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Airbus A380 is Pretty Geeky

Tons of Geeky Amenities on the Airbus A380 — Even in Coach

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?


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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
can't wait to experience this geekfest!
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 9 years
I've flown Emirates several times JFK to Dubai (luckily in business class) and not only is the service fantastic (hands down beating any US airline, but then again, what international airline doesn't..)but the ICE entertainment system is absolutely the best in the business.. I only wish US airlines had anying half as good. $1500 for a coach ticket jfk-dubai... surely you jest! Book it the shopping is great ove there!
star54 star54 9 years
Niiiiiiiiice. All that could keep me entertained the whole way through and then some.
GeeksDreamGirl GeeksDreamGirl 9 years
I love airlines that have in-flight trivia on the TVs. It's so hilarious when you see people craning their necks or making bathroom trips just to see who is sitting in the winning seat. "Who's in 17C???? YOU'RE GOING DOWN!!"
globbot globbot 9 years
Emirates is one of my favorites. Right up there with Cathy Pacific, Quantas, and Singapore. Airbus does make some wonderful planes. But I'm still waiting for the Boeing Dreamliner.
soapbox soapbox 9 years
Geek, I love this airline. I traveled coach last year and it was perfect. But then on the way back, they ran out of coach and gave us business class seats without any extra cost! They laid down a table cloth and a rose on my meal tray! The pilot even greeted everyone by name. Sadly, I couldn't travel with them this year since they didn't have any flights from the US at the time I was traveling, but I look forward to using them again!
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
I love flying and I love Airbus! back in the day the silly old Boeings only had those tvs in the centres of the isle, one for every 4 rows or something. So when I first got on an Airbus I just loved the personal tvs and being able to choose any movie and rewind / pause whenever you liked. Last year on a long flight from London to Cape Town the Airbus that we were supposed to fly in was faulty, so we got stuck with a crappy Boeing 747- even the flight attendants were complaining. Ah well, better than crashing and burning to the ground.
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