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The Media Experience On Emirates A380 Trans Tasman  
User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 66
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Hi everyone,

I have taken some time to prepare this trip report after a long absence in this forum, encouraged by many, I've finally ready to post again. I understand the flight may be posted by other members already but nevertheless, I hope you will find some of the information useful. The objective of this TR is to share some comments regard the inflight service, seating, cabin feature and be as informative as possible. Looking forward to hear any feedback and comments from you!


Background


I was invited by Emirates to join their inaugural A380 flight from Sydney to Auckland and back on the same day. I am particularly keen on photographing their splendid and luxurious cabin and compare with Singapore and Qantas A380 which I have flown and toured previously.

Emirates have invited about 20-30 airport officials, business and media on the day to sample the A380 across the Tasman in First and Business class, product demo on the A380, a local New Zealand wine yard visit and return Limo transfer to and from home.


02 Feb 2009


I started the day by having a quick hot shower at 05:30 and the limo (a Holden Caprice. The last time I travelled with Emirates I scored a nice BMW 745 series) is waiting by 05:50 and arrived Sydney airport at 06:30 for the 08:30 departure flight on EK412. (Inbound from Dubai and continue to Auckland)

Emirates use the Western end of Int’l Terminal (T1) at Sydney Int’l. There were 2 separate areas for check in, one for First and Business and another whole row for Economy. Check in was a breeze and I received boarding pass, lounge invitation and Fast Track Immigration. Emirates have invited Sydney Symphony for music entertainment at the check in lounge.

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The Emirates Lounge in Sydney is situated on the lower ground floor near Gate 59. It is the best lounge in Sydney Airport in my opinion. When I step in the lounge, I received the official invitation envelope and card for the day’s A380 demo event. At the same time, A6-EDD just taxied past the window after arrival and certainly attracted all eyes in the lounge.

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Emirates have set up a small stage to celebrate the A380 flight to Sydney, hosted by the VP of Australia, Stephen Pearse and Richard Vaughan, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, East Asia & Australasia. The NSW Minister for Tourism also attended the event.

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Above Photo: Emirates VP of Australia, Stephen Pearse made welcome speech to the guest and media.


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Richard Vaughan, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, East Asia & Australasia presents an Emirates A380 model to the Tourism Minister of NSW.

After the ceremony, I have a quick bite in the dining area and there are many cocktails, champagne and canapés flowing around for guests and passengers.

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I also have the pleasure to meet Isabelle Chu in the lounge, a very famous A380 inaugural flyers in the lounge. Isabelle is a director/partner of a Corporate Travel Agent in Perth, Australia and an enthusiast in grand scale, she had flown the inaugural SQ A345 to LA/NY, SQ A380 to Sydney and London (and Paris soon). She had also flown the inaugural Qantas A380 from MEL to LAX and Emirates A380 from DXB to JFK.


Flight EK412 started boarding around 0815 at Gate 61, there are 3 airbridges with one goes straight to the upper deck door.

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A6-EDD waits for the maiden voyage to Auckland, New Zealand!!

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Emirates handed out chocolates for all passengers onboard the inaugural flight today.



Welcome Aboard Emirates A380



My seat, 11A, the 3rd window seat in Business Class. Although I was one of the last passengers to board the aircraft, the very busy crews still manage to deliver Champagne and amenity kit featuring Bulgari hand cream and cologne.

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We pushed back slightly late and lined up on runway 34L around 0910 local time.

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The tail camera view of A6-EDD lining up on Rwy 34L.

The Departure

It was a powerful, yet quiet and effortless takeoff; we rotated around ½ way down the 13000 feet runway and initially heading North direction. The cruise level is 41,000 feet. Flight time is a short 2 hrs 40 minutes. The pilot, Wayne Taylor is from New Zealand (how nice for him to fly the giant A380 back home!!) and First officer Grant Fichera is from Australia.

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Above picture: Climbing out of Rwy34L with some condensation over the engine. The smaller window of A380 (and most Airbuses) makes it difficult to photograph.

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The in flight service starts promptly after we reached our initial cruise level. The crew set up our table individually and serves course by course instead of a “one tray” approach.

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I have a glass of Moet and Chandon for the start. The crew will serve Brunch on the short flight to Auckland with 2 course meals. Unfortunately they ran out of menu of this flight.

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Fruit Plate, croissant and banana bread to start with the Brunch

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The main course of today’s brunch is Rivioli with Mushroom, the serving was quite small but the taste exceeded most Italian Restaurants. The other choice being Scramble Eggs with Smoke Salmon.

After the meal service, I head down to the bar, which located at the very end of the upper deck. There were lot of people and the bartender is happy to serve any drinks you name it.

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There are a lot of room around the bar and one can sit down on the four seater on each side and there is a large LCD TV with in-flight map and news showing. Personally, I think this is an excellent feature, it offers ample room for people who want to socialize and moves around during a long haul flight. I have experienced the upper class bar of Virgin Atlantic on a few occasions but given the incredible space of the A380, Emirates has the nicest bar in the sky!



View of 41,000 feet above the Tasman Sea from the bar.

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After the bar, I returned to the seat and listened to some relaxing music while browse the latest ICE offering. I found the airshow excellent in graphics and very informative. It displays the Rego of the plane (one will never look out the window now!), all the standard cruising info and an interactive map of the plane’s position. (360 degrees)

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The Seat (Business)

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I founded the window seat on A380 very private. Every seat in Business class have its own aisle access without tripping over any neighbours. Window seat A and K offer the best privacy. The aisle seat can feel more cramp due to the near proximity to the aisle. The 2 seater in the middle (D and E) are also great for pairs tavelling.

The seat also come with massage function (waves, pulse, regular , zig zag...) with different area and intensity. When in fully flat position, my feet does not touch the wall. It fits a 1.95 m tall person with no problem in fully flat mode!


After 2 hrs 30 minutes from Sydney, we start to descend into Auckland Int’l.

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A view of New Zealand shores.


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Short approach on Rwy 23L on a glorious day in Auckland. A huge amount of crowd turned up in the viewing area (not visible in the photo)

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EK412 finally touch down around 13:47 local time in Auckland. The plane touched down gently although I feel it “fishtailed” during landing a bit. We rolled all the way till the end of Rwy23L and head to Gate 15. We received a very warm welcome by the Auckland airport Fire Brigade, a great water cannon salute resulted the glass being washed and wet.

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One last look of A6-EDD who carried me to New Zealand.

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With a firm touchdown in Auckland, the first part of the journey comes to an end, but there's still the welcome ceremony to attend. All invited guests were escorted out of the plane and head back to the security screening to go upstairs for the ceremony.


The Ceremony



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Emirates sure knows how to celebrate in style, over 100 guests were invited for the ceremony and touring of the aircraft.

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Richard Vaughan, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, East Asia & Australasia with the tourism minister of New Zealand and Auckland airport executive.

All invited guest on the day received a well presented gift bag, inside the gift bag includes a Herpa 1:500 EK A380 model, an Emirates A380 book by Andrew Spaeth and other goodies.

After the ceremony, media were given chances to tour the cabin (all clean and well presented) of the A380. I have included a few pictures in this Trip Report. You can view more by visit my personal website.


Cabin Tour of Emirates A380



First Class



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Onboard Shower and Spa (For First Class passenger only)


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Business Class



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Onboard Bar (First and Business Class passenger only)



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Economy Class



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During the tour, the Emirates cabin crew were especially helpful, offered me every assistance for posing, providing equipment to gain elevation for photo purpose and happy to introduce all functionality of the aircraft.

All 3 class cabins were meticulously presented with food, turned down beds and other amenities. I remember there were no presentation whatsoever on the first Qantas A380 media tour of cabin apart from the clean seat. Qantas can certainly learn a few things from Emirates.

After the tour, it is time to say Goodbye to the friendly crew and head to the Emirates Lounge for some well deserved rest.


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A6-EDD quietly parked at Gate 15 in the new extension of Auckland Int’l terminal.

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A company A340-500 arrived from Melbourne at another gate.

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Entrance of the Emirates Lounge in Auckland

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Moroccan Lamb Curry in the middle. (Excellent lamb from New Zealand)
What a wonderful spread of buffet, grand style!



With most invited guests headed out to the wine yard, a handful of us chose to be in the lounge to relax and enjoy the food and drinks offering.


There were an announcement about the delay of EK413 to Sydney (A380 return flight) by 45 minutes from 1845 to 1930. Although the announcement said it was due to the delay of inbound aircraft, I beg to differ as I was onboard the inbound flight without much delay. My guess is the VVIPs didn’t make back in time from the nearby Wine Yards. Later on, they started to appear in the lounge one by one around 1830.


The Journey Home


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A6-EDD at Gate 15 ready for the return journey.

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Scenes at boarding gate, with staff ready to hand out chocolate.

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On the return flight, I am extremely fortunate to have another window seat on the right hand side (K) (I was given 14A in Sydney for the return flight, but the nice lady in EK lounge went out of her way to swap my seat with another passenger resulted my seat being 9K, just brilliant customer service! She also offered me an upgrade to First Class by using my Skyward Miles but I declined as I don’t want to leave out other members in the group complaint or jealous Big grin )

The loads on the return flight are
F 14/14
J 76/76
Y 290/399
Total 380 pax

I observed that most passenger showed very good interest on the inaugural A380 flight from Auckland with quite a few wearing unique EK A380 T shirt and baseball caps!

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A quick visit to flight deck (invited by the Captain) before takeoff. The load master is busy calculating the load sheet (in the middle jumpseat). A NZ journalist is busy interviewing the captain on his feeling of bringing the A380 to New Zealand on this historic day.

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We climbed out of AKL around 1950 local time, (took more than ¾ of the runway to finally rotate, perhaps on idle power setting for takeoff?)

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Window view from 9K, as we catch the sunset by flying westward to Sydney.


So far it has been a super day for me with every wish granted. However, I developed a very soar back during the inbound flight and the situation got worst on the return flight. I was carrying a heavy camera bag and the goodie bag was packed with heavy books and leaflets. I have to try to lie flat for some rest on most of the return flight. However, I still determined to stay up for dinner.


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Appetizer: Seared Tuna and Nicoise Salad

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Main: Grill Prawn Salad (other main course are Rosemary Chicken Breast Fillet, Cold Deli Platter and Pasta Ravioli)

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Dessert: Lime Cake

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Gorgeous sunset outside the window during dining time.

After the meal service, I turned on the noise reduction headphone and listen to some relaxing music. The flight cruise at 40,000 feet and total journey time was around 2 hr 50 minutes.

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We touched down on Rwy 34L of Sydney around 2055 local time (50 mins delay). During the approach, with some sudden wind gust, the A380 wing tumbles and dropped (up and down) a bit. We touched down with some cross wind.

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The tail camera shows A6-EDD parked at Gate 57 waiting the continuation journey to Dubai later that night.

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The cockpit of A6-EDD at Sydney.


Trip Reflection


Although I’ve lost some interest in travel and posting trip reports over the last 12 months, the flight on the inaugural Emirates A380 SYD-AKL-SYD left extremely positive and proud memory. I enjoyed the overall experience and highly recommend to anyone who shares the same passion. Emirates have grown and became very sophiscated from my first flight with them many years ago. The customer services from reservation to ground staff to flight attendants are simply superb. To me, good customer service means to deliver beyond what a customer expects and never say “No” to your passengers request. Emirates should be very proud of their talented and well presented multi-lingual staff. Co-incidentally my best flight of 2005 and 2006 was also on Emirates. I know A380 on EK412/413 will be very well received and very popular with the travelers. Congratulations to Emirates on putting out such world class products!


Hope you enjoyed my trip report and looking forward to any feedback and comments.

Sam Chui
Sydney, Feb 2009


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic report about a special flight - always a pleasure to see reports which are exclusively composed of high-quality pictures.

You should really post more often again.  Wink


PH



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User currently offlineMaxisno1 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2007, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic report. Emirates look like they have outdone themself on this day. Everything looked like it was really enjoyable.

Glad you had a great time.

Max


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow beautiful pictures. Impressive. Thanks.

User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hola N178UA!

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
I have taken some time to prepare this trip report after a long absence in this forum, encouraged by many, I've finally ready to post again

A great decision. This TR is absolutely great.

Loved every detail of it and really encourage you to keep posting them.

EK seems made a big organized presentation of this flight.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineExSR From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks a lot. Impressive pictures and very informative.

User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1364 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report Sam. I loved the photos and your thourough description of EK's services. What a great airline. I hope that I'll have a chance to fly with them soon.

Cheers,

Vio,
Vancouver, Canada



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User currently offlineCa228 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow, these FA's look like models! Very photogenic...I wonder if they were chosen through the normal route allotment process, or were they carefully picked by EK for being so photogenic?

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Sam,

That was superb! Brilliant pictures to complement the TR. And the food also looks great!

Some of my pictures will be quite similar to the ones you took! Oh well. We'll soon have 3 TRs of the A380 on EK412/3 - one each from F, J and Y. It really does sound like the best crew was put onto this route because from reading both of these reports and taking my own experience into account, the service throughout the entire plane was impeccable.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
All invited guest on the day received a well presented gift bag, inside the gift bag includes a Herpa 1:500 EK A380 model, an Emirates A380 book by Andrew Spaeth and other goodies.

If only they did this for all flying passengers.. Maybe this would have made the flight feel much more special than it was.

Do you know what is behind the grey door next to the shower in the F toilet? I noticed that in my brief visit up the stairs just before disembarking I did see the shower!

Emirates didn't seem too interested in putting much of a ceremony on in Sydney..

Also: Are the noise cancelling headsets useful at all? The cabin seems so quiet that I probably wouldn't need a to use noise cancelling headsets. I put them in my suitcase as I presumed I wouldn't need to use them on the flight.

I must go on Business some day to check out the bar and other things! I'd better be getting back to writing my report before it gets outdated.. Thanks a lot for posting it here!

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 66
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Thanks for all of your comments. Appreciated your input.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Fantastic report about a special flight - always a pleasure to see reports which are exclusively composed of high-quality pictures.

You should really post more often again.

Hi Planehunter  Smile
I am actually very picky and pedantic on how to take my photos, focus more on the set up more than anything else. I prefer clean cabin with no mess to present on a TR. Understand this may not be always the case.

Quoting Ca228 (Reply 7):
Wow, these FA's look like models! Very photogenic...I wonder if they were chosen through the normal route allotment process, or were they carefully picked by EK for being so photogenic?

I think the updated uniform makes EK crews more presentable. I am not sure the answer to the question but if they were specially picked for the day, I think Emirates did a wonderful job on the presentation. It also showed their determination to strive for excellence.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 8):
Do you know what is behind the grey door next to the shower in the F toilet? I noticed that in my brief visit up the stairs just before disembarking I did see the shower!

Hi Nicholas

Not sure but I guess a storage of towels ? Could be wrong though.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 8):
Also: Are the noise cancelling headsets useful at all? The cabin seems so quiet that I probably wouldn't need a to use noise cancelling headsets. I put them in my suitcase as I presumed I wouldn't need to use them on the flight.

They are still useful. The sound quality is excellent. Cheers


Will look forward to read your TR. Very interesting to see one flight with 3 TR !!  Smile

Sam


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Congrats on getting onto this inaugural! Now THIS is what I call an inaugural flight with all the media hype and fan fare possible to generate all the publicity necessary. I mention this because QF's inaugural seem so mild in comparison, almost like a run-on-mill shceduled flight!


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User currently offlineEKFly3r From New Zealand, joined Dec 2008, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Sam

Great TR and Fabulous pictures .


Pity EK didnt give all the pax that goody bag esp. the premium fare paying pax !


Cheers,


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Welcome back Sam!!!

Thank you so much for posting this Trip Report. The experience, the report itself, and especially the pictures are absolutely amazing! .. It brought back memories of my experience on the JFK inaugural.

Having seen all the media & marketing frenzy that EK had arranged for this flight, i am once again baffled, and quite sad actually, at why not even half of that was done for JFK.

Other than that, your A380 experience was quite similar to the JFK inaugural flights, and i am happy to assume that the EK A380 service is maintaining a positive level of consistency. Something that i believe is urgently lacking accross the remainder of their fleet/network/service.


Now, i hope that we will see you travel more often, and of course post many more trip reports on here. You just have to  Smile


Thanks a lot for sharing this report! and hope that all is well with you.

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineZillox From Belgium, joined Aug 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic rapport !!!! I love the Emirates. If I would go to Australia, I would fly with them


Let's fly around the world!!!!
User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

You put the rest of us to shame with your great reports, like being there.
Fab photos, hope your back got better soon.  Wink



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User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Always enjoy reading your reports Sam, concise and well detailed for the travellers needs. It is great to see the A380 coming to AKL.

Cheers,

Colin  old 



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User currently offlineEI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What an excellent report! All the pics were simply superb, particularly the flight deck shot and the bar.

The EK product looks top-class, and nice to see that the airline made such a deal out of the inaugural flight.

Thanks for posting,
EI320


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5825 posts, RR: 41
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

well done Sam, good to see you out last weekend too.


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User currently offlineM11Stephen From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic report! That on board bar looks absolutely amazing!


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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 66
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting Ronerone (Reply 12):
Having seen all the media & marketing frenzy that EK had arranged for this flight, i am once again baffled, and quite sad actually, at why not even half of that was done for JFK.

Other than that, your A380 experience was quite similar to the JFK inaugural flights, and i am happy to assume that the EK A380 service is maintaining a positive level of consistency. Something that i believe is urgently lacking accross the remainder of their fleet/network/service.

Hey Rone, I think EK learnt from the JFK launch and decided to up-size every subsequent launch. With SYD-AKL affordable reach, you found numerous TR on this website already.  Smile

Yes, the consistency is an issue. While F/J service are getting better and better, I recall some ordinary experience on customer service flying Y with EK.

However, I like their A380 J seat a lot, which it offered ample privacy in the window and pair seat. I have previously sampled Etihad 77W Pearl class product, and found the Business Seat a little short for my height when goes fully flat. My feet touched the wall/divider. No problem with the legroom on EK A380.

Thanks for all of your positive feedback. I will try to produce more interesting TR in the near future  Smile

Cheers

Sam


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6402 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Sam !

Very nice report! Hope to see more reports from you inf the future as your reports are very enjoyable.

The777Man



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report there Sam, looks like you had a blast on the trip.

Great photos as always.

Chris



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