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ATL-DXB DL Second Flight  
User currently offlineB767300ER From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 184 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9254 times:
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Well I started my June bid month with our new service, ATL-DXB, as an LOD. Really not too much competition to hold down the line. Although living in NYC flying out of ATL really not a hardship as all I have to do is fly three round trips to finish my hours this month. 12 days away and then free for balance. These flights only operate 5 x a week.
Sorry I couldn’t get the inaugural flight but wasn’t legal due to rest requirement from my last trip in May.
Flew from LGA to ATL on June 1st as NRSA and stood at friends apt in ATL till departure on June 2nd.
Flight 8 ATL-DXB scheduled for a 9:10 PM departure from E14. Took local transportation to airport, arriving at 7:30 PM. Went to Crew Dispatch to do some paper work. Flight heavy in Business, 43 booked about of 50 seats, Y had 119 booked out of 215 seats. Found the other Arabic speaking LOD had called in sick and replaced by a “regular” reserve. Considering the load it should not be too difficult. At 8:15 Pm had our crew meeting, original flight plan was planned on a southern routing, cross the Atlantic off Delaware, northern France, and turn south over Zurich. Eastern Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia to UAE. Weather forecast, good (smooth).
Being the only LOD on flight, took assignment in Galley for Business so as to be able to float.
Boarding started at 8:45 PM, and went very quickly. At around 9 Pm Ground Crew cam on board and told us we were missing 14 passengers who had checked in with bags earlier. If we have to remove bags we would take a delay. They asked if I could go to the podium desk and call the missing passengers in Arabic. After several calls, with no response, they repeated the calls in the other wings. Got a call from CO that they were found in D. As they were non-English speaking went over to D to pick them up and explain that they were in wrong area and flight was boarded.
We were off the gate at 10:08 Pm, almost an hour late with an estimated DXB arrival of 7:57 PM.
Our triple 7 performed flawlessly, video, ovens, lavs, no complaints. Due to light load, meal service went quickly, but not hurried. Since we had a light load in Y, two extra FA’s helped in the front.
Captain informed crew that we were now offered a more direct route, taking us over Austria, Romania, eastern Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq into DXB arriving only about 50 min. late.
Prior to second meal service we distributed the Immigration and Custom forms. The Company had placed special emphasis on their proper completion, so I basically reviewed each of completed forms to insure their accuracy. The Arabic speaking passengers had almost no trouble with them while the others left out some required information. Due to this I was basically removed from the meal service, walking around the a/c.
Prior to arrival at DXB, Ras al Khaimach International Airport, I carefully reviewed the documentation needed and which lines to take.
We arrived at the gate at 7:54 PM local time, only 49 min. late. Position my self at the door and bid good bye and welcome to DXB in Arabic, English and French.
The formalities for crew members was quite quick, just a look at passport and waved through.
When we walked out side to pick up our crew transportation it was like standing in front of an oven door. The temperature was 103 F. The drive to the hotel, can’t mention name due to security reasons, was very brief. Really a beautiful well appointed hotel, but after such a long flight, almost 14 hours, just went to bed.
The next day was up early, had a light breakfast and ventured outside, much cooler at 8 AM only 93.
Made plans to go to Wild Wadi Water Park as I had heard so much about it. No other crew members were interested in going, so I took a taxi out to park. Being there early made it all the better, no crowds or waits. If you go, you MUST go on the Jumeirah Sceiraj, it’s the largest and fastest water slide out side of North America. Really had a ball there, clean spotless, shady areas etc. Went back to hotel around 2 PM, take nap, go to dinner with some of the crew. Tomorrow, June 4th will spend at hotel prior to our return to ATL on flight DL 7 leaving at 10:45 PM with a 5:40 AM arrival.
If interested I will report on the return.

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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9239 times:

Great report from the crew's perspective.

I was really thinking about getting on one of the first ATL-DXB flights, but that never happened. One of these days.  Smile


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9202 times:
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Thank you for your report. What's an LOD?


Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9173 times:

Very nice insight , thanks for sharing .

Quoting B767300ER (Thread starter):
If interested I will report on the return.

Please do .
It looks like this flight is doing great in J class .



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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9113 times:

Quoting B767300ER (Thread starter):
If interested I will report on the return.

Yes...

Great Report..

Any picturers????


User currently offlineB767300ER From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8947 times:
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LOD are LANGUAGE OF DESTINATION, we bid only against TLV / LLBG), Israel">LOD's not regular F/A lines. Prior to DXB route held lines to TLV and SVO.
As a working crew member it would be in appropriate to take pictures but I should have had a camera at the water park, unbelievable!


User currently offlineEK773 From Malta, joined Jul 2004, 235 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8914 times:

Thankyou for sharing your trip report with us, although i have a few queries:

Quoting B767300ER (Thread starter):
we distributed the Immigration and Custom forms

a. landing forms are not required by any nationality to enter UAE.

Quoting B767300ER (Thread starter):
Prior to arrival at DXB, Ras al Khaimach International Airport

b. R.A.K is another Emirate all together located in northern UAE. Im sure you would have landed in Dubai International Airport.


User currently offlinePanAm747LHR From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8855 times:

Great trip report, but I second EK773's question about landing cards - I flew EK non-stop from JFK to DXB back in April and there were no landing cards at all. Why does Delta have them???

Nick


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8604 times:

I have enjoyed your TR very much! Please post the return trip!
cheers: DALelite



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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8285 times:

Hey again, how was going through immigration at DXB with an Israeli stamp in your passport? Please tell. Please post a return.

What's your schedule?

Next time please bring a camera for me when you go to Dubai, thanks.



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineMjt909 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7874 times:

I'd love to hear about the return trip! Please post.

User currently offlineEmirates029 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6873 times:

Whats this about a landing/immigration form? You dont need one to enter Dubai.

User currently offlineDalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

Quoting Emirates029 (Reply 11):
Whats this about a landing/immigration form? You dont need one to enter Dubai.

He answered this question here in his return trip report:

DXB-ATL Return Trip (by B767300ER Jun 5 2007 in Trip Reports)

Quote:
Going through Company bulletins, found out that immigration forms into DXB are not required for deplaning passengers, only non UAE transit passengers required to complete forms. So the hassle on inbound flight was unnecessary. Not the same for US Immigration and Customs forms however.



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