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Bangkok to Hongkong with Emirates on the A380, First Class
Route : BKK-HKG
Airline: EK (Emirates)
Cabin Class: First
Equipment : Airbus 380-800
Flight Number: EK158
Seat Number: 2K
Date: September 6, 2013
Departure time in Bangkok (DXB): 13:45
Arrival time in Hongkong (HKG): 17:35
Revenue ticket, First Class flight #5
Text and Photography by Arthur Jeciel
Flying with Emirates in first class from Stockholm to Bangkok via Dubai allowed me to appreciate the real beauty of their private suites. But since the aircraft I flew with were Boeing 777s and not an Airbus 380, I missed the most essential part of flying in first class: the Shower Spa.
I knew from the time I booked this flight that at least the Bangkok to Hongkong segment would be operated by an Airbus 380, so you could just imagine my excitement that day.
The day started with a complimentary limousine service from the hotel to the airport. Emirates has entrusted Limousine Express for this service and that day, a very nice lady named Tumu was the one who drove me back to the airport.
Check in counters are divided into three sections: first class and platinum members; business class and gold/silver members; and economy passengers. The line for first class passengers was empty when I came, and as I learned later during the flight, we were only two guys "hopping in" to this flight that originated from Dubai earlier that day.
My boarding pass together with my passport and the premium lane card. Boarding on Gate E8 was 30 minutes delayed due to late arrival of the aircraft from Dubai.
The lovely Airbus 380-800. Couldn't wait to be onboard!
The first class cabin has a total of 14 seats with a 1-2-1 configuration. Since the flight originated from Dubai, there were already 6 passengers on board. Adding the two of us hopping in at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, we were all in all 8 passengers bound for Hongkong that day.
The welcome drink: a glass of Moet & Chandon NV Brut Imperial.
My suite 2K, on the superjumbo.
I did not hesitate posing for a picture at the social area for first class customers, together with the purser, Monique.
The finest dates on board....only for first class passengers.
And of course, the arabic coffee being offered by Kiki, the lovely flight attendant from Thailand who took care of me throughout the flight.
Business Class seats on the Airbus 380
On the way to the First Class and Business Class onboard lounges, I had to pass by the business class cabin so I decided to take some pictures along the way. The cabin looks very nice with the seats turning into fully flat beds when in full recline.
The Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge
Why can't all airlines offer this kind of service?
I have read on their website that most of the A380's offer wifi on board, but apparently, it depends upon the route. Kiki told me that they are not available on Asian routes but rather on European, Australian and US routes.
The Emirates first class amenity kit I got included among others Bulgari items, my favorite brand.
delicately flavoured smoked trout and salmon with Chinese five pepper spice, served with crisp apple and celery salad
The other choice for the appetizer was Lemongrass chicken.
Smoked trout and salmon with five pepper
Braised lamb in rosemary jus
tender pieces of slow cooked lamb dressed with aromatic Rosemary jus, served with sauteed courgette, roast pumpkin and creamy gratin potatoes
The other choices for the main course were: Chicken rogan josh, Stir-fried three flavour prawns and Spiral pasta with fresh tomato.
After having my main course, I decided to skip the desserts and the coffee because I had something more special waiting for me. You guessed it right! The Shower Spa had been prepared by the flight attendant and I was about to take my "Shower in the Sky".
Video of the Business/First Class Lounge and the Shower Spa
The Emirates Shower Spa on the Airbus 380
Welcome to the "Shower Spa"!!
Inside one of the two onboard shower spas, where I took my shower.
The Timeless Spa shower kits...
The classic walnut and marble design...
The bigger of the two onboard shower spas, located on the left side of the aircraft...
Each guest is allotted 5 minutes of water. Just as I was leaving the shower cabin, I looked at the timer and realized I coud have indulged into this extraordinary experience much, much longer. Well, I guess there will be another chance.
Arrival in Hongkong
After less than 3 hours of flying, we landed safely at the Hongkong International Airport, where I was bound to take PAL's evening flight to Manila.
Needless to say, having "shower in the sky" is definitely the best part of flying in first class with Emirates. Of course, all other things were exceptional. The food tasted excellent. The lamb was no doubt the best meal I have ever tasted aboard an aircraft. The service was once again impeccable, very professional and yet friendly. The private suites are unparalleled. I really wished the flight was longer. And the fact that Emirates is the only airline who has an onboard shower spa, I trully believe that this flight deserves a perfect score of 10! Once again, shukran Emirates!