can send emails or upload your latest blog post via the in-seat power socket for your iPad. Dine on world cuisines presented on Royal Doulton bone china plates with exclusive Robert Welch cutlery. On the ground, the business lounge at DXB is amongst the largest in the world and offers passengers a retreat, as well as the chance to grab a quick bite from the buffet or order à la carte. There’s also the offer of a free chauffeur service to collect you from home or work and whisk you to the door of the terminal.
The drawback The single seats are often pre-selected by passengers who book early, and while the centre seats are great for those travelling with a partner, if you’re on your own you could find yourself stuck in – for businessclass standards – pretty close proximity, even with the screen, to the person next to you, however you’ll probably become too absorbed in the experience to care.
The verdict A truly first-class experience at business-class prices.
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