Jennifer Aniston's first Emirates commercial

Watch American actress Jennifer Aniston as she appears in her first advert for Dubai-based Emirates airline

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What could be worse than flying on a plane without a shower and sit-down bar, right?

Well it may be commonplace for some of us but not television-and-movie actress Jennifer Aniston.

Flying coach is exactly the subject of the Friends star’s nightmare in her first commercial for Emirates.

The 46-year-old has to face up to a journey where those facilities aren’t on offer in the funny video released on YouTube this afternoon, but it’s only for a short while.

After roaming around the aircraft, peeking into a toilet cubicle and eventually ending up in the private quarters for the unnamed airline’s staff, the star faints after being laughed off for expecting such services.

Clutching to an iPad in relief, we then see Jen An going over the details of her bad dream to a cabin crew member in the first class area of the Emirates A380.

The funnywoman ends the one-minute clip by asking if the journey can be extended by an hour so she can continue enjoying her flying experience, the video closing with the tagline ‘Wake up to flying as it should be’.

The Dubai-based airline earlier released a couple of teaser images of the advert on its Twitter account.

Speaking about what was to come earlier this year, Boutros Boutros, divisional senior vice president of corporate communications at Emirates, confirmed that $20 million is estimated cost of running the advert on TV stations across the globe. He said the actress will not, however, feature in any of the airline’s print campaign.

He added Jennifer was the ideal choice for their advertising strategy the Emirates brand.

“When we see something fit in with our brand and it’s needed, we do it,” Boutros added. “We had a nice script, and she fit into it, it’s written for her. It’s a beautiful ad, I saw the first cut, [and] I love it.”

Some reports in the US claimed she was paid $5 million to sign on the dotted line.

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