Several months ago I had the pleasure of visiting four countries, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Dubai and England, and all the flights were done on a brand new airplane. Not just any airplane, but the Emirates Airways new A380 Airbus. I normally write about the locales I visit, but having spent more than 20 hours (over four weeks) on this luxury aircraft, I thought it would be interesting to share not the destination, but the manner in which one arrives there.
My annual travels averaged over 50 plus flights a year, and I have become familiar with most airplanes and airlines. It was my first Emirates flight, but certainly not my last. The plane, which seems to hover slowly when landing, was larger than anything I had ever seen. The A380 is three times as long as a Boeing 737. In fact, the tail alone is nearly the same width as the 737’s wingspan. The sight was simply amazing, and when the plane landed, I realized how immense it truly was.
The inside of the craft is unbelievable. When fully outfitted for economy the A380 Airbus can hold more than 800 passengers. This particular plane was divided into First, Business and Economy classes. Needless to say, I was in economy, but sat in the first or second row in the front of the lower level (yes there are two stories).
The economy section is much finer than most airplanes I have travelled on. Adjustable headrests, more space and a sliding base allowing deeper seat recline, meant more comfort for passengers. Each seat features a personal digital widescreen TV with over 2,000 channels of on-demand entertainment. During one flight I did not want to de-plane, as I was enthralled by the entertainment on the 17 inch screen in front of me. An in-seat power supply for laptops, dual port USB and extra-large table, provide a comfortable workspace for pleasure or business.