Matt Brown flies aboard Emirates EK76 from Paris to Dubai.

Plane:

Emirates A380.

Class: Business.

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Luggage: 40kg plus 7kg hand luggage.

Check in: Charles de Gaulle airport can be chaotic but travelling in Business Class there were only two people ahead of me at the Emirates check in and I quickly passed through immigration to the departure lounge.

Airport experience: In Business Class you get access to th fantastic Emirates Lounge in Paris, where they serve fabulous French wine and food. The best of the reds, a Lacoste Borie Pauillac 2008 Bordeaux, hit the nose. I bumped into a couple of Kiwis, former Manawatu Ranfurly Shield-winner Mark Thompson who co-founded Eftpos in New Zealand and his wife Debbie, who were great company.

With three flights a day from Paris to Dubai, leaving in the morning, afternoon and at night, the lounge is never jam-packed and there is plenty of space to relax.

Flight time: Six hours and five minutes and we departed 10 minutes behind schedule at 10pm. We arrived at the terminal in Dubai a few minutes late at 6.15am.

Seat: 11k is near the front of the Business Class section on the upper deck of the plane.

From what I have experienced rows A and K (window seats) are the best with more space and privacy than the middle seats. After take-off I checked out the bar at the back of the plane, which was empty as most passengers opted to try to get to sleep quickly on the relatively short-haul overnight flight to Dubai. The lure of the Clos du Marquis 2008, Saint-Julien red ensured I stayed in the bar for a while before returning to my seat for a light meal.

Entertainment: On this flight I was simply too tired to watch a movie, but for those insomniacs there are hundreds of films, TV shows, documentaries and thousands of songs to choose from in the state of the art ICE entertainment system.

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Food and drink: I chose to stick with the above mentioned Bordeaux red for my meal. As I had eaten earlier in the lounge, I opted against having a starter, where there was a choice of a celery soup, smoked chicken or smoked salmon. For the main course I chose the chicken biryani, which was a good size and tasty. I skipped dessert, the cheese board and coffee, although couldn't resist asking for the Emirates special, the Godiva chocolates.

Service: Pretty good. They provided a mattress over the seat for sleeping and soon after my meal I put the seat into the lie-flat position and dozed for the remainder of the flight.

Fellow passengers: Mainly French and other Europeans heading to the Middle East and beyond for business.

Verdict: A comfortable flight that is almost not long enough for overnight travel. I woke up after three hours' sleep, which left me in a daze for my four-hour transit at Dubai airport. I actually prefer the longer overnight flights in Business Class.