My pal Savvy mentioned what $14,635 can get you on an Airbus A380 flight from JFK to Dubai on Emirates Airlines (in first class, of course). But I'm more interested in the amenities I can get for only $1,500 in coach! A drop in the bucket, I know. Coach passengers on the 14-hour flight get to enjoy their own personal 10.4-digital widescreen display with over 500 channels to choose from, plus each seat has its own power source and USB connection. A gyroscopic cup holder keeps your drink level at all times, and in-cabin lighting simulates the time of day at your destination, so jet lag will be less of a problem when you land.
But the coolest feature I found in coach on the Airbus A380 is their ICE system. No, I'm not talking about chilling your drink; this ICE stands for Information, Communication, and Entertainment. To see more details on this cool system,
The best part about the ICE system has to be the "I" for information. At each seat, you can pinpoint your location on a map, and even take in the sights from the plane's external cameras. Yup, I said external cameras! So when you're at cruising altitude, take in a little tour of what the world looks like from 30,000 feet!
Plus, you can call, text, or email your pals on the ground, or even call someone seated elsewhere on the plane with your in-flight device. And entertainment? Well, let's just say they have that covered — Emirates Airlines is already playing films like Iron Man and Kung Fu Panda that you can pause, rewind, and fast-forward. Anyone have a spare $1,500 lying around?