THE SEAT First and business class on Emirates’ A380 are located on the upper deck – turn left for first and right for business. There are 76 business seats across two cabins, in an alternating 1-2-1 layout that gives everyone direct aisle access. Window seats are A and K, aisle seats are B, D, G and J, and middle seats are E and F. Rows are numbered six to 21 – there is no row 13 – and then 22 to 26. Six and eight have aisle seats, seven and nine have window/middle seats, and so on. (For a seat plan, click here.) I was in window seat 9A. Behind row 26 is a lounge with a manned semi-circular bar, curving sofas on either side, a flatscreen TV, standing room and snacks such as nuts, tortilla chips and cocktail sandwiches.
As you would expect, Emirates’ A380 seat is its most advanced and luxurious, in a fixed shell design with a seat surround to the right or left housing a range of features. The seat is upholstered in light grey leather with a brown and blue patterned fabric down the middle, and dark grey leather armrests. It meets with a footstool in front (built into the surround of the seat ahead) to recline to a fully-flat bed. Above that is a magazine rack, a 10-inch touchscreen in-flight entertainment (IFE) screen, an IFE control, in-seat power and two USB ports. A table folds out of the seat surround. The surround itself has a tabletop big enough to place your laptop on while you are eating, or your food tray if you have finished eating and want to get on with work. There is also a removable panel that you can use to control the IFE, the seat and the privacy screen.
There are three presets for the seat – upright, lounge and bed – and you can adjust the headrest, footrest and lumbar support. You can also save your preferred setting. There is a range of massage functions too. The seat surround also has a minibar with still and sparkling water, tomato juice, coke and lemonade, a couple of small storage spaces (one had a pack with socks and an eye mask in – this being a day flight, no amenity kit was provided), more buttons to adjust the seat, and a reading light. In addition, window seats have large storage bins along the wall. A mattress and blanket were in one of these. A pillow and noise-cancelling earphones are also provided.
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