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May 23, 2015 / oneworld82

DXB-NBO on Emirates First Class (77W)

After leaving the lounge I proceeded to Terminal C, where regional Emirates flights (and other airlines flights) leave from. Here I found another Emirates First Class lounge – much smaller than the previous one but with a restaurant and a quiet room (adequate to spend a hour or so, but overall underwhelming).

Boarding happened on time, and first class customers were let in first. Emirates has a very interesting proposition – first class seats on every plane. On its 77W (regional flights) EK installs only 6 seats. Seatguru reported that this particular plane had recliner seats, so I was not expecting much. But to my surprise, the seats were rather private pods that fully extended into a bed.

First Class pod

First Class pod

Mini Bar

Mini Bar

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After seating down (I was one of the first guests in First Class) the flight attendant in charge of pre-take off beverages came by and offered me a drink. I opted for a carrot juice, as I wasn’t too hungry/thirsty for champagne yet.

I was surprised that the seat featured a small mini-bar on the side, and a decent amount of storage space. For a regional plane, this wasn’t bad at all. The only real negative of the seat was the IFE system, which was dated and of lower quality. The offerings of movie was, though, very good, and I would watch Big Hero 6 during this relatively short 4h flight.

As soon as we took off I put my seat in sleep mode and dozed off for about a hour and half. It was rather chilly, and while I appreciated that the flight attendant did not wake me up for the meal service to let me rest, I would have appreciated if he had at least brought me a blanket.

After waking up I went to the restroom and once back my FA approached me and asked me whether I wanted anything to drink/eat. I ordered my dinner and a glass of Dom and off we went.

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I wanted to try a couple of dishes, and I first order a lamb appetizer which was pretty good.

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Main

Lamb

I like how Emirates brings you a whole basket of bread with your meal.

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After the veal it was time for some seafood biryani which was – believe it or not – very good! And I say “believe it or not” because seafood on planes usually isn’t that great. Granted, it was a bit dry, but overall EK did a good job.

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The dish was served with a very good salad, and I washed everything down with a nice glass of Chateu St Emilion.

To finish the meal I had an espresso and a glass of the excellent Hennessy Paradis.

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We landed on time in a nice Kenyan evening and we had to be shuttled to immigration as the arrival jetway was not operating properly. Within minutes, I was ready to start my Kenyan adventure.

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