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flydubai Business Class – A wonderful surprise 35,000 ft in the air

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.

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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.

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The Lounges

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.

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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.

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On 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

About flydubai

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.

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This post was made possible by flydubai. Opinions as always, are our own.

34 Discussions on
“flydubai Business Class – A wonderful surprise 35,000 ft in the air”
  • I must admit that I never heard of this as an airline either, and certainly would have thought of it more as atrabel company! But what a great looking experience. I’ve never flown Business Class before, but if I ever did decide to give it a whirl, this would be the perfect place to start 🙂

  • Sounds like a really nice airline and having a business class trip is worth. Not sure if I’ll be in that are, but if I am I’ll remember to do some flight shopping through them.

  • Flydubai seems to be a good option f. At one sight even I thought it is a traveling company. The flight is spacious and food seems to be quite good. I will try traveling with them. Thanks for sharing.

  • This airlines is new to me and seems like a good option too. The in flight food looks yumm.
    I can imagine with this grand experience why you want to revisit again. 🙂

  • I had no idea that flyDubai was such a big airline. In my country they are considered the low cost option to go to Dubai from Europe and their prices are very reasonable. It’s good to know how their business experience looks like, I’d love to try it out myself.

  • I had flown Fly Dubai in 2015 and honestly I was quite disappointed with the inflight services. Also felt that their aircraft was small for an International flight (IST-DXB). But the Business Class facilities look rather great!

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  • That sounds indeed like a wonderful experience. The business class looks luxurious and comfortable. And the food also seems to be quiet tasty. I envy you 🙂 Such a wonderful trip

  • I have never heard of them before so it’s always great to get some inside info from someone who has travelled with them. The lounge looked pretty good and they are always fabulous to be able to get into. I must say the food doesn’t look business class to me, so it definitely has that low cost feel to it but I’m sure it’s better than what they economy guys eat.

  • We hadn’t heard of them either, but as this is a region we would love to travel around in the future it is good to know there are quality budget airlines available that are both affordable and yet provide those extra luxuries! Time to head to Dubai I think!

  • Sounds like a nice airline! I’ve been wanting to visit Dubai, but it’s a pricey flight from the US! Perhaps if I’m in Europe I can find some cheaper flights to Dubai using flydubai. That business class looks like a dream!

  • Worth knowing about as Dubai keeps being mentioned by my husband as a possible destination. Good to hear they give such great service for a budget airline. Though it’s the wide seats that would win me over!

  • Flydubai is a new airline to us actually we haven’t used anyone as we are yet to make it to Dubai. The business class sounds comfortable and the food looks delicious. Good to know that the crew is very helpful and the airline covers a large number of destinations. Dubai is on cards this year we would definitely consider Flydubai services. Thanks!

  • They treated you so well- great to hear! I have never flown business class before but this looks so luxurious. Maybe I would enjoy flying just a bit more 🙂

  • Like many have said, I’d not heard of flydubai. It sounds good though. Despite years of flying I’ve never been able to justify the price to upgrade but if the price was right, I definitely would pay extra for a more comfortable journey. Also, despite flying through Dubai several times I’ve never actually visited. I would love to, though!

  • For extreme budget travellers like me it seems like a scene from a fantasy movie. he he
    The food looks really great too but it also has to do with great photography by you. Someday hopefully I’ll try them.

  • I have never heard of fly dubai either! They look like they got it all together though! The food looked tasty and the business lounge looked comfortable! Glad to hear you had a a great experience. I will have to look into using them if I ever travel to Dubai!

  • Business class suits you well. 😉 OMG I cannot imagine all that food. It looks so delicious and like someone cared to please the customers, unlike the lines that I fly and it is just an after thought of cheap junk. I like this airline. 😉

  • This is the first time I heard of flydubai. I assume that it’s a new airline that offers low airfares compared to the more established ones like Emirates. And they have flights coming from Europe, I’ll consider flydubai should I visit Dubai in the future.

  • Nice way to escape to Dubai. We too love business class and splurge a lot 🙂 Flydubai sounds too good enough for a quick escape to Dubai Business class seats looks quite spacious too and food looks yum 🙂

  • What a nice review on fly dubai either! I haven’t thought of upgrading to business class on board haha but who knows. Fly dubai seems appealing with all the good food and comfortable lounge. Worth a try!

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