Review: The Emirates Boeing 777 experience

The Boeing 777-300er is the backbone of the Emirates fleet. Over the years the 'Triple-7' has become more than just an airplane, it is now a brand flying the skies all over the world. It is a product that has a great reputation within the aviaton industry and is loved and enjoyed by thousands of passengers every day.


I've had the pleasure of travelling on a lot of Emirates flights throughout the years, including one of the longest direct flights in the world, the EK218 from Los Angeles to Dubai. This same route is also operated by an Emirates A380 Airbus as EK215, making it the longest non-stop Airbus Super Jumbo flight in the world.


In this article I mainly want to show you what the Boeing 777 experience is all about and why it leads the international market. Its First and Business Classes are all about luxury sure, but it's also got an amazing Economy Class that keeps you comfortable throughout some very long flights. Let's get into some more detail!

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A few facts: Emirates Boeing 777-300er

This Emirates flagship carrier is the most popular aircraft in the world, with more than 1,500 of them flying around the world every day. Almost every major airline trusts and utilizes the Boeing manufacturers from Seattle, USA. It's a sturdy workhorse that can fly you halfway around the world without the need to land. Direct market competitors are the A330, A340 and the new Airbus 350 that is expected to join the industry later this year.


The Boeing 777 is one of the safest aircrafts in the world. Until the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco in mid 2013, there had been no fatalities associated with the Boeing 777. Asiana's two fatalities were the first recorded in its 18 years of operation, and the crash was due to a pilot error and not aircraft issues. The recent Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which has been missing ever since the 8th of March 2014 was also a Boeing 777, and its destiny is still unfortunately unknown to this day.

Good to Know: Triple 777 and Dubai

Best Seat on the 777:  There are shared opinions but check what Seat Guru has to say by clicking here.


Best Hotel to stay in Dubai: The Marriott Marquis (tallest in the world) or the Rotana Rose (second tallest). Both quite affordable.


What to do in Dubai: I published this Dubai Guide based on a two days layover. I have lived in Dubai myself and I know the coolest spots.

The Economy Class



It's no secret that I love ICE, and no I'm not talking about ice cream but the Emirates entertainment system which is simply known as ICE (Information, Communication & Entertainment). ICE was voted as the best aviation entertainment system in the world in 2013 and 2014 by Skytrax.


You can pick between hundreds of options for movies, music, TV series and games channels. You'll never get bored, and that's a fact! The new screens come in a 16:9 format, are easy to handle and are as responsive as an Apple iPad. The days of your fingers being in pain after a flight because the display simply didn't respond to your wishes are over!




Emirates is quite generous when it comes to your luggage - 30kg for each Economy traveller. That's not typical as usually other airlines only offer 20kg or less. You better take advantage of it!

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Let's start with the good news - Emirates will not let you starve! The food is super yummy and the portions very satisfying. You are going to enjoy two meals if you fly beyond six hours, mostly lunch or breakfast, depending on what time your flight departs. The cabin crew will serve tea and coffee and are usually quite present during the entire flight offering drinks and cakes etc...


Something that I dislike about Emirates is their cabin crew. Most of the time they can't identify themselves with the airline and its customs and they seem tired most of the time. They seem overworked and are even surveilled by the airline management. I know an Emirates crew member who posted on his personal social media account that he didn't like working on a certain aircraft, said nothing about the Emirates brand, and was immediately fired from his position.  In the air, you will get a "NO" as an answer quite often, mostly from their Asian staff who really lack a basic knowledge of English.


I have also experienced a lot of Eastern European crew in the Emirates team, most who have a massive attitude problem and only start working for Emirates to hook up with wealthy Arabs who are starving for some good times. Overall I think Emirates HR is missing a real sustainable strategic effort when it comes to their cabin crew.

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A common procedure among Russian cabin crew - facelifts, has also finally arrived within the cabins of the Emirates Boeing 777-300er. Most of their cabins are being refurbished at the moment, including brand new seats and an amazing 16:9 screen in front of you. These screens are super responsive and are easy to handle, and this tool will actually improve the quality of your flight a lot.


Yes, finally a little bit of their "Hello tomorrow!" campaign is reaching the cabins. The 4:3 screens from 1972 are no longer present. Some Triple 7's may still have the old design but you can be sure that Emirates is trying hard to refurbish them all.


Have a look at the Seat Map to find your best seat.

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The Business Class



Emirates has a pretty decent Business Class and perhaps offers the best corporate product in the industry. Apart from the flat bed experience, you will also have your own personal mini-bar, personal storage space and a privacy divider that can turn your seat into a little self-contained pod. Every businessman/woman relies on their laptop and you won't have to worry about your device running out of battery during a flight, due to the in-built seat power supply. You may even get to enjoy the free WiFi on selected Boeing 777 flights. 




Business and First Class travellers are invited to spend some time at Emirates' luxury lounges. You can dine on great food, enjoy the Business Center to catch up with some work or just have a cold beer. The Emirates lounge in Dubai even offers a Spa to its First Class travellers. A limousine service is also included and can be arranged online here, with a so-called "luxury" Volvo (there is nothing luxury about a Volvo, don't know where they get that rubbish from).

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Emirates offers you a wide range of healthy and award-winning food. In Emirates Business Class you will be offered a three course meal. There are no paper napkins or plastic cups either, there are linen napkins and silver cutlery of course. The airline from Dubai offers you everything you need to relax to the fullest. Complimentary champagne, a huge variety of beers, cocktails, wines, liqueurs and long drinks. All these amazing drinks are of course not availabe on flights to Saudi Arabia. 


If you ever get to fly on an Emirates A380 you should try the SkyBar. It is a real bar open for First and Business Class travellers, and is a great place to socialise. Unfortunately this bar isn't available on the Boeing 777, probably due to the lack of room.

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The First Class



Well, if you have the money to book a First Class flight you probably won't be reading my review or won't really care if I say that the pillows weren't fluffy enough. Let me give you guys a little taste anyways. The refurbished Boeing 777-300er have adapted the same First Class cabins you can find on an Airbus A380. You are going to spend your flight in your private suite with flat bed, flat screen and flat cabin crew.


Unfortunately you won't get to enjoy the SkyBar or SkyShower on a 777. But don't worry, you will still be pampered like a king. Emirates has a dedicated First Class lounge and priority check-in. The First Class limousine service is on a luxury Mercedes - definitely better than a Volvo. Yes, every wish will be granted!




40kg for every First Class traveller, but believe me they are not going to reject you if you want to check-in another bag or take an additional carry-on bag...

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Emirates 777 Bottomline:

Emirates Boeing 777 has one of the best Economy Classes in the world, that's a fact. Its Business and First Class are also pretty outstanding. It's not a secret that Emirates orders pretty decent airplanes and follows a true luxury strategy.


It's very close to the perfect airplane and if you have the chance to fly on an Emirates Triple 7 then I can tell you that you are going to have a very pleasant flight.


For the America to Dubai flights I recommend that you request a window seat right in the back so you can enjoy the view while flying over Canada and especially Greenland.


Overall the Boeing 777 even beats the Airbus A380 in my opinion. The entertainment system is outstanding, the food delicious and well, the cabin crew is usually below average but that's ok.

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    hazem (Friday, 09 February 2018 02:45)

    Don't get fooled once you see an attractive ticket price, as those attractive prices have a dark side in the T&C, especially when you are dealing with a big airline like emirates, so they never solve the problem once it happens, and you start getting bullied by their complaint department. You will definitely be surprised after all the marketing they do and ads, and they have those monsters in their back office! what even make it worst, is that I am a regular customer since 2008 & I am on their skyward mileage reward, with a very good/strong history but still wasn't enough, and they unleashed those complaint team monsters on me :)

    To cut the story short, I bought a ticket with a stopover in dubai, and I wanted to extend my trip for only 1 day more, so I went to their office and was notified that there is a condition in my ticket which doesn't allow me to stay 1 more day (Max 7 days), and if I want to stay then I have to pay several penalties which ends me up with paying almost the same price I paid for the 1st ticket! which is nonsense! so I asked the guy to check if I buy a new 1 way ticket on the same date and surprisingly it was half the price of those penalties they wanted to apply on me! so thats what I call "Pirates" attitude, imagine how many people could just pay that penalty without checking or asking for a 1 way ticket!

    So I submitted a complaint, and simply asked if there is a solution, as simply the penalties doesn't make any sense especially when the 1 way ticket is half the price of the penalty, and I also mentioned that who has the time to read the T&C unless he/she has nothing to do in the world, and I ended up my complaint with some cute pressure that if there is no solution, then I would like to cancel my skyward.

    The complaint department replied with we know that you read the T&C and we should apply those conditions on you, and there's no way out! and please confirm that you want to cancel your skyward so we start processing the cancelation! so They left me with no solution except checking 1 way ticket back. (The funny thing, that when you see their ads and the way they sell their services doesn't reflect any reality, so don't believe those ads you see, as it doesn't reflects the whole picture, there is a hidden dark side)

    So to summarize the story, don't feel smart when you find a very attractive ticket by emirates as you might end up paying more to go home, plus you will have some disturbing moments when you try to solve this issue with them.

    Anyway, I only wanted to share my story so no one get fooled like me, and if you have the time to read the T&C then please do. otherwise you will get bullied by their pirates (complaint department).

  • #2

    Dan Fraser (Friday, 30 March 2018 16:48)

    We flew out from Cape Town to DXB on the older version 777 and onward on the newer 777 from DXB to Chicago.-both economy class.
    Definitive preferred the seats on the newer version ...also interested in the in Josh comment in his article regarding staff .......let me explain>>
    On the first flight from cape town we sat near the rear @ Row 41 starboard side....approx 3 hrs into flight i made my way to the rear toilets and waited ,,,,as the toilets were occupied...... at the point where the three seats become 2 ,,,,i noticed the last thee rows of seats @row 48 where fitted with curtains . Whilst waiting i saw a crew member, come out of the seat-closed curtains and speak to the couple who were seated immediately in front of the curtain eat row 47 ?? ...she said, /////""would you please stop talking this this a crew rest area"".....WHAT THE HECK was my thought ...they the paying couple and thus the client , were being instructed by the Air line employee not to talk !! just 3 hrs into a international flight -because the employee who is on the plane to work ( after i assume what was a 48 hr layover rest period in cape town ) ...could sleep !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IS THIS NORMAL EMIRATES AIRLINE STAFF PRACTICE ...i see the article indicates staff are always tired but thought that what lay over R&R was for ...the whole thing kind of took me back a bit -----luckily i was not seated in row 47 other wise i would have called for on board management intervention

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    John (Tuesday, 21 August 2018 08:19)

    This is the worst economy class in the sky, running a 3-4-3 searing arrangement in a 777 is the most inhuman thing an airline could ever do. You literally feel like cattle seated on top of each other. It is by far the smallest seat in sky. I purposely avoid flying any airline that flies 777 in this configuration. Arabs aren’t small people and even the Asian airlines (Singapore and Japan Airlines) fly the 777 in a 3-3-3 cause they know anything else is beyond human ability to sit in on those plans, particularly for extended periods of time. #shame on anyone that gives this positive reviews



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