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Emirates Flight EK405 A380 Business Class Bar

Emirates Business Class Flight EK405 Trip Report

Emirates Business Class EK405  – Trip Report from Melbourne to Singapore

Emirates Flight EK405 from Melbourne to Singapore was a great opportunity for us to cash in some Qantas Frequent Flyer points and enjoy a bit of luxury travel flying Business Class on an Airbus A380.

The Emirates Business Class experience begins with a chauffeured car pick-up service which takes out the hassle of tackling city traffic before a long flight. On arrival at the airport there is a dedicated Emirates Business Class check-in counter so there is little waiting in a queue. Upon check-in you are handed boarding passes, express passes for customs and passes to the Emirates Business Lounge (read full review here). This lounge is definitely worth a visit before the flight to grab a bite to eat and have a nice relaxing drink.

On Board Emirates EK405 – Airbus A380

Business Class in the Airbus A380 is located on the upper deck and has a 1-2-1 layout. The seats are fully lay flat and you will find plenty of storage space for smaller bags, travel wallets, phones etc. next to your seat. The ice entertainment system which comes with i-pad controls has plenty of movies, tv shows, games and music to keep you entertained – although there was not a lot of new release movies like some airlines have.

Once settled in our seats we were quickly served some champagne and provided with our mens and ladies amenity kits. Each seat has its own little mini-bar containing bottled water, juice and soft drinks (not chilled though). Not long after take off, drinks with mixed nuts were served.

Emirates always seem to have fantastic food on all their flights and EK405 was no exception.

You can see the the full menu choices below.

After dinner you can either sit back and relax to enjoy the ice entertainment system or head down the back to the bar on board.

Bar on Board

Our favourite aspect of flying Business aboard the Emirates A380 planes is the bar on board located at the back of Business Class seats. After we had finished eating we ventured down the back to take up a couch and enjoy a few after dinner cocktails.

The friendly flight crew behind the bar are always happy to have a chat and take photos some of you. It’s really interesting to hear some of the stories they have to tell about life as a flight attendant. If you’re still hungry there’s also plenty of bar snacks to nibble on as well.

Summary

We find the Emirates flight EK405 is a great way to redeem our Qantas Frequent Flyer points as we tend to use Singapore as our travel hub. Even though this flight goes onto Dubai, if you do disembark at Singapore you have access to the chauffeured car service. Unfortunately for us we were staying at the Crowne Plaza airport hotel before heading to the Maldives so we didn’t get to take advantage of this extra perk!

Emirates Business Class Lounge in Melbourne, Australia

Emirates Lounge Melbourne Review

Review of the Emirates Business Lounge, Melbourne Airport

In 2016 Emirates Airlines opened a new Emirates Business Lounge in Melbourne Airport, located not too far from the old one in Terminal 2. With growing numbers of passengers due to more A380 services departing Melbourne, this larger new lounge can comfortably seat up to 241 people.

The Emirates Lounge at Melbourne International Airport is located upstairs at terminal 2. Upon entry to the lounge you are greeted by a very helpful staff member who fills you in on any information you need to know regarding your flight. As you then walk through the lounge, the first thing  you notice is the wonderful expansive views across the airport. This is a nice change from the Qantas International Business Lounge which is lacking any sort of view.

There is a main dining area which has both food and drinks. The selection of the food here was extensive and the quality was first-rate in this Emirates Lounge. As we were here for the EK405 flight which left at 18:45, dinner was being served and included lamb cutlets, fresh salmon, chicken schnitzels, roast potatoes, penne pasta as well as curries with rice.

As well as hot foods there was also a selection of salads, dips, cheeses, fruits and a couple of cake choices available for dessert.

With two bars available, one in the main dining area and another off to one side of the lounge – the choices of drinks are very good. Champagne, wines, beers and most spirits are available in both bars as well coffee machines, soft drinks and juices.

Unlike the old lounge there is no business centre in this Emirates Lounge.  There are some computers out in the open of the lounge but without the privacy that the old one had.

We rate this lounge very highly and can’t wait to hopefully take some more Emirates flights in the future to compare it with different Emirates Lounges around the world.

You can read our trip report from our EK405 Melbourne to Singapore flight or our other previous Emirates  Business Class  flights here.

For more information on Emirates Lounges go to www.emirates.com