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Emirates
Overall score based on 15 398 reviews
8,3
Boarding
8,2
Comfort
8,4
Crew
8,5
Entertainment
8,0
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "comfortable seats. Flight duration was good. Layover was little longer. Overall good experience"

Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "The crew was amazing"
Cons: "Nothing, absolutely loved it"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "The entertainment was really good. The movie options were good. It was really nice that the movies were free. The pilot did a nice controlled landing and take off"
Cons: "N/a"

Cons: "too many little children"

Pros: "Pilot does not waste time chatting. Still too much chatter (interrupting movies) but less than on other airlines."
Cons: "Entertainment system is Windows based and designed by a moron, especially CC behavior. Shows ads (LOTS) before each movie. Pops up window chrome every time you dismiss PA announcements. Very few movies/TVs (even those from the US) have CC."

Pros: "Entertainment was exhaustive and entertaining"
Cons: "Service was very poor. They missed servicing drinks when I was watching movie. Didn’t ask me. There was NO air freshener sprayed in this long flight. Overall service was very poor especially on my side of service at 32F."

Pros: "Friendly crew, delicious food and the entertainment was above board."
Cons: "n/a"

Cons: "Needs to be a bigger plane for such a long trip. Crew seemed like they weren't happy to be on the flight. One bathroom was out of commission for our 14 hour flight and limited our section of the plane to one bathroom. The remaining bathroom was very dirty and lacked supplies. When I asked for some help to have it cleaned, the attendant told me she would have to lock it down but there was already a big line of people waiting to use it. Disappointed in this flight because it was so long with limited facilities. Enjoyed other times I had used Emirates but not this time."

Cons: "cabin crew's service - men far behind women esp.when serving food. Not up to the mark."

Pros: "Excellent food, entertainment options, staff was great with the exception of one. Plane entertainment technology varies from route to route."
Cons: "Dubai airport is highly disappointing. The bathroom situation is atrocious! I am not exaggerating when I say I waited in line of 25 and 35 women two different times! The men’s situation isn’t ideal but is no where near the problem that is the women’s restrooms. The boarding process is mildly confusing - there is no public drinking fountains but if you buy water you are not allowed to take it to your gate. This info isn’t posted anywhere and makes no sense bc you purchased the water after you were checked through security. Also this rule truly only applies to women. A stewardess showed preferential treatment to someone who looked more native than us and then didn’t apologize. I understood the customer was upset so the flight attendant was trying to pacify the lady/couple but at least apologize for being rude. Dubai airport very much favors men and I would never travel without my husband. I would fly Emirates again but it won’t be my top choice and I won’t be going back to the Dubai airport anytime soon."

Pros: "I must admit....this is one of the best experiences I have had flying and I fly this route a lot. I was traveling with an Elder who required a wheelchair and every step of the way it was smooth and the crew was attentive."

Pros: "Crew, food, service"
Cons: "No respect from other passengers, lots of kicking seats, pulling on seats, babies crying. I will not take an Emirates flight from Dubai to Chicago again. I will choose another airline."

Pros: "Great business class seats with lay flat seats, attentive staff, great drinks, wine, food, recent movies and lots of choices."
Cons: "No separate pre-boarding area for business and first class. Beginning of boarding wasn't announced"

Pros: "I left my kindle reader in the seatback in my flight to Dubai. They found it and returned it to me on my retum doback to Chicago 3 weeks later."
Cons: "Lactose free meal was disgusting."

Pros: "Love the idea of informing every leg of my flight. Thanks"

Pros: "Overall very good"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Not many old Bollywood movies to select from..."

Cons: "This seemed far different from emirate flights that I'm used to. Over the years their service has decreased but the 1 meal and sub-par snack I got for an 8.5hr flight was poor, likened to a budget airline. This is the second flight recently I've been on that the drinks come so long after the meal you don't even get to enjoy your cola with the meal. The first food cart should have colas if there won't be another cart to come along until 30+ minutes later. I also expected Emirates to provide an eye patch, an 8 hr+ flight in the night time hours in worthy of an eyepatch. Budget airlines do not provide this, but I expected Emirates to. Lastly, I don't think it's necessary to hand out a menu indicating there is something to look forward to when the food is of quite poor standards for Emirates, standard for all other airlines. Maybe the Durban to Dubai route stocks he flights with less experienced crew, this is the impression I got; a much less refined group of people on the plane."

Pros: "I liked the meals"
Cons: "It was hard to push my chair back"

Pros: "The entertainment, seats, and food were all good."
Cons: "My only complaint would be that I didn't feel the crew members were around unless food was being served. I got up and asked for water twice, and at one point I woke up to find I had just missed the serving of a snack but when I rang my bell for a crew member to come over no one ever stopped by."

Pros: "Seat comfort and some cabin crew we're really kind"
Cons: "My screen was not very responsive to touch. Was challenging to navigate. I couldn't clearly hear the PA announcements"

Pros: "Hospitality and food"

Cons: "Seat assignment and boarding process"

Pros: "The crew was great in everything that they did."
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Crew were very competent and nice."
Cons: "There was not enough overhead space for my carryon bag, so had to go further back in the plane to find space, this caused a problem when disembarking."

Pros: "Good Price with on first priority"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Friendly crew"

Pros: "Excellent friendly crew, comfortable seats. Drinks menu could have a little better variety (no Jack Daniels was a little surprising)"

Cons: "Usually I have enjoyed the food but the food on the return flight was not palatable."

Pros: "Once again, the food and entertainment selections were what I liked the most about the flight."
Cons: "The crew were a bit impatient with the passengers. There was a lady travelling with an infant, and she was not sure how to fasten the seat belt on the baby. It seemed to me that the stewardess was impatient in dealing with the passenger."

Pros: "Service was too notch. Economy Class was a bit tight for such a long flight. Still a great experience. Thank you."

Cons: "70 minutes waiting on tarmac for no obvious reason before 15 + hours flight is not nice, perfect weather, plane 4 hours before take off ready , but ATC allowed 14 small planes to over take us....Dubai airport big disappointment, not enough clean restrooms, overpriced ,not enough food courts ,only retail and duty free, boarding took double time than usual....for me no more Dubai,"

Pros: "Flights were booked back in May and Emirates did not make major schedule changes"
Cons: "Consistently late departures. Did not keep passengers informed about updated departure times. After serving the food, it took more than one hour to take the leftovers away. During the flight from Dubai -Chicago, hot beverages were served 1.5 hours after the food was served. Crew was not friendly at all. During the Chicago-Dubai flight a crew member basically yelled at passengers "open the windows" and I had to tell him to "ask nicely please). Emirates comes nowhere close to Singapore, Thai, or Turkish in terms of service."

Pros: "Great selection of entertainment available."
Cons: "Seat space was very tight, and my seat was broken (would not recline). Also, a toddler screamed for over 6 hours straight with no intervention from the parents or crew."

Pros: "On time and cheap flight"

Pros: "I did not like the vegetarian food that was offered"

Pros: "The staff was very friendly"
Cons: "food choices and entertainment options could be better"

Cons: "We specifically reserved AVM meal option and couldn't get that on flight. It appears that it was not only us but many passengers who reserved AVM meal option were complaining about not getting one. On 14 hours long flight not getting a good of your choice is bad."

Pros: "Flight was clean that's pretty much it."
Cons: "Medicore service tryed almost all major airlines this was the worst service."

Pros: "Excellent crew and entertainment"
Cons: "Restrooms needed cleaning And Boarding were unorganized"

Pros: "Great service, comfortable seats, and great entertainment ..the food isnt too bad depending if ur not a picky eater, but overall its the best"
Cons: "N/a"

Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "Seats were old and in row 44 & 45 would not reclineand others reclined too far."

Pros: "good crew, prompt timing, good food"
Cons: "long transit in Dubai"

Cons: "Leg space is very little.. Rest rooms were messy after a while."

Cons: "Last minute surprise with re-routing to Chicago. Few options provided on Changed booking."

Pros: "Very helpful crew"
Cons: "I like almost every thing."

Pros: "Excellent"

Pros: "I was upgraded to first class because the flight was not full. So that was truly a blessing! And the service was great!"

Cons: "Not force checking luggage. Not loosing tsa pre details between different parts of ticket. Allowing checking to both legs online, not just the first."

Pros: "Food was extremely good for economy & professional & experienced cabin crew."
Cons: "747 showing its age!"

Cons: "Great experience"

Pros: "Crew and food was good, can do better"
Cons: "Seating system awful, in business class Especially In the center, crazy engineering"

Pros: "Good service and crew."
Cons: "Seats were very very narrow."

Cons: "Baggage delayed on arrival"

Pros: "This was a charter by BA. Airbus A320 with amazing legroom. Was slightly annoyed by them not having coffee ( to wake me up for the drive home) but I suppose I get why they weren’t serving hot beverages."
Cons: "The beverages thing above."

Pros: "Loved the 787. One flight attendant was just great. She made the difference on the flight! Didn't get her name but the trip was made better by her. Thank you!"

Pros: "Once again BA 297 was more than an hour late departing because BA could not get bags and cargo loaded."
Cons: "See above. If BA cant get A380 loaded for on time departure, get more baggage handlers or use a different aircraft."

Cons: "Possibly cleaner toilets......"

Cons: "Because of inability to load baggage at LHR we were over an hour late departing. Upon landing in ORD the CSM noted that many bags did not make flight. This is very poor service."

Cons: "Log delays"

Pros: "Customer service in London extremely helpful"
Cons: "Left our bags in London"

Pros: "The crew was very friendly and accommodating. We had plenty of food and drinks, including wine that was complementary."
Cons: "Not much leg room if you are tall and the person in front of you reclines their seat."

Pros: "Good staff service, good leg room."
Cons: "Could use more variety in channel options for entertainment."

Pros: "The staff helped me board and get better seating."
Cons: "There was only one meal through out. A few snacks here and there."

Cons: "I missed this connection and was routed through Dallas instead. I also missed that connection to El Paso."

Cons: "Should have more room on international overseas flights"

Pros: "Professional service, felt safe. Good cost."
Cons: "Only fed one full meal on our transatlantic flight, and got one snack otherwise. Took awhile to take our trays which caused a very long line for the bathroom after. On our inter Europe flight, no snacks were included."

Pros: "Very good"

Pros: "The entertainment system & the food."
Cons: "The seating was a little tight and there was no lunch before arrival..."

Cons: "They had a smaller crew and took a long time to serve food. People were getting food in different rows and in random order. Our luggage also took a long time to get off the plane."

Cons: "My baggage was lost. This is ridiculous."

Cons: "Was pulled for a security screening. Stood around forever waiting. Seemed like people didn't know what they were doing."

Pros: "Fortunately, BA got us on another flight--so our vacation plans weren't totally ruined!"
Cons: "Unfortunately we didn't receive notification that the originally scheduled flight no longer existed. We had paid a higher price to use the regional airport. When attempting to check-in online, there was no flight. The new flight involved a 2 hour drive to a different and added 2 weeks of parking charges that we wouldn't have otherwise had."

Pros: "full flight but well staffed and attentive. Great entertainment options."

Pros: "See above"
Cons: "See above"

Cons: "Ruse at check in"

Pros: "Just the right amount of flight time and arriving early in the morning. Dreamliner makes the flight much easier. Always get either 3rd or 7th row seats with window bed and free access to isle."
Cons: "Usually starts late sometimes in London, and always on some remote gate."

Pros: "The crew was friendly."
Cons: "The chicken meal was one tiny slab or meat-about two inches by 1 inch (5 cm x 2.5 cm in Metrics). It was dreadful."

Pros: "I liked the service, the affordable flight and the food"
Cons: "The booking said Finnair, but it was with American airlines going to England and then with British airways going home to Chicago. It wasn't clear where to check in, or which website to go to. please be more clear regarding which airlines to check in and which airline we will be using."

Pros: "Nice staff, easy to board."

Pros: "Pleasant and helpful crew, food was good and warm when served;"
Cons: "5 hour delay in taking off due to engine trouble"

Pros: "Flight crew professional appearance"
Cons: "unable to upgrade/purchase an economy comfort seat only 2 offers of water through out flight -- and one of those was 1/2 hour before landing"

Cons: "They lost all of our luggage from our group traveling together. 8 bags didn't make it. Very frustrating."

Cons: "See above"

Pros: "Nice high tech tvs to watch movies and tv shows"

Pros: "Beautiful plane, comfortable seats, great flight attendants."
Cons: "Food going to London and coming back was excellent except for the last meal. The choice was either chicken salad or egg salad. My recommendation is that if you are going to serve chicken salad then have the alternative either some type of lunchmeat or some other type of protein based meal. I can't eat mayonnaise so there wasn't an alternative of any type."

Cons: "The air in the airplane was very cold and no blankets were provided. The aircraft seemed very old. Small movie screens on the ceiling, too far away to watch movie."

Pros: "That we did not fly British Airways."

Cons: "Very slow operations at the Heathrow airport."

Pros: "Same as before. But I flew with Iberia."

Cons: "Could not check in advance. At least this was not clear to me from the email notification."

Cons: "Is way below par when compared to emirates or any other international airlines"

Pros: "The staff was wonderful and went out of there way to make me comfortable"

Pros: "Flight attendants were nice. Had a special meal and it was pretty good compared to regular meal. Another orange express card to get to my connection."
Cons: "Wasn't helped as much to get through to my connection by employees and the security lines were absolutely ridiculous"

Cons: "I wish there was wifi"

Pros: "Loved the BA flight over to UK, comfort, Diabetic food, movie, crew. Very nice"
Cons: "I wasn't happy with flight back to US Not liking American Airlines , food and sad with not a choice of movie. No monitors in seat in front."

Pros: "Good beverage and food service."
Cons: "The movies could not be started on demand but only on schedule and could not be paused and restarted"

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