So it was my rallying call. I was happy to mention it when I could. It made me feel proud that I could take Emirates, the highly, at least in some circles, airline that was high quality, high everything. I was not sure what I would find. I mean, when we hear about it, it is about people flying in the lap of luxury and well I did not do a Youtube of economy Emirates so I would get what I got, when I got there.
The cabin had like a billion seats. It was a 3, 4 ,3 configuration. Same amount of seats of the 2, 5, 2 configuration that I actually liked when I did not have a kid but now that I have a kid and the kid pays, I prefer the, 3, 4, 3 configuration. It means we get that window row and don’t have to do the awkward dance around some stranger when we have to stretch our legs or take a potty break. Yeah it never becomes comfortable no matter how may times you fly.
So on our way into the airplane, I saw the elegant stairs to the upper level. Its like working in a palace in the front office but being totally barred from entering the main house. So as I told my husband, we would have to make a giant sacrifice to be able to take a plane ride and sit in first class. I said that it will be without the kid.
So back to my intro to Emirates, and lets first start with the selection of movies. There is so much that you cannot even choose. We ate lots of food. The bathrooms were not too scary and they had lower seats and wood paneling. The seats were average, after all, there was like 700 seats to start with so this was not “lay out’ kind of digs. They offered wine at lunch and I think you could get two without question. One for now and one for later. The food was also okay and though we were kind of full and my toddler tried to go on a diet on this flight, I ate what I thought was a decent amount for me–I swiped all the bread and all the cracker and cheese packs, as well as the cereal bars and chocolate treats.
It really helped to take the food with us because it would be a while till we got to our hotel and to a solid food source.
The airline gave my kid a blanket and backpack, as well as a messenger bag and plastic envelop for activities that they put in it. They even came by and did Polaroid shots of my kid and me. Perks like what I got on Tap Air Portugal–messenger bag with cards, a puzzle, socks and eye pads. Yes the photos was a nice touch.
Now for what I am calling “alternative thoughts/facts.”
Not on time-sitting there (we left late, though we reach in time in Italy)
Muffin drop-this was bizarre. The hostess dropped the muffing open side up and proceeded to give the little girl (like the girl would not make a fuss and since the parent was a little bit away) the muffins, saying it did not fall face down, so its okay. WHAATTTHE FFF. I mean if the candy bar fell on the floor, I may shriek and wipe off the package, but the muffin hit the floor where people walk, from outside, from in the bathroom, from wherever.
Wine glass dirty gloves-so a woman went to give me a new wine glass using her gloves that she had been using to pick up dirty cups——I was crying on the inside.
Entertainment system like but not like China air or Korean air–at one time it was not even on, and no explanation. There was literally code on my screen for like 1-2 hours, so I just went to sleep and then ready my magazine.
People are not caring-that is just the people flying on the plane. They speak at high levels, play musical chairs, stand in the galley area and speak at not cool levels and also cough onto you. Did they not know that we have a big flu problem here in the US this season!
Also, someone put bags in the toilet, yes the barf bags and that person left a bunch hanging around. I admit I am not the bathroom genie either like when I put too much toilet paper and well it fills up but does go down right away and part of me hopes to get as far away from it as possible so if it erupts I can be innocent. (never on a plane as it is a suck thing and uses like a teaspoon of water.) I mean if there was someone around I would most likely complain. On a plane I know that the air hostesses check the stalls everyone once in a while so at some point the toilet would be useful.
Other than those things, it was a decent flight. On a scale of one to ten, I would say a 6.5. 2 points for all the craziness that occurred under the radar. If they want to be tops, they cannot be sloppy and uncaring and should do more than keep up appearances.