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Flying with Emirates is a class well above

Business class
Business class

By Martin Breen

After watching a certain TV ad featuring Jennifer Aniston drinking in a cocktail lounge on board an Emirates A380, I always wanted to see this bar at 35,000ft for myself.

And, thanks to Emirates, I recently got a glimpse behind the curtain, travelling Business Class with the airline on my trip to Cambodia.

Yes, that iconic bar does exist and you can sit there and have a few drinks and canapes to make your flight, well, fly in.

Flying Business Class with Emirates was every bit as incredible as I'd hoped. I stepped off the plane fully refreshed so the first day of my holiday wasn't ruined by jet lag.

Business Class with Emirates begins even before you board the plane, not just with the business lounge, but the airline also offers complimentary chauffeur service to the airport.

Once you are on the plane you can see the benefits of Business Class immediately. You are assigned a pod with a flat-bed seat, storage area, a minibar, a tablet and a widescreen TV.

Thanks to being able to extend the bed to an almost flat 79 inches, I was able to sleep for hours on the way over. Flight attendants will provide you with a blanket, pillow and even a mattress if you so require (it is worth it).

But before I dozed off, I made sure to make full use of the excellent amenities.

After boarding you will receive a glass of Champagne (or orange juice if you prefer) and an extensive food and drinks menu and wine list.

The food choices are designed to mimic a fine dining experience. Highlights for me included smoked duck, pan-fried beef fillet with mashed potatoes and a chocolate and hazelnut tart. It was certainly the best airline food I have ever tasted.

Emirates wine choices are also pretty amazing, and the attention to sourcing the best wines clearly shows. Also try out the cocktail list as it really would be rude not to!

The airline's ICE (information, communication, and entertainment) system must surely be the best in-flight entertainment on the planet. It features thousands of movies, TV shows and documentaries so there is something to watch for everyone. There is also complimentary wifi up to 10MB, enough to send a few messages on WhatsApp.

Once you are awake from that sleep, you can make use of the fantastic Bulgari toiletry kit which includes everything you need to freshen up, from aftershave/perfume to shaving gel and toothbrush and toothpaste.

If you're a celeb-spotter, chances are you will bump into a few on your flight in Business or First Class. On the leg of my trip from Dublin to Dubai, a few of the Boyzone guys were in seats behind. But sadly I didn't get to meet Jennifer Aniston in the bar.

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