Emirates New Flights
Date Posted 11/06/2018
This is one flight that I have been looking forward to ever since Emirates announced that this would be the first route that they will show off their new state of the art, game changing First Class suites. This flight was also the first flight of its new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) Airport.
Flight EK033 departed Dubai (DXB) at 0952hrs, and touched down at 1405hrs, with a total flying time of 6 hours and 50 minutes. This flight marked London Stansted as the seventh airport within the United Kingdom in which Emirates operates from. This brings the total number of daily flights between Dubai and London to 10 flights now operating flights to Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
This route is operated by the newly configured Boeing 777-300ER, featuring its ‘game changing’ fully enclosed private First Class suites along with a refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.
The new First Class suites “take luxury to the next level” with Emirates working in partnership with Mercedes-Benz and getting their sleek design features from the S-Class Series of vehicles. Each First Class cabin offers an incredible amount of room, up to 40 square feet (3.7m2). These private suites offer direct aisle access with two large floor to ceiling doors making the suite fully enclosable. If you are familiar with the current offering of First Class on Emirates you would be accustomed to the gold fixtures and finishes with wood grain panelling adorning each suite. In the new re developed Boeing 777-300ER suites a whole new colour palette of soft greys, cream and champagne give the effect of being open and airy, with quiet and timeless luxury.
These seats are made from soft leather which at a touch of a button can fully recline during the flight for some sleep and the seats can also be configured into a ‘zero gravity’ position giving the passenger a feel of weightlessness and an extreme level of relaxation. Emirates have really changed the way we imagined first class travel to be. With the airline introducing the industry’s first virtual windows for those suites situated in the centre of the aircraft that would otherwise be looking at a blank wall. Gone are the days when you had to press the crew service button, Emirates have made the addition of adding a video call function to request room service straight from the galley. A huge 32” full high definition LCD TV with access to over 2,500 channels of content is mounted on the wall of the suite. Each suite comes with premium noise cancelling headphone which have been specially designed and developed by Bower and Wikins for the Emirates First Class cabin environment.
Business class has also undergone a makeover with seats on board also inspired by a luxury sport car. The seat has a luxurious feel with the diamond stitch pattern on the full leather cover, ergonomically designed headrest offering a sleek overall look and feel. The seat has a pitch of 72 inches and can be manoeuvred into a fully flat bed, a large touch screen control panel controls the whole cabin with lighting and seating options as well as entertainment. Each passenger has access to their own personal mini-bar, foot rest and stowage area.
Economy class also received a re-design with a refreshed colour scheme of soft greys and blues. The ergonomically designed seats come a with a full leather headrest and also have access to the award winning Inflight, Communications and Entertainment system (“ice”) which offers passengers access to over 2,500 channels of television shows, movies, music, documentaries and much more.
This whole new cabin interior was unveiled at the Dubai Air Show late last year and this flight to Stansted was the first time any customers have been able to experience the updated product offering to and from the United Kingdom.
“We decided to add London Stansted to our network because we saw an opportunity to directly connect the local community with some of the world’s most popular leisure and business destinations.” said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, and Commercial Operations West.
Previously, London’s north east, and the wider 7.5 million people that live within Stansted’s catchment areas had to travel into the city, or further, to access airports with global reach. Now, this daily flight to Dubai connects passengers seamlessly to Emirates points across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia,” he added.
Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s CEO said “In 2018 Stansted is set to be the fastest growing London airport and a key enabler of economic growth for both the UK and East of England, and the addition of the new Emirates service will provide a further boost to our long haul ambitions and ultimately save local passengers valuable time and money that is associated with flying from other airports across London.”
The freight division of Emirates, Emirates SkyCargo sees Stansted Airport as an important benefit to the cargo industry, allowing them to offer additional cargo capacity and choice for their customers. The airline connects cargo customers to over 155 cities, across 85 countries, in 6 continents. Each year Emirates approximately flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the United Kingdom every year. The new Boing 777-300ER will offer 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each flight.
This new gateway is the seventh United Kingdom airport that Emirates connects out of, Emirates announced back in May that direct flights to Edinburg will commence in October this year. Other destinations in the UK include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.
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“The new service also offers travellers into and out of the greater London area, more flexibility and convenience when planning their travel with Emirates, as they now have the choice of 10 flights a day across three airports,” Mr Frach added.