Departure time in Stockholm (ARN): 13:55
Arrival time in Dubai (DXB): 22:25
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200LR
Duration: 6h 30m
Date of flight: September 4, 2013
*Revenue ticket, First Class flight #3
Taking a short trip to Asia this time of the year was not in my program since I already had a few booked flights for the coming months. But as soon as I heard that Emirates would start their service to Stockholm from September 4, I didn't have any choice but to book this flight. To fly on an inaugural flight in first class was on my bucket list, and making this dream come true with no less than the Skytrax "Airline of the Year", I have to say I was so ecstatic.
Complimentary Limousine Service
Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
Emirates uses a third-party lounge (Stockholm Arlanda Lounge) in Arlanda which I unfortunately wasn't able to visit since I wanted to be early at the gate to witness the traditional welcome of water canon salute. But while waiting, I met some airport officials who informed me that Emirates had decided to do the official celebration the following day, so as to give way to Obama´s arrival.
Aircraft, Boeing 777-200
First Class Cabin
A selection of hot and cold savouries including lamb kebab with honey and thyme, jalapeno poppers filled with cheese, salmon skewer, marinated mixed olives and baby bell pepper filled with cheese.
Perfectly prepared chilled caviar presented with a traditional selection of finely chopped onion, chopped boiled egg, sour cream and lemon, served with crisp melba toast and soft blini pancakes.
The other choices were: Traditional local Arabic mezze, Duo of herring and Smoked beef.
Scandinavian crayfish ragout served in a creamy dill and parsley sauce, accompanied by steamed potatoes and roasted carrot chunks 😋
The other choices were: Roast chicken, Baharat lamb, Ravioli and Fillet of perch.
Rich American-style chocolate brownie marbled with crunchy walnut pieces, served with creamy butterscotch sauce and crisp nut tuile.
The other choices were: Passion fruit and mango crémeux and Selection of fruit.
First Class Bar
Time to Sleep
Seasonal salad, chicken consommé, Red pepper soup and Cheese board were available although I did not try any of it.
I am not a coffee drinker but Sayaka, the Japanese flight attendant from Nagasaki who took care of me throughout the flight, insisted she would make one for my photo shooting 😉
Arrival in Dubai
Excellent food and impeccable service. The cabin crew were very friendly. Very impressive private suite. I love how Emirates make the first class experience unique. I am really glad I did fly on this inaugural flight. Special thanks to Leila, the Iranian purser, to Annie the Swedish flight attendant and most specially to Sayaka who made this experience truly unforgettable.
Although this was just the third time I have flown in first class (the first two were on Thai Airways), I have to say it would take a lot to beat Emirates. From a scale of 1 to 10, I would give Emirates a 9.9. Hope to fly with you again soon. Shukran 😍