First time experience in first class with Emirates - day time or night time?

By twilsoncrow | Nov 29, 2017, 03:37 PM
Hoping to book Dubai to Sydney first class with Emirates and it will be our first time (and most likely the last) time we will get to travel FC.
Want to experience it all. Would love to hear recommendations if daytime flight or night time flight will give us the best experience. Thanks
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By ChrisCh | Nov 29, 2017, 04:17 PM
Well, on a night time flight you'd spend a good chunk of that sleeping, whereas on a daytime flight you'd be awake to enjoy all the extras like the shower, the bar, the Champagne (usually Dom Perignon), the food... sure, take a nap if you're sleepy, but if it's the one and only time you'll fly first class, I'd vote for a daytime flight.

(After all, if you just want to sleep and not much else, you may as well just fly business class!)
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By twilsoncrow | Nov 29, 2017, 04:28 PM
Well, on a night time flight you'd spend a good chunk of that sleeping, whereas on a daytime flight you'd be awake to enjoy all the extras like the shower, the bar, the Champagne (usually Dom Perignon), the food... sure, take a nap if you're sleepy, but if it's the one and only time you'll fly first class, I'd vote for a daytime flight.

(After all, if you just want to sleep and not much else, you may as well just fly business class!)
Thanks just relooked at the times We would leave Dubai at 840pm and arrive Sydney 430pm so that has a bit of both night and daytime.

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By watson374 | Nov 29, 2017, 04:33 PM
Your suggested flight time would work well: you'd be able to (in sequence) have food and champagne, sleep a while, wake up and watch a film with a snack and some more champagne, have your shower, have some more champagne over another film, and enjoy a pre-landing snack with even more champagne.

Good call.
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By aavw | Nov 30, 2017, 03:27 PM
I concur that it's a good flight time. A few other tips that may be useful:

  • use the chauffeur service both ends;
  • make the most of the F lounge in Dubai - massage, shoe shine, dining etc. It's a nice place to while away a couple of hours if you've got them spare, or do some work.
  • one of the best aspects of EK F is the food and drink. Order as much as you like, whenever you like. Don't be shy. The wine lists are brilliant, even by F standards. Dom after takeoff is fantastic, there's often, but sadly less frequently, Hennessy Paradis (RRP ~USD750 per bottle) at the bar (but they will bring it to you too if you ask), and the other wines are exceptional (I recently had d'Yquem with dessert, for example). If you like a wine, ask for a carafe to keep at your seat; and
  • the shower is neat, and a nice novelty. If F is full (unlikely) book it asap once you're on the plane. I prefer showering just before landing, so booking early ensures I get the slot I'm after.

Most importantly, enjoy it; it's a brilliant experience. I suspect that once you've tried it, you'll be back for more. Let us know how it goes.

Last edited by aavw at Nov 30, 2017, 03.46 PM.
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By declanr | Nov 30, 2017, 08:59 PM
I had the best sushi ever at the Dubai Emirates first class lounge!
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By tonyw | Dec 01, 2017, 04:32 PM
join a frequent flyer! you might get a taste for the lounges
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By gazza48 | Dec 01, 2017, 04:37 PM
Did Fcl from Zurich to Melbourne via DXB last year just because once in my life I wanted to experience it. Used FF points. It was a night flight from ZRH so a bit wasted although they served 1968 Don Perignon which was nice...only had one glass though as not a big drinker! The second leg was mainly a daytime flight and because of very bad turbulence and seat belt sign on for 9 of the hours it was a bit of a waste as could not go back to the lounge etc. Did get to book the shower for a good time before arriving in MEL and have to say it was worth it! Still for the amount of points we burnt, J has basically everything F had other than the shower and maybe alcohol selection. Of course if you are not paying then most definitely the way to go!lol
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By Kentown45 | Dec 01, 2017, 11:49 PM
The Majority of Flights into Australia arrive early morning and yet unlike the much maligned London Heathrow there are no Arrival Lounges. I understand that Heathrow has more Airline Arrivals Lounges than the Remainder of the World Combined. Come on Aussie Come On.
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By Russjking | Dec 02, 2017, 02:13 AM
You'll have a long flight of 14hr so really, you get both day and night.
Personally, for any airline, I go First at night for the better bed and so better sleep, but for day time flights Business is fine.
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By BatteryBen | Dec 08, 2017, 03:11 PM
The Majority of Flights into Australia arrive early morning and yet unlike the much maligned London Heathrow there are no Arrival Lounges. I understand that Heathrow has more Airline Arrivals Lounges than the Remainder of the World Combined. Come on Aussie Come On.

If you're in First you can use the lounge on arrival. Just show your boarding pass.
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