Flying Emirates Business Class With Kids
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER from Melbourne to Singapore
We recently redeemed some Qantas Frequent Flyer points to have our first ever flights aboard Emirates Airlines. Our two boys are now experienced flyers and are at the ages where they’re very well behaved on long flights so we decided to take them Business Class. Some people may frown upon having kids in Business Class, but we always make sure that our boys are immaculately behaved. Plus it’s nice for the kids to indulge and to get spoilt once in a while as well.
Our flight with the kids was aboard an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER from Melbourne to Singapore. As our flight was en-route to Dubai, we were still entitled to the benefit of getting one of the Emirates Chauffeured pick-ups (this is one of the perks of flying with Emirates to Dubai in Business and First Class). Once at the airport, we enjoyed a couple of hours in the Emirates Lounge (read review here). The lounge had enough meal and drink options to keep both our kids very happy and they loved the views across the airport so they could do some plane-watching.
Once we boarded our plane, the kids started getting very excited. The huge, comfy seats and Emirates Ice entertainment system complete with wireless control pads were going to keep them occupied for quite a while. Once we were settled in our seats the crew came around with Champagne for the adults and juices for the kids. We were then all provided with the Emirates Business Amenity Kits (kids received these also).
Once we were up in the air, the crew came around to take food and drink orders for the flight. We had already pre-ordered the kids meals through the manage your booking options on the Emirates website a few days beforehand, so they were already taken care of. Before the meal service begins you can have a choice of drink from the extensive bar menu as well as a serve of mixed nuts. For the adults, the starter consisted of an Arabic-Stye Tomato Soup.
The kids meals consisted of a penne pasta with ice cream for dessert. They were very happy with their meals and said it was the most amazing pasta ever! Our choice for main was also quite delicious, the Lamb Cutlets with green pea mash and grilled vegetables.
For dessert the adults had the chocolate and caramel dome then it was time to turn the seats into lay flat beds and enjoy a quick sleep before arriving in Singapore. Another bonus of flying Business Class is that you get off the plane first and to the customs area before the rest of the economy passengers. With Emirates Business on the Dubai flights you also get the Chauffeured Limousine service when you arrive at your destination and even though we didn’t travel onto Dubai, we did still get use of this service.
Flying Emirates Business Class Without Kids
Emirates Airbus A380 from Melbourne to Auckland
Travelling on an Emirates A380 in Business Class had been on our bucket list for a few years now, but with no plans to travel to Dubai in the near future we thought it would be a while until we got to achieve it. That was until we discovered that the Emirates Dubai to Auckland A380 flight has a stopover in Melbourne. We used some Qantas points for a weekend trip over to Auckland, leaving the kids at home this time.
The Business seats on the A380 are upstairs on the top deck and we both had window seats for this flight (window seats are singles). The seats come with their own little mini bar with water, juice and soft drinks as well as noise cancelling headphones, a pillow, blanket, socks and eyeshades.
This was an early morning flight so only breakfast was served although after take off the amazing A380 Bar was set up at the back of the top deck which has various snacks like muffins, danishes, fruit kebabs, nuts, pretzels, olives and dried fruits which you can help yourself to. Breakfast of choice for us was the Omelette which came with tomatoes, baked beans, sausages and potato. Accompanying the hot dish was a croissant, some fruit and a mango yoghurt.
Once breakfast was over and done with, we headed straight to the A380 bar. This is a great little area where you can socialise with other passengers as well as the crew. The crew on our flight were fantastic and as it was pretty quiet on the business deck, we even got the chance to experience what crew life is like behind the bar.
As the flight from Melbourne to Auckland is a short haul trip, you do not receive the Emirates Amenity kits. In the toilets however you can find dental kits, combs, shaving kits, cotton buds freshener sprays and other amenities to freshen up with. Also on this flight you are not eligible for the Chauffeured transport service as you are not en-route to Dubai.
The Emirates Business Class A380 experience definitely lived up to all our expectations, we only wish it had been a longer flight! Now we have added flying in First Class on an Emirates A380 to our bucket list, so it is back to saving up all our Frequent Flyer points again.
For more information on travelling with Emirates Airlines go to www.emirates.com