Flying Business Class on Emirates from HK to Bangkok
by Paul Jeffels.
Most people think that flying business class is ridiculously expensive. But in reality, you can fly in comfort without breaking the bank. You can experience a bit of luxury onboard Emirates A380 on your next flight to Bangkok. Right price. Right time. Right service.
Emirates have several desks allocated for premium passengers at both Hong Kong International Airport and Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, so check-in is a breeze. In Bangkok, Emirates provides fast track immigration on departure and arrival. That means it will only take you around 10 minutes to check-in and walk to the gate.
Emirates have recently refurbished their lounge at Bangkok. I have used this lounge several times, and it's never been more than a third full, so you can easily find your own space to relax before the flight. In both lounges (in Hong Kong and Bangkok), there is an excellent selection of food and drinks including champagne. The fresh food options are constantly refreshed giving you plenty of choice. An Emirates staff member will call the flight around 45 minutes before the scheduled departure, and it will be just a 5-minute stroll across to the gate.
Boarding is quick as there's a separate door for premium passengers, and a dedicated chute straight to the top deck of the A380.
In my experience, the Emirates crew have always been very friendly and approachable. For some people, their approach maybe a little over-friendly, but I find them quite down-to-earth, and their attitude refreshing.
Meal orders were taken before takeoff along with drinks preferences. I was impressed that the crew knew of my drink preference straight away (from my Skywards online preferences). It's good to know that they have done their research, and thus, offered a personalised level of service.
The Emirates seat converts to a very comfortable flat bed, which rivals Cathay Pacific & Singapore Airlines in terms of quality and comfort. The gate to gate IFE on Emirates is the best on the market and they are introducing wi-fi across their network.
As this was a fairly short daytime flight, the onboard bar was quiet. I did, however, find time to try out some of the drinks, and the bar manager is always keen to make conversation if you so wished to pass the time.
We landed 20 minutes ahead of schedule in Hong Kong. As usually, arrival into HK is very easy if you hold a HKID. The baggage only took 10 minutes to arrive which is good compared to many recent experiences in Hong Kong.
Emirates A380 business class is a very good option for both business & leisure. The onboard bar is still a crowd pleaser, and with Emirates' improvements in service, I shall certainly use them on my next trip.