Why Is Emirates First Class So Expensive?

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Right now, a fully-flexible August round-trip flight from London to Sydney in first class will cost about $12,200. Alternately, the same trip in economy class can be as low as $1,800. What do first class passengers get for the extra $10,400? And is it worth it? Let’s find out.

The pre-flight experience

Your first class experience begins before you even arrive at the airport. With Emirates’ Chauffeur-drive service, passengers are picked up and driven to the airport. This service will also collect you at your destination airport and drive you to a location of your choosing, within a set distance. The distance is set by city.

Once at the airport, passengers have access to the Emirates first class lounge. The main features that set these facilities apart from other lounges include luxury shower spas, cigar bars, and elevated dining experience.

When it’s time to board, passengers have direct access to the aircraft from the lounge, complete with priority boarding, of course.

 Emirates has its own lounges not just at Dubai International, but also at other destination airports around the world. Photo: Emirates

The seat and space

Stepping aboard your Boeing 777 or A380, you’ll enter your private, fully-enclosed suite. This means total privacy with a floor-to-ceiling wall and door. In this suite, there’s no need to worry about seat pitch as there is room to stretch out fully. Your seat will convert into a fully-flat bed for which crew can be called upon to make up sheets for a night of sleep.

For those flying on the A380, there is the opportunity to take one shower during the flight. The shower room can be booked for 30 minutes, with five minutes of water per guest.