Volar con Emirates Opiniones: ¿Cómo es? 2024


What is it like to fly with Emirates, is it really one of the best airlines as it claims? Stay to the end to find out what it's like to fly Emirates in economy class.

We tell you the truth in this review of what it's like to fly with Emirates.

Emirates Economy Class Review

Emirates Economy Class Review

Flying with Emirates reviews

Emirates, or Fly Emirates as it was formerly known, is the world's fourth largest airline, flying to some 160 destinations worldwide, including Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa.

Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is the company's centre of operations. (There are 7 Emirates in the UAE(Dubai is probably the best known).

From North America, Emirates flies to Dubai from several major cities, including Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Toronto.

On our trip to Africa, we flew economy class with Emirates from Seattle to Dubai, and then to Lusaka (Zambia) (In Lusaka, we flew to Mfuwe for our walking safari in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park).

On the way back, we flew from Cape Town to Seattle via Dubai, also in Economy.

In both cases, we spent the night at the Emirates transit hotel at Dubai Airport, Terminal 3, to break up the long journey.

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Read our review The transit hotel at Dubai airport is great for a stopover.

Emirates Boeing 777 seating plan

Emirates currently operates two types of aircraft, the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380.

Emirates' aircraft from Seattle to Dubai are Boeing 777-300ERs.

Emirates flies Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the 14.5-hour flights between Seattle and Dubai.
The aircraft for the 14.5 hour flights between Seattle and Dubai are Boeing 777-300s.

Economy Class seats are configured in 3-4-3.

If you get a middle seat in the middle row of four seats, you'll probably feel a bit confined.

We prefer a 3-3-3 configuration, which makes the cabin feel less cramped. In addition, the Boeing 777-300ER's 3-4-3 configuration means that the seats are narrower than if they were arranged in 3-3-3.

But, sigh... The more spacious 3-3-3 configuration seems to be a thing of the past, as airlines are switching to a 3-4-3 layout in Economy.

  Emirates' Economy Class seats are configured 3-4-3 on the 777-300ER (Credit: Emirates Airlines)
Emirates Economy Class seats are configured 3-4-3 on the 777-300ERs

On our flight from Seattle, the Emirates gate agent was kind enough to give us an aisle seat and a window seat and block the middle seat, so we had three seats between the two.

That helped make the 14.5-hour overnight flight more comfortable. (Of course, if the flight is full, it's unlikely you'll get a free middle seat between the two).

The seats offered decent legroom (maybe 32 inches?) and reclined quite a bit.

However, everyone has to lean back, or you feel squashed with the seat in front of you right in your face.

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER Seats

Emirates has three different layouts for its 777-300ERs (see here).

For the best seats on Emirates' 777-300ER aircraft (latest version), please see SeatGuruYou can also see the other two designs at SeatGuru also.

The interiors of the aircraft appeared to have been upgraded: the bathrooms were fitted with cupboards and wooden fittings.

When the cabin lights were turned off, twinkling stars shone on the ceiling, and the soft "ambient" lighting changed from pink to shades of mauve and aquamarine.

Emirates Economy Travel Kits

All Economy Class passengers received red and white toiletry bags with socks, eye masks, earplugs and toothbrush/toothpaste.

And we received a blanket and a large pillow.

The complimentary Emirates Economy courtesy kit includes socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs and a sleep mask.
The free Emirates Economy courtesy kit includes socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs and a sleep mask.

Emirates Economy Class Meals

What is the food like in Emirates Economy Class?

We found the food quite tasty.


For example, on the overnight flight from Seattle to Dubai, Emirates' economy menu offered a choice for the main course at dinner (we chose lamb kofta with rice). It was accompanied by a fresh salad (no wilted brown leaves).

We also had three choices of red wines: two French and one Spanish. The cutlery was metal; we didn't have to saw with plastic knives.

Mid-flight, a pizza service was offered.


Before arriving in Dubai, we received a hot egg and cheese omelette.

On the next leg from Dubai to Lusaka (6.5 hours), we had another breakfast, this time a cold croissant with egg salad and fruit salad for a light breakfast.


Later, on the same flight, we were offered a hot lunch (a choice between beef in mushroom sauce with herb polenta and sautéed tomatoes, or Creole chicken in tomato sauce with steamed rice and vegetables), accompanied by potato salad with green beans.

Dessert was apple upside down cake with vanilla sauce.

Emirates Economy Class meal
Our hot meal in economy class on our return flight from Cape Town to Dubai.

Emirates in-flight entertainment

We give high marks to Emirates' ICE entertainment system, of which the airline is quite proud (ICE stands for information, communication and entertainment).

You can watch the news, send emails and watch films.

It is reportedly the best in the world, with 4,000 channels, including some 1,000 films. In the Skytrax "World Airline Awards, Emirates has been named the airline with the best in-flight entertainment for 15 years.

We liked the large screens (almost as wide as the back of the seat in front of us) and the large padded headphones (not the little buds that fall out of the ears).

Emirates Airlines in-flight entertainment
Nice headphones! Too bad the sound through one ear didn't work...

Unfortunately, the sound coming in through one ear broke for both of us on one of our flights, so we had to listen to our blockbusters unevenly.

Emirates baggage allowance

Emirates Economy carry-on baggage allowance:

As an Economy passenger, you can only carry a piece of hand luggage on board.

For some reason, Middle Eastern airlines have strict carry-on baggage limits for economy passengers.

When we flew Qatar Airways, we also discovered (to our chagrin) that we could not carry the same rollaways and backpacks allowed on US airlines.

There is enough space in the overhead compartments and under the seats, so we don't understand why these airlines don't have the same standards.

You may be interested to read What is it like to fly Economy Class on Qatar Airways?

Carry-on baggage allowance on Emirates for Economy Class passengers

Your carry-on bag must not weigh more than 7 kg (15 pounds).

Your bag must also be no larger than 55 x 38 x 20 cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches).

Only Emirates Business Class Business and First Class passengers are allowed two pieces of hand baggage.

Checked baggage allowed by Emirates:

In Economy, you can check in one or two pieces of luggage (depending on the fare), weighing a maximum of 23 kg each.

Other Emirates Airlines reviews

Emirates has a good reputation.

Among the top 20 countries in the world safer airlines.

In terms of service and comfort, it has a 4-star airline rating (according to SkyTrax) for things like food and seats, keeping it in the company of Air France, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, British Airways and other major airlines, which also have 4-star ratings.

Emirates flies Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft
Emirates flies Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft

Emirates Economy Class reviews: The bottom line?

We were impressed with our Emirates Airlines Economy Class flights.

For the most part, it was a comfortable experience (to the extent that flying economy class can be called "comfortable").

It is on the return flight connections that we downgrade our criticism of Emirates.

We had a very long (over 9 hours) layover in Seattle on our way home.

We hadn't anticipated this. When we booked our tickets, our layover in Seattle was to be 3 hours (before the final 30-minute hop to Victoria, Canada).

Unfortunately, they changed our flights after we had booked and paid, resulting in a layover of over 9 hours, and Emirates did not put us on an earlier flight home from Seattle because it was a non-partner airline.

Needless to say, we were very unhappy with this...

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7 comentarios en «Volar con Emirates Opiniones: ¿Cómo es? 2024»

    Because of my physical condition, I fly in Business and always request wheelchair assistance.
    The treatment and service of EMIRATES on my flight EK 513Delhi/Barcelona on April 3rd was horrible.
    On the first leg Delhi to Dubai, I advised my situation and that, as the connection time was 1 hour 55 minutes, they would check that I was picked up from the plane quickly. The flight attendant, I think his name was Tony, told me "don't worry". On arrival I was told that I had to wait because there was no finger, only stairs. After a while and seeing how nervous I was getting, a first class stewardess came up to me and told me that she would take my luggage and help me down the stairs because if I didn't take the bus on the runway, I wouldn't make the flight to Barcelona.
    On the bus there was a person in an Emirates uniform whom I asked if she could help me when I arrived at the terminal to locate a wheelchair because I had very little connection time, she refused!!!!.
    On arrival at the terminal there were no wheelchairs, I struggled to get to the wheelchair request point and, from there, they had me getting on and off several buggies and, luckily, the driver of the last buggy helped me with my luggage to get to the plane after the closing time of the flight.
    How is it possible that they do not foresee all this when the user asks for this help service at the time of the purchase of the ticket, therefore, well in advance.
    How come they didn't tell the terminal from the plane that I was arriving with special needs in order for someone with a wheelchair or buggy?
    It's a disgrace!

  2. ¡Me encantaría volar con Emirates! ¿Alguien ha probado los asientos del Boeing 777-300ER? 🛫✈️🌍 #EmiratesOpiniones #Viajes

    • ¡Claro que sí! Yo he volado en los asientos del Boeing 777-300ER de Emirates y puedo decirte que son simplemente fantásticos. El espacio, la comodidad y el servicio a bordo son de primera clase. ¡Te animo a que lo pruebes tú mismo y lo compruebes! ✈️👌 #EmiratesOpiniones

  3. ¡Volar con Emirates es como estar en un sueño de mil colores! ✈️🌈 ¿Quién se apunta a vivir esta experiencia en el 2023? 😍👏#EmiratesOpiniones

  4. Hola, mido 1,94 suelo tener problemas de espacio para las piernas en aviones. Por ello suelo reservar salidas de emergencia casi siempre, volamos en noviembre en un A380-800 de Emirates, quería saber si en asientos normales tendría problemas de espacio en este avión. Para reservar un asiento de más capacidad para piernas o coger uno normal. Gracias

    • Hola Rafael, aunque los asientos de Emirates son mas amplios y con mas espacio que compañias low cost como Ryanair o Vueling, tampoco son nada sobrados. Con tu altura es recomendable que cojas asiento en salidas de emergencia. Irás mucho más comodo, mas teniendo en cuenta que son vuelos largos de varias horas.


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