If I’m honest, a real factor that influenced our decision as to destination was the ability to fly in first (as opposed to business) class all the way there. It’s actually not doable that often when you’re talking about leisure destinations–and it makes sense that airlines do that. Premium aircraft should be used on routes that command premium fares. But for whatever reason (probably mostly because they can), Emirates runs a double daily A380 service to Mauritius. Considering they only fly to DC once/day–and with a 777–that’s remarkable.
I was really excited for another segment in Emirates A380 first class–particularly on a completely day time flight where I didn’t plan to spend much time sleeping (Dubai and Mauritius are on the same time zone, so I wanted to stay up and not confuse my body any more). And just as much I was looking forward to checking out the full A380 terminal that Dubai airport built for Emirates (though codeshare parter Qantas also uses it).
Our Emirates provided chauffeur picked us up right on time, and brought us right to the premium check in area of Dubai airport. [Read more…]