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Review of the new Emirates First Class suite on a Boeing 777-300ER! (Part 2)

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This is the 2nd part of my review of the Emirates First Class suite on a Boeing 777-300ER.

Part 1 of my Emirates First Class Suite review, which ran on Tuesday and which you can find here, talks about how I managed to book this ‘unbookable’ redemption and what it cost.  Today I want to look at the suite.  In part 3 tomorrow I will look at the food and IFE.

You can take a look at the official website for the new suite here.

The new Emirates First Class Suite

I ran a few PR pictures of the suite in Part 1.  Here are a couple more, which give a far better view than my shots ever will.

The project is billed as co-operation with Mercedes, with the suites ‘influenced’ by the design and materials used on the S-Class.

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

It is a 1-1-1 layout, with just six suites in total (there are currently eight seats in First Class on a 777 so, whilst this is a step up, the new suites are not Etihad-style huge).

The trade off for getting all this, apart from having to fly to/from Stansted, is that the Boeing 777 fleet does not have an on-board bar or a shower – you will need to pick an A380 route if you want those.  (For comparison, my review of the Emirates A380 First Class seat and shower from 2017 is here.   Do check out the in-shower action in the video …..)

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

What you can’t do with the new layout is form a double bed with your partner.  If you travel with someone else, you will each be in your individual suites separated by your ‘floor to ceiling’ walls and door ….

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

A reader called Alan sent me this impressive ‘fish eye’ photo that he took when he flew the suite and does a good job of fitting it all in (click to enlarge):

Emirates First Class Suite new with doors

Let’s take a look at some real photos.  This is possibly the coolest thing about the whole set-up (click to enlarge):

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

Look through the windows in the picture above, taken just before takeoff.  You can see the walkway positioned outside the plane.  Except …. this is a MIDDLE suite in the 1-1-1 layout.  The three ‘windows’ are actually three TV screensThere is a camera filming the view from the side of the aircraft and displaying it on fake ‘windows’ in the middle two suites.  There are even blinds on the fake windows as you can see on the right.

It is just so loopy you can’t help but be impressed.  You won’t see anything more bizarre on a mainstream aircraft anytime soon.

My Emirates First Class Suite, 1K

I wasn’t in a middle suite.  I had 1K, right at the front with a real window:

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

This was a MASSIVE mistake.  Directly outside your suite are the crew seats.  There were two crew members sat on these seats for much of the flight.  They talked … and they talked … and they talked.  On and on and on.

There is nothing I don’t know now about their personal lives, the working condition of Emirates crew, what you do if you find a couple getting, ahem, over-excited in one of the suites or the career plans of the two women.  It was very painful to sit through.  Five minutes would have been OK but I had it for literally HOURS during the eight hour flight back.  I was eventually forced to watch some IFE, which I rarely do, just to block out their voices.

There was one other problem about 1K, and about the suites in general, pre departure.  The plane boarded Business and First Class passengers from the front set of doors.  This meant that there was a lot of traffic, much of it curious, by my suite as the Business Class passengers came through.

The seat itself is fairly traditional although you quickly notice that the leather is of the highest quality.

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

Note the iPad sized console which you can use to watch TV if you don’t want to use the huge 32 inch screen in front of you.  It also acts as a video phone if you want to call the crew.

Then it gets a bit odd.  You get binoculars:

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

… your own flower:

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

… and a very eclectic set of toiletries from a brand I didn’t know, Byredo, which wasn’t stuff I actually wanted – facial toner spray?  I’m not sure what happened to the Bulgari amenities promised when the suite was launched (EDIT: comments below suggest the Bulgari amenity kits are still available on overnight flights).

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

The usual selection of snacks:

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

There are no overhead lockers in First Class.  My bag went into this cupboard.

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

There is also a wardrobe by the seat:

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

This shot gives you a better impression of what you see in front of you from the seat.  Note the huge TV, the decoration on the back wall and the mini bar to the side of TV.

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

To the left in the image above is a serving hatch.  It is open in the picture.  If you close the door of your suite, the crew will pass your meal to you through the hatch!

It is all completely bonkers, of course.  Here I am settled in with a glass of Dom Perignon 2009 (a reassuringly expensive £120 per bottle) which was available on free flow throughout the flight:

Review Emirates First Class Suite Boeing 777-300ER London Stansted to Dubai

If you look by the seat, you’ll see that the windows have curtains you can pull across! You have the automatic blinds but Emirates clearly decided that additional curtains added a homely touch.

Emirate First Class Suite in video!

I made a short video of the flight.  This will show you how the door and blinds close, amongst other things!  Luckily it doesn’t include any commentary from the two over-chatty crew members …..

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To be continued ….

In the final part of my review of the Emirates First Class Suite on the Boeing 777-300ER which is here, I will look at the food and drink available.  We’re talking £790 bottles of cognac and £250 bottle of wine – and those are shop prices, not restaurant prices.

You can find out more about the Emirates First Class product on the new 777 fleet on their website here.   There is also an official video on that page.


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Comments (68)

  • AmyFace2018 says:

    Byredo are an exceptionally nice brand that do some really ‘interesting’ perfumes. I certainly wouldn’t be upset to get amenities from them 🙂

  • Alex Sm says:

    Was this great pic with champagne taken by one of those chatty stewardesses?

    • Rob says:

      Was indeed 🙂

      They may be unemployed now. After Jamie moaned about the crew in his recent Qatar review, Qatar asked me for his flight details so they could ‘have a word’. I genuinely didn’t know the details, as it turned out, because he was on holiday.

  • Seat54 says:

    I always sit in 2K and I usually say to the crew that I can hear every word when they sit there and talk, really could do with the curtain to suppress it as on the overnights your woken by the galley noise or talking even with the suite door closed.

    The shoogle of the seat on take off, landing and turbulence is also annoying, all because it slides sideways.

    The sideways slide is to make it into bed mode, but really why does it slam itself into the wall and into the side table for sleeping, there is a bit of a design flaw and they could have added a nice side bench actually allowing the bed to be wider.

    Mercedes are good at car seats but no experience in beds, shame it was not tested out by real people before throwing all the money into it, some minor tweaks would have delivered a far better experience.

    It’s not stopping me though, I’m on it this Sunday, it’s just embarrassing arriving in a dirty grubby terminal at Stansted

    • TB says:

      Got seat 1K booked for tonight’s STN-DXB flight. Be interesting to see how the crew noise is. Got my ear plugs with me given the above feedback 🙂
      Only one other passenger so can always swap seats if needed.
      Interesting thoughts on the side bench!

  • Louise Allen says:

    The bit I’m most pleased to see, in the amenity kit, is a pen! So few airlines include a pen nowadays and that’s what I deem far more useful than some dodgy smelling hand cream.