Rediscovering the thrill of flight – Emirates and excellence combine on the A380

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

The Moodie Report is back in Dubai for the Gala Dinner tonight to celebrate Dubai Duty Free’s 25th anniversary. It promises to be a glittering occasion, with many industry luminaries from around the globe arriving in Dubai for the occasion. The entertainment is led by none other than blockbuster UK band Simply Red.

We’ll bring you a report soon but first some comments on the method of transport I took from London to Dubai. Last night I flew for the first time on an A380, the giant, double-decker, wide-body, four-engined superjet that has been the talk of the aviation industry for years and is now reality.

I was on one of Emirates’s five A380s, though it has over 50 on order. I flew, courtesy of Emirates, on Business Class, and I have to say it was the most enjoyable aviation experience I have had in a long, long time, perhaps ever. Partly that was down to the sheer thrill of flying onboard such an exciting aircraft. But equally it was down to the extensive time I spent onboard with a great cabin crew (led by my excellent ‘tour guide’ Adrian, a fellow Kiwi, pictured above left with Ivana), touring the facilities, from Economy to First Class, from Onboard Lounge (I am pictured below researching the facilities) to the fantastic Shower Spa in First Class.

There’s a great duty free range, sold by a highly motivated team of specialists – Belinda Symons (below) from Australia take a bow for your great knowledge and enthusiasm – plus a simply fantastic inflight entertainment system and loads of other classy consumer-friendly touches.

We’ll bring you a more detailed report soon. But for now let me simply say that this is the way to travel. If you haven’t tried the A380 yet, get yourself on the phone to your local Emirates office. You won’t regret it.

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