First time flying on board of the A380

First time flying on board of the A380
02/12/2018 pilotpatrick
A380 emirtes business class

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Hello my Aviator,

welcome on board of my first flight with an Airbus A380, the king of the skies. Yes, I am being sincere. Even though I am traveling so much and I am an aviation lover, I have never had the chance to fly with the A380 so far. To make my first flight an experience, Emirates welcomed me on board their flagship for a flight to Mauritius. In fact, it was also my first flight with Emirates. In this blog, I am sharing those two premieres with you.  

A380 emirates business class
A380 emirates business class

Finally! I was excited like a little boy to go on my first flight the king of the skies. During the aerospace exhibition in Berlin this year, the ILA, I already took a glance inside the A380 of Emirates, which was displayed on the apron. At this point, I thought I will take forever until I will take a flight on board of the biggest passenger airline. But in the end, it took only 6 months to find me drinking a champagne in Emirates Busines Class on the way to Mauritius.

Check out my Vlog about the ILA and do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel: PilotPatrick

The king of the skies

I am flying the A300, which was the first model ever built by Airbus. Its first flight was in 1972. About 20 years later in June 1994, Airbus announced its plan to develop a very large airliner, designated as A3XX to be a competitor to the B747. In 2005 the A380 had its first flight. The A300 is already a huge aircraft with 54 m length, 45 m wingspan and a maximum take of weight of 170 tons. Compared to the A380 this is small and light. The length is 72 m, the wingspan 79 m and the maximum take-off with is 575 tons. Impressive figures!

More economical than a car: The A380 consumes only 4,05L fuel per 100km per passenger.

Passengers: it seats a maximum of 853 passengers (typical 575)

Biggest aircraft? No there is one more airplane called Antonov An-225, it is larger than A380.

Wiring: If all the wiring in the A380 is laid end to end, it will stretch from Edinburgh to London – 320 miles.

Paint: More than 3600 liters of paint is required to paint the exterior of the aircraft.

Runway: Only 20 runways in the world are now fully capable of handling A380 aircraft. Others are not long or wide enough or not technically equipped for A380.

Flight hours: The Airbus A380 is designed to fly for 140,000 hours – meaning it could fly around the world more than 2,000 times in its lifetime.

Orders: as of September 2018, Airbus had received 331 firm orders and delivered 230 aircraft; Emirates is the biggest A380 customer with 162 ordered of which 105 have been delivered.

A380 emirates business class
A380 emirates business class

Upper deck rear section of the Business Class


Emirates was only founded in 1985. Today the Gulf carrier, based in Dubai operates 3,600 flights a week to 140 cities in 80 countries around the world. Emirates only uses two kinds of airplanes, the Airbus A380 as well as the Boeing 777. Itis is the worlds largest operator of both airplane types. In total Emirates flies 234 planes.

Here are some more interesting facts about Emirates

International crew:  Cabin Crew from over 150 different countries. you will find at least 12 different nationalities of cabin crew. In total Emirates has over 60,000 employees.

First Flight from Dubai to Karachi was in 1985 on a Boeing B727 for the Royal Family.

Longest Flight takes 17 hours and 25 minutes from Auckland, New Zealand to Dubai on an A380.

Dubai Airport is the 3rd busiest on Earth after Atlanta Jacksonville and Beijing Capital Airport. 58 million passengers fly with Emirates in a year. (Source)

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Business class seat in row 23

A380 emirates business class

Business Class of the A380

Upperdeck! Flying in Business Class is truly a privilege and a luxurious experience. The entire upper deck of the A380 comprises the Business Class and First Class. The layout of the Business Class offers all seats direct aisle access. Especially the direct window and the middle seats (more for couples) grant extra privacy and storage. On all three A380 flights, I chose a seat in the rear cabin at the window. The seat right behind the bulkhead (row 23)  is great since there is no other passenger right in front of you. I enjoyed a tasty menu of regionally inspired gourmet dishes and drinks from an endless beverage menu. A specialty on Mauritius you could choose coconut water as a welcome drink. The seat also seamlessly reclines into a fully flat bed with a soft, comfy mattress and a cozy blanket.

A380 emirates business class

fully lie-flat bed

A380 emirates business class
A380 emirates business class

The “Fly better” experience starts already before the flight. Since there is no flight from Berlin (unfortunately) I had to drive to Frankfurt Airport to catch my connection from there. The Business Class ticket includes either a free First Class Deutsche Bahn round-trip ticket (Rail & Fly) or the Chauffeur-drive. At Frankfurt Airport I arrived extra early so I could visit the Airport Lounge of Emirates. A picture/video is worth 1000 words. So check out my Vlog about my first time flying A380 with Emirates.

A380 emirates business class
A380 emirates business class
A380 emirates business class

Highlights of the A380

It is already a highlight itself to fly with the A380. The aircraft is extremely quiet inside the cabin. I was impressed that I could not really hear the take-off thrust on departure.

An onboard lounge: Fancy having a cocktail at 36,000ft in an exclusive lounge where you can mingle with other passengers and enjoy delicious snacks between meals. On the flight to Mauritius, the cabin supervisor invited me to have lunch at the dining table in the lounge. It felt like I was flying on a private jet.

Let’s have a shower: Normally only First Class passengers are allowed to use the Shower Spa, but the for me the purser made a great exception. He knew how much you love seeing me taking a shower. 😉

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Onboard lounge

A380 emirates business class

Shower Spa for First Class passengers

A380 emirates business class
A380 emirates business class

Stop over in Dubai

On the way to Mauritius, I decided to do a short stopover in Dubai. It was only for 30 hours, but enough time to go shopping, to have a tasty dinner and enjoy some glamours vibes of the city of superlatives. I totally can recommend doing a stopover but plan for a couple of days so you can experience more. I stayed in the Le Meridien Airport Hotel. It is only a 10 minutes drive from the airport and 15 minutes to the downtown area of Dubai. Check out my Dubai Vlog from my vacation in April, If you want to find out about activities you can do.

A380 emirates business class
A380 emirates business class

Le Meridien Dubai Aiport Hotel

A380 emirates business class
A380 emirates business class

Thanks to the flight crew of Emirates for making my first A380 experience remarkable. I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did.

Have you flown on board of an A380 before? Leave it in a comment below and subscribe to my newsletter with your email!

As always safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick




  1. Shiran Abraham 1 year ago

    So interesting blog you describe everything bout A380 step by step A380 first flight, first long flight,ranway , bout crew members, how many employees workings etc n wow 60.000 employees tea a huge. I always internet’s to read your blog n you know gorgeous you make me fall in love bout Aviation , I really got lots of knowledge bout Aviation from you … thanks for sharing your experience n I know you had really a great experience bout A380 n most said I had experience bout A380 also via your blog n vlog. Just wanted to your shower scene pic to download but you didn’t post on your blog kidding . As always interesting n inspiration blog.. best pilot ever.

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      pilotpatrick 1 year ago

      Haha thanks next time I will upload the shower scene for you

  2. Mar 1 year ago

    Im using a380 from kuala lumpur to prague. Transit at dubai too. Its really nice and wonderful journey and i never forget that moment.

  3. Liliani setiawati 1 year ago

    You are indeed an energizer bunny, Pilot Patrick. You always have energy to do all these blogs, IG posts, IG stories, YT…amazing. Your blogs are always educative and informative. You taught us several aspects in this blog from general knowledge on A380 airplanes itself to airlines industry (Emirates) . Umfortunately I havent experienced flying A380. Hopefully one day. Once more, keep up your excellent work, PP.

  4. Maria Dugan 1 year ago

    Wow amazing new blog detailing ur 2 experiences. We almost feel like we were with you. And the knowledge and information you have given us regarding the A380 is awesome. I really enjoying learning new things in a fun manner and u kind sir do it all spectacularly for us aviators. I also hope one day to be fortunate enough to get back into an airplane and let my daughters know what a awesome experience it is. The technology and luxurious things on the A380 by Emirates was outstanding. They must be very proud. Keep up ur outstanding work. U are like a nuclear powered pilot always on the go and looking so fresh. Thank you so much for sharing so much of ur work love passion and lifestyle with ur aviators. I am in total awe of u and ur work. I hope one day if I’m ever lucky enough I will get to shake ur hand and thank u in person for the smile and love u show everyone over ur passion. X

  5. Echirella 1 year ago

    luxury travel n great photograph… I wonder Why this all picture not available at IG?

  6. Vita 1 year ago

    The king of the Sky ♥️

  7. Dr. Uzma Ata 1 year ago

    Wonderful shared experience and knowledge. Thank you

  8. Pattama Srisart 1 year ago

    It’s great. An Airbus A380 the king of the skies You are attractive Read many times and happy to always read.

  9. Jan 1 year ago

    I love this blog!! It is so informative yet fun and beautiful to watch. Thank you so much for sharing your lifestyle with us. You are an inspiration Patrick! X

  10. Fiona 1 year ago

    Have only had one flight on A380 (premium economy with British Airways), what a wonderful aircraft, so quiet and comfortable, a pleasure to fly on! Thank you for sharing your Emirates experience!

  11. Gabriella Gulyas 1 year ago

    I had a course from EZE to DXB on business with E but on B777. I loved the service but my neighbour was acting a bit “too luxury”. I had to be a bit rude to be left alone and enjoy the flight. There is a lot more to enjoy on a long haul flight than the free champaign. I wish I could turn the seat to the window and look out without a neck pain 🙂 The ICE webcam compensates a bit in case of VFR 🙂

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 1 year ago

      If you want a window view, you need to become a pilot ‍✈️

  12. Relin 8 months ago

    Gonna fly with the Emirates Airbus A380 later this year. It’s been on my bucketlist ever since the first fight and it’s finally going to happen. Can’t wait!


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