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OMG... Emirates New First Class Suites, the world's best First Class cabin

OMG... Emirates New First Class Suites, the world's best First Class cabin

Old Feb 21, 18, 9:17 pm
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OMG... Emirates New First Class Suites, the world's best First Class cabin

When Emirates announced their new First Class suites last fall, they did so with much fanfare and hype touting it as a "game changer". It is indeed that and more. This is the most incredible First Class cabin in the skies. Unfortunately, New First Suites are currently only on two routes to and from Dubai... Brussels and Geneva. With a planned ex-Cairo mileage this month, I tried to find the most reasonably priced option to anywhere close to Cairo and decided on Amman and BRU-DXB-AMM. After arriving on Lufthansa earlier in the day and spending three hours in two mediocre BRU lounges, fellow Flyertalker batmandds and I headed to our gate at T-50.





Brussels BRU to Dubai DXB
Emirates EK 184
777-300ER
2:35pm-12:30am +1
February 18, 2018
Departed 6/6
Suite 1E and then 2A

The wait seemed like an eternity, but 15 minutes after we arrived at the gate, boarding was announced.





OMG. This is gorgeous. Simply spectacular.







Service was marvelous today, starting with a little Dom.





The two inside suites have simulated windows with a live HD feed of the outside of the plane as if you were actually in a window suite. But incredibly, the view seems even better than the real view.



The HDTV screen in each suite is bigger than anything I've seen on any other plane. And with twin minibars flanking the screen.









The suite is incredibly spacious and well designed, with a luggage closet...



... and wardrobe closet with pocket shelves for binoculars, headset and inflight magazines and entertainment guide.



Talk about legroom!



The view from my inside "window".





There are multiple contol panels in each suite. This one controls lighting, color palette and temperature. It even tells you if the lavs are vacant or occupied. Each suite has multiple air vents allowing you to control the temperature and air flow in your suite.



And an array of lights and lighting intensity options...



... ceiling lights...



... and floor lights. Even the color of lights. More on that later.







We had the First Class cabin to ourselves for 20 minutes before a family of 4 arrived. While the novelty of the inside suite seemed cool when I selected 1E, I was happy to accomodate the family by moving to 2A so dad in 1A could communicate with his young daughter in 1E.











No old fashioned call button. You can voice call or video call your flight attendants, even though they are less than 20 feet away.









You can contol the color decor in your suite at the touch of a button. This is more dramatic at night are you'll see later.



















Still at the gate, the traditional pre-departure dates and Arabic coffee.















One of the three air vents in each suite.



The entertainment controller at your fingertips. For the best IFE system in the skies.





Ready to go, the HD video feed of our short taxi out for take off.










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Old Feb 21, 18, 11:30 pm
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Looks like an amazing experience, SFO777. Those simulated windows are pretty cool. I could just imagine being able to customize them to make you seem like you're flying over Mount Everest or into outer space!

You'll have to leave room for dessert next time too.
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Wow! So even better than AF F?? Very impressive.
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Old Feb 22, 18, 1:47 am
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Do the inside suites get binoculars as well
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Very nice! Will you be flying the new Suites on SQ anytime soon? Keen to hear your new top 5
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Thanks SFO777

Looks very nice indeed - much classier look to it.

Now most important: is the beverage compartment chilled ! ��
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Indeed interesting product but I will wait since I can fly it from my home-airport.....
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Originally Posted by Flavio1990 View Post
Do the inside suites get binoculars as well
When I read about storage space for your binoculars I was like ??????
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Old Feb 22, 18, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by DanielW View Post
Looks like an amazing experience, SFO777. Those simulated windows are pretty cool. I could just imagine being able to customize them to make you seem like you're flying over Mount Everest or into outer space!
You'll have to leave room for dessert next time too.
Thanks very much DanielW. Customized scenery would be amazing! How did EK miss that one.

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Wow! So even better than AF F?? Very impressive.
Thank you gaobest. Yes, the hard product is better than AF and everyone else. Overall including ground service, I'd still give AF the nod but the gap is narrowing. But EK will need to do a lot better than just a handful of new First planes.

Originally Posted by Flavio1990 View Post
Do the inside suites get binoculars as well
LOL. No binoculars for the inside suites, although there is a compartment for them in the closer.

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Very nice! Will you be flying the new Suites on SQ anytime soon? Keen to hear your new top 5
Thank you sl00001. Yes, I've got SYD-SIN in June, connecting to 30+ hours of Air France La Première from SIN-CDG-LAX.

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. Thanks thibderoc.

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Thanks SFO777
Looks very nice indeed - much classier look to it.
Now most important: is the beverage compartment chilled ! ��
Thanks very much Braniff. Good question on the mini bar temp. I don't believe it was chilled as the Evian I looked was not cold just coolish.

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Indeed interesting product but I will wait since I can fly it from my home-airport.....
Thank you offerendum. Unfortunately, the just aren't rolling out much service. I believe they announced MUC for later this year, if that helps.

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When I read about storage space for your binoculars I was like ??????
Yep, storage space for the binoculars. LOL. Thanks roadwarrier.
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It does look amazing SFO777 and thanks for the report - as ever you describe the product so well.

I'll have to try it one day but SQs new suite is one I really want to try first. I agree that the AF all round product is still hard to beat, I find the hard onboard product just so refined and relaxing. I'm afraid I'd be too distracted on this one
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I should have known you'd be the first amongst us to review this fine product, SFO777, and that's a good thing. What a great collection of photos documenting the trip. I should imagine this is one trip Mrs. SFO777 is sorry she missed.
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Wow! Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks so much for sharing....one of these days!
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MrsSFO777 is missing out on this wonderful journey. Beautiful suite and the food looks delicious.
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