Dinner had been cleared and I am just settling back into my movie when an attendant approaches. “Ms. Henry, would you like your mattress now?”
“Uh, sure,” I mutter, like I’m not surprised.
He lays out a long mattress for my chair and hands me a Bulgari amenities kit to make me more comfortable.
I’m on an airplane. An airplane!
[As I wrote last week, I was invited as a guest by Emirates on their direct Seattle to Dubai route, flying in business class.]
I feel unusually small in my seat, as there is enough leg room for a person twice my height. That extra space makes room for my chair to recline almost flat as I get ready to sleep through some of the 14.5 hour flight. As the cabin lights dim, I look up to see the roof covered in sparkling stars. I don’t wake up until we’re flying over Lviv, Ukraine.
The rest of the flight found me watching a movie (La vie d’une autre / Another Woman’s Life, with one of my favourites, Juliette Binoche), fiddling with my seat controls (there are four different options), and getting used to the exemplary service.
To give you an idea of the price comparison for the flight I was on (Seattle to Dubai, return) and the class I was in, the costs were as follows:
- Economy: $1,424.70 CAN
- Business: $7,887.70 CAN
- First: $14,869.70 CAN
Here’s a video of the same type of plane I was on, with some clips of the First Class suites.
*My trip was hosted by Emirates and included three other Canadian travel writers.