The New Emirates Business Class

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  1. MAX_1

    MAX_1 Member

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    Reveived this email yesteday.

    "Emirates Business Class passengers flying from Brisbane will now be the first in Australia to experience one of the most advanced aircraft in the skies, the new Emirates Boeing 777-300ER.
    With fully lie-flat massage seats and Emirates’ award-winning information, communication and entertainment system (ice), a new level in luxury travel has arrived.
    Find out why Emirates Business Class is all about you.
    • Complimentary Chauffeur-drive to and from the airport*
    • Fast track check-in and additional baggage allowance
    • Access to the exclusive Emirates Lounge
    • Gourmet menus designed by world renowned chefs
    • Over 600 channels of on-demand entertainment on your own
      19-inch digital screen**
    And from March, direct access^ to the boarding gate of your aircraft straight from the luxury of the Emirates Lounge."
     
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  2. Travel Guru

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    Strange they would offer this to Brisbane first, though being a QLDer i'm not complaining.

    TG
     
  3. Wunala Dreaming

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    Hi Travel Guru

    This doesn't come as a surprise nor is it that strange.

    For many years EK has flown 777-300s to Brisbane with a substandard product on our once daily service.

    It comes as no shock that they have recently introduced 777-300ER equipment with a very high standard of product on board (lie flat in J, fully flat in F and the new Weber seats in Y).

    Brisbane is one of EK's highest yielding flights in the network, mostly due to the large amount of lucrative traffic from the Middle East to the Gold Coast and Brisbane, and the ever increasing amount of Business and high end leisure traffic ex-Brisbane. You can read interviews with EK's [SIZE=-1]Stephen Pearse to find out more about what a success BNE flights are.[/SIZE]

    Emirates' new lounge opens in March at Brisbane International and will be the best lounge outside Dubai. It will have direct access to the aircraft as noted and will be a class above the current lounge.

    From October, as you will know, Emirates will introduce our first ever nonstop service between Brisbane and Dubai with A340-500s. From October onwards, Brisbane will have the best product offering in Australia with 777-300ERs (New F/J/Y) and the A340-500 with Suites in F and lie-flat seats in J (MEL gets 773s and SYD 77Ws with the older product on their second daily flights). From 2009, Brisbane will also start seeing EK A380s operating the nonstop service, which is something to look forward to.

    So in summary, Brisbane has long been serviced with substandard product, so it makes sense to upgrade the product here first, before SYD/MEL (which already have a high standard product on at least one of their flights).

    Cheers
     
  4. aus_flyer

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    Would be nice if the chauffeur services are offered for flights to AKL!
     
  5. Keith009

    Keith009 Established Member

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    The chauffeur service is already offered on transtasman services.
     


  6. serfty

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    I hear the MEL Emirates Lounge (adjacent to the Qantas First Lounge) is also of a really high standard. It was opened in November 2006 just before the "Emirates Melbourne Cup".
     
  7. simongr

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    This is great news for my parents who are travelling on EK DXB-BNE at Christmas. They are in J and my sister and her bot are in whY (he is only 2 so doesnt need the legroom ;)) so not only will have a decent flight but lounge access for them at least on the way home :)

    They have been fans of EK for a long time. The direct mid-east to SYD flights (although full 2 days after going on sale for Xmas flights) are the main selling point.
     
  8. TonyB

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    What about for a PER-DXB trip in J? I am trying to decide between SQ or EK, is there any noticable difference between the two?
     
  9. spiggy_topes

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    Strewth - this is amazing. Emirates' service from Dubai to Brisbane in F was slightly underwhelming (seats that don't lie flat, being woken to get off in Singapore) but given the paucity of other F flights from Brisbane there wasn't much option.

    A non-stop flight J flight from Brisbane to Dubai with a decent flat bed will be an absolute no-brainer, especially given the onward connections that Emirates offers to destinations in the UK outside the south-east.

    Qantas - watch out!
     
  10. Mox_Fulder

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    Hi all

    Was wondering if anybody has taken a recent Emirates J flight from BNE to DXB ? I noticed they are using the Airbus A340-500 and wondering if they have the recliner seats which Seatguru is suggesting or are they the sleeper/lie-flat seats as mentioned above ?

    I certainly hope its not the recliners...

    Cheers
     
  11. Dave Noble

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    I believe that the 777 BNE-DXB ( via SIN ) has the lie flat seats whilst the 345 has the recliners

    If you go to http://www.emirates.com/cy/English/flying/service_finder/service_finder.aspx and put your date of travel in, it will give you details on the offering
     
  12. Mox_Fulder

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    #12 Mox_Fulder, May 2, 2010
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    Luxurious private suites in First Class, deeply reclining comfort in Business Class and plenty of room to relax in Economy

    Thanks Dave..
    Hmmm...'deeply reclining comfort'...me thinks it means reclining....oh well....
     
  13. docjames

    docjames Senior Member

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    Riiiiggggghhhhtttt, plenty of room. :lol::lol::lol::evil::evil::rolleyes:
     
  14. notzac

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    Most of the B773 and A345 seatmaps on seatguru.com have EK Y pegged at 33" - 34" seat pitch -- so comparatively, yes, they've got plenty of room. ;)
     
  15. serfty

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    What about laterally?

    EK 777's are 10 across in WHY (3x4x3) with a 17" width. Qantas 744 are wider.
     
  16. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    with EK's 345s being 17.5" wide with 33" pitch vs 17.2" wide and 31" pitch on QF
    Even 17" and 34" seems better to me than 17.2" and 31"

    0.2" is a pretty minimal difference width wise
     
  17. serfty

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    Why do you think I only referred to the 777 ;) :p

    Of course, I could have mentioned the 18" width on their 388's (Qantas employ 18.1").
     
  18. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Even with the 777 it is less than a quarter of an inch wider but with 3" more pitch

    and then the EK comparison of 18" and 32" would have applied which is still slightly better than 18/31
     
  19. maggies1

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    I noticed this morning that Emirates has removed business class from the chauffeur transfer for passengers between Australia and NZ only fares.:(
    Only first class passengers are entitled to this service now. Passengers travelling onward from Australian ports with Emirates after a stop over can still use the service.

    Maggies1
     
  20. futaris

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