You can once again fly Emirates’ epic 777 first class from Stansted to Dubai

Apr 7, 2022

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Some important news for those who like their sun year-round and their hotels taller than the moon: Emirates is to relaunch its popular London Stansted (STN) service to Dubai (DXB), having being put on pause during the pandemic.

Plans are afoot to restart the route from 1 August with a five-weekly service, increasing to a daily service from 1 September. Operating on a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, this aircraft also features Emirates’, quite frankly, stunning first class suites.

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The stunning six-seat cabins began rolling out just prior to the pandemic and are some of the most technologically advanced in the sky, with incredible temperature and lighting control and even virtual windows for passengers in the middle seats.

TPG UK’s Nicky Kelvin reviewed the Emirates 777 first class experience in 2019. Read all about it here. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy)

Related: Where to find and how to book Emirates’ 777 First Class Suite

You’ll be able to fly this first class from London Stansted Airport (STN) to Dubai for 170,000 Skywards Miles for a round-trip, although the prices climb to 85,000 miles for a one-way flight.

Meanwhile, a return trip in economy will set you back 77,500, or 38,750 one way. Business-class is bookable for 145,000 return or 72,500 one way.


Watch TPG UK compare Emirates’ first class, business and economy:


It’s not just passengers who will have missed this popular Emirates route, but airline bosses, too. “Stansted is a key hub for Emirates in the east and southeast of the U.K.,” said Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ VP in Britain in a statement, “and resuming operations will offer better connectivity to businesses and communities in the region while also boosting the U.K. economy through scaled-up inbound travel and additional cargo capacity.

 Emirati Excellence: A review of Emirates first class on the 777 from Dubai to London Stansted

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft landing at Amsterdam Schiphol AMS EHAM international Airport. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


“The U.K. is Emirates’ most important international market,” he added, “and bookings have continued to surge with the further easing of travel restrictions.”

Indeed, with passengers increasingly looking to make the most of dwindling travel restrictions across the globe, bringing back the route is a no-brainer for Emirates, which hopes to deliver 110 weekly flights from U.K airports including Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX), Newcastle (NCL), Glasgow, (GLA) and of course, Stansted.

Steve Griffiths, Stansted’s Managing Director, also hailed the announcement: “The return of Emirates’ flights between Dubai and London Stansted is wonderful news and demonstrates the renewed confidence among airlines and passengers as we recover from the pandemic.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Emirates First Class

“The route is of huge importance to London and the east of England, providing a vital link between the two destinations and beyond, thanks to the airline’s extensive onward network.”

Dubai Marina Skyline Sunlight

Whether you were quick enough to earn 2,000 free miles by signing up for the airline’s Skywards programme last month or not, there’s never a bad time to go travelling with Emirates and collect some big rewards.

As well as the alluring destinations the airline offers – yes, the first-class onboard amenities such as private suites and shower spas – there are plenty of benefits to travelling with the carrier.

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Emirates is one of just four airlines to partner with all the major transferable points currencies. This means that no matter what points program you’ve built your credit card strategy around, you should have an easy way to transfer miles to Emirates

Emirates is also partnered with all the major transferable points currencies, which means you can transfer miles to Emirates no matter what points program you’ve earned your points with. You can see the transfer ratios in our bumper guide to the Emirates Skywards program.

Featured image by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy 

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