Review of Emirates flight Budapest Dubai in Business

Airline Emirates
Flight EK112
Class Business
Seat 11A
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 05:10
Take-off 19 Jan 22, 15:10
Arrival at 19 Jan 22, 23:20
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By GOLD 2569
Published on 22nd January 2022

Airline, airport and travel agency employees used to get heavily discounted tickets from airlines almost whenever they wanted to travel - but this was decades ago. Airlines rarely offer real discounts nowadays. I was however lucky to get an open-jaw ticket on Emirates in business class from Budapest to Dubai to Vienna for about 25% of the regular price. The only small drawback was that lounge access and airport transfers were not included.

I took a taxi to the airport. I paid 8000 HUF (23 €).

Budapest Airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 opened in 1950 and was last open for scheduled flights in 2012 (General Aviation is still based here). Terminal 2 opened in 1985 and now has two parts, 2A and 2B which are right next to each other. Emirates uses Terminal 2B.


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The airport has many flights and is often overcrowded - but it wasn't this time.


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Emirates has a separate check-in area. Priority check-in is available for First Class, Business Class and Platinum/Gold/Silver passengers.


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A negative PCR test was requested along with the usual travel document. The check-in agent was helpful and friendly. The supervisor said "welcome" and "thank you" to all business class passengers.

About 90% of the passengers seemed to be Hungarian leisure travellers. A family of five travelling to Phuket upgraded at the airport.

Priority security control is available for business class passengers. The agent working there was refreshingly polite and friendly.


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The common part of the airport between terminals 2A and 2B.


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I went to Cafe Frei as I didn't have lounge access. There's a large choice of coffee from all over the world. Strangely enough the prices were not shown on the menu - something that almost never happens in Hungary. The prices were however not high, only around 2 to 3 Euros for a coffee.


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There were not many people in this part of the terminal.


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Our bird for today's flight. The aircraft's registration number is A6-EPN and it first flew in 2016.


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Boarding is at a separate gate for First Class, Business Class and Platinum/Gold/Silver passengers.


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Boarding started at 14.25. My boarding pass beeped when I was going through the gate. The agent told me: "The supervisor needs to talk to you. There's only economy catering loaded for you." But then the supervisor came and told me that he had fixed this.

This aircraft has a three class configuration (First, Business and Economy). Business class has 7 seats in a row in a 2-3-2 configuration - certainly not the most spacious on the market. But I had a window seat so I didn't really mind.


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Legroom is huge.


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A pillow and a blanket were waiting on the seat. Headphones and water were in the seat pocket.


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A mask and some hand sanitiser was distributed shortly later - very much appreciated in times of Covid.


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A window is missing at seat 11A but there are still two other windows.


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An expected flight time of 4 hours and 50 minutes was announced.

The purser came to me: "How are you? Please let me know if you need anything."

A hot towel was offered right before departure.

Push-back was at 15.00 for a scheduled departure time of 15.10. Take-off was at 15.10 from runway 31L.

Some nice views after take-off as we were heading towards Dubai.


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Some warm nuts were offered after the plane reached cruising altitude. I asked for some Veuve Clicquot champagne. Refill was offered several times.


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Let's see the drink menu for this flight. The choice is very impressive.


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And what's for dinner?


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The appetizer was served on a tray together with some salad and bread. I chose Roasted Duck with sesame plum sauce and potato salad with pear. It was very good.


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My main course was Chicken with mustard sauce served with roasted potatoes and sautéed spinach with garlic. It was quite good.


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Blueberry and vanilla slice served with orange compote. It was very good.


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Service by the cabin crew throughout the meal service was excellent.

Emirates has by far the best selection of movies and music in the sky - see my next review (Dubai to Vienna) for more details. I watched a South African movie.


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I noticed the nice mood lighting in the cabin after I had finished the movie.


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View over Basra in Southern Iraq.


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Flying over the Gulf between Bahrain and Iran.


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Approaching Dubai.


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We landed in Dubai at 22.58 and were at the gate at 23.01 for a scheduled arrival time of 23.20.


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The arrival hall at Dubai Airport is very impressive.


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There was only a short queue for immigration. There was no health check - I only had to show my passport. The officer gave me (and all other passengers) a 1 GB free SIM card for Dubai.

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Verdict

Emirates

8.8/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Meal/catering8.0

Budapest - BUD

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Dubai - DXB

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Although the 2-3-2 configuration in business class is certainly not the most luxurious, this was a very comfortable flight with good service, a good meal, good entertainment and arrival ahead of schedule.

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2 Comments

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  • Comment 593122 by
    lysflyer SILVER 1031 Comments

    Thanks for the report! EL has a great product however the fake-wood looks so tacky. Thankfully, the meal issue was solved!
    LYSflyer

  • Comment 593334 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 5759 Comments

    Hi David, thanks for another great report! Though these older cabins with angled flat and 2-3-2 are definitely not up to modern standards, as you mention, it is absolutely fine for a 5h flight, where many EU airlines are running narrowbodies with Euro-biz cabins on similar length sectors!

    Thanks for sharing!

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