Flying Emirates to Adelaide; Pioneers in Luxury

The opportunities to genuinely be a pioneer in the modern era of travel and exploration are rapidly diminishing. There are occasional reports of especially intrepid adventurers discovering a new cave system in Venezuela or a previously undiscovered tribe found in Papua New Guinea but as the unmapped world dwindles these are becoming increasingly rare.

The South Australia Museum in Adelaide the original Aboriginal pioneers on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-58

Adelaide; A new Emirates destination

So when the opportunity to join the Inaugural Emirates airlines flight into Adelaide arose I jumped at it, this was one way to be a first. The time spent travelling was almost as long as that in destination however it still seems too good to miss, especially as Emirates were offering business class as an added incentive.

The journey would require flying by A380 into Dubai and then Boeing 777 into Adelaide as the airport apparently does not currently receive these planes. A stopover in the futuristic city of Dubai on the return trip further added to the appeal.

Pioneer instagram montage of the inaugural Emirates flight to Adelaide on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Instagramming the inauguaral flight

“To the true traveller the destination is merely an excuse to make the journey”

This quote may appear to have little relevance in the jet age of travel, it harks back to an earlier period, a golden age of travel? Lengthy delays, security checks and long flights in cramped cabins are unlikely to inspire many to make the journey the focal point of travelling. On this occasion however the flight really was the main reason for packing a bag, the whistle stop tour of Adelaide and South Australia was just the icing on the cake.

Checking in at Manchester and the subsequent passage through the airport was relatively quick and pain free and before long I was acquainting myself with my private cubby hole in the business class section of the flight to Dubai. The complimentary champagne helped all passengers relax. A private reasonably large screen, small but usefully stocked mini-bar with water and juice and an highly adjustable seat would help the flight pass quickly.

A succession of cabin crew introduced themselves to me throughout the flight and whilst this was probably due to the ‘media’ tag, on all of the flights we were well catered for by a courteous, friendly and helpful team.

Service and facilities are unsurprisingly excellent, complimentary drinks including cocktails and high quality aperitifs were offered throughout and the on board meals were far removed from the usual in flight fare. They were actually a pleasure to savour and mine went down particularly well with an a very good red wine and an after dinner cognac.

A flight attendant behind the bar in business class section of Emirates' Airbus A380 on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

The bar on the A380 Image courtesy of Reuters

The A380 also has an on-board bar which as anticipated proved quite popular and was enjoyed by numerous passengers. There was a good selection of canapés dotted around to munch on which could be washed down with an good choice of cocktails, wines, beers or spirits.

The Emirates A380 business class seats on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Getting a good night’s sleep in business Image courtesy of Reuters

Apart from a good selection of films and other entertainment there was pay as you go WiFi available for those that need to remain connected or just want to ‘smoast’ to friends from 30,000 feet.

Arriving in Dubai all passengers taking the inaugural Adelaide flight were met and escorted by a member of the Emirates ground crew. It meant that our passage through the airport was eased if slightly slower due to ‘herding’ us through security.

Emirates and South Australia Tourism Board press conference in Adelaide the pioneers on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-57

Smiling face of Emirates

Whilst boarding the 777 to Adelaide didn’t make me feel particularly pioneering there were plenty of excited and intrepid passengers taking the flight. Therefore it was a shame WiFi was not available on this plane too as there would probably have been some frenetic tweeting and smoasting going on from these modern day pioneers.

The experience is slightly different from the A380 (sounding like an anorak now) without the bar but still included great levels of comfort and service throughout. This maybe from a business class perspective but taking a peek at economy, it seemed passengers here were still surprisingly content.

There were a number of VIPs on board, probably from Emirates and there was a small contingent of media along to cover the auspicious flight. It is hoped this new route will prove extremely important for South Australian tourism. A great deal of negotiating and hard work had gone in to making the flight possible and everybody on board seemed to think it was worth the effort.

Emirates and South Australia Tourism Board press conference in Adelaide the pioneers on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-56

The South Australian Premier Weatherill addresses the media

To emphasise the significance of this, the following day there was a press conference in the city with short speeches from the South Australian Premier and dignitaries from Emirates. I have a feeling this partnership is going to be very successful and grow even stronger in the future, offering further opportunities to be a modern pioneer.

I am grateful to Emirates for giving me the opportunity to join this flight and travel in great comfort but all views are my own formed over a complimentary cocktail or two.

Emirates airlines at home in its central hub of Dubai in the United /arab Emirates on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

The emirate of Dubai


Comments 13

  1. Keith Kellett

    Further to our earlier convos, I spoke to an Emirates rep at the WTM, & she thought that the only reason they didn’t fly the A380 to Adelaide was because they didn’t have enough.

    But, the terminal does seem inadequate to deal with that many passengers.

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      I’m not sure if other airlines fly A380s into Adelaide will have to investigate. Really surprised Emirates didn’t manage to find one even if only for that first flight, surely it would have sold well and the wifi publicity benefits would probably have been worth it.

  2. Nicole

    Interest to know who said that the A380 can’t land at Adelaide airport because when Qantas took ownership of one it landed fine.

    Otherwise, sounds like a great trip. Business class is always a delight to fly – especially when travelling that distance!

    1. Nicole

      (But currently, to my best knowledge, no ‘official’ route is flown with an A380. I suspect if this should ever happen it would be with Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific due to the volume of ‘direct’ International flights Adelaide has with these airlines – but even then, Cathay’s direct is always via. Melbourne…)

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      It’s maybe that I’ve misunderstood Nicole, I’m sure the airport can actually land a A380 but possibly not yet able to cope with the numbers of passengers on a regular basis? I’m not sure whether there are plans to expand the services or the airport.

      Totally agree that business class is always a pleasure and the bar on the 380 makes it even more appealing.

  3. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    We just flew Emirates to Mumbai and it was literally one of the best flights of my life… and that was in economy class! I can’t even imagine the luxury in the upper classes. Thanks for giving us a peek inside. I’m not sure if it’s just my computer, but a few of the pictures aren’t loading fully. I’ll check back later. I’d love to see them.

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      Emirates does seem to be a great airline, economy looked pretty good but business was the business! Those images are sorted now, it was a Flickr issue. Thanks for letting me know Tawny.

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  4. Harvey (H-Bomb's Worldwide Karaoke)

    I’m going to be flying business class on an A380 in May (albeit on Lufthansa, not Emirates) and am definitely looking forward to the experience! I’ve been on A380’s before but only in the downstairs “steerage” section. 🙂 Even coach on an A380 is quite comfy though.

    Were you able to use the shower or is that restricted to first class pax?

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      hey Harvey have you flown on the A380 yet, what did you think? I didn’t get to shower so unable to comment, think it is just first class.

      1. Harvey (H-Bomb's Worldwide Karaoke)

        The A380 is an amazing plane, even when you fly economy. State of the art entertainment (except for the fact that, annoyingly, Lufthansa hadn’t installed wifi in their A380s yet as of this past September.) Really liked being able to check out the camera views from the cameras mounted on different parts of the aircraft (for example, looking straight ahead from the nose, or looking at the image from the camera mounted on the tail).

        With all of that said, the business class as depicted in your article looks spectacular and I can’t wait to experience it.

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          It is almost certainly the current best way to fly, well at least in a plane Harvey, totally agree that the inflight webcams make things more interesting especially when taking off or landing. I hope you get to experience business class soon.

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