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I've found Emirates to be excellent, but note Qatar airlines are offering some amazingly cheap deals for Economy, Europe to BKK.

 

 

Seat Guru says Qatar is only 1" shorter seat space than Emirates, but Google Travel says 4".

How have people found these airlines, worth paying a little extra for Emirates?


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In the last few years Emirates have made several changes, when booking your flight you could choose your seat, now you have to pay or wait till you check in.

You used to be able to choose a different meal online,  I always chose the Fish Meal, that’s gone now. They have cut down the number of items as well, I asked the Stewardess why, she said the stall complained the trays were too big ?

Wine, they now serve from standard wine bottles, no individual small ones.

i can never understand why after coming off a flight you have to go through security at Dubai, last time twice as I had too change terminals, you are airside ?

I always book Newcastle too Bangkok, on the odd occasion I have had too book Bangkok to Newcastle, the fare is £200 plus more expensive.

i have queried this with Emirates several times, they couldn’t answer me,. The taxes and the flight incurred costs are the same, it’s the fare that costs more.

The flights to Gatwick are a similar price both ways but it’s a long trek south for me plus add the cost of rail fares and it’s not worth it.

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27 minutes ago, jamie2009 said:

In the last few years Emirates have made several changes, when booking your flight you could choose your seat, now you have to pay or wait till you check in.

You used to be able to choose a different meal online,  I always chose the Fish Meal, that’s gone now. They have cut down the number of items as well, I asked the Stewardess why, she said the stall complained the trays were too big ?

Wine, they now serve from standard wine bottles, no individual small ones.

i can never understand why after coming off a flight you have to go through security at Dubai, last time twice as I had too change terminals, you are airside ?

I always book Newcastle too Bangkok, on the odd occasion I have had too book Bangkok to Newcastle, the fare is £200 plus more expensive.

i have queried this with Emirates several times, they couldn’t answer me,. The taxes and the flight incurred costs are the same, it’s the fare that costs more.

The flights to Gatwick are a similar price both ways but it’s a long trek south for me plus add the cost of rail fares and it’s not worth it.

These are good points. I forgot to mention security in Dubai, which is a pain in the backside and is totally unnecessary, as jamie2009 rightly says. in Doha with Qatar you deplane straight into the departure lounge. In May, (on Emirates) I was served wine from an individual bottle, so that could be a recent change. Seat selection is still available on Emirates, but is only complimentary on Economy Flex, Flex Plus or Business class. If Economy Saver you will have to pay for it. 

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3 minutes ago, tryasimight said:

I'll have to ask the wife as she flies Emirates economy. I send her photos from business class. 

 

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Indeed, Emirates business class is very good, especially with the 1-2-1 seating and the bar. 

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2 hours ago, Wiggy said:

I have traveled with both lately. Here's my penny's worth:

 

Emirates good things:

- A380 upstairs forward cabin is quiet and spacious, especially seat 51G (but not always available for selection on cheaper tickets)

- food, which I found to be some of the best on economy

- frequency (easy to choose the right time to fly)

- good cabin crew

 

Emirates bad things:

- Dubai airport is extremely busy and crowded (don't leave a short connection time as sometimes you need to change terminals)

- avoid the Boeing 777, as it's much more claustrophobic

 

Qatar good things:

- Doha airport is much more user friendly and quieter

- food is also good

- space on the A380

 

Qatar bad things:

- avoid the Boeing 787 as legroom is much less than other aircraft in their fleet

- poorer customer service on the ground

 

Both have good IFE.

 

I never watch in-flight entertainment, especially not on hijab airlines. I hate censorship. BYODevices.

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56 minutes ago, jamie2009 said:

In the last few years Emirates have made several changes, when booking your flight you could choose your seat, now you have to pay or wait till you check in.

You used to be able to choose a different meal online,  I always chose the Fish Meal, that’s gone now. They have cut down the number of items as well, I asked the Stewardess why, she said the stall complained the trays were too big ?

Wine, they now serve from standard wine bottles, no individual small ones.

i can never understand why after coming off a flight you have to go through security at Dubai, last time twice as I had too change terminals, you are airside ?

I always book Newcastle too Bangkok, on the odd occasion I have had too book Bangkok to Newcastle, the fare is £200 plus more expensive.

i have queried this with Emirates several times, they couldn’t answer me,. The taxes and the flight incurred costs are the same, it’s the fare that costs more.

The flights to Gatwick are a similar price both ways but it’s a long trek south for me plus add the cost of rail fares and it’s not worth it.

Some miss truths here. I fly Emirates every month to Russia or Africa. Wine is served in small bottles , I prefer red and they normally have a French and Australian one to choose from. Meals well you can still select a special meal when checking in on line. Standard meals in economy are a choice of two types of dishes. If you want better I suggest you upgrade to business class. Every airport you arrive at and transfer you go through security again, Chiangi, Bangkok , Moscow why should Dubai be any different. Maybe you should go back and fly with BA then you will have reasons to complain!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2 minutes ago, 1337markus said:

Some miss truths here. I fly Emirates every month to Russia or Africa. Wine is served in small bottles , I prefer red and they normally have a French and Australian one to choose from. Meals well you can still select a special meal when checking in on line. Standard meals in economy are a choice of two types of dishes. If you want better I suggest you upgrade to business class. Every airport you arrive at and transfer you go through security again, Chiangi, Bangkok , Moscow why should Dubai be any different. Maybe you should go back and fly with BA then you will have reasons to complain!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wine is not served in individual bottles on the flights from the UK, yes there are Meal choices but these are dietary meals. Before there were other choices over and above the Dietary Meal selection.

i have no complaints about Emirates food, probably the best airline food I have eaten.

I have travelled Business Class with Emirates, the food Menu is the same, the only difference is it’s served on a plate rather than a tin foil tray.

Airport Security, when I arrive in the UK I never have to go through airport security when going for a connecting flight.

Having the opportunity to travel and work abroad globally the only place I ever had to go through security was in Kazakhstan where your baggage was checked for drugs.

i am not complaining, just making comments !!!!!!! Hi 

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm I spent   about 6  years using Emirates  and slowly their  service tailed off to CRAP, their economy ram them in 3-4-3 as  well, dont know about Qatars.

I only used Business  Class and at £2k a go for the money I told them their service was crap after numerous incidents of "crapness".

Even tried First once and the TV didnt work!!!

Told them Id  go elsewhere and did.

Last 2-3  years used Sri Lankan, older planes but  better service and Turkish, all to the UK

12 years ago I used emirates economy about 2-3  times before deciding "sardines" wasnt for me. The A380 holds a lot of "sardines"

They also changed their  member card system making it  much harder to earn  miles and much harder to spend  them, still got 50k in miles unused for 3  years

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10 minutes ago, kannot said:

Hmmmmmmmmmmm I spent   about 6  years using Emirates  and slowly their  service tailed off to CRAP, their economy ram them in 3-4-3 as  well, dont know about Qatars.

I only used Business  Class and at £2k a go for the money I told them their service was crap after numerous incidents of "crapness".

Even tried First once and the TV didnt work!!!

Told them Id  go elsewhere and did.

Last 2-3  years used Sri Lankan, older planes but  better service and Turkish, all to the UK

12 years ago I used emirates economy about 2-3  times before deciding "sardines" wasnt for me. The A380 holds a lot of "sardines"

They also changed their  member card system making it  much harder to earn  miles and much harder to spend  them, still got 50k in miles unused for 3  years

3-4-3 on a B777 is crap, but the A380 is wider (as is the A350) so no big deal for me with 3-4-3. I recall when the B777 first came out most airlines were 3-3-3, but many have gone to 3-4-3 which is bad news, but upstairs on the Emirates A380 it's 2-4-2 so a bit more amenable (but this is only on their 2-class aircraft). I agree though that Emirates' service has deteriorated somewhat from their early days. I went with EVA Air most recently to London and they were good as they still have 3-3-3 on that route. Always good to look at https://www.seatguru.com to see what you're getting.

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3 minutes ago, Jonnapat said:

Choose your aircraft carefully, not specifically the airline.

There is simply no comparison when comparing Emirates A380 to it's B777.

More room, quieter and altogether a much better experience.

Exactly the same comments apply to Qatar.

If you're able, try the A350, a super aircraft..

Completely agree.

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1 hour ago, Dustdevil said:

I never watch in-flight entertainment, especially not on hijab airlines. I hate censorship. BYODevices.

Maybe you're naiv.: Most in- flight entertainment Movies are censored, independed of the Airline Company.

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