Review of Emirates flight Bangkok Hong Kong in First

Airline Emirates
Flight EK384
Class First
Seat 2K
Aircraft Airbus A380-800
Flight time 02:55
Take-off 06 Jan 24, 13:45
Arrival at 06 Jan 24, 17:40
EK   #1 out of 94 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 633 reviews
By GOLD 2128
Published on 18th January 2024

We live in Iceland and we went to Australia for the end of the year holidays to see relatives who live there – we hadn’t been there for five years. And as Australia is quite far from Iceland – the distance between Keflavík and Melbourne would be 16,960 kms if there was a direct flight – I went to a few places in Asia before and after Australia.

I booked the following flights:
Keflavík to London, Icelandair, business class, B737
London to Abu Dhabi, Etihad, business class, A380
Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, Etihad by Wamos, business class, A330
Yogyakarta to Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia, economy, A320
Kuala Lumpur to Manila, Philippine Airlines, business class, A321
Manilla to Sydney, Philippine Airlines, business class, A330
Canberra to Melbourne, Qantas, economy, B717
Melbourne to Hobart, Virgin Australia, economy, B737
Hobart to Melbourne, Jetstar, economy, A320
Melbourne to Manilla, Philippine Airlines, business class, A330
Manilla to Kuala Lumpur, Philippine Airlines, business class, A320
Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, Malaysia Airlines, business class, B737,
Bangkok to Hongkong, Emirates, first class, A380
Hongkong to Manila, Air Asia Philippines, economy, A320
Manila to Panglao, Cebu Pacific, economy, A321
Cebu to Singapore, Singapore Airlines, business class, A350
Singapore to London, Singapore Airlines, business class, A380
London to Keflavík, British Airways, business class, A320

Travelling on an A380 is always special; travelling in international first class is the top of commercial travel; Emirates’ first class is considered to be one of the best in the world.

It had been my dream to try Emirates’ first class but Emirates it does not come cheap. The cheapest Emirates first class fare from Dubai is to Muscat and costs 1630 € one-way for a very short flight. The flight to Delhi is longer and costs around 1800 € one-way. The flight from Dubai to London costs 6250 € one-way. But there’s a flight that is much cheaper than any other: the Bangkok to Hong Kong fifth freedom Emirates flight which costs only 560 € one-way in first class.

This was my 1036th commercial flight and only the second in international first class (the first one was British Airways from London to Bermuda).

I arrived from Kuala Lumpur. I went through a security control for connecting flights and looked for the lounge.

photo 01

Emirates has its own lounge at Bangkok Airport. The same lounge is available for business and first class passengers and also for Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum members.

photo 02

I was one of the first passengers to arrive to the lounge, about three and a half hours before departure.

The lounge is spacious, there’s some natural light and several seating areas.

The choice of food is excellent and much better than at most business class lounges around the world.

The choice of drinks is typical for a business class lounge.

photo 18photo 19photo 20

I had a good breakfast on my previous flight from Kuala Lumpur and I was expecting a good late lunch on my flight to Hong Kong so I didn’t eat much but what I ate was very good.

The staff at the lounge was extremely helpful. I needed some assistance to charge my phone because of the different socket type and they went the extra mile to help me.

Although I was not in a first class lounge I enjoyed every moment of my stay.

Boarding had already started by the time I got to the gate.

photo 21

There’s a separate jet bridge for first and business class. All economy seats are on the lower deck and all business and first seats are on the upper deck.

photo 22

Our plane was one of Emirates’ 116 A380s, registration number A6-EOB, delivered in 2014. It has 14 first class, 76 business class and 429 economy class seats. The first class suites are in a 1-2-1 configuration with four rows on the two sides and three rows in the middle.

My suite:

photo 23photo 24

There are no overhead bins so hand luggage can only be stored in-suite.

Seat commands.

photo 25

The unrefrigerated storage area for drinks.

photo 27

A notebook and a pen. I don’t think that many people actually use them.

photo 28


photo 29

The headphones were great quality. The music sounded very good and take-off could hardly be heard.

photo 30photo 31

A very small storage area under the armrest.

photo 32

The suite has three windows (quite small ones by the way) and the window blinds can be separately opened and closed for each of them. There are two shades: a lighter and a darker one. This is an excellent feature of the suite.

photo 33

The Emirates logo on the bulkhead in front of the middle suites.

photo 34

I checked out the bathrooms before departure. They’re huge and they really make a difference compared to the average airplane lavatories.

photo 35photo 36

There’s a shower but I knew I wouldn't have time to try it on this short flight. 

photo 37

The cabin crew member in charge of my aisle was Veronica from Mexico. She was very friendly. She warned me that we had a full and short flight and service could be slower. She also let me know that there would be no time for using the shower - she must have  experience with passengers' request on this short flight.

She asked me what she could offer me as a welcome drink – champagne, of course. She explained that only Moët et Chandon could be served on the ground because of customs but there would be Dom Pérignon later during the flight. Some excellent Arabic coffee and a piece of date were also served.

photo 38

Push-back was at 13.55 for a scheduled departure time of 13.45. We took off at 14.21 after a very long taxi.

Here’s the lunch menu. Lunch includes caviar, a choice of four appetizers, four main courses, four sides and four desserts.

photo 39photo 40

Juices, soft drinks, moctails, coffee and tea.

photo 41

Coctails and beer.

photo 42a-coctails

Aperitifs, digestifs and spirits.

photo 43


photo 44-champagne

White wine.

photo 45-white-wine

Red wine.

photo 46-red-wine

Dessert wine and port.

photo 47-dessert-wine-and-port

A glass of Dom Pérignon 2023 and warm nuts were served twenty minutes after take-off. 

photo 48

Caviar service started another 15 minutes later. Caviar was served in very generous quantity.

photo 49

I had a glass of 2012 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru by Albert Bichot. It was exceptionally good. This wine is usually not available in retail but its value is about 400 € a bottle.

photo 50

I had the mezze as my appetiser. It was very impressive. A huge portion was served on eight small plates. All parts were fresh and top quality. It was served with a lot of attention to detail.

photo 51

We were flying between Vietnam and China at this time.

photo 52

I had prawn machbous as my main course. There was nothing first class about it but it was tasty. 

photo 53

I didn’t have time to watch a movie but I checked the flight information from time to time.

photo 54

I had a fruit selection that was nicely served.

photo 55

The selection of fine chocolates was really fine.

photo 56

I had a glass of 2014 Château d’Yquem dessert wine. It was absolutely fantastic. This wine retails around 400 € a bottle.

I was given a huge box of fine chocolates before landing.

photo 57

We landed in Hong Kong at 17.28 and were at the gate at 17.47 after a long taxi for a scheduled arrival time of 17.40.

The tail camera after landing:

photo 58
See more



Cabin crew10.0

Emirates Lounge


Bangkok - BKK


Hong Kong - HKG



Flying in Emirates First Class is good fun. Highlights included the fantastic service, the caviar, the mezze and the wine.

Information on the route Bangkok (BKK) Hong Kong (HKG)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 54 avis concernant 7 compagnies sur la ligne Bangkok (BKK) → Hong Kong (HKG).


La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Emirates avec 8.4/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 2 heures et 44 minutes.

  More information


If you liked this review or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below !

Login to post a comment.