A few weeks ago I flew on Emirates EK002 from Heathrow to Dubai. I specifically chose that flight to try out the A380. From the front it looks a bit ugly.
Once inside, the first thing I noticed was the stairs. They look like the entrance to a London night club. Commoners like me were not allowed up the stairs.
The seats were pretty spacious for economy class. I am six feet tall and did not feel at all cramped. I don’t think it was much different from 747s I’ve flown on, though. The interior didn’t look much different either, although Emirates put tiny lights on the ceiling to look like stars, which was quite pretty when the main cabin lights were dimmed. One odd thing is the entrance to the cockpit, which rather than being on the top deck like a 747, is on the lower deck but up a few steps. There are two sets of steps: the left set leads to the cockpit and the right set leads to toilets.
The in flight entertainment system was the best I’ve used. The screen is nice and big, there were lots of movies, every number one single ever and some slightly better than usual but not great games. You can plug in a USB stick and view your photos. I managed to send an email to Michael Jennings, but didn’t get his reply even though the system told me I would.
Best of all were the three external cameras. The front one was best and offered a good view of the approaching runway while landing, the downward facing one was mostly useless except shortly after takeoff when the front one only showed sky, but the most spectacular was the tail camera, even though image quality seemed slightly worse on this one. Unusually, the system was switched on from the gate until landing, so you get to keep an eye on everything.
If you’re not interested in planes and you’re flying economy, you won’t notice much difference. But if you like planes or you get to try business class or better, you’ll have a lot of fun on the A380.