Travelling in business class is totally a different experience, most important part being the crew treating you as a human being, not just a seat occupying thing ! Sorry about my opinion, sometimes I do see some wonderful hosts, hope they will forgive me 🙂 And I must say, the ground staff of Emirates in Dubai are excellent , they are helpful, sincere and sympathetic as I see while running for the next flight.
I do not believe in spending my hard earned money for buying business class tickets of course ! So, it happened due to some miles or just to attract me for another Emirates flight I do not know. But it happened and I prefer to call it as a gift from “travel god” 🙂 I had a six hour waiting before the next flight to Stockholm which I mostly spent roaming around the airport. Dubai airport is quite big and beautiful with endless stores. Ladies , be careful, all the favourite brands of yours are right in front of your eyes 🙂 I did some window shopping and bought some chocolate dates ,for my boy friend, the special deserts from Dubai. I had a dinner coupon from the airlines as the waiting was long, I went to the Burger King and had a chicken burger with some fries and an apple pie.
Then I tried to rest a bit near the probable gate. But I was afraid to sleep, as I was travelling alone. My flight was around 6 am. Around 3 am, they changed the gate and here passengers of the same flight was sleeping in the seats with long leg rest. I felt little safe as the person by my side spoke with me, who was from Srilanka and travelling to Sweden for study. And finally I fell asleep only woke up by the boarding call. Now, while checking in, they said your seat has been changed to business class, I was curious and happy, but did not really know till then what the extravaganza was ! Later, I came to know they should have also offered me the business lounge, but I did not bother 🙂
It started with a separate line, I felt so bad as the girl taking care of my bag while I was sleeping was standing in the economy queue and I went to the business class/ first class line and checked in before everyone else. As soon as I got my window seat, a lady came to my side. She was happy like a child getting a present in Christmas! She was my co-passenger Katerina. She was upgraded, too .
Katerina was flying from Sydney to Stockholm, and had similar horrible experience in the previous connecting flight like me.
Yes, I forgot to tell that, the Emirates flight which took me Dubai was pathetic, they served cold food, and even smelly !! They served me and my co passenger last, though we were in the middle, they insisted me to take the “Hindu meal”, though I had never ordered that. Horrible” is the perfect word according to the standard of an international flight. So , I was angry and even told them I am not gonna travel in Emirates again! Katerina had the similar experience in her first flight which was again Emirates. Hopefully, now you would understand why I said the introductory line.
Anyway, both of us decided as we have threatened them in our first flights we are not gonna take their flight, so they have offered us the business class. Katerina was extremely happy ,as it was her first travel in business class, just like me.
So, we both were excited to explore the whole business class thing. We clicked few photos of each other. For the first time, I was happy to get so much area for my leg. Frequent travellers know well how difficult it is to accommodate your poor legs in that tiny little space behind the passengers of front seat 😛 Then we had separate place to put our shoes, and the seat can be adjusted like a bed if you wanna sleep … can you believe it ? then we had a big screen almost like a TV, endless numbers of magazines and newspapers, head rest, wider seats, bigger and fluffier pillows, eye cover, socks and a giant blanket 😀
Then the most polite crew on the earth came to us and asked if we wanted some champagne ! Of course, we wanted 😀 After that they served us whatever drink we wanted. I do not usually drink , so I followed Katerina’s direction. We ordered virgin mojito which was not that good, and then some red wine. I like to have red wine while flying, but they serve a little bottle. Here, they served it properly and with a collection of nuts and dry fruits ….OMG .. it happens only in fairy tales 😛
And then they served us breads with seasonal fresh fruit. We ordered some more wine, as you can drink as much as you like.. Katerina and I were watching two different movies and discussing our overwhelming luck in between. We exchanged our phone numbers and promised to be in touch. Then another beautiful crew member came with the lunch menu. I advice Katerina to take sea food biriyani as it was a new dish to her ! I ordered lamb- ribs with baked veggies for me. First came the salad with separate dressings in separate small containers. The some nice breads with the mousse, and finally the ribs. The food was delicious and more than enough in amount. We had some fruit yogurt and chocolates as deserts. I had some sleep in the nice “bed in the sky ” and finally when I woke up, I saw the first glimpse of Sweden through the windows . You can see that in the left side .
Overall, I would say they were successful in their plan, I took my next trip in Emirates flight only. This time I flew in A300 to Paris and it is one flight where you do not need business class. It is the largest flight of Emirates with fine food and quite a space. But that is another story. I would definitely suggest the crew members to be nice and helpful, not only to business class people, but also to the economy class passengers as their airline will fail without the later group. It is economy class from where the main business comes, as there are not many people who fly business class.. So they should remember , Economy class is the determinant of the air-line’s economy 🙂
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