2016 couldn’t have had a better end. Back in November while we were trying to make plans on where to escape one last time in 2016, flydubai pleasantly surprised us with an invitation to join them on a quick trip to Dubai. Given that fact that our love for Dubai has steadily grown through the years, we didn’t have to think twice about agreeing and before you knew it, the date was here and we found ourselves rolling our bags out of home.
Let me begin with some honesty. When we first heard of flydubai, I had to do a bit of a double-take at Revati.
Back to Dubai
“flydubai? Wait a minute, is that an airline or a travel company? Oh yes, it’s an airline.” Yes, flydubai wasn’t top of mind as an airline brand and I kept wondering why. I then realised that it’s probably because of a couple of reasons – it’s not the brand that pops up when you’re doing ticketing searches on booking sites and there’s very little communication/PR we were exposed to. For us, that’s actually perfect! There’s no baggage we carry with us (not literally, of course) when we board!
Given the amount I travel for my day job, I wasn’t complaining about our red-eye 05:05 flight on our way in. Personally, whether I was a red-eye regular or not, I really prefer taking flights that get me to my destination as soon as possible because I have the entire day ahead of me when I land. And that’s precisely why I loved getting into Dubai really early in the morning.
So we headed to the airport around 2 am since we wanted to see what the Business experience with flydubai had in store for us. And it didn’t disappoint. We were greeted by friendly staff at the exclusive Business check-in counter and we were soon on our way to the Business Class Lounge.
The Business Class Lounge has always felt like home at Mumbai Airport given the many hours we’ve spent in it, but I was initially tad disappointed to see that it wasn’t the Lounge I frequent. My apprehensions were soon laid to rest when I discovered that this lounge was no different from the other, with the exception of the massage service. 4 am is a strange time to experience the Business Class Lounge, considering the only thing you should be doing there is sleeping, but we were wide awake and decided on sampling a small snack and a couple of drinks.
On our way back from Dubai, the flight timings were just as perfect. A 23:40 departure ensured we had an entire last day in Dubai as well. Sure, it’s about 4 am when we’re back in Mumbai, but I’d rather have a full day at my break than have it when I’m back home. Again, we were whisked away to a wonderful lounge just steps away from our boarding gate and we settled down with some champagne and cheese while we waited to board.
Once we boarded and we found ourselves discovering the first surprise of the flight. The seats were surprisingly spacious. Yes, they were business class seats and they’re supposed to be spacious but we’ve flown business before on low-cost airlines and this was perhaps the most spacious of them all. The menu was as well stocked as most non low-cost airline menus and when the food arrived, we were in for our second surprise. The food was far better than what we expected! Whether it was the poached eggs or waffles for breakfast, or the Biryani or seafood crepe for dinner, it was nothing that made you feel like you were flying a low-cost airline. Not even Business in a low-cost airline.
When we later caught up with the team, they were telling us how they consciously decided to go the extra mile when it came to seating and to the cuisine. Team flydubai, it really makes a difference in the in-flight experience!
After a short flight to Dubai, we literally walked through immigration thanks to the fast-track passes we were given on board. From there it was off to the Melia and that experience is going to be a whole new story.
In the end
Would we fly flydubai again? Of course! But it’s genuinely more than that. Whether it’s the flight timings or the pre- and in-flight experience, our flydubai experience has pinned Dubai firmly on our list of regular destinations to visit alongside Bangkok. With each passing trip, and most definitely this one with flydubai, we’ve grown to like this beautiful destination more and more.
From the wonderful desert experience to the little experiences tucked away into the rest of trip, flydubai did more than just make us fall in love with Dubai all over again. It made us want to come back again for more. So Dubai and flydubai, we’re not done with you for a long long time.
flydubai’s young, efficient and ever-expanding fleet flies across a surprising number of destinations across the world. From ones that are over 5 hours from Dubai, like Prague, Kiev and Moscow to destinations less than 5 hours from Dubai, like Salalah, Tehran and Ahmedabad. Across 12 Business Class and 162 Economy Class seats, expect over 2000 hours of in-flight entertainment in 12 languages, wifi and a friendly, world-class crew that makes you feel at home the minute you step in.
This post was made possible by flydubai. Opinions as always, are our own.