Emirates currently has flights departing from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Destination that you could fly to with Emirates Airline include but not limited to Dubai, London, Karachi, Maldives, Harare and Nairobi. Visit Emirates website for more details on their current network and routes.
Emirates has long enjoyed a reputation for its comfortable cabins and attentive service and that’s precisely what you’ll enjoy on an Economy Class flight. Seat configurations vary between aircraft, with most seats on the A380 Airbus enjoying a 32-inch pitch and an 18-inch width, while Boeing 777 aircraft boast an impressive 34-inch pitch – although the 3-4-3 seat configuration adds an extra seat per row.
Other Economy Class amenities include in-seat power supply and state-of-the-art seat-back entertainment system, a multi-course meal service and a wide range of complimentary beverages.
The latest Emirates A380 offers premium economy cabins, which gives comfort a whole new meaning. The features include an interior that is clean white, textured bronze and woodgrain accents that will enhance your experience when flying A380.
Premium Economy amenities include regional meals, inflight entertainment system, thousands of movies, TV shows and albums on your HD TV, plus Wi-Fi.
Business Class seating arrangements on Emirates flights vary between aircraft. Passengers on Airbus A380 routes enjoy a staggered seating plan, with alternating seats converting into either a 70-inch or 79-inch fully reclinable bed. All seats boast a personal mini-bar, privacy screens and touch-screen seat controls for the in-flight entertainment system.
Business Class seats on Boeing 777 flights vary between aircraft, with most featuring a fold-out video screen and an extensive recline. In-flight menus feature multi-course meals and complimentary beverages.
Emirates' First-Class cabins on A380-800, Boeing 777-200LR and selected Boeing 777-300ER aircraft contain private suites. Suites feature fully reclinable flat beds, personal mini-bars and are fully enclosed for privacy, while First Class passengers on A380 flights can also enjoy in-flight showers. In-flight menus include multi-course meals on long haul flights, while more than 1,500 channels are offered as part of Emirates’ ice OnDemand entertainment service.
Emirates’ award-winning in-flight entertainment offers over 1,500 channels of music, latest release movies and popular TV shows, all delivered directly to your seat.
Dubbed ‘ice’ for its suite of information, communication and entertainment options, Emirates provides premium in-seat content across its fleet of aircraft. Economy Class passengers on Boeing 777 flights enjoy 10-inch seat-back videos, while those aboard the A380 enjoy the same audio and video on demand ‘ice’ experience offered to all Business and First-Class passengers, with highlight features including live-to-air TV and Digital Widescreen displays.
Emirates Airlines Baggage Allowance
Carry-on allowances vary between cabin classes. Economy Class passengers are permitted to bring one piece of carry-on baggage weighing no more than 7kg on board. Business and First-Class passengers are permitted to bring two pieces of baggage on board, in the form of one small cabin-size case and a non-rigid garment bag. Duty free purchases made for personal use are permitted across all cabin classes.
Remember to take your chargers for your personal electronics in your carry-on so you can use them on board. See more details on cabin baggage rules here.
Standard checked baggage allowances vary across Emirates cabin classes. Economy Class passengers are permitted 20 - 32kg of checked baggage, Business Class passengers can check 40kg of baggage for passage, while First Class passengers are allowed 50kg of checked baggage.
In addition to higher cabin classes, high level loyalty program members also receive increased baggage allowances. See more details on checked baggage rules here.
Passengers travelling with golf equipment may check one set of golf clubs and one pair of golf shoes free on charge on any Emirates flight, regardless of cabin class. All other sports equipment is subject to excess baggage charges when it exceeds maximum baggage allowance rates. Items which may include excess baggage charges include bicycles, SCUBA equipment, skis and snowboards, surfboards, and body boards.
Always check with the airlines before taking bulky items as they may have to be sent as freight if they exceed weight and size limits.
Adult passengers travelling with an infant are permitted to bring one additional piece of checked baggage, as well as one carry cot or fully collapsible stroller on board. Where cabin space is insufficient to bring a carry cot or stroller on board, the items must be checked but will not count towards your checked baggage allowance.
Emirates provides pillows and blankets and changing tables in the toilets for passengers travelling with infants. See more details on cabin baggage rules here.
Restricted or Dangerous Goods
Dangerous goods which may represent a security or safety threat are strictly regulated for carriage on Emirates Airlines. Items such as arms and ammunitions, explosive and incendiaries – including flares and firecrackers – knives, letter openers and metal cutlery, razor blades, scissors and certain types of medical equipment must be packed and carried as checked baggage in accordance with Emirates Airlines regulations.
If you think you may be travelling with restricted goods, always check with the airline before you leave home to avoid being fined or penalised. See more details on dangerous good policy here.
Web, Mobile or Airport
Emirates passengers can check in for flights one of three ways:
Web Check-in is available up to 90 minutes before departure, with the online check-in window opening 24 hours prior to your flight. Simply print your boarding pass and proceed to security once baggage has been checked at the drop-off counter.
Mobile Check-in operates in the same way as web check-in facilities; however, your e-boarding pass is displayed on your internet-capable mobile phone or tablet device.
Airport Check-in is available up to one hour before departure for First and Business Class passengers, with those travelling in Economy Class advised to check in at least three hours before their flight.
International Check-in Guide
- Know what time you need to leave the house to get to the airport
- Pack your things, check out our baggage guide
- Have your flight itinerary ready
- Ensure you have your valid passport ready
Be at the airport at least 120 minutes prior to scheduled departure time
At the airport
- Proceed to check-in counter with passport and itinerary ready
- Go through security
- Continue through customs
- Check the gate number and flight status
- Sit down and get comfortable!
Emirates operate 26 dedicated international lounges across the globe, including in key hubs such as Dubai, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Hong Kong, Paris Charles de Gaulle and New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.
Lounge facilities include fully equipped bathroom suites and showers, free wireless internet access, fully equipped business centres, a full bar service and buffet and a broad assortment of Arabic, Western, Asian and Vegetarian cuisines.
Entry to the Lounge
Access to Emirates lounges is offered to First and Business Class travellers, as well as Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members. Selected Qantas members are also afforded access to Emirates lounges as part of a reciprocal partnership between the two airlines.
The Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program is an award-winning membership program offering a multitude of benefits. It is free to join, and members can earn frequent flyer miles in the air and on the ground through a diverse range of Emirates-affiliated commercial partners.
Advantages vary across membership tiers, however benefits include priority check-in and boarding, excess baggage allowances, guaranteed seats on fully-booked flights and lounge access. Visit Emirates’ website to join.
Special offers for students
Emirates Airlines offers students the opportunity to get specials fares on flight deals and extras such as baggage allowances and flexible options to change your flight.
To qualify for this you need to present a valid student ID or school acceptance letter at check‑in and get started on achieving your dreams. See more details on this amazing offer here.