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Emirates Launches Metro Check-in  
User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 7
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3717 times:

"Passengers flying on Emirates can now check-in at four (the article stated three) Dubai Metro Stations with the introduction of self-service, check-in kiosks.

The new system means customers can check in, select their seats and print their boarding pass at Mall of the Emirates, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Financial Centre Metro Stations on the Red line"

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/tr...service-at-metro-stations-1.663266

I have to say this is quite convenient especially because you get to avoid the frustration of driving , now you just use the metro which is connected directly to Terminal 3, way to go EK  

Cheers
Islam


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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3206 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

Great news - definitely encourages the use of the metro and makes it convenient not to have to drag your bags around too much.


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User currently offlineshamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1592 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

If you have a bag you still have to bring it to the bag drop counter, so great for those without luggage, not so great for those with luggage.

User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2878 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3181 times:

Great inititive  Certainly will help the overall customer experience there.

User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

It is very nice thing to do this by EK, not that the check-in counters and the self-check in kiosks at the airport would be so crowded in DXB 

I think it would be nicer if they would concentrate on providing self-check in at more and more destinations, especially where they have more flights/day (like FRA, MUC, BKK, PVG, etc)



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User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

Quoting PEET7G (Reply 4):
I think it would be nicer if they would concentrate on providing self-check in at more and more destinations, especially where they have more flights/day (like FRA, MUC, BKK, PVG, etc)



I do agree with you on this , it will really make a difference as for example in LHR there are like 5 daily EK flights , so at least 1000 pax are being processed per day so with the introduction of a self-service kiosk there will help ease congestion.

Cheers
Islam



Always go the extra mile , its worth it ;)
User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6293 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 2):
If you have a bag you still have to bring it to the bag drop counter, so great for those without luggage, not so great for those with luggage.

While it's particularly nice for people without bags, I think it could still be nice for people WITH bags. It must still be quieter to check-in at a metro stop than the airport, even if you have to bag drop. Even if it saves a few minutes and a longer line, I would do it.


User currently offlineiluv747400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Quoting EkA380 (Thread starter):
Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall

Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall are at the same metro station, hence just 3 total.


User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Quoting iluv747400 (Reply 7):
Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall are at the same metro station, hence just 3 total.



:S , Oh my and I thought I was accustomed to the metro in Dubai , well I don't use it that much .



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User currently offlineTalaier From Spain, joined May 2008, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

To be honest I'm not that convinced this actually works. It ran in Madrid for quite some time a few years ago (you could check in your bags at the station in the centre of Madrid right to your final destination) but it lost popularity with the Internt and the online check-in. Airlines abandoned it after a while and, as far as i know, it's still in disuse.

I know it was recently introduced in London's Paddington station (terminus for the express train to Heathrow) but there are only a few self´-check in machines, pretty much like in Dubai. But even with that most people check in at home or at the airport.

However I believe once the mobile phone boarding pass takes off, there will really be no need for these machines any more...but still nice initiative though.


User currently offlineLEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Isn't there a restriction on luggage being carried on the Dubai Metro for security reasons? Haven't used it myself but doesn't this kind of defeat the whole object of having the Metro at the Airport?

User currently offlinedirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1649 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2318 times:

If I'm savvy enough to use a self check-in kiosk at a metro station, I'll probably know how to check-in online anyway. What EK should do is open a 'downtown' terminus somewhere on Sheikh Zayed Rd. to serve travellers living in the new communities outside Dubai. There, they can check-in, collect their BPs and then get on a bus/train to the airport and save themselves an unpleasant commute esp. during rush hour.

User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1631 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Quoting directorguy (Reply 11):
There, they can check-in, collect their BPs and then get on a bus/train to the airport and save themselves an unpleasant commute esp. during rush hour.

This is an ideal scenario something what KL has.

But the trouble is that while desigining the Metro and the Airport respective entities (RTA and DAC) did not provide for

- Dedicated luggage rake in the train
- Special arrival and depature area that goes to airside
- Luggage handling

One needs a dedicated airport-central station line to support the above, a normal metro line cannot be used.


User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 12):
But the trouble is that while desigining the Metro and the Airport respective entities (RTA and DAC) did not provide for

- Dedicated luggage rake in the train
- Special arrival and depature area that goes to airside
- Luggage handling

One needs a dedicated airport-central station line to support the above, a normal metro line cannot be used.



Very true , as without a reliable means of transportation for the baggage this idea which will unfortunately not be valid.
I really do hope if Emirates decides to transfer to DWC that they equip the pink line metro trains with a specail car for baggage so that a downtown check-in would be done.



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User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

correction "purple line"


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