Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Around Rangali Island
Trans Maldivian Seaplane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai B777
While sad to have left the Maldives we were excited to see Dubai. We only had about 36 hours or so in Dubai to explore. We boarded through the forward most door on the left and walked past first class to get to our business class seats.
This was our first time ever flying Emirates!
I found it quite interesting that they still have 3 across seating in business class in the middle seats! I guess thats fine for a family of three but I would hate to be a stranger stuck in the middle seat.
I also found it interesting how empty the business class cabin was. It was definitely less than 50% full for our flight.
We had the bulkhead row, row 8 which was nice as it allowed a bit more room it appeared. My wife had the window seat and I had the isle and baby was on moms lap as per our standard seating arrangement on airplanes it seems.
The cabin was nice overall with the light maple wood and gold adorning the cabin. The flight attendants were dressed nice and were very accommodating to us and the baby although they were not quite as polished and friendly as our Etihad crews in our opinion.
We got settled in and there was plenty of overhead space for our bags. The seat was nice for business class but not anything special these days. It did have a nice large tablet-like remote control at your disposal to not only control the IFE TV but to display content on the controller if preferred.
Shortly after getting settled in we were offered a beverage, the options being orange juice, apple juice or water.
Mom nursed baby right as we lined up for takeoff and he took a little nap while I played with the IFE and the flight map at my seat.
We could never get tired of the beautiful Maldivian landscape below from our window views!! Sadly this was our last look at the Maldives for a while.
Noise cancelling headphones were passed out along with menu’s for our flight.
Our orders were taken not long after take off and not much longer after that our food was presented. We again took turns eating while mom pretty much held baby so I fed mom too.
The food was actually fairly good. Tasted better than it looked. We requested some fruit for the baby to eat and it was delivered after me and mom ate (baby was napping for a while)
A quick visit to the restroom revealed your average run of the mill airplane bathroom although accented with nice BVLGARI amenities.
Only after a movie and half way through an Allen Iverson documentary did I realize we were over the desert and getting close to landing!
For landing I decided to sit on the opposite side of the plane to have a window seat and so I we both got to enjoy nice views of Dubai upon landing!
This was a very nice and comfortable flight! Its especially nice to fly a Boeing 777 for a sub four hour flight. We would both have no problem flying Emirates again from the Maldives and enjoyed our flight overall.
Let me know if any questions or comments! Thanks!
I will have the breakdown of how we paid for this flight in the last installment of this trip report as it was only the first segment for our upcoming First Class Emirates flight.