Many aviation lovers and frequent travellers from across the world dream of experiencing a journey on board an Airbus 380 or a Boeing 777 while indulging in the exclusive services of the Emirates airline. However, before they do it for the first time, most wonder if flying economy will entitle them to privileges similar to those of the first class and business class tickets. The answer is yes, it will, as a passenger of economy class in Emirates you will get complimentary meals and drinks (especially in long-haul routes), more leg room than the average of international carriers, personal seatback monitor to watch films and TV channels, in-seat power outlet and free Wi-Fi on select flights, aside from some other benefits.
Food on Emirates economy class
If you fly economy with Emirates, know that at least one main meal will be served during your journey. This always depends on flying times, that is, the longer the flight, the higher number of meals and snacks that will be delivered. Your full complimentary meal will be chosen by you from a choice of two or three variations, normally related to your final destination; thus, Middle East delicacies, Asian specialties and African dishes can be expected. Emirates economy inflight meals commonly consist of a starter, a main course, cheese, bread, a hot drink (coffee, tea or chocolate), bread or biscuits and dessert.
After that, you will be offered wine, beer and spirits at no cost, and additional snacks may be served hours later on the longest journeys. Champagne is available for a surcharge. Should you need to specify your dietary needs or order a kids meal, you can do so while booking your flight online.
Long-haul destinations to which you can fly economy with Emirates
Some of the most popular routes operated by Emirates during which passengers can enjoy one or two meals on board connect Dubai and other bases to world capitals like Buenos Aires (Argentina), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Vienna (Austria), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil), Brussels (Belgium), Toronto (Canada), Beijing and Shanghai (China), Prague (Czech Republic), Zagreb (Croatia), Larnaca (Cyprus), Copenhagen (Denmark), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Munich and Düsseldorf (Germany), Accra (Ghana), Athens (Greece), Dublin (Ireland), Milan (Venice), Tokyo (Japan), Male (Maldives), Oslo (Norway), Manila (Philippines), Lisbon (Portugal ), Singapore, Seoul (South Korea), London (United Kingdom), Barcelona and Madrid (Spain), Bangkok (Thailand) and Stockholm (Sweden).
Other extras to be enjoyed in Emirates economy
Your economy seat on the majority of Emirates flights will feature a power outlet to charge your electronic devices and a monitor on the back of the seat in front of you so that you can watch films, TV programs and get live news, or even keep your children entertained with video games. Note that the digital content to be displayed on these screens differs from one aircraft to another as well as from one route to another. You can also get pillows and blankets on long-haul routes upon request, and some planes will even allow you to make phone calls up in the air or use wireless internet.
Emirates current regulations state that you can carry a maximum of 30 kilograms of baggage in Economy at no extra charge for you, access the Marhaba lounges in Dubai International airport at a discounted price and have arranged train transfers from your arrival airport to the city already included in the total fare paid. This is possible thanks to partnership agreements with high-speed railway networks like TrenItalia in Italy, AVE in Spain and SNCF in France.
Upgrading to Business or First Class with Emirates
Those booking a business or first class Emirates flight enjoy all the privileges described above on a superior level, being assigned an individual cabin with flat-bed seating and amenities, and granted access to an in-flight shower facility. Furthermore, they have higher baggage allowances (40 kg and 50 kg respectively) and are offered free lounge passes, exclusive check-in and waiting areas, private chauffeurs and meet&greet services on destinations across the globe.