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User currently offlineETforLIFE From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 30 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 26935 times:

**WARNING-LONG TRIP REPORT MANY PICTURES**

Well, I've been reading A.net for awhile, and thought this would be the perfect time to join after this trip.
1st Trip Report, so happy reading!

December 14, 2007
Los Angeles (LAX) - London (LHR)
Virgin Atlantic #24
Depart - 9:20PM
Arrive - 3:45PM
Flight Time: 10Hr 25M
Aircraft: Airbus A346
Distance: 5442 Miles

Me & my family decided to make a trip back to the motherland (Ethiopia). This would be my 1st time ever, and 1st time for my mother since she left 37 years ago, so we had no idea what to expect. My dad went back about 10 years ago. We wanted to go via IAD and connect to Ethiopian Airlines for a more direct routing, but financially, this was cheaper. It ended up being the better choice, as if you remember, the East Coast was bogged down by a severe weather storm, that halted flights up and down the coast, while we simply flew over it.

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Terminal 2, LAX

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Check-In @ LAX

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All the luggage...each definitely was over 50 pounds, plus the extra, however the check-in agent was nice and only charged us for the extra piece...$125

Unfortunately my camera died at this point, and I had no motive to dig through my carryon, which took me about 30 minutes to close since it was packed to the max.

The VPORT system on Virgin Atlantic was absolutely amazing. I started watching Superbad somewhere over the Atlantic, and could not contain myself from laughing. It was around 3AM LA time so everyone was asleep. The Flight attendant had to tell me to shut up (in a polite way) because I was disturbing other people...Sorry!!!

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Heathrow Security Check

1st Problem of our trip: We were not informed that we could only take one through the security checkpoint. My mom had her carry-on & purse, my dad his briefcase & carry-on, and me with my laptop bag & carry-on. We were upset that we were not told about this in LAX, as in the US, you can take one carry-on one personal item. We were then forced to go through immigration/customs, and go to the check-in counter and check in our extra bags. This was not a problem for us considering we had 4 hours to connect, but just an additional hassle. Unfortunately, there was a Nigerian Family behind us, who had the exact same dilemma, but because they had Nigerian passports w/o the proper visas for entering, only to directly airside transit, they had to leave several carry-ons at the checkpoint. They were very upset & started to cause a commotion, but they had no choice. We have US Passports, so it was no problem entering.

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UK Immigration

Checking in our extra bags was going to be an ordeal. The economy line was enormous, so we simply went to business class. She was reluctant to check us in, but eventually took our bags, only because there was no line. Now, if you remember, we already had 1 extra bag checked in at LAX, so this would have been another couple hundred dollars. We pleaded not to pay, and she waived the fee.

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Heathrow Terminal 3, Duty Free

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Gate w/ Emirates Flight Attendants
-I must say, I prefer this way of checking boarding cards/flyers before you enter the gate, and how each individual gate was sectioned off. The boarding process went much faster, and you know when your plane is ready to board. Last week I flew to SFO, which for the record was a mess with weather canceling several flights, and I had to sit 3 gates away because there was no space, and I could never hear when my flight was called amongst all the other flight announcements in the terminal

-Also, this section of LHR terminal 3 was very nice, and definitely newer than the rest of the old, dreary terminal we walked through. It was definitely far from the seating area by duty free if anyone knows where it is.


December 15, 2007
London (LHR) - Dubai (DXB)
Emirates #4
Depart - 8:00PM
Arrive - 6:45AM
Flight Time: 6Hr 45M
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300
Distance: 3403 Miles

All I can say for this flight is WOW. Emirates service on board is absolutely spectacular. From the moment you walk on the plane, you are courteously greeted, the flight attendants are smiling, and the warm towel service was just excellent. The food was delicious, and I had absolutely no complaints about the flight...except for the fact that we arrived an hour late...but I'll talk about that in a minute.

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Sunrise over the Middle East

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Remote Parking @ Dubai

We arrived in Dubai an hour late at 7:45AM, and with our connection to ADD leaving at 8:30AM, we were starting to get concerned. We touch down and start taxiing...and taxiing, and taxiing for what seemed like an eternity to some remote gate as you see in the picture above. Once on the buses, it was about a 10 minute ride to the terminal. In the end, we go through security and enter the terminal at about 8:10. At security some Emirates representatives were shouting out connecting gate information for various flights leaving immediately. She shouted Addis Ababa at gate 29, run now!

We emerged from security somewhere around gate 4, and if any of you are familiar with DXB, gate 4 and 29 are virtually on opposite ends of the airport. I looked on a map, and saw which way to go, and I thought it would be close. Was I wrong. It ended up being a 10 minute sprint, carrying my backpack, along with 3 cartons of my mom's duty free alcohol purchases from Heathrow. I never realized how big Dubai was until that run.

In the end, we missed our flight, and being exhausted from 20 hours of traveling as well as the marathon in Dubai made it real frustrating. So we started waiting in line at the rebooking counter, which for the record was pretty long...I guess alot of people missed their flights that day. I was next in line, when out of nowhere, 3 people, who I believe were heading to Karachi got in line next to me...actually they weren't in line, they were beside me OUTSIDE of the line. As the woman in front of me finished, and before I could walk up, the 1st of the 3 walked up and cut the line. I looked around to see if anyone else noticed, and the agent, who clearly saw, started helping him. I was annoyed by this, but simply dismissed it and waited till he finished. When he finished, I bent down to grab my backpack to move up, and before I knew it, the 2nd man was already at the counter talking to the agent.

My parents were sitting on the side laughing at me, but I was now starting to get mad. I said excuse me, but the guy did not turn around. People started looking at me as I started a commotion, but the agent was fully helping him out, and I did not want to get in trouble with authorities...I'm not in America anymore. By this time, a full line formed behind the 3rd guy to the side. I now was ready, and was not about to let him or anyone else cut. The 2nd guy was finished, and I definitely got up quickly to the counter, along with the 3rd man to my side. This man then had the nerve to say that he was next, and then I lost it and went off on him. He backed down, and I finally went about my business, while the Emirates agent sitting at the desk was just watching. In the end, we were rebooked on the same flight for the next day, and they put us up in a hotel.

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An unwanted stay in Dubai

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Dubai Immigration

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CityCentre Mall, Dubai
I must say that I was pretty amazed when I saw malls such as this. My misconceptions of the Middle East were blown away when we walked around Dubai. It felt like I was in New York...everything so clean and modern. Guess its my American ignorance huh...

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Now...I took some spectacular pictures during this trip, but this has to be one of my favorite. A Middle Eastern Santa Clause! How funny is this?!

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Dubai Duty Free...really nice!

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Finally, after a day delay, we're on our way to Addis Ababa.

December 17, 2007
Dubai (DXB) - Addis Ababa (ADD)
Emirates #723
Depart - 8:25AM
Arrive - 11:35AM
Flight Time: 4Hr 10M
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300
Distance: 1564 Miles

I think that DXB sticks all the African flights in this far corner of the airport. There was our flight to ADD, continuing on to Entebbe, as well as a flight to Nairobi, Dar Es Salam, and some other African destinations all grouped together. Anyway, it was also a remote gate, so another 15 minute bus ride to the aircraft. I wanted to take a picture walking up the stairs, but the mechanic wouldn't let us. Oh well..

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Menu...again food was delicious

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Getting close to ADD

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Approach

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Taxiing to the Terminal

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Modern Glass Jetway...nice views

I've heard a lot about how photography is restricted at ADD, but I took pictures throughout the terminal, with absolutely no one saying a word...I guess times have changed

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Ethiopian Immigration...The official name is the National Intelligence & Security Service

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Baggage Claims

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LCD Baggage Claim Screens

Again, at this point, I expected to be arriving in a shack. My parents told me all these horror stories about Bole Airport when they left however many years ago, and I prepared accordingly, setting my standards for the country low. But seriously, this terminal was CLEAN, and quite frankly, much nicer than the dump LAX T-2 was when we left.

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Outside of the airport

Driving through the city, again, my misconceptions of Ethiopia were blown out of the water. At the airport, next to our car was a Mercedes S600...thats a $125,000 car. I'm sitting there amazed that there are even paved roads in the country, let alone this airport...what I saw on Feed the Children & here were 2 completely separate things.

We were in Ethiopia for 3 weeks, so we decided to do the historical tour around the country. We visited Lalibella, Gondar, & Bahir Dar, which I am making a separate trip report for. In the meantime, heres a sneak peek at what's to come.

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our plane to Lalibella


In Air from ADD-Lalibella

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Lalibella Airport

These are some pictures from Addis Ababa


Yeah, Rihanna & Akon performed for New Year's Eve!


just one of the many skyscrapers of Addis Ababa

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Starbucks imitation...but it was GREAT COFFEE!!


not just Dubai, ADD too. This guy at least wore a mask...but I didn't know that Santa had a black neck & black hands?!


January 4, 2008
Addis Ababa (ADD) - Dubai (DXB)
Emirates #724
Depart - 7:35PM
Arrive - 12:35AM
Flight Time: 4Hr 0M
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300
Distance: 1564 Miles


This billboard was right at the entrance to ADD
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Bole Airport

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As you can see, ADD is pretty much dead until 9PM, then its extremely busy all night

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Quiet check-in area

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Emirates Check In

A cousin of my mother is one of the managers for Emirates at ADD, so he had us upgraded to business class, which was a nice. Also, remember how I said we would have excess baggage, considering we would be bringing gifts etc...well we ended up checking in 10 bags, which cost us over $500!

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Public area of terminal

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more views of terminal

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Departure Immigration

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ADD Duty Free stores

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Gate 5

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Neighboring Gate, this the gate for all remote parking departures requiring a bus

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Enjoying my seat before takeoff

So we boarded & left the gate pretty much on time. I was following our taxiing on the front-video camera, and we came to a stop right before runway 25R, where I assumed that we were waiting for takeoff clearance...and waited...and waited. We waited for approximately 20 minutes, where out of nowhere, the cabin lights come on. Then suddenly the pilot emerged in our cabin, then came down my row to look out the window at the wing. We were all concerned, but then the pilot returned to the cockpit and said that everything is alright, and that we would now takeoff.

We proceeded to takeoff, and about halfway down our takeoff roll, the engines shut down. Now, I'm really scared, and a commotion started on the plane. To top it off, the pilot said something to the effect of, "Flight attendants to your emergency stations immediately." This really got everyone scared and screams of concern could be heard throughout the cabin. The flight attendants were running throughout the cabin, doing who knows what. I got my shoes on, seatbelt off, ready to bolt as soon as that door would open, but then the pilot said "flight attendants to your normal stations," which calmed down the situation.

We began to taxi back to our gate, where the pilot reported that we had a "hydraulics failure alarm" go off in one of the wings, whatever that means. He said that mechanics would have to investigate to see what was going on. After the 1st hour, the flight attendants started a meal service, so I knew we would be here for awhile.

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3 hours later, the pilot came on and said that there was no problem, and that we would take off now. I was still concerned, but confident that there would be no problem.
I must say, that takeoff seemed like an eternity. Watching the front video camera, I swear we almost ran out of runway, it had to be the least powerful takeoff I've ever felt, and 25L is 12,000 ft, so its not like its a short runway... the Ethiopian Fokker F50's was more stronger than this. I didn't even realize we were accelerating, but eventually, the plane slowly lifted off at the end of 25L and we were on our way to DXB

So, we took off 3 hours late, and our connection time in DXB was about 3 hr, 30 min, so we again were concerned about missing our flight. Surely enough, we arrived and sprinted from corner to corner of Dubai airport, and right as we get there, the screen at the gate changes to "gate closed" We went back to the rebooking center, and the lines were ENORMOUS this time. We realized that we had our Business class boarding pass from our upgrade in ADD, so we headed to the business class rebooking line, where she rebooked us on the same itinerary for the next day. It sucked, since I had class that monday at 8, and did not want to arrive in LAX the night before, but we had no choice

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Business/First Class immigration line

We were put up in the 4 Points Sheraton Dubai, which was a nice hotel.

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Dubai traffic is INCREDIBLE...and I thought LA had bad traffic!

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Getting stamped out of Dubai

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Sheikh Rashid Terminal

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Random car in duty free

January 6, 2008
Dubai (DXB) - London (LHR)
Emirates #724
Depart - 3:10AM
Arrive - 7:10AM
Flight Time: 7Hr 55M
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300
Distance: 3403 Miles

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Our Gate to Heathrow

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Gate Area

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Flight Map

What a takeoff, especially compared to the A340, this was a rocket!
Flight was a red-eye and I was exhausted, so I fell asleep right after takeoff, and woke up about an hour before LHR. The Emirates ICE entertainment system was really nice.

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Back in London

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wow I HATE the way you don't know about your gate until right before you depart.

So, another screwup in our travels. Remember how I said that in Dubai, we were rebooked on the exact same itinerary, just for the next day. Well, we're waiting in the central area of Terminal 3, where we finally see the gate for Virgin Atlantic 11:30 flight to LAX. So we gather our stuff, and make our way to the gate. There was a significant line @ the gate, but we were in good time. We finally get to the front, where the agent tells us that we are not booked on the flight. We are confused, as to why that was the case. She then did some computer work, and discovered that we were actually rebooked onto American Airlines #137.

We were dumbfounded, then asked when that is departing, and she said 10 minutes after this flight, so you got to run now! Again, the gates were on different areas of LHR terminal 3, so we took off sprinting AGAIN. As we get to the gate, the agent advises us that we are too late to report to the gate and that it was closed. By now, my anger with the entire trip boiled over and I exploded. I've never been mad like that in my life, and after the agent consulted with her supervisor, decided to admit us into the gate. Emirates did not tell us that we were rebooked onto AA, she specifically said that we had the exact same itinerary, just the next day. We even still had our Virgin Atlantic paper ticket, which the agent took to get reissued to AA.

I must say I was really looking forward to traveling on Virgin to LAX. I loved their service, young hip flight attendants, good food, excellent entertainment system etc. Now I'm stuck on AA.


January 6, 2008
London (LHR) - Los Angeles (LAX)
American Airlines #137
Depart - 11:40AM
Arrive - 3:00PM
Flight Time: 11Hr 20Min
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Distance: 3456 Miles

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Gate

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gate waiting area

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our ride home

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flight map

As I predicted, AA's inflight service was subpar. Coming from Emirates, where even in economy, I felt like I was pampered, AA felt like a bus. Flight attendants were aging, no greeting at the door, entertainment system was nothing compared to Emirates ICE or Virgin's VPORT, which are AVOD, but the old system that just cycles movies.

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this is not food

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stunning cloud patterns descending into LAX

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FINALLY, LA!!!

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construction on one of the runways

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some heavy's at the tom bradley int'l terminal

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Welcome to America!

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US immigration

One of our bags came was ripped open, and as it was coming down the baggage claim ramp, all of our stuff began to fall out. It was embarassing to say the least. In the midst of all this, we heard our name being paged, telling us to report to AA customer service, right before customs. Apparently, one of our bags didn't make the flight, and it would be delivered later.

Summary: Overall, Virgin was great across the Atlantic. Emirates was absolutely spectacular in the air. Seat pitch was great and the flight attendants were excellent. Ground service in Dubai was unacceptable. Sh*t happens, and you miss connections, however to not inform us that we were rebooked to AA, instead telling us that we have the same itinerary was critical, and we nearly missed our flight. AA's service was nonexistent. The food was disgusting, in-flight entertainment sub-par, and of course our destroyed suitcase in the baggage claim, although I don't know if that was AA or Emirates fault.
Suggestion if traveling to ADD, to try the ET direct flight from Washington DC / IAD, which we will be doing sometime soon.

This was my 1st trip report, so please leave comments. Thanks for making it this far!

32 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2665 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 26911 times:

Excellent TR!
The EK flight was operated by a 773 or 77W?



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User currently offlineMunichpictures From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 26722 times:

Great trip report, thx for sharing

User currently offlineGjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 26690 times:

That's too bad that your itinerary got mixed up so badly. Hella time lost, AA when you paid for VS, lots of trouble...
But still you managed to do a fair evaluation and your trip report was worth reading every word - thanks a lot. Looking forward to your domestic trips in Ethiopia.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17329 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 26362 times:



Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
My parents told me all these horror stories about Bole Airport when they left however many years ago

I think they must have been talking about the domestic terminal, which was the original terminal. When I passed through the domestic terminal it was decidedly less passenger friendly. That reminds me....I need to put together a TR of my trip on the ET tourist/historic route.



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User currently offlineIndio66 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 26238 times:



Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
It felt like I was in New York...everything so clean and modern

Which NY is this?  Big grin

Nice report - sorry about the problems in DXB.


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 26062 times:

Stop complaining. At least AA gave you a pizza. LOL. From London to New York they served a box full of the most ghastly junk food. I agree with you that service on AA is subpar. It used to be excellent 10 years ago. And the entertainment choices are boooooooring. However to be fair they are generous in getting free tickets on their frequent flyer program. Would like to go on Emirates but not allowed.

I am looking forward to see the pictures of your domestic portion. Would like to visit Ethiopia one day. Thanks.

[Edited 2008-02-07 10:39:59]

User currently offlineDavidkunzVIE From Austria, joined Mar 2007, 431 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 26022 times:

Interesting report. ADD seems to be a good airport.

Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
Welcome to America!

Mmh, do they really think people will feel welcomed if they see these guys upon landing?  Wink



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 26014 times:

Very nice report. Its a shame of the folks butting in line but to be honest I would have said EXCUSE ME I was there first and stand there. Motion to the gate agent that if she clearly saw you and insist you were there!

DXB is an amazing airport, and I would love to check it out and the city.

Great report and nice pictures!

Alex



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17051 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 25985 times:

Brilliant TR

The pics are really good.

Really worth the reading!!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineCaspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 25934 times:

Thanks for the great report.

Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
Sh*t happens, and you miss connections,

You missed two connections and honestly and airline whose whole system works around connecting people from one flight to another in Dubai should do better than just shouting at customers to run for the connection.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 25896 times:
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Great TR, really story.

Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
I was next in line, when out of nowhere, 3 people, who I believe were heading to Karachi got in line next to me...actually they weren't in line, they were beside me OUTSIDE of the line. As the woman in front of me finished, and before I could walk up, the 1st of the 3 walked up and cut the line. I looked around to see if anyone else noticed, and the agent, who clearly saw, started helping him. I was annoyed by this, but simply dismissed it and waited till he finished. When he finished, I bent down to grab my backpack to move up, and before I knew it, the 2nd man was already at the counter talking to the agent.

- How rude, I hate peope who cut the queue's!

Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
A cousin of my mother is one of the managers for Emirates at ADD, so he had us upgraded to business class

- Nice, way cool!  Smile

Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
we ended up checking in 10 bags, which cost us over $500!

- Ouch, never had to pay excess baggage, certainly can be painfil by the looks of it.

Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
Surely enough, we arrived and sprinted from corner to corner of Dubai airport, and right as we get there, the screen at the gate changes to "gate closed"

- You've not had much luck with EK flights arriving on time.

Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
AA felt like a bus. Flight attendants were aging, no greeting at the door

- At least nothing has changed!

Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
this is not food

- Welcom to AA  Smile

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3764 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 25727 times:



Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 7):
Mmh, do they really think people will feel welcomed if they see these guys upon landing?

I can understand having the president up there, but can one really feel welcomed when Cheney is glaring at you?

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineETforLIFE From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 25535 times:



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 8):
Very nice report. Its a shame of the folks butting in line but to be honest I would have said EXCUSE ME I was there first and stand there. Motion to the gate agent that if she clearly saw you and insist you were there!

trust me I definitely said excuse me, but I don't know if it was a lack of english or a simple ignorance.

Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 10):

You missed two connections and honestly and airline whose whole system works around connecting people from one flight to another in Dubai should do better than just shouting at customers to run for the connection.

and I agree with you 100% As great as Emirates service was in the air, the ground handling in Dubai negated it all

Quoting Semsem (Reply 6):
Stop complaining. At least AA gave you a pizza. LOL.

I think my disgust with AA was magnified by the fact that I just came off an Emirates flight, with 2 GREAT meal services and excellent crew, going to AA which was equilavent to the service I get on greyhound


User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 927 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 25385 times:



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 8):
DXB is an amazing airport

EK is a solid airline, but there is nothing amazing about DXB, IMHO. It's like a converted hangar, with inadequate eating options, inadequate and substandard toilet facilities, expensive duty free, and more...a shopping mall in need of upgrading. There is nothing special or unique about the place that makes up for its otherwise thorough mediocrity and unoriginality. It is at present the weak link in the EK empire: I suggest travellers avoid it if at all possible - at least until the new airport is up and running...


Quoting Doona (Reply 12):
can understand having the president up there, but can one really feel welcomed when Cheney is glaring at you

These mug shots of the motley crew that run American foreign policy are very strange to those of us who are used to parliamentary democracies, where democratic leaders are not treated like royalty - but i suppose that is the U.S. presidential model, based on a revamp of rule by kings and queens.

The trip report was fascinating! The hiccups each time at DXB show the dangers of each and every transition! Lots of stops helps with fatigue, but each stop that is also a new connection is a potential dis-connection...


User currently offlineMsl747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 412 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 25249 times:

Great TR, thanks for posting!

Quoting Antskip (Reply 14):
These mug shots of the motley crew that run American foreign policy are very strange to those of us who are used to parliamentary democracies, where democratic leaders are not treated like royalty - but i suppose that is the U.S. presidential model, based on a revamp of rule by kings and queens.

No, they're very strange to some of us Americans too...



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User currently offlineETforLIFE From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 24925 times:



Quoting Antskip (Reply 14):
EK is a solid airline, but there is nothing amazing about DXB, IMHO. It's like a converted hangar, with inadequate eating options, inadequate and substandard toilet facilities, expensive duty free, and more...a shopping mall in need of upgrading. There is nothing special or unique about the place that makes up for its otherwise thorough mediocrity and unoriginality.

realize that my home airport is LAX, and especially leaving from terminal 2, and getting to DXB made it seem that much more extravagant, but in retrospect, you're right, theres really nothing too special.


User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 927 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 24707 times:



Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
Suggestion if traveling to ADD, to try the ET direct flight from Washington DC / IAD, which we will be doing sometime soon

Look forward very much to your report on that trip! It will make a fascinating comparison! By the way, your photos from Ethiopia were great! Very smart-looking airport at ADD.

For some of us, every trip report in and out of Africa is a special event. Thank you so much! Despite my comments on DXB problems, I think you were extraordinarily unlucky with your connections! But it added extra spice and interest to the report for us. (smile)


User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 24491 times:

Heck of a trip, thanks for sharing.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 24382 times:

Very good TR for your 1st one. Alot of good photos. Ethiopia looks nice . Id love to try ET sometime. Nice to see EK still one of the best. Shame to see AA has such a LCC service.

Looking forward to the next one

OA260


User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 24117 times:

Great report, I really enjoyed reading it. But I have to say, what a frigging disaster of a trip. Am sorry for all the trouble you had!

User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 877 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 23798 times:

Great trip report there buddy. Sorry to hear about all the missed connections. and even worse parts was to substitute a VS flight for AA. Definitely a downgrade. Oh well, stuff happens though.
Thanks a bunch for writing this trip report and sharing it with us...


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 23097 times:

Hi!

My friend ETforLIFE, I fully understand your anger and frustration! Maybe this helps, I'm portuguese and either we like or not we have latin blood and when it comes to these type of things???? I never give any help on that!!! I'll touch the guy, I'll grab is arm, etc. etc....but that guy will never pass me in a line...even if I have to talk in good, clean and dirty portuguese...he will know that I'm not gonna give a chance on that! Next time don't even think about being american...if you're being cheated just argue, talk and confront the person! What you did when the 3rd. guy wanted to pass you you should have done on the 1st. one...did he argue??? Of course not, he knew that you were right!!!
Well after this introduction let me tell you that I was delighted with your trip report....I saw here in A.Net a guy that used to bring reports about Ethiopia, is name was George Gayuskiand he would give the best words about Ethiopian Airlines and that great country! I must one day visit it....and I have to taste again their outstanding coffee!!! Your report just brought me again that I need one of these days to do that project! How did you do it regarding hotels and visiting those sites?
I had a great time reading your report. Congratulations!!!
Regards


User currently offlineOmoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 23022 times:



Quoting ETforLIFE (Thread starter):
Sh*t happens, and you miss connections, however to not inform us that we were re-booked to AA, instead telling us that we have the same itinerary was critical, and we nearly missed our flight.

I had this same crap happen to me when i was connecting through LGW from DXB, as we were pulling into the gate on EK, i watched in awe my DL flight to ATL pushing back.........EK re-booked us on BA 8 Hrs later on the same day !


User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 23011 times:
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Just great !!

Had a scare and then a good laugh when I saw Bush and Cheney's pictutres at LAX immigration !!!  cry 

This must be a good wake-up call after such a nice and long trip ?


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25 Khaleej777 : A fascinating trip report from start to finish - thanks for taking the time to share your experiences and photos. Great news that you were upgraded to
26 Aerofan : ETforLife First of all- nice TR I've flown Emirate in business class from NYC all the way to New Zealand. I've also them the following year in busines
27 Tjcab : good one...my thoughts exactly...
28 Boeing744 : Very good trip report (as well as pics). You certainly had a bit of a dramatic trip - but that usually just adds to the fun!
29 Cmk10 : Out of curiosity, if the Vegetarian Pizza isn't food, what is it?
30 Post contains links ETforLIFE : To be honest, I really was just astonished. At first, I thought there really was a line next to mine and that I was wrong, because there is no way th
31 Post contains links Jawed : Awesome trip report. Personally I will never fly through DXB again after reading this: 0.003g Of Canabis @ DXB = 4 Years In Jail (by Jawed Feb 7 2008
32 5YKQW : too bad about the delays @ Dubai. Passed through there twice and connecting times can be very tight. At least they take care of you properly when this
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