EMI­RATES

Friday - - Travel -

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.

For more info or to book visit

www.emi­rates.com/ae

Lie back and en­joy top-qual­ity food and en­ter­tain­ment

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