If ever given the choice, take a flight on an Airbus A380.
We had enjoyed a flight in business class from Frankfurt to Miami last year and were impressed by the comfort and silence. Somehow, they have managed to reduce the usual airplane noises. The ride is smooth, with little notice of take off or landing. Seats were the same as in other aircraft and the toilets were about the same size.
We had flown with Boeing 777's from Frankfurt to Singapore and expected the same aircraft for our return flights. I was surprised to spot an A380 parked at our gate. When I asked, I learned that Hong Kong allows Emirates to use that aircraft on only certain days to prevent competition with Cathay.
The first class suites are the same as on the 777, but the cabin is larger. The big difference was the toilets. I have stayed in London hotels with smaller toilets. And, each had a shower (again larger than in many hotels). An attendant explains the procedures (you get only 5 minutes of water) and then tidies up. The stewardess suggest that I visit the lounger, which is shared with the business class. Being an introvert (not a snob), I declined the offer and retired to my suite to sleep. I did not shower, but my did somewhere over Pakistan. She arrived fresh in Dubai to enjoy breakfast in the first class restaurant. She would have had her hair done, but we had neglected to book an appointment.
I am sold on the benefits of the A380 and look forward to the next surprise.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.