Last month, I visited the Dubai Airshow, which is one of the most important Airshows for the region. This was the place Emirates revealed their new fantastic First Class product for the Boeing 777. There were over 100 planes to watch out for at the tarmac there, however, I had my eyes set on a few. One of them was the Emirates Executive Jet.
You see, Emirates is known for its fleet of wide-body jets (the A380s and the B777s), however, they also have one A319 in their fleet. This narrowbody plane, the Airbus Corporate Jet Version, is the millionaire’s version of Emirates First Class and can be pressed into service on-demand.
Dressed in sleek unassuming white, this one is hard to spot from far away. The Emirates Executive Jet was put into service about 4 years ago and has the best of Emirates as you’d know it. But, only for a private guest list of 19 people. I was fortunate enough to be getting a private tour of this one on display.
The plane has a range of 8 hours non-stop, so if you’re flying out from Dubai, you’ll be in London or Tokyo in no time. But if you’d like to fly to the America’s or Australia from its base in Dubai, do make sure you have time built in for a stop to refuel.
Going on the plane, you’d notice a large luxurious lounge. This one can turn into a boardroom in the air, or a dining room, depending on your requirements of business or pleasure. On arrival, you’ll have a drink of your choice ready and be waiting to be served on board. From Moscow Mule to Champagne, you could ask for anything and they’d have it ready.
As you go further, you walk into what could be one of the best private cabins out there, the Emirates First Class, but improvised for the A319 especially.
Here is a first look inside the suite.
The suites are wider so you have more space to curl up when you are sleeping.
They are also longer, with Emirates having installed enough extra space for you to be joined by a companion who could sit and dine across from you.
With only 10 of these suites in the plane, 10 people get to sleep in one of them. 5 beds can be made out of the lounge area, which is, well, not so private. Dining is luxurious and starts with Caviar and Champagne.
The minibar is fully stocked to keep you hydrated along the way, but then if you have a crew to help you out, you won’t really need to reach out for the Evian in your minibar.
Going right at the back, there is also a large onboard shower with the trademarked walnut colours and stocked with amenities from Sodashi. There are also nice sleeper suits for everyone!
On the service side, you have your pick. The airline has a specific crew set trained for the Executive Jet. Each flight has 4 cabin crew on board usually.
Like you can see, I got very comfortable and I could get used to flying private!
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Of course, this is a massive upgrade from flying Emirates First Class, and I am sure I’d love to try the real thing for sure. It would truly be a luxurious experience I’m sure.
If you want to charter this jet, it is easy to do so. Just log on to Emirates-Executive.com. And if you’d like, I’d be happy to join you with my notebook and camera for a trip report!