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Emirates A330 MUC-DXB-MUC, With Pics  
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 23
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 20521 times:

MUC-DXB
EK050
20 May 2007
STD: 15:45 on-time
STA: 23:45 on-time
Seat: 20J
Load factor: about 70% in Economy
A330-200
A6-EAO
Built and delivered in March 2003

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A friend and I have been thinking about visiting Dubai for years. This year, we decided to finally do this trip, booking a five-days holiday and flights on Emirates. We're both living near Stuttgart, and as there are no direct flights STR-DXB (yet?), we booked flights from/to MUC. We took the car to MUC, where I gave my car key to a friend of us (who is working at MUC airport), she took care of my car during our holiday so I wouldn't have to pay for parking fee - great!

Emirates check-in is located in Terminal 1, which was not really busy this early sunday afternoon. Three counters open, only five minutes in the queue, then a friendly female agent checked us in. We got boarding passes with assigned seats 20J and 20K, a window/aisle combination. Then we went through security and had a drink at the bar in front of our gate, where I took this photo of our aicraft:


Soon boarding was called, and it became clear that this flight wouldn't become full, I guess the Economy load factor was about 70%. The friendly, multi-national crew welcomed us at the aircraft door, and we took our seats.

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Economy configuration is the normal 2-4-2 (by the way, I was surprised they had 2-3-2 in Business!), the seats are comfortable and legspace at least sufficient. PTV, which is important to me - with the PTV boxes under the window seats, so that didn't disturb me as they were in front of my friend's seat Big grin and she didn't mind about that.

The cabin crew made their welcome announcement, informing us about the languages spoken by the cabin crew: Arabian, English, Mandarin, Serbian, German, and some other languages I can't remember. Wow, those Emirates crews are really international! Anyway, the only German f/a was working in the front classes. The pilots also made an announcement about flight time and routing, apparently both our pilots were US-Americans today.

Doors were closed, and we started rolling towards runway 08R. It was nice to follow push-back and taxiing on the PTV / front-view camera. Take-off a few minutes later.

The routing:
Munich-Austria-Yugoslavia-Greece-Cyprus-Lebanon-Syria. I thought we would be flying over Iraq, but as you can see, our captain avoided Iraqi airspace:





Then along the Saudi-Arabian/Iraqi boarder, Doha, Persian Gulf and finally Dubai.

The inflight entertainment:
Video: Inflight entertainment was started a few minutes after take-off. There were 15 TV channels (but no AVOD), plus 3 airshow/on-board-camera channels. I didn't watch any TV on this flight, but according to the inflight magazine, they were showing e.g. Romeo&Juliet and Ocean's 12 on this flight.

Radio: A feature I used much more on this flight was the radio programm. 25 radio channels, which show how international the Emirates passengers are: all sort of music from all parts of the world. And they even had a channel "the holy Qur'an" which I unfortunately didn't find too entertaining to listen to... So I spent quite some time listening to the two German radio programmes, where they played some great music. By the way, the German radio programms were presented by Kristiane Backer. I hadn't heard anything about her for years. So you see what happens ten years after you have left MTV - you're qualified to present Emirates' in-flight radio program Big grin

Games: dozens of video games, but apart from some "tetris" (good old times!) I didn't play much.

Meals
30 minutes after take-off, beverages and pretzels were offered. "All drinks served are complimentary with the exception of champagne (8USD)". We both had only non-alcoholic drinks, mostly water, juices or Pepsi.

Meal menu cards were given out. Today's choice was between Chicken tikka served in a creamy masala sauce, with basmati rice, aubergine, tomato ragout or Roasted fillet of salmon, served with mustard and lemon sauce, with tagliatelle, broccoli florets and carrot batones.
Appetiser of both meals was Bresaola (air-dried beef with vegetable salad), salad with dressing, and a "Banoffee torte" for dessert.

I had the chicken:


My travel companion had the salmon:


Meal was quite all-right both quality- and quantity-wise. Nothing more and nothing less than what I expected on a 5.5 hours flight.

Not much more to tell about this flight, it became dark outside. I addition to that, we were sitting above the wing...

...so I can't even bore you with my infamous air-to-ground pic selection Big grin

It's a pity that we were sitting over the wing, because according to the "Aaaah"s and "Ooooh"s of the passengers sitting behind us, the nightly approach into DXB must have been nice: We approached Dubai from the North, passed it in the East, and then made a 180° durn to the right, and then landed in Northwestern direction. Anyway, all we could do was following the approach on the PTV / front-view-camera.

After landing, an announcement was made that we were going to be bussed to the terminal. Who would have thought that, on a large airport like DXB? But it was midnight local-time now, quite a busy time at DXB, so there were really all jetways in use. When doors were opened, the curtains between Economy and Business were closed again, in order to let the Business passengers leave the aircraft first. I always get an impression like if I'm travelling on the Titanic when they do this... Anyway, five minutes later we were allowed to leave.

The bus gave us a complete airport tour, we passed dozens of planes (mostly Emirates), it's really amazing how huge but DXB airport and Emirates are. Another 10 minutes queueing at passport control, so when we arrived at the baggage reclaim, our bags were already there.

We took a taxi to our Hotel, the Habtoor Hotel Jumeira Beach, a great hotel where we spent five nice holidays. Some Dubai impressions, for those who are interested:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...1/ContactAir/DXBMay07/PICT0288.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...1/ContactAir/DXBMay07/PICT0289.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...1/ContactAir/DXBMay07/PICT0300.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...1/ContactAir/DXBMay07/PICT0304.jpg

Dubai Skiing:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...1/ContactAir/DXBMay07/PICT0297.jpg

Our hotel (as seen from the beach):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...1/ContactAir/DXBMay07/PICT0313.jpg

The beach at night:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...1/ContactAir/DXBMay07/PICT0311.jpg

We really enjoyed our stay at Dubai. The city is very impressive, everything is huge and luxurious, but with construction sites everywhere, so Dubai is becomming even bigger. And of course some nice beaches. One thing that we wondered about: visibility around Dubai was quite low, and we both couldn't really tell if this was caused by smog, sandstorms, huminity, or maybe a mix of everything.

Five days later, it was time to fly back.

DXB-MUC
EK051
25 May 2007
STD: 16:30 on-time
STA: 20:55 20 minutes ahead of schedule
Seat: 38B
Load factor: about 80% in Economy
A330-300
A6-EKT
Built and delivered in August 1999

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Our taxi arrived at Terminal 1 four hours before departure, because 12:00 was latest check-out time at our hotel. At DXB, you go first through a security control wher your bags are x-rayed, then you go to the check-in counters. Just like everywhere in the world, those stupid check-in machines were also here in Dubai. But we preferred to go to a staffed counter, there were no queues there anyway. The friendly female agent checked us in, our bags were still not over-weight (I had my fears, I didn't buy much at Dubai, but, you know, women do...). As we didn't want to sit over the wing again, we asked for a window/aisle combination in the rear part of the cabin, and got 17E and 17F (aisle and middle). Once again we repeated our preferred seats, and she changed us to 21J and 21K. When we once again repeated our preferred seats, she changed us once again, this time to 38A and 38B, the very last row, and those seats were much better because they do offer some nice view outside.

Passport control was quite unfriendly. I don't expect much, in fact all I expect from them is a "good afternoon", a stamp into my passport, and the a "goodbye". The woman there said neither "good afternoon" nor "goodbye", and she also mis-placed the stamp in my passport.

While my friend was desparate to do some more shopping now, I wanted to explore the airport, so we split up.

Dubai airport is a huge duty-free shop paradise:


But it also offers some nice views outside:


At 15:00, our aircraft arrived. Our parking position was quite narrow, the aircraft parked so close to the terminal window - literally only about 1 meter from the terminal window to the winglet of our aircraft:


Boarding was called at 15:45, this time it was a jetway, or better: two jetways, one for F and C, the other one for Y. We took our seats in the last row, and watched the aircraft filling up, load factor this time about 80% in Economy.

Just like on the outbound flight, the crew welcomed us via the PA and informed us about the languages spoken by the crew. Once again, German f/a's only in Business/First. We pushed back on-time and took off in northeastern direction:







Dubai:




Just like the whole flight, our routing was similar like on the outbound flight, once again we avoided the Iraq:




Then we flew over Syria, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Austria:


The meals:
Choice between "Beef rendang" accompanied by steamed jasmine rice and wok-fried vegetables or "Peri Peri Chicken" topped with tomato and cardamom sauce, served with fried potato cubes and assorted vegetables.

Appetiser was a "poatched salmon roll" served with an artichoke salad and pesto yoghurt sauce, and a salad with dressing. Desser was a chocolate caramel pudding.

I had the beef:


And here's the chicken:


Once again, I didn't watch any movies, but listened to the German radio programs. Nothing is better than having spent a week abroad and then coming back, finally being able to listen again to Oli P., Modern Talking and Xavier Naidoo... Furtunately, this was just some exceptional bad taste delection, because apart from that, they really had all my favourite bands in their program, including e.g. Juli, Joy Denalane, Die Aerzte, and 2raumwohnung - "Besser geht's nicht!".

Those 5.5 hours went by quick, and we were already approaching MUC's runway 26R:


Deboarding via jetway, about 15 minutes to wait for our bags. Back home by car, the end of a really nice holiday.

Conclusion:
Dubai was a really fascinating experience! Maybe this had to do with the fact that I hadn't travelled through the Arabian world before, so this was something new and interesting to me. Regarding Emirates: They certainly offered a decent service, flights were on-time, crews friendly. Nothing more and nothing less than what I expected. A good airline, but I wouldn't go out of my way to fly them again. My recent longhaul experience is limited to several flights on LX, and one flight on LH. EK was above LH (mostly because I really like to have my own PTV on longhaul, even though I didn't use it much this time), but LX was certainly even a bit better than EK. Swiss' A340 had AVOD (I know, LX' A330s don't have AVOD either), the meals on Swiss tasted better (but that's just my personal opinion, of course), and of course the variety of German movies and radio channels was much bigger on Swiss. Alright, I can't expect Emirates to offer as many German movies and radio channels as Swiss. But if the fares are equal, I wouldn't go out of my way to fly Emirates again.

This is the end of my report, I really hope you enjoyed reading. Feel free to ask questions and leave your comments, looking forward to reading them. So long and regards, Alex.

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User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 20393 times:

Very nice report , thanks a lot for sharing . The meals look quite sizable and of a good quality on Emirates .

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
visibility around Dubai was quite low, and we both couldn't really tell if this was caused by smog, sandstorms, huminity, or maybe a mix of everything.

I know exactly what you are talking about as i had the same problem when i was taking pics in Egypt ( especially Cairo ) on my last trip 3 weeks ago .

By the way , how was the seat pitch on EK's Y class ?

[Edited 2007-05-30 16:51:22]


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 20326 times:

Servus Alex,

very good report, brings back memories of my EK trip last year!

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
she took care of my car during our holiday so I wouldn't have to pay for parking fee - great!

That's what I call luck!  Wink

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
Munich-Austria-Yugoslavia-Greece-Cyprus-Lebanon-Syria. I thought we would be flying over Iraq, but as you can see, our captain avoided Iraqi airspace:

The same happened on my flights to and from DXB and AUH, though we always took a route over Iran.

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
Meal menu cards were given out. Today's choice was between Chicken tikka served in a creamy masala sauce, with basmati rice, aubergine, tomato ragout or Roasted fillet of salmon, served with mustard and lemon sauce, with tagliatelle, broccoli florets and carrot batones.
Appetiser of both meals was Bresaola (air-dried beef with vegetable salad), salad with dressing, and a "Banoffee torte" for dessert.

That catering was definitely better than on my MUC-DXB-MUC services. If you want to compare:

Going Down Under: MUC-DXB-SYD On EK A332 & A345 (by PlaneHunter Sep 29 2006 in Trip Reports)
BNE-SIN-DXB-MUC On Emirates B772ER & B773 (+pix) (by PlaneHunter Nov 29 2006 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):

After landing, an announcement was made that we were going to be bussed to the terminal. Who would have thought that, on a large airport like DXB?

Yes, traffic simply grows much faster than the infrastructure. Btw, we were parked at a remote position as well, and a friend told me the same about his MUC-DXB flight.  scratchchin 

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
The bus gave us a complete airport tour, we passed dozens of planes (mostly Emirates), it's really amazing how huge but DXB airport and Emirates are.

The tours always helped me to get many registrations...

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
A330-300
A6-EKT

Little typo here, it's a -200.  Wink

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
Dubai airport is a huge duty-free shop paradise:

Indeed. Judging from the picture the airport was not as crowded as during my transfers in the early morning.

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
- literally only about 1 meter from the terminal window to the winglet of our aircraft:

Great shot!  thumbsup 

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
Dubai:

You were lucky with that departure direction - I only had the aisle seat when we departed that way (DXB-SYD), though

Btw - the Burj Dubai tower already looks fantastic now - and there are still a few hundred meters to go!  Smile

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
Regarding Emirates: They certainly offered a decent service, flights were on-time, crews friendly. Nothing more and nothing less than what I expected. A good airline, but I wouldn't go out of my way to fly them again.My recent longhaul experience is limited to several flights on LX, and one flight on LH. EK was above LH (mostly because I really like to have my own PTV on longhaul, even though I didn't use it much this time), but LX was certainly even a bit better than EK. Swiss' A340 had AVOD (I know, LX' A330s don't have AVOD either),

The A330's IFE is already outdated - it's still ok and better than many other carriers' offerings but EK's ICE is outstanding and beats almost any other airline.

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
the meals on Swiss tasted better (but that's just my personal opinion, of course), and of course the variety of German movies and radio channels was much bigger on Swiss. Alright, I can't expect Emirates to offer as many German movies and radio channels as Swiss. But if the fares are equal, I wouldn't go out of my way to fly Emirates again.

Actually, ICE offers masses of German movies. The meals' quality on EK can vary. While I wasn't pleased by the catering on the sectors to and from MUC I was impressed by the delicate food on the services to and from Australia and Singapore.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3922 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 20000 times:

WOW, great report. It brought back some great EK memories for me (LGW-DXB-BKK-SYD vv)
I really enjoyed my Emirates flights. We loved the oppertunity to break out long flights down under in various cities along the way!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Yes, traffic simply grows much faster than the infrastructure. Btw, we were parked at a remote position as well, and a friend told me the same about his MUC-DXB flight.

From what I have seen of DXB, a greater proportion of the A330s are on remote stands than the 777 or A340s. Maybe this is because of the lower numbers of PAX on these aircraft. I dont know. That said I quite like climbing the stairs to an a/c. Boarding the good, old fashioned way! Now of only they would bring back the venteral stairs!

Brian.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19885 times:
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Hi Alex,

Very nice report and decent selection of pictures too, many thanks.

The EK 'Y' meals always impress me, the portions look so much bigger than other carriers.

Interesting to note you liked EK but would not go out of your way to fly them, shows they are not that great.

Re the Business Class 2-3-2 layout, I find that pretty poor, especially on a 330 as the cabin width is less than a 777, many of which do run a 2-3-2 Business layout.

Thanks again.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19875 times:

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 3):
From what I have seen of DXB, a greater proportion of the A330s are on remote stands than the 777 or A340s. Maybe this is because of the lower numbers of PAX on these aircraft. I dont know.

That sounds reasonable.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 3):
That said I quite like climbing the stairs to an a/c. Boarding the good, old fashioned way! Now of only they would bring back the venteral stairs!

Yes, I also prefer stairs and bus trips around the airport. How else can you get shots like these:




PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19859 times:

Hello, Alex,
great and real interesting story.
I´ve done several attempts to visit the UAE, but not more than a scheduled gas-stop in Sharjah
happened till now.
Also the pix about your travel experiences there, real interesting.

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
so I can't even bore you with my infamous air-to-ground pic selection

Missed it!

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
five-days holiday and flights on Emirates.

Tour operator package or self managed?. When I checked fares in the past, I thought that the flight only fares are
higher than expected, but I saw packages for example by LTUR with the same flights much cheaper.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineAirNick From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19848 times:

Great trip report -

It won't surprise me if Emirates win the worlds favorite airline! The most significant thing about Emirates I find is the quantity and quality of their economy meals. Makes food on major carriers seem more like a large snack than a meal!

Dubai - looks good!

Nick


User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 19662 times:

A very good report on a very good airline to a very good destination

Dubai is one of the best cities in the worl. It kind of opens up the middle eastern culture to us whilst alos having a quite western feel.
I cant wait for my next trip to DXB



Lee



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User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1213 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 19431 times:

Very nice report! EK's Y-class meals are impressive. They almost match C-class meals from some other airlines.
BTW, on the way back, did you like the beef rendang? FYI, it's an Indonesian dish (although I'm sure it has been modified some ways because the original dish is quite spicy it may upset some people's stomachs  Smile).


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 18978 times:

Thanks to everyone for your replies so far!

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 1):
By the way , how was the seat pitch on EK's Y class ?

Legspace was alright for me. I mean, it's Economy, but I don't care too much about legspace anyway, as long as I fit into the seat, anything is fine for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
That catering was definitely better than on my MUC-DXB-MUC services. If you want to compare:

Wow, I must have missed those reports! Thanks for posting the link, it was interesting to compare our EK impressions!
Of course you're correct, it was an A330-200 on both flights - a typo, sorry.

As everybody is impressed about the meals, I think I have to realize that the meals were probably indeed far above average. I normally eat what they serve, and that's it. But now that I think of it, the meals could have really been worse, in fact they were excellent. Strange that I needed the feedback of this forum to realize, but you're certainly correct.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 6):
Tour operator package or self managed?

Self-managed. In fact I didn't do the booking, but my friend compared several offers, and this one turned out to be the best fit.

Regards, Alex.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 18797 times:

Thanks for the report!
I flew the MUC-DXB-BKK in Y last Nov and also had 330 on MUC-DXB. It was rather cramped experience, I was so happy having 777 from DXB to BKK and back, much more comfortable and on 777 the IFE was the best(?) available, the wonderful ICE, just great, some 600 different channels. One thing was similaron both 330 and 777, the tasty pre-booked sea food meals.


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 18464 times:

Hi Alex,

great report and some fantastic pics - even without your famous air-to-ground pictures on the outbound flight. I especially liked the photos taken after departure from DXB - simply amazing.

Having never (!) experienced PTV myself (my only long-haul flights were on LH, DL and UA), I didn't really miss it yet. However, I always enjoy a good radio programme, especially on a night flight.

Dubai itself seems to be worth a visit as well - obviously a really unique city.

Christoph


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 18270 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 11):
I was so happy having 777

From what I read, the EK 777 certainly beats the A330 IFE-wise.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 12):
Having never (!) experienced PTV myself

Now the question is: does Air Namibia offer PTV on their A340?


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 18247 times:

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 13):
Now the question is: does Air Namibia offer PTV on their A340?

No, AFAIK. Here's a link to their website:

http://www.airnamibia.com/info_bord.htm


PH



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 18183 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Quoting Ndebele (Reply 13):
Now the question is: does Air Namibia offer PTV on their A340?

No, AFAIK. Here's a link to their website:

...confirmed:


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I only found this pic from Business Class, but it will be the same in Economy.

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 13):
Quoting Andaman (Reply 11):
I was so happy having 777
From what I read, the EK 777 certainly beats the A330 IFE-wise.

And how about the seats? I have heard that they have 10 seats per row in Economy in the 777 - doesn't that feel a bit cramped?

Christoph


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 18098 times:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 15):

And how about the seats? I have heard that they have 10 seats per row in Economy in the 777 - doesn't that feel a bit cramped?

Christoph

EK 777 did feel cramped, the seats were too narrow, luckily I am a skinny guy. Legroom was ok though and the cabin was new and fresh.
Anyway, the ICE-system got all my attention, it had a huge selection of films and music. I wanted that home!  Wink


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18003 times:

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 13):
From what I read, the EK 777 certainly beats the A330 IFE-wise.

777-300 has same IFE

777-200 and 300ER have ICE.



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 17848 times:

Hi

I like this report, good writing, very well documentary pictures. Food on EK (Y) seems pretty good.
Thanks for sharing this one!

Eric



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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 17697 times:

Brillaint Report and nice pics on EK. Ndebele, i was just going to say that i cought you by cheating our national airline.
But at the end of your report , you have said that you've actualy liked LX better than EK.

have a good one: Markus



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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17079 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 17387 times:

Very good TR. Your pics was very good.
Does Dubai have dirty air or is it just the sand that blows in to the town.



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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 17301 times:

Very interesting and enjoyable trip report, one of the best I have read about EK in these forums.  Smile Emirates seems to be offering a quite solid Economy Class product, but IMO it is quite a bit overhyped if you compare the wonderous things some people tell about it with factual and detailed assessments like yours. I guess it all comes down to good marketing (just like it is the case with SQ).

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
Munich-Austria-Yugoslavia-Greece-Cyprus-Lebanon-Syria. I thought we would be flying over Iraq, but as you can see, our captain avoided Iraqi airspace:

The coward!!!  Wink Big grin



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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3075 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 17194 times:

Great report, fun reading

Quoting Ndebele (Thread starter):
After landing, an announcement was made that we were going to be bussed to the terminal. Who would have thought that, on a large airport like DXB?

From my experience and what I've seen, DXB usually accepts most of their arriving passengers on busses, and when the plane is ready to go, it taxis to the gate, using minimum gate space.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Yes, traffic simply grows much faster than the infrastructure. Btw, we were parked at a remote position as well, and a friend told me the same about his MUC-DXB flight.

All my arrivals into DXB have been by busses, while all my departures are with jetways.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 3):
From what I have seen of DXB, a greater proportion of the A330s are on remote stands than the 777 or A340s.

I've flown into DXB with the A340 twice, the 777-300ER twice and they were both at the remote stands. I think people are making the mistake of thinking they should go to a jetway, methinks (yes, that's really a word in the dictionary) that the planes arrive in remote stand, get ready, and go collect passengers in terminal for minimum gate space usage. Also, not just EK flights go to the remote stands, I've seen VS, BA, QR, etc.

-CXfirst



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 17035 times:

Very nice report with excellent pics. Thanks for sharing

User currently offlineBimmerkid19 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16725 times:

Hey excellent trip report. The pics are wonderful! I cant wait to fly them. I will be leaving Germany in August after finishing a Study Abroad Program here at a German University. Next Semester i´ll be studying in South Korea, and i´ll be flying on EK. I opted for a 4 day stop over. I´ll be flying in an A332 to DXB and then in an A343 to ICN . Awesome. I cant wait to fly EK. Any airline that calls you to inform a schedule change is in my books wonderful. My parents said they received a call at our house ... thats back in usa.. and they stated that it was EK calling to inform Mr. Vlasak that the flight from Munich will depart 30 minutes later than what his itinerary originally said when he booked his flight with us and they also told me that they said to inform to enjoy my first flight with EK and thanks for choosing EK . Very wonderful.. i dont know too many airlines, if any that care that much about their Economy Class pax.

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