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Topic: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-03-27 08:36:13 and read 24783 times.



This is the second part of my Great Asia Trip series. For the first part of the series on the origin of the trip, please click here.

Photos of the BKK-HKG leg is courtesy of Ish (777ish)'s camera which he kindly let me borrow it for the sake of this TR. Thanks!

Pre-Trip

“So you want to fly the A380?”
“Yes I do!”
“Ok, let’s fly the Emirates A380 from Bangkok to Hong Kong in Business Class”


It all came as a simple conversation between Sandeep (AI151) and me about flying the Airbus A380 on a short fifth freedom sector operated by Emirates, one of the world’s most rapidly expanding airline. The Bangkok to Hong Kong sector is operated by a huge number of airlines which I believe has the most number of airlines utilizing their fifth freedom rights on this route. Airlines operating this route are as follows – Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Kenya Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines, Thai AirAsia and Thai Airways International. A total of 11 airlines operating the route with 6 utilising their fifth freedom rights and you get to fly exotic aircrafts like the Boeing 747 classics on this route with Orient Thai Airlines, definitely a route I can target in the long future! Naturally, I chose Emirates for this flight as they are flying the Airbus A380.

Emirates is not an unfamiliar name in the aviation world. The airline has placed an order for 90 Airbus A380s, one of the largest orders in aviation history. After receiving all 90 whalejets, the Dubai based carrier will be the largest Airbus A380 operator in the world. Having started in 1985 with a Boeing 737-300 leased from Pakistan International Airlines, the young airline has made rapid progress to what it is today – A world class airline offering passengers the best experience in the air.

How can an a.netter be satisfied flying only in Business Class when there is the First Class Suites being offered for just a little more than Business? The final decision was to fly BKK-HKG in First Class while flying the return leg in Business. This could have easily made the best flight of my life by just thinking of it. I'm flying the Airbus A380 for the first time, in First Class and it is also my first flight with Emirates. What more can I ask for? More airlines and aircraft to add to my log! Sadly, Hong Kong / Bangkok is not a new destination in my travel log.

Emirates was the first airline to introduce the First Class Suites onboard their aircraft which brings premium travel to a higher level. Even with the doors opened, you feel a sense of privacy and you can choose to close the doors if you wish to chill out and watch some movies or do not like people staring at you whilst you sleep. It certainly feels like you have your own little private room in the aircraft.

Booking Process

The Emirates website is very easy to navigate. One of the best features would be allowing you to book separate legs in different classes and hence I managed to secure BKK-HKG in First and HKG-BKK in Business. What seemed to be a smooth booking process turned sour when the website kept rejecting my debit card even though I was very sure I had enough money for the booking.

Due to this major flaw, I had to make a call to the dreaded Emirates Call Centre. Since the first time I made a call over, I had been dreading to call them as their call operators were quite rude and impatient in assisting you in your problems. I was quite sure that even though I dialed a Singapore number to their call centre, the call is being directed to another country (UAE I guess) as the operator does not speak in a Singaporean accent.

I was quoted S$880 on the website for the routing that I had chosen but due to the glitch in their system, I had to pay S$922 instead as the operator had no idea how to give me the price that I had online. It was a 30 minute call on the first day of Chinese New Year that got me a confirmed seat on flights EK 384 and EK 385 to experience the premium classes onboard Emirates’ newest flagship. However, the 30 minutes lasted forever as the agent was very slow in the whole process from the selection of flights to processing of payment.

Best Western Premier Amaranth Suvarnabhumi

The hotel that I will be staying after my arrival from Singapore on TG 410 is Best Western Premier Amaranth Suvarnabhumi. Although my mind did not register it as a good hotel from the beginning, I was determined to be proven wrong when I reach the hotel. Sure enough, the first impression of the hotel was “Wow!” The lobby was beautifully decorated with several monuments and the lights make the lobby look very inviting.

Another question struck me, “How will the hotel room look like?” The hotel room did not disappoint and it is definitely one of the best I have stayed in. Besides having a reasonable price, it provides a wonderful breakfast buffet and free high speed wireless internet. Minibar items are sold at a cheap price and it comes with an extensive room service menu with prices that could be cheap than any restaurants in the streets. To add icing to the cake, guests can stay for a full 24 hours from check in to check out, how wonderful is that? This flight is also the only flight that all the 4 of us going on the trip will be flying together.



Hotel lobby


Twin bedroom


Huge television and study desk


Bathroom views


Getting ready for breakfast at the cafe


Food selections


Looks wonderful, ain't it?


A nice cup of tea to go with breakfast!


Check-In

We took the shuttle from the hotel to the airport, where our Emirates First Class Experience will start. A quick walk from the drop off area to the check in area shows a very clear differentiation of classes with banners showing First, Business and Economy check in counters. Check in for the flight was very fast and our baggage got tagged with “Priority First” tags. The white boarding pass with minimal designs also doubles as a lounge invitation to one of the best lounges in the world – The Emirates Lounge.



First Class check in


First Class Fast Track and Boarding Pass


The Emirates Lounge

Saying that I was excited to visit the lounge was just an understatement. The Emirates Lounge has always been touted as one of the best lounges in the world and the food served is awesome. Not to mention having champagne and wines available to go with your food. You could definitely fill yourself up at the lounge, but watch out as you might not have enough space in your stomach to have any food onboard!



The Emirates Lounge


Views of the lounge


Champagne, anyone?


The four of us stayed in the lounge for a little more than half an hour before making our way to the boarding gate. Besides Sandeep, none of us has been on the Airbus A380 before and it will be the first flight in the suites for all of us. Upon arrival at the boarding gate, we see A6-EDI, the airline’s 8th Airbus A380 getting serviced on the ground. It was drizzling outside but it stopped a while later.



A6-EDI, my first Airbus A380 flight


After lots of phototaking and anticipation later…

”Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Emirates Flight EK 384 to Hong Kong is now ready for boarding. We would like to invite passengers flying in First and Business Class to board the aircraft first.”


Getting excited at this moment in time is just an understatement as I am less than a minute away from experiencing my first First Class flight and the gleaming First Class Suites that everyone is talking about.

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-03-27 08:36:51 and read 25017 times.

The Emirates F Experience

Emirates Flight EK 384 - 17MAR11
Origin: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK/VTBS)
Destination: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG/VHHH)
Registration: A6-EDI (Delivered on 28MAY10)
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Time of Departure (Scheduled): 1.41pm (1.45pm)
Time of Arrival (Scheduled): 5.31pm (5.20pm)
Class of Travel: First
Seat: 3A (Upper Deck)

As I approached the aircraft door, I spot the signature Emirates branding, flight attendants in light brown blazers coupled with a bright red hat (not sure what is it called). A Chinese stewardess, S, came and brought me to my seat. I tried to wake myself up. This cannot be true; I am flying on the Emirates First Class Suites! Just a while later, another stewardess, C, came over and asked what I would like for a welcome drink. I chose champagne and it was brought to me swiftly. Upon settling down, I was amazed at the myriad of features available in the suite.



Minibar


Flower and snack basket


23" LCD TV


Legroom shot


IFE controller


Noise cancelling headphones


Wireless controller and control panel


This flight is 100% full in First Class and loads were just around 50% for Business. Not sure about Economy as I did not head down for a look. We pushed back ahead of schedule and headed off for runway 1R for takeoff. During pushback, I noticed how quiet the Airbus A380 is. Hearing numerous comments about it on a.net, I had to experience it myself to believe it. It was just a soft whine from the engines when they were started and you really wouldn’t notice unless you popped your head to look at the engine blades spinning. Takeoff was very quiet too; you would not notice we have applied full thrust until you feel the aircraft rotating! However, I am writing from the point of view of the front of the upper deck, the passengers in the middle section in the lower deck right next to the engines might have a different opinion.

A flight too short to enjoy all the features? You bet! I was kept busy all the way from takeoff to landing. Right after takeoff, I powered up the IFE system to have a look at the entertainment choices available. The amount of choices available was incredible! It would definitely help time pass by very quickly during a long flight.

After the seatbelt signs were off, C approached me and asked if I would like any wine or champagne to go with my meal. Naturally, I went with Dom Perignon. Hearing all the good comments about this great champagne has made me want to try it since a year or two ago. While waiting for my Dom Perignon, I took a bottle of Perrier from the minibar. Sparkling water is just so nice! An empty champagne glass was brought to my table, the table cloth laid and preparations for meal service began!



Can't get enough of Perrier!


Emirates definitely has a large and firm table!


Table cloth laid for lunch


My very first glass of Dom Perignon


Lunch service


Appetiser - Smoked Tuna


Main Course - Chasseur Chicken


Dessert - Cashew Nut Nougatine


The meal service was absolutely satisfying. After satisfying my hungry tummy, it is time to head for a walk around the aircraft and visit the bar located right at the very back of the upper deck. It is a long aircraft to walk through! The Business Class cabin looked great with all seats also having direct aisle access like in the Suites. I also managed to take some shots of my seat and surrounding.



Lots of windows to yourself!


Can't get enough of these shots...


My very comfortable seat


The best view of the engines I could get!


Walking through the Business Class cabin


The bar


Snacks at the bar


After a short 3 minute stay at the bar, I went back to my comfortable seat to enjoy the rest of the flight. I tried putting it in the fully flat configuration but it is weird to lie fully flat on an aircraft, at least for me. Maybe next time when I desperately need some sleep... Time just zoomed past so quickly that shortly after meal service, it is time to descend into Hong Kong International Airport where I'll make my first Airbus A380 landing.



Flight information. I love how they show the registration of the aircraft!


Very foggy


Reaching soon!


A smooth touchdown!


Upon landing, I find it hard to believe that the flight is coming to an end. It was too great! However, one has to get moving on with life. I grabbed my bags and took a last look at the still sparkling cabin, wondering when will be my next flight in these beautiful suites. As HKG does not have a fast track, we had to queue up with everyone else. Being off the aircraft first definitely helps as you can imagine the waiting time having 400+ passengers queuing in front of you for immigration if you are one of the last off the aircraft.

Note: I will be omitting pictures of Hong Kong this time round as I did not take many.

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-03-27 08:37:29 and read 24956 times.

Back to the Land of Smiles

Emirates Flight EK 385 - 19MAR11
Origin: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG/VHHH)
Destination: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK/VTBS)
Registration: A6-EDL (Delivered on 12AUG10)
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Time of Departure (Scheduled): 9.13pm (9.15pm)
Time of Arrival (Scheduled): 11.15pm (11.15pm)
Class of Travel: First
Seat: 1K (Upper Deck)

After a short 3 day stay in Hong Kong, it is finally time to head back to Bangkok. Ish will be my buddy on this flight while Sandeep and Preet had chosen to fly with UL back to Bangkok. The night before, I decided to upgrade myself to First Class as I had 7500 miles credited into my Skywards account for my BKK-HKG flight the day before. A purchase of 2500 more miles and there I go - A 10,000 mile upgrade from Business Class to First Class on my flight back. I had chosen seat 1K for my flight back to Bangkok.

As the lounge will not be opened till 6.15pm, both of us headed around the airport and decided to visit the Aviation Discovery Centre. It is interesting to see the history of civil aviation in Hong Kong as depicted in the centre and there were even quizzes to test you on how much you exactly know. After a short 20 minute stay in the centre, we decided to head airside and sit down by the slumber area to watch planes go by. Finally, we headed for the lounge at 6.10pm and waited for it to open. When the lounge finally opened at 6.15pm, we were the first passengers in the lounge and was treated like a VIP. Would it be because we were flying First Class too? Probably. The food in the Hong Kong lounge is definitely better than that of the Bangkok lounge. As usual, let the pictures tell the story!



Views of the lounge


The lounge shortly before its opening


Beef with tuna sauce


Some nibbles


Cheeses


More food!


Spinach and chicken soup


What's an Emirates Lounge visit without champagne?


There were some attendants in the lounge at our disposal. We could get them to bring us champagne and water if we are too lazy to get up. There was once I was too lazy to get up so I got them to get me a bottle of Evian mineral water.  Didn't know they served Evian in the lounge, but it definitely tasted nothing different compared to to the normal water that we can buy at half or even a quarter of the price. A parody of Evian can be read as Naive, reading the name backwards. However, serving Evian in the lounge means that Emirates really spoil their premium passengers by even offering the best water!

After around 2 hours in the lounge, we decided to head over to the gate at 8.15pm. While leaving the lounge, a front desk receptionist whom I have never seen before said, "Goodbye Mr. Tay" which left me stunned. How did she even know my name when she has not even seen my boarding pass? Creepy...

Upon reaching the gate, the flight has commenced boarding. I unknowingly queued up with the Economy Class passengers until I saw Ish heading to the completely empty First and Business Class boarding line. I guess it takes some time to get used to it! Did not have time to even see the plane but thankfully they show the registration on the PTV! We were among the first passengers in First Class. Even the supervisor said we were very early! Having lots of time to spare while waiting for boarding, I roamed around the aircraft to take pictures.



My boarding pass for this sector


The usual welcome screen


The minibar, a very nice touch!


View into the almost empty First Class cabin


The bar


A very full Economy Class cabin!


My Suites guide. (It is now sitting comfortably in my drawer...)


Wireless controller again


Arabic Coffee and dates. I love Arabic Coffee!


I decided to take a shower for this flight and reserved a slot right after takeoff. It seemed like only Ish and myself are crazy enough to schedule a shower on this flight! No other passengers used the showers. Right after takeoff, I put the seat in a fully flat configuration and closed the doors to chill out for a few minutes. It definitely feels very private, as mentioned previously. Shortly after I opened my doors, the shower attendant came to me and informed me that the showers are ready.

She gave me a briefing on how the showers work. Basically, you have 5 minutes of water but 30 minutes in total to enjoy it. She even gave a funny comment about the oxygen mask -

"The compartment here contains the oxygen mask in case you will require it if a decompression occurs, but I hope we do not need it for our flight."

That comment definitely made me chuckle! After the brief, it is time to have my first time getting completely naked and taking shower on an aircraft. It feels very special I can say! I chose the "relax" series of products to help me have a better sleep when I get to my hotel in Bangkok.



Doors closed for privacy


Chilling out on a fully flat bed


Shower amenities


Button to start and stop the water


I had this amount of water remaining!


My "messy workstation"


Shower floor. According to Roni, it features heated flooring but I did not feel it during my flight. Hopefully next time!


After a satisfying shower, a flight attendant, S, approached me.

"Mr Tay, did you have a nice shower?"
"Yes I did."
"I'm glad you did. Would you like something to drink before your meal?"
"Sure do. May I have a glass of Dom Perignon?"
"Sure Mr Tay. Please wait while I prepare your order."

She looked like a Singaporean and according to Ish after the flight, she is indeed a Singaporean. She looks very pleasant and always puts on a smile when she serves. She is also very patient and tries accommodating my every request. Warm nuts were brought together with my Dom Perignon. Shortly after, it is time to prepare for dinner service. Halfway through the service, I ordered a Bloody Mary to go with the wonderful dinner. Emirates' Bloody Mary definitely tastes better than that of Thai's!



Warm nuts and Dom Perignon


The usual table setup


Tray service. Starter - Oven-Roasted Lamb Loin


Bread basket


Bloody Mary


Main Course - Grilled Lamb Rack


Some tea to go with the dessert


Dessert - Orange Chocolate Mousse Cake


Godiva chocolates!


Cheese plate


After having too much food in the lounge, I barely managed to stuff any food in my stomach during the meal service but I tried my best in finishing everything up as they were so nice! I did not manage to finish the cheese plate even though I was a great lover of cheese. This shows how full up I was! After meal service, I relaxed and tried letting my food digest. I was so stuffed to even move! It got better before landing which was a great relief. After landing, we got a limousine to our hotel, Adelphi Suites for 900 baht. The hotel is great with a kitchen for you to cook your stuffs and of course, a very reasonably priced minibar!



Goodbye Suite 1K!


Summary

It was a wonderful flight onboard Emirates' First Class suites. I was glad that I upgraded myself to First on the inbound sector to BKK as it was much better compared to the outbound flight, which was already very good. There is a strong differentiation between First and Business which is what makes First Class so exclusive. Should I get the chance again, I will definitely fly with Emirates.

Coming up: Great Asia Trip Part 3 - The Arabian Adventure


Previous Trip Reports

Flying 5 Star - SQ SIN-CAN-SIN (2009) (by Initious Mar 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Sardines In A Can - Jetstar Asia SIN-HKG-SIN (by Initious Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern SIN-CAN-WUH Vv (1/2) (by initious Apr 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern WUH-CAN-SIN (2/2) (by initious Apr 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Oldest Vs Newest: Royal Silk Class On Thai (by Initious Jun 13 2010 in Trip Reports)
First On Airliners.net - CZ Shanghai To Shantou (by Initious Jun 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
18 Hours Of Royal Orchid Service: Thai PVG-BKK-SIN (by initious Jul 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Good Morning Borneo! - Where Silkair Unwinds... (by initious Oct 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Irama AirAsia! - Kota Kinabalu To Singapore (by initious Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 1 - Propping To Luxury (by Initious Mar 23 2011 in Trip Reports)

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-03-28 21:05:13 and read 23566 times.

Would anyone be interested in any local Hong Kong pictures? I have a limited few.

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2011-03-28 21:34:28 and read 23497 times.

Hey. Sorry - missed the report - it is a gem. The pictures are absolutely fantastic. EK-FCL looks great for the short flight ... and glad you could get in the shower fun.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-03-28 21:56:35 and read 23475 times.

Hiya Alex,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4):
The pictures are absolutely fantastic

Thanks!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 4):
EK-FCL looks great for the short flight ... and glad you could get in the shower fun.

The shower was definitely fun! Yes, the FCL was definitely a very wonderful experience - Easily the best flight in my life. Will that be possible to become one of your future reports?  

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-03-30 01:15:26 and read 22633 times.

Hello fellow a.netters! I have decided to upload some Hong Kong local pictures to share!



Tram up to The Peak


Tracks


Views from The Peak


Tram station at The Peak


View of a 1-person apartment in Hong Kong. Apartments here are generally quite small due to the limited amount of land


Hope you enjoyed the pictures! =)

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: okapi
Posted 2011-03-30 03:36:18 and read 22473 times.

Hey! Great trip and great report. Emirates F service is absolutely stunning.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
After around 2 hours in the lounge, we decided to head over to the gate at 8.15pm. While leaving the lounge, a front desk receptionist whom I have never seen before said, "Goodbye Mr. Tay" which left me stunned. How did she even know my name when she has not even seen my boarding pass? Creepy...

I love these nice personal touches. It shows how much staff care about their job and how well trained they are. They make you feel something more than just a passenger.
Anyway, what else could you expect from a 5-star ranking company?

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: Quokka
Posted 2011-03-30 04:37:25 and read 22401 times.

I am pleased to see that you had a throughly enjoyable flight, despite your initial problems with payment online and your consequent experience with the call centre. Shame that they couldn't offer by phone the same online price that you saw. I know that sometimes some special fares are only available if booked online: I wonder if the fare that you saw was one of them. If so, it is a pity that you missed out.

Thank you for posting the photos of both your suite and the meal service. The simple yet colourful arrangement of the food does make it look appetising.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
The night before, I decided to upgrade myself to First Class

You are definitely hooked - after enjoying the wonderful experience in First , how could you possibly want to "slum it" in Business?   I know the feeling from the first time I flew in one of EK's private suites, albeit on a 77L. But it is good to see that the AirMiles were credited quickly enough for you to be able to upgrade.

I notice that the EK Lounge in HKG has a different colour scheme to that in BKK and that in PER. The seats appear to be the same leather, but the green check covered cushions are missing, as is the usual wood panelling. I wonder if EK will be "refreshing" its other lounges.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
The compartment here contains the oxygen mask in case you will require it

I could almost picture you stood in the shower wearing the oxygen mask. LOL.

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading your next report.
Quokka.

[Edited 2011-03-30 04:56:51]

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-03-30 05:14:41 and read 22345 times.

Hi Okapi,

Quoting okapi (Reply 7):
Hey! Great trip and great report. Emirates F service is absolutely stunning.


Thanks! Their service is definitely one of the best I've ever experienced. Not so sure about the service in Y class though..  
Quoting okapi (Reply 7):
I love these nice personal touches. It shows how much staff care about their job and how well trained they are. They make you feel something more than just a passenger.
Anyway, what else could you expect from a 5-star ranking company?

Yeah it was certainly a nice touch but till now I'm still wondering how did she got to know my name.. Got told by her colleague I presume? Or probably I'm one of the tallest passengers around (I'm 1.87m) and also one of the largest size.. So yeah. Haha. It definitely makes me feel like a First Class passenger.

Hi Roy,

Quoting Quokka (Reply 8):

I am pleased to see that you had a throughly enjoyable flight, despite your initial problems with payment online and your consequent experience with the call centre. Shame that they couldn't offer by phone the same online price that you saw. I know that sometimes some special fares are only available if booked online: I wonder if the fare that you saw was one of them. If so, it is a pity that you missed out.

The problems with the payment is definitely a thumbs down for a first impression with an airline, same applies to the call centre. Thankfully the price difference was only S$40 so I was able to turn a blind eye to it since this is my very first F flight. I'm not sure if it is a special fare but it remained at around the same price for almost 2 months, so I guess not.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 8):
You are definitely hooked - after enjoying the wonderful experience in First , how could you possibly want to "slum it" in Business?   I know the feeling from the first time I flew in one of EK's private suites, albeit on a 77L. But it is good to see that the AirMiles were credited quickly enough for you to be able to upgrade.

Yeah! I just could not forget the Suites experience and could not take it lying down that my friend is flying in Suites while I'll be flying in Business for the return flight so I upgraded myself. They are definitely real fast in getting your mileage into your Skywards account as I got them within 1 working day of flying.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 8):
I notice that the EK Lounge in HKG has a different colour scheme to that in BKK and that in PER. The seats appear to be the same leather, but the green check covered cushions are missing, as is the usual wood panelling. I wonder if EK will be "refreshing" its other lounges.

Did not notice much about the colour scheme as the food was too fantastic! However, that might be my last time using the EK lounge as I can never get Skywards Gold nor fly them in Business (let's not even think about First) for long haul, unless I decide to fly BKK-HKG in Business/First next time as that is the only route that I can afford to pay!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 8):
I could almost picture you stood in the shower wearing the oxygen mask. LOL.

Oh no!! Please do not imagine that! LOL. Wouldn't be fun if the cold air is blasting the cabin away and you are naked with drops of water still on your body. :p

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: airbusfanyyz
Posted 2011-03-30 06:52:30 and read 22205 times.

Loved the report... this little side trip is definitely on my TDL soon.
Just priced it out on emirates.com and it's only $600 CAD return in F!  

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-03-30 07:12:31 and read 22163 times.

Hi Kaz,

Quoting airbusfanyyz (Reply 10):
Loved the report... this little side trip is definitely on my TDL soon.

Thanks! You should definitely include it in your future trips!  
Quoting airbusfanyyz (Reply 10):
Just priced it out on emirates.com and it's only $600 CAD return in F!

I calculated that to be around S$779. That cheap?! I got priced S$1100 for a return in F!

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: NZ107
Posted 2011-04-01 04:02:33 and read 21573 times.

Hi Daniel,

Great to see these appearing quite quickly. A great continuation here, nice job!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Kenya Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines, Thai AirAsia and Thai Airways International.

What a wealth of airlines. Sounds kinda like how AKL-SYD is - NZ, QF, JQ, DJ, EK, LA, AR.. Used to be a few more. I'd love to spend a week just flying between HKG and BKK!

EK F looks great as it always does. I'm sure you wished you were on it for much longer than you were.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
I decided to upgrade myself to First Class as I had 7500 miles credited into my Skywards account for my BKK-HKG flight the day before. A purchase of 2500 more miles and there I go - A 10,000 mile upgrade from Business Class to First Class on my flight back.

You've got me thinking!


Nice to know your experience on F went well. Looking forward to the other parts of this series!


Cheers,
Nicholas


PS how much was the accommodation in HK and where abouts was it?

[Edited 2011-04-01 04:24:01]

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-04-01 08:58:48 and read 21314 times.

Hi Nicholas,

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Great to see these appearing quite quickly. A great continuation here, nice job!

Thanks!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
What a wealth of airlines. Sounds kinda like how AKL-SYD is - NZ, QF, JQ, DJ, EK, LA, AR.. Used to be a few more. I'd love to spend a week just flying between HKG and BKK!

If you did not mention it, I would have not known that there are so many airlines flying between the 2 cities! Sorta had the airlines in my mind but did not bother naming them all out.   I guess next time if I were to visit HKG I could always transit in BKK and fly an exotic airline!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
EK F looks great as it always does. I'm sure you wished you were on it for much longer than you were.

I definitely wished I was on it longer! Always hoping for a diversion to JFK... Don't ask me why!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
You've got me thinking!

Nice to know your experience on F went well. Looking forward to the other parts of this series!

Easily the best flight I've ever had! Part 3 should be coming up in a week or so.. Gonna start on it.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
PS how much was the accommodation in HK and where abouts was it?

We stayed in the Wan Chai area in HK, the Cosmopolitan Hotel. It was USD$320 for 2 nights, kinda steep!

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: magicalcarpet
Posted 2011-04-01 19:10:04 and read 20985 times.

Hi Initious,

Great TR, and now I know there's a new hotel at BKK airport area

 

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-04-02 10:01:48 and read 20728 times.

Hiya Magicalcarpet,

Thanks for reading!  

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: beowulf
Posted 2011-04-05 23:21:04 and read 20357 times.

Great report, Daniel. I am looking forward to the next installment.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
View of a 1-person apartment in Hong Kong. Apartments here are generally quite small due to the limited amount of land

What's with that? Did you stay there or is it a museum?  

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: nethkt
Posted 2011-04-06 00:58:28 and read 20293 times.

Wow, many thanks for the first class trip report on EK BKK-HKG.
This route is very popular for Thai and Hong Kong tourists. Always full during the holidays period!

Plenty of food to eat on both on land and in flight.

I noticed that they didn't provide the bar service on HKG-BKK leg of your flight? That is not normal I guess!

Did you stay at that apartment in HKG?  

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-04-06 06:28:47 and read 20178 times.

Hi beowulf,

Quoting beowulf (Reply 16):
Great report, Daniel. I am looking forward to the next installment.

Thanks for the kind comments!

Quoting beowulf (Reply 16):
What's with that? Did you stay there or is it a museum?

That's actually the place of my relative in Hong Kong. Wanted to show fellow a.netters that hasn't been to Hong Kong the lifestyle of the locals.  

Hi Atthaphon,

Quoting nethkt (Reply 17):
This route is very popular for Thai and Hong Kong tourists. Always full during the holidays period!

I can see so, seeing that the A380 was fully loaded, but some of the passengers might be heading to DXB though.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 17):
Plenty of food to eat on both on land and in flight.

I wish I had more stomach space for that! My appetite is considered quite huge but still not enough for all the good food EK has to offer!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 17):
I noticed that they didn't provide the bar service on HKG-BKK leg of your flight? That is not normal I guess!

They did provide but I did not bother to head to the back as I just wanted to chill out. It's crowded anyway.. So I wouldn't bother with it.  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 17):
Did you stay at that apartment in HKG?

No I did not. It is a flat of my relative. It's quite small and I was shocked by the size of the apartment. Though I was informed that the apartments in Hong Kong are relatively quite small, I did not expect it to be that small.

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: N178UA
Posted 2011-04-06 07:08:26 and read 20154 times.

Hi Daniel

Great TR! I knew you will have a great flight with Emirates   Congrats on the upgrade too! Very well spent!

Just FYI, EK have increased to 10 minutes on shower time....this was the case on my DXB-JED flight 2 weeks ago.

Looking forward to see more of your Great Asia TR!

Cheers

Sam

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-04-06 09:07:24 and read 20118 times.

Hi Sam,

Quoting N178UA (Reply 19):
Great TR! I knew you will have a great flight with Emirates   Congrats on the upgrade too! Very well spent!

Thanks for your kind comments! The upgrade was definitely the best I ever did!

Quoting N178UA (Reply 19):
Just FYI, EK have increased to 10 minutes on shower time....this was the case on my DXB-JED flight 2 weeks ago.

Yup, saw that in your TR a few days back. However, I just used around 3 minutes of water out of the 5 minutes so I guess it wouldn't make a difference. Also, I don't think I'll be able to afford flying F in EK anytime soon.. haha.

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: beowulf
Posted 2011-04-06 19:01:36 and read 20032 times.

Quoting initious (Reply 18):
That's actually the place of my relative in Hong Kong. Wanted to show fellow a.netters that hasn't been to Hong Kong the lifestyle of the locals.

Your effort is very much appreciated.

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-04-07 07:30:16 and read 19828 times.

Thanks for your kind input beowulf!  

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: stipica
Posted 2011-04-09 18:39:57 and read 19431 times.

Hi Daniel !
Like what you predicted I am not disappointed ... Congrats on the first shower ( in the plane of course hihihihi ) ... I must admit that I do not like the aesthetics of the EK but can imagine myself in a bar with a glass of Don Perignon   ... Stipica

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-04-10 21:43:41 and read 19169 times.

Hi stipica,

Quoting stipica (Reply 23):
Like what you predicted I am not disappointed ... Congrats on the first shower ( in the plane of course hihihihi )

Thanks! =)

Quoting stipica (Reply 23):
I must admit that I do not like the aesthetics of the EK but can imagine myself in a bar with a glass of Don Perignon

Don't think they serve Dom in the bar as it serves both Business and First passengers but definitely you can imagine yourself sitting in the Suite with a glass of Dom Perignon!

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-04-16 01:12:31 and read 18724 times.

Hi Daniel,

just as expected, reading the second part was really enjoyable, too. EK's F Class is a class of its own, good decision to try it on that route.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
However, I am writing from the point of view of the front of the upper deck, the passengers in the middle section in the lower deck right next to the engines might have a different opinion.

It's very quiet everywhere, definitely too quiet in Y Class with many people around.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Didn't know they served Evian in the lounge, but it definitely tasted nothing different compared to to the normal water that we can buy at half or even a quarter of the price. A parody of Evian can be read as Naive, reading the name backwards. However, serving Evian in the lounge means that Emirates really spoil their premium passengers by even offering the best water!

Evian is overrated...

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
The minibar, a very nice touch!

There's no cooling, right?


PH

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-04-16 02:26:32 and read 18660 times.

Hey PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
just as expected, reading the second part was really enjoyable, too. EK's F Class is a class of its own, good decision to try it on that route.

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
It's very quiet everywhere, definitely too quiet in Y Class with many people around

Great to hear that. I'm looking forward to more A380 flights in the future!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
Evian is overrated...

Definitely. Besides the price I don't see it being any different from normal mineral water. However, I feel that EK spoils their premium pax rotten as Evian is not cheap by any means...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
There's no cooling, right?

No cooling at all but it works good for me.

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: yapple
Posted 2011-04-16 05:27:35 and read 18553 times.

Hey Daniel,

Great 2nd part of your trip report! The Suites look fantastic. Do they really cost so cheap?   Wanna try it someday too.

Regards,
Wei Heng

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-04-16 07:13:12 and read 18443 times.

Hey Wei Heng,

Quoting yapple (Reply 27):
Great 2nd part of your trip report! The Suites look fantastic. Do they really cost so cheap?   Wanna try it someday too.

Thanks! Yes, I got a price of S$922 for BKK-HKG in Suites and back in Business. Quite a bargain if you ask me! Do give it a try!

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: Luftfahrer
Posted 2011-04-30 15:12:15 and read 17148 times.

Hi Daniel,

I have finally found time to fully read this trip report of yours. Once more, you did an excellent job in covering this memorable journey in great detail. Thanks for sharing it with us. To me, it seems as though flying in the suites of EK is one of the best ways to travel in these days, when it comes to scheduled airline service. The food looks outright delicious, and complimented by the attentive cabin crews one is bound for a great onboard experience. I believe I am nowhere near to having an experience like that in the next years, but with LH receiving more and more Airbus A380 aircraft, I might get the chance to try out the whale jet on my own.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
It seemed like only Ish and myself are crazy enough to schedule a shower on this flight! No other passengers used the showers.

I personally believe the other passengers were crazy for not using the shower! I mean, when you have the opportunity to try out this unique experience, how can one refrain from it?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
It is now sitting comfortably in my drawer...

It's always nice to have some memorabilia to bring home from a flight. Even if it is an inflight magazine.

Best regards,
Marius

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-05-01 10:31:12 and read 16917 times.

Hey Marius,

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 29):
I have finally found time to fully read this trip report of yours. Once more, you did an excellent job in covering this memorable journey in great detail.

Thank you Marius! =)

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 29):
To me, it seems as though flying in the suites of EK is one of the best ways to travel in these days, when it comes to scheduled airline service.

It was definitely the best flights in my life. I would have chosen the EK A380 to fly DXB-SYD if I had the dough! The longest EK A380 flight I guess.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 29):
The food looks outright delicious, and complimented by the attentive cabin crews one is bound for a great onboard experience.

Definitely. With 4 cabin crews to 7 passengers on the return flight, you get so much attention!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 29):
I believe I am nowhere near to having an experience like that in the next years, but with LH receiving more and more Airbus A380 aircraft, I might get the chance to try out the whale jet on my own.

Well, you could always come down to Asia one day and fly BKK-HKG to try out the suites! Or redeem some miles on LH and fly F.. I wouldn't want to fly J in LH's A380 as it's like a bus ride rather than a premium class with 98 seats.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 29):
I personally believe the other passengers were crazy for not using the shower! I mean, when you have the opportunity to try out this unique experience, how can one refrain from it?

Haha, probably you are right. It was unique and once in a lifetime experience!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 29):
It's always nice to have some memorabilia to bring home from a flight. Even if it is an inflight magazine.

Especially when it might be your only First Class flight in your life..  

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: lh4116
Posted 2011-06-23 10:32:26 and read 14699 times.

Hey there Daniel, great report!

Seems like you had some great flights in EK's flagship F, and the pics were fantastic!

I just have a hard time getting to the fact that you managed to fly F for such a low price, is this common in Asia or was this just a one-off? In Europe, flying J on short haul flights will cost you twice as much as you guys payed, and then of course you'd be stuck in a cramped Y seat on a 737 with just a slightly enhanced meal.  

Food looked fantastic, also the fact that they served Dom. Btw, did they have Krug as well? Or is that only reserved for SQ  

The showers looked pretty cool, wonder if they let two people use them at the same time?

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: initious
Posted 2011-06-24 00:22:34 and read 14386 times.

Hey Jonas,

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 31):
Seems like you had some great flights in EK's flagship F, and the pics were fantastic!

Thanks for your comments! I certainly had a wonderful flight!

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 31):
I just have a hard time getting to the fact that you managed to fly F for such a low price, is this common in Asia or was this just a one-off?

I guess it's because it is a fifth freedom flight. Fares on TG F would be at least twice the price.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 31):
In Europe, flying J on short haul flights will cost you twice as much as you guys payed, and then of course you'd be stuck in a cramped Y seat on a 737 with just a slightly enhanced meal.

I was never impressed by European J lol.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 31):
Food looked fantastic, also the fact that they served Dom. Btw, did they have Krug as well? Or is that only reserved for SQ

Checked the wine list again and Krug was not listed. Not sure if it is reserved for SQ but they might serve it on other flighs.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 31):
The showers looked pretty cool, wonder if they let two people use them at the same time?

I'd say no as you wouldn't want to imagine what can happen.. Lol. Furthermore, the showers can only fit 1 person at a time.

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-10-22 03:01:26 and read 7746 times.

I somehow managed to miss this when you posted it...great report, i'm very jealous! I'm goign to have to do this flight the next time I'm in Asia

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
The night before, I decided to upgrade myself to First Class as I had 7500 miles credited into my Skywards account for my BKK-HKG flight the day before. A purchase of 2500 more miles and there I go - A 10,000 mile upgrade from Business Class to First Class on my flight back. I had chosen seat 1K for my flight back to Bangkok.

Great idea...lucky EK are quick with crediting miles

Topic: RE: Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates
Username: Initious
Posted 2012-10-30 17:47:26 and read 6823 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):
great report, i'm very jealous!

Hey Gab, thanks for reading!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):
I'm goign to have to do this flight the next time I'm in Asia

Definitely! One of the most value for money flights around!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 33):
Great idea...lucky EK are quick with crediting miles

Yeah, one of the fastest I've ever seen! It's like you step off the plane and tadah, the miles are in.

Regards,
Daniel


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