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User currently offlineTaylormia From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 31316 times:

I'm a new member and this is my first post....so for whatever it's worth....here goes  Smile

We decided to take the new EK IAH-DXB non-stop flight for a change since we had always traveled LH via the FRA route to get to Chennai (MAA), India.

Date: December 12, 2007
Flight: EK 212

We started our journey in OMA on Continental and checked our bags all the way to MAA since EK was the delivering carrier. When we got to IAH we had to check-in again at the EK counter. While we were in line we were asked by the EK agent if we wanted to take a different flight via LHR to get to DXB 3 hours later since the IAH-DXB Economy class was overbooked. In return we were offered two free return tickets to DXB on EK. We said yes, but didn't qualify since our bags were already checked. We asked the agent if Business Class was full and jokingly volunteered to get "bumped" there. The rep just smiled and checked us into Economy.

We got to our gate D5 and after five minutes was informed of a gate change to D12. Boarding was supposed to start at 17:35 for a departure of 18:35. While standing in line to board, we heard our name paged to check in at the gate desk. We were surprised to hear that we had been upgraded to Business Class to make room in Economy. We saw the agent that checked us in and thanked her for the awesome favor.

So, although late - about 18:30, we excitedly boarded Business Class. The new 777-200LR is beautiful and the Business Class seats are the best I have experienced. Although not quite 180 degrees, the "lie flat" seats are very comfortable and come with tons of adjustments - and my favorite - lumbar and full body massage built into the seat. We had seats 11E and 11F.

The ICE system is excellent with so many choices of audio and video entertainment. Each seat has a 17" widescreen LCD touch screen monitor.

The flight left the gate about 20:05. Afer 15 min of taxi, the announcement was made that there was an error in the cargo loading and a pallete had to be removed - so we had to return to the gate. We also had to refuel to make up for the loss of fuel during taxi. All said and done after a couple more delays, the flight left the gate finally at 21:35 and we were wheels up at 21:56.

An hour after take off we were served dinner which was very good and we settled in to sleep. Like I said before the seats were very comfortable and I slept undisturbed for about 7 hours. I have never sleptso well on a long haul flight. Although the scheduled flight duration was 15 hours 10 min, the actual flight time was 13 hours and 45 min.

Woke up refreshed and watched a couple of movies. We skipped the second meal since we were too full from the previous one.

Touched down in DXB at 21:46 the next day (Dec 13). We weren't very concerned about the delay since our connecting flight to MAA was at 03:00 on the 14th.

On the whole it was a great experience and a pleasant surprise to be upgraded to Business Class. On a negative note, we found on arrival in MAA that one of our bags was lost - and still is as of this writing (Dec 19). I hope our longer return trip in Economy is not too bad....crossing my fingers.


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EK Crew at Gate D12


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Boarding EK 212


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EK 212 Business Class Seat


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Large LCD monitors in Business Class


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Night Lighting


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Flight Info 1


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Forward Camera


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ICE and Seat Wireless Control


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Sleeping Well...


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Flight Info 3 - Over Iran


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Business Class Seats


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 31215 times:

Nice first TR.

You had a really big luck to get upgrade to Business class. Otherwise that loong flight would be a kind of hell.

Cant see the pics, would be nice if you can fix it.

And it would be really nice if you could post the DXB-MAA sector also.

Really pity about your lost bag, hope you will get it soon.



Thank you for sharing

B747forever.



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User currently offlineVirgin747LGW From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 31066 times:

nice TR!
I hope you werent really at 36ft over Iran lol


User currently offlineXAAPB From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 445 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 30988 times:

Welcome to A.net, great trip report! Very lucky you get upgrade to Business Class, looks like EK offers a nice service.
Greetings
Jorge



Jorge Meneses
User currently offlineCA228 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 30965 times:

Taylormia:

You have the same problem with the photolinks as I did - I used the "Add Image" key to attach photos from my a.net personal file. I fixed the problem by attaching my pictures to photobucket.com and pasting the URL filepath directly from photobucket.com

Hope it works - looking forward to seeing your pictures.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 30944 times:
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Nice report, the first IAH-DXB one!

Lucky to get the upgrade, makes the flight more bearable.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
Cant see the pics

- This seems to be an increasing problem, this is at least the 4th TR with this issue lately.

Look forward to the return report and the trip to MAA.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3344 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 30936 times:

Fantastic report, and welcome to a.net!!!!!!!  wave 

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 30487 times:

Welcome to A.net! I really like your trip report, and glad you made it, although I cant see your trip report. I hope you can see my trip report about QR 77W First Class from DXB-DOH and compare the seats with EK's business class.

About the bags, I hope you didnt have anything expensive in them, and hope you find them soon!



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User currently offlineTaylormia From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 30202 times:



Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 7):
I cant see your trip report

Hopefully these photos show up now:

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User currently offlineTaylormia From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 30149 times:



Quoting Taylormia (Thread starter):
nice TR!
I hope you werent really at 36ft over Iran lol

LOL  Smile

That is a bug in the Flight Info software.....it was actually 36,000 ft.


User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 955 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 30056 times:

Thanks for the report! It's always nice to get an upgrade, especially on a loooong flight.

I like that ICE even tells you the registration of the aircraft - that's so cool. I haven't seen that before anywhere, not even on SQ's system on the A380.


User currently offlineMurrayusa From United States of America, joined May 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 29844 times:

You are such a lucky dog getting an upgrade from IAH. I am sure that plane was packed with execs from every major oil company. Welcome to airliners.net! What an awesome report!

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 29664 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
This seems to be an increasing problem, this is at least the 4th TR with this issue lately.

I know, it is really annoying.

Quoting Taylormia (Reply 8):
Hopefully these photos show up now:

It works now, thank you so much.



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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 29544 times:



Quoting Taylormia (Thread starter):
I'm a new member and this is my first post....

Welcome to a.net! Awesome report.... were you the only one upgraded to business? or were there more people?

Thanks for posting  Smile


User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 29338 times:

Those seats look amazing, especially the IFE the screen is GIGANTIC

Wow, you certainly did have a brilliant flight. Try and forget about this flight so you can enjoy Y class now

Great trip report


User currently offlineTaylormia From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 28952 times:



Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 13):
were you the only one upgraded to business? or were there more people?

There was another couple who got upgraded also....


User currently offlineTaylormia From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 28947 times:



Quoting Murrayusa (Reply 11):
I am sure that plane was packed with execs from every major oil company.

Yep...there was one guy from Baker Hughes on our left and another from Qatar Gas on our right..


User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 28880 times:

First of all, welcome to A.net. It's a great place to be  Smile

Quoting Taylormia (Thread starter):
We were surprised to hear that we had been upgraded to Business Class to make room in Economy.

What a nice surprise. I've never received such a surprise on any of my flights  Smile

I would love to fly EK sometime. Looks like I have quite a lot of flying to do in the future to try out all these different airlines  Smile Pictures are also great.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
- This seems to be an increasing problem, this is at least the 4th TR with this issue lately.

I think this is a problem with photobucket rather this website. I have always used www.tinypic.com and it pumps out a URL specific for forums etc. and all you have to do is copy & paste that URL while you're typing up your trip report. Works like a charm and never had problems with photos not showing up.


Thanks a bunch for writing this trip report. Seems like EK made a good choice since the loads were so high on this flight out of IAH. Please do write your return trip as well as I would like to hear about the economy product also on this long flight.

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 14):
Wow, you certainly did have a brilliant flight. Try and forget about this flight so you can enjoy Y class now

Yeah. It will be difficult to enjoy your flight in Y after you got pampered in J class Big grin


User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 28457 times:

Wonderful TR and pics. Hope to see you post many more here with us at A.net

Dave



Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5520 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 28437 times:

Geez, what ridiculous TV screens!!

Nice report!


User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 28220 times:

Thanks for posting! I bet it was a really long takeoff roll at IAH! I'm so excited about this new flight into IAH. I still haven't gone down there (from DFW) but I will in January for spotting.

That's incredible luck you had in getting the upgrade.

I'm looking forward to reading about your return journey.


User currently offlineTaylormia From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 28054 times:



Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 17):
I think this is a problem with photobucket rather this website.

I uploaded the photos initially using the A.net "Add Images" option. The photos don't show up when I do that. I then used photobucket.com and copied the forum friendly links. That works fine.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27244 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 26494 times:

Cool that you got upgraded. The size of the PTV's are great. Nice pics .

OA260


User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1901 posts, RR: 27
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 26106 times:

All I can say is: WOW!

Incredibly lucky. I would give many things important to me to fly on that specific Business class, without mentioning in a brand-new aircraft... you've touched the sky!

Those screens are bigger than the one I have in my room and I can imagine the food... woah!

More pics would have been cool, but the ones you posted are way self explanatory.

Congrats!

-E



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