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A Whale Of A Time: Emirates A380 Inaugural SYD-AKL  
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
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A Whale Of A Time: Emirates A380 EK412 Inaugural SYD-AKL

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Hi everyone,

Welcome to my 4th trip report here on Airliners.Net.

The other 3 can be found by following the links below:
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 1/2: AKL-ZQN-AKL
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 2/2: AKL-NPE-AKL
Air New Zealand: NZ105 AKL-SYD Economy

Later on in this TR (I know all of you have been waiting for this actual report!), I’ll add some pictures I took from when I was in Sydney.

I’ve had a little practice at doing TRs before this one and I hope it’s just as good as the others I’ve done! I should have used flash a little more than I did but most of the pictures turned out alright (albeit maybe a bit grainy) without flash.

Earlier last year when I heard that Emirates was going to be flying the A380 to Auckland, I quickly got my hopes up and decided to save up for a trip of a lifetime – being on the first commercial A380 flight into New Zealand. Taking no notice of any future sales which could have saved me a bit of money, I booked early to prevent me from missing out on flying on the inaugural A380 flight. If it wasn’t for my eagerness to fly in the new Air New Zealand cabin, I could have easily booked return flights on EK.

This was to be my first experience on the A380, and my second with Emirates. Emirates is a well known airline. They sponsor many major sporting clubs and events right around the world. With their route structure stretching from Dubai to as far away as Christchurch in the south east and also Los Angeles to the west, their coverage is fairly substantial. Who knows how long it’ll take before they have a round the world service. Emirates’ services to Australia and New Zealand now comprise of 777-200LRs, 777-300s, 777-300ERs, A340-500s and A380s. Since their introduction on the New Zealand stage back in 2003, the airline has come a long way and has become a popular choice. Emirates operates 3 daily services to Auckland – one each from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne; now with an A380/77L and 2x A345s which means all flights departing from AKL are a one stop service to Dubai.

I had this flight booked long before I had my outbound flight booked and I had a lot of time to adjust my seat to a place I thought would be both memorable and give what were intended to be good pictures of the wing and the outside. Emirates’ website is very easy to use and once again, I’m grateful for the “manage booking” feature. First of all I chose the front cabin but then had second thoughts. I then opted for the 2nd row of the 2nd cabin (eventually) as I thought I’d be able to get pictures down the front of the wing. The seat in front or behind would have been a better decision after having a seat around the wing area. Once again a window seat was imperative and I was really hoping for an empty seat next to me.. Such a rarity on an inaugural! But obviously this wasn’t to be. There’s also an online check in function but I didn’t have a printer so I resorted to the conventional check in method.

Sydney Airport is the largest airport in Australasia. It is the home of Qantas and many airlines have more than one international flight daily here such as Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Thai, British Airways, and United Airlines. Sydney has 2 piers – one mainly for Qantas and One World partners and the other for Star Alliance and other airlines. The international terminal is undergoing a major overhaul and at the moment, the terminal looks like a complete shambles. If you checked in at the northeast check in counters and wished to go to what is left of the food court, you’d be walking a very long way to get there and you may choose to also take a shortcut through the duty free shop. There isn’t much to report on the airport itself as so much of it is behind temporary walls it creates a massive eyesore to anyone. Barely any shops remain landside apart from a few chains at the food court. The one good thing about Sydney Airport is the observation deck. Even though Qantas’ new lounge covers a main taxiway in which a lot of the A380s use, it still gives a good view during the afternoon. More pictures of my day spotting will be added to the end of this report. Once the renovations are complete, I do see myself back in Sydney and doing a better report on the terminal itself.

Check In Area
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The Few Shops Remaining
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The Stylish QF First Check In Counter
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Far End Check In Counters
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Looking Towards The Non-Qantas Pier Immigration Area
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Arrivals Hall
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Qantas First Class Lounge
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My 12th day in Sydney was one of great excitement – I was going to fly on the A380! After having such a great time over there, I nearly forgot my main reason for going to Sydney was to fly on the A380! There were so many things to keep me occupied in my time there. With my alarm set for 5:45am, I was so eager to get on this plane that I woke up before my alarm and had breakfast. My apologies to my cousin for waking up so early to take me to the airport.. IIRC he went back home to get another 2 hrs sleep before going to work! Things you do to get on special planes, huh.. We left the apartment just before 6 and arrived at the international terminal around 6:30. Along the way, a few banners and billboards had “Welcome to all passengers flying on Emirates’ Inaugural A380 Flight” and “Sydney Airport Welcomes The Emirates A380” or similar on them. With Emirates using an entire row of check in counters at Sydney Airport (Zone H), they had a band set up and playing at the end of that row. It was a nice touch with some music filling up the check in area. The check in queue wasn’t very long so I got in straight away to check in my luggage so I had plenty of time to try and watch the A380 land at the lookout area and then wander through immigration towards the gate.



Welcoming Party
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Economy Check In
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Boarding Pass
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QF A380, 744 And Air Niugini 75W
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LA A343 Inbound From AKL
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A Mini Crowd To Watch The Inaugural EK A380 Into Sydney
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Annoying QF Lounge, EK A380 Wingtip
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The immigration staff were crabby and telling people to shift along to designated booths rather than allow a small queue to build up and allocate people to the most efficient people so that everyone would get through when they should have. I was forced into making a new line with a person taking forever and watched someone process 3 groups of people before I was even served. Through the hassle of immigration, I went straight to the gate to see the massive mob of people waiting around the gate to board the plane. Ok I admit that there was also a TG 772 boarding at around the same time as us but the masses of people in one place stunned me. It looked like people were starting to queue as they were sorting out the chocolates for the passengers and soon after they announced that boarding would commence in about 15 minutes time. This is when I headed out and took a few more pictures around the terminal. Next time I’ll be taking more photos instead of waiting around the gate area!

Just Through Immigration
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SQ 744
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Airside
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Gate 61
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Ethiad A345
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Virgin Atlantic A346
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EK Staff Preparing Inaugural Chocolates
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The Increasing Crowd For The Flight
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SQ Lounge
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“Unique Australian Gifts”


The Massive Crowd At Gate 61
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OZ 772
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Boarding in Economy is done in zones, depending on where you are destined to sit. It seems as though the zones are filled first from the ends and then they start filling up from the back. I was in zone D which was the area just behind the jet way. First and Business class passengers could go directly to the gate and down their side of the jet way to board the plane. Economy was done first with those with children (I couldn’t imagine taking kids into a queue with so many people) then from zones A through to D or E, I believe. With the boarding for Economy done in zones, it seemed as though the plane was less packed than it was. Everyone received a small box of chocolates as they walked onto the jet way. This is all they gave for an inaugural flight – I thought they could have given more to make it feel more special. It took me 5 minutes to get to the other end of the jet way!

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The Long Walk To The Plane
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Pretty Big!
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Slide Deploys From Here
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First Step Into The A380




Flight Information

2 Feb 2009
Routing: Sydney – Auckland (SYD-AKL)
Airline: Emirates
Flight: EK412
Scheduled Time of Departure: 0830hrs
Actual Time of Departure: 0849 approx (pushback), 0910 (rotate)
Scheduled Time Of Arrival: 1330
Touchdown: 1346
Flight Time: 2 hr 36 min
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Registration: A6-EDD
Seat: 53K



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Emirates was the second airline to receive the A380. EDD is the 4th (and newest up to this date) A380 in their fleet: delivered on 30 December 2008, making it just over a month old when this flight was taken. It is also the 20th A380 frame. It was very clean, spacious and looked new. Emirates manages to squeeze 399 passengers in Economy in the lower deck and also 14 in First and 76 in Business in the upper deck. This is only their ultra-long haul configuration too! The medium haul configuration will pack 600 people in it – giving more Economy class travellers the opportunity to experience the upper deck. The configuration of 3-4-3 makes it look and feel a lot like being in a 747 but with a few more features which make it much more modern looking. The newer style overhead bins and the lights telling you if the toilets are vacant or not are just a couple of the things differentiating the A380 from the 747. The walls are pretty vertical, as seen in the picture below.


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Emirates is proud of their ICE entertainment system and now has what they call ICE Digital Widescreen for their 77L and A380 aircraft so far. The system is extremely good with such a wide variety of movies, TV shows, music and games that it’d take someone many flights to get through them all. The screen, on closer inspection, is widescreen (16:9) and the quality of the picture was great. The PTV is much bigger than the ones in the 77W and so far it’s the biggest PTV I’ve had in Economy. The system also has a function which enables you to view photos, listen to music or view PDFs via USB. The Airshow function is brilliant. It’s so detailed and much more advanced than even the 77W one. I would have believed Air New Zealand’s one was similar but because it didn’t work, I can’t compare them. Emirates’ IFE system is undoubtedly world class and is better than what Air New Zealand has in their 767s and A320s. Even the remotes in Economy have little LCD screens telling you what movie/song is playing etc. It has a phone and a keyboard at the back of the remote and is easy to use apart from the little joystick – comparable to Sony Ericsson’s older mobile phones which had problems with joysticks breaking. But it is touch screen and there’s no real need to use the joystick unless you can’t be bothered reaching forward and touching the screen.






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Emirates’ Economy seat is extremely comfortable. I’d say the most comfortable Economy seat I’ve sat in. Even with only 32 inches of legroom, the seat is remarkably soft and full of padding which helps in reducing the feel of the acceleration during takeoff. You just sink back into the seat. Emirates has gone the way of the new Economy seats which slide forward as you recline. It is very comfortable. The seat width of 18 inches gives you just that little bit more room which is more than ample for someone like me. The headphone jack happens to be at the end of the armrest facing forward. The position of this is good as the position is one which can’t be easily bumped. Every seat has power but I wonder how many people would need to use it on a < 3 hr flight. The tray table is folded in two like the Air New Zealand one, most likely to increase space for the PTV. The only thing I found which was not very ergonomic was the cup holder. It was hard to open and I was afraid I’d break it. It also swivels, probably in an attempt to lessen spills in times of turbulence but it wasn’t very big and could probably only hold the small cups Emirates gives out with the drinks. The windows on the A380 from the inside are deceptively large. The inside bit looks massive but when you take a closer look front on, the window loses a lot of its area (take a look at following pictures). It does mean the cabin feels less claustrophobic but it’s a real hassle trying to take photos outside. Quite clever by Airbus to lessen the claustrophobia by artificial means!

Legroom, 32”


The Deceptively Small Window


One of the FAs told me to take as many photos as I wanted before we were ready for pushback. I really wonder if they had exposure to inaugural flights before or this A380 hype had already got some getting used to. But it was great how they didn’t get in the way of anyone trying to take photos or have a great time on board. A great start to my great, albeit short, journey. Pushback began seven minutes after I had entered the cabin meaning that (obviously) most people were already on board. The safety video was playing as we started to taxi but the spooling up of the engines was so quiet I was amazed that we were already moving under our own power! I didn’t notice a flick of the lights either from when the power source gets transferred from the auxiliaries/gpu to the plane’s own power.

Front Economy Cabin
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Chocolates
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Dark Chocolate Truffle, Milk Chocolate Truffle, Strawberry Centre
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During the taxi, I was able to snap a few “comparison” shots of the side by side VS A346 and SQ A380 (and to a lesser extent, a QF 744 behind that) aircraft. Although one must take into account parallax and the fact that one is much closer to you than the other, it still gives quite a good indication of the size of the whale. From front on it is clear that the tail stretches into the heavens above and the intimidating size seems as though it’d have trouble getting off the ground. The side on shot reveals the stubbiness of the plane when put alongside the longest passenger plane – the A340-600. And somewhere behind that whale lay a 747-400. Shortly after passing the hard stands for planes which would depart later on in the day, we crossed the motorway and to my surprise the wing was overhanging the taxiway by many metres! I started to wonder what it’d be like to be driving when an A380 was taxiing and looking straight up to see a massive wing. No wonder the runway back home in Auckland had to be widened to allow for the A380. I have no idea how it’d cope landing on the secondary runway if the main one was put out of use! It just looks too big. We turned onto the runway and it seemed like we used less than half of the runway before we rotated and headed for Auckland. It didn’t feel as though it had as much power but by the sight of it lifting so quickly, it must have been powerful. The load factor must have been about 95% in Economy and from reports of the upper deck, F and J were packed too. A quick bank to the left over Balmain followed by a few more right banks led us to the Tasman Sea, bound for Auckland.



Air Bridges Disengaged
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Pushback While SQ A380 Is Towed To Park
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TG772 To BKK As TG994 and EK 77W To CHC As EK418
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Heavies At The Parking Bay: VS A346, SQ A380, QF 744, EY A345, Fed Ex MD11
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The A380 Dwarfing The Other Jets
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CA A332
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The Long A346 vs The Stubby A380
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Approaching The Motorway Overpass


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Rotate! Effortless Climb




“What Big Engines You Have!”
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Sydney CBD
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Manly, The Gap And Bondi Beach All In One Shot


Farewell, Sydney!




Soon after, the FAs came around with hot towels. 15 minutes after takeoff and the menus were handed out. It was another half an hour when meals began appearing and I was watching many carts make their way down the aisle to the cabins behind us. The Trans Tasman leg on all flights departing Australia have a brunch service, probably due to the fact a few passengers coming in from Dubai would have already eaten breakfast and it seemed getting a bit late for breakfast. However it was basically my lunch and I was starving by the time they came around. On the menu today (flights leaving Sydney bound for New Zealand) was:

Fruit
Fresh Seasonal Fruit

Main Course

Swiss Cheese Omelette
A light and fluffy omelette filled with Swiss cheese and served with a tangy capsicum sauce, green beans, sautéed button mushrooms and mini croquette potatoes

Creamy Chicken Korma
Served with fragrant saffron rice and seasonal vegetables


Dessert

Raspberry Marble Cake
Vanilla and raspberry marble cake with chocolate icing and berry coulis

Beverages
Tea Or Coffee

I opted for the chicken korma because I wanted something with meat in it. I found it weird that when they were bringing tea and coffee around they didn’t mention anything about their other beverages such as soft drink, wines and beers etc that they had in their carts. I asked for a coffee and was very satisfied with the meal in general. Both meals looked good after having a glimpse at my neighbour’s omelette. Not only did the chicken korma get close to filling me up, it tasted good as well. One thing I did find was that the trays didn’t seem to match the tables and I think they were riding on one of the bumps usually preventing things from falling off the table. This made it a little difficult when trying to do a few things but I managed not to spill anything.

Menu


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Brunch
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Meal Entertainment
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The flight attendants allowed about 40 minutes for eating and I was done long before the half way stage. Confined to my window seat until our row was clear of trays, I had a look through the IFE and out the window too. I tried to create the least disturbance to my neighbours as it seems like they had been on this flight all the way from Dubai and probably London or something before that. But as soon it was cleared, I immediately got out of my seat for a look around the massive Economy cabin.

View From Seat
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Front Section Again
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Holes For LED Mood Lighting
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Emergency Door View


Control Panel
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And boy was it massive! Still, it seemed as though there was a lack of toilets as there were quite a few people waiting at the very front of the cabin. A few others with DSLRs and I clogged up a lot of the space at the front. Luckily there was plenty room for everyone to stand around in. Once the queues had died down and realised that some were up and about to see the plane as well, I had a look around the toilets. The first one I visited was massive. After having a quick flick through Seatguru, I wonder what SQ and QF do with that space right behind the cockpit. Emirates has very cleverly designed the toilets to maximise room behind the cockpit. Three are located up a small flight of stairs and the ones on each side of the plane are massive – the biggest economy toilets I have come across. Now you know where to go if you want space! Later on I took a look at another of the toilets – this time the one just behind 1L. It seemed about ½ to 2/3 the size of the first toilet I had ventured into. The furnishing inside the toilets is none like I’ve ever seen before. Extremely clean with that premium look to it by using the laminated wood stuff and a plastic bench top looking flash; and also a hot/cold mixer tap with a sensor so you don’t have to touch anything! One thing I didn’t test was the loudness of the toilet. I have a phobia of that loud sucking noise so I flush the toilet as I leave. I think I still heard it..

Big Toilet


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Smaller Toilet
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Over Wing Emergency Exit View
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Cabin Layout


Second Economy Cabin
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Third Economy Cabin
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Stairs To Business


Rear Economy Cabin
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Stairs To First Class




A good 40 minutes was spent roaming up, down and around the cabin. The cabin has a few good standing up areas: One around door 1L (although you may be discouraged as people would be waiting to go to the toilet), between doors 2L and 2R (a massive space predetermined for when people board they have no troubles reaching the other aisle) and also around 3R (much smaller but enough room for about 3 or 4 to stand up and not disturb the passenger). Drinks carts were stored similar to the sight on the EK inaugural DXB-JFK but it was handy as people were pretty much helping themselves – a cart doubling up as a self-service bar!


Sure enough, Auckland was only 20 minutes away and touchdown another 10. I headed back to the comfort of my own seat. The speed and height we were travelling at on our approach to Auckland meant that there was a westerly wind blowing. This was good news for me as I would be able to peer down on all those “muggles (non avational people) turned plane spotters for the A380” and sure enough, there were probably a thousand scattered all around the airport to greet the first commercial A380 flight into New Zealand. The weather looked brilliant as we made our way east and finally back west for our final approach into Auckland. The banks were amazing, giving many great views of the city below. Then suddenly we came across the masses of people parked on the side of the “no stopping” road before touching down on 23L. It didn’t really feel like we were stopping and it was interesting only seeing 2 reverse thrusters at work rather than the conventional 4. We used up the entire runway for the first time in my life: all 3635m of it; and had to backtrack along the taxiway to make our way towards the gate.



Approaching Auckland
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Crossing The Waitakeres
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Overview Of Auckland Airport
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East Coast Of Auckland


HDR Image Of The City
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Final Approach For Runway 23L
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”Plane Spotters” (Ok I Admit there are a few amongst the crowd)
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I’ve Never Had Such A Welcoming!
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Just Before Touchdown, SQ 77W Taxiing To The Runway, SQ286 To SIN
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Reverse Thrusters Deployed
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’X’ Marks The Spot
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Taxiing Right To The End Of The Runway
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It's all about the destination AND the journey.
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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Continued:

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Vacating Runway 23L
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I was certain that there would be a water cannon salute but can’t recall any announcement over the PA regarding this. Below I have provided a few pictures taking you through the water cannon salute because I don’t believe many have been inside (and on the window seat) and a lot fewer have been through one in an A380! What an experience. I’d fly another inaugural flight to experience the water cannon salute again! Taxiing took us to Gate 15. Once the aircraft stopped, everyone decided to stand up and get out of their seats. I stayed put in my seat, mainly due to the fact I wanted to stay behind to look at the plane once everyone else had disembarked. It took them 15 minutes to connect the air bridges to the plane (I was watching the tail camera) and people remained standing for that period of time. It was rather funny. The cabin finally cleared and I was free to go around taking photos. I also snuck upstairs and shot a couple of pictures in First Class.. It’s a completely different world up there. The toilet was massive – probably more than 3x larger than the big one in Economy I was describing earlier. I also got to visit the cockpit, sat in the First Officer’s chair and the FO took a couple of pictures. I can also say I’ve done something in the cockpit of an A380! The tray table with the keyboard on it was out and I put it away. That was so fun. Even though it was only a tray table I stowed. It’s amazing how a joystick can control such a big plane. I was the last passenger to disembark the aircraft on its inaugural flight to Auckland.

Pilot Vehicle?
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Water Cannon Salute Tour
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Action Shot!
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Now We’re Soaked
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Evaporation On This Warm (Comparative To Sydney) Day!
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Water Trickling Off The Fuselage
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I Wonder If There Were Many Delays Due To Lack Of Ground Staff.. 2 A343s Being Turned Around
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Trying To Get A Photo Similar To Frankfurt Airport
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Not Docked
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Yet Everyone Is Standing Up!
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Waiting..
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Rear Cabin
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Emblem At The Back Of Economy
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First Class Cabin, Converted Into A Bed For The Media Tour




First Class Toilet, Shower On Left Behind The Door


Cockpit!
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Me In The F/O’s Chair, Thanks To The First Officer For Taking The Photo!
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AKL FIDS
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Until Next Time, EDD
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Waiting for me past immigration was the expected crowd at the baggage carousel. It’s the busiest I’ve ever seen a baggage carousel. It seems as though they’d be better off making two carousels open for the A380. The luggage delay only worsened the situation. Another 10-20 minutes of standing around and waiting for bags to come around and then having to go through quarantine was a dampener on this flight but I was still elated from my flight deck experience and the entire flight itself! It was finally home time when quarantine was quickly cleared.

One Carousel, One Flight, One full A380, One Chaotic Scene
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Conclusion

Emirates, congratulations on a job well done in terms of overall service level. It was a pity that it wasn’t taken with as much prestige as the true inaugural. The new plane was amazing and it was wonderful to be inside the extremely quiet cabin. One plane I must fly a longer haul route on. Food was fantastic, service great (it really does seem like they put their best crew on this flight) and also thanks so much to the pilots for allowing many of us a tour of the cockpit! One day etched into New Zealand’s aviation history – the day the first commercial A380 flight commenced; is also one unforgettable day for me. The IFE system looks magnificent. Such big screens allow for good quality movies and TV shows. This flight was undoubtedly my most memorable flight in Economy. I did not pick up how many languages the FAs on board could speak in total but it seemed like it was 16 languages.

There is a lot to do and see on this massive aircraft and I did forget to do everything I wanted to do. My advice to you is to try and fly on one as what can be given here through trip reports doesn’t come close to flying the real thing! It was such a wonderful experience I think I’ll be flying the whale much more often.

For taking pictures down the leading edge of the wing, the bulkhead of the second cabin is better than the row I chose but I chose it so that I’d have under seat storage. The back of the Economy cabin has an area of 3 seats by itself. This wouldn’t be a bad place if the flight was empty because you won’t have many people around you but the aisles seem narrow due to the galley walls being on the other side of the aisle rather than seats.

Sorry if anyone was offended by the pun in the title... It was something I just had to put in! It described my experience of the flight so well! I always forget to take pictures of the row itself to show legroom from the aisle, sorry for leaving these shots out but by the time I remember to do it, someone’s either sat down next to me or I’m off the plane. Something that I’ll hopefully bear in mind for my next TRs, whenever they’ll be!

That’s over and out from me as far as trip reports go, for a while! I hope you have enjoyed them! Feedback is always appreciated!

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR

Love the pics.

I wish to try out the A380 soon, but I will probably have to wait a long time before I can fly on this huge bird.

Love how the ICE shows the aircraft ID (reg).


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12339 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Well done on the report. Wish I could have been on the AKL-SYD sector.

User currently offlineNZ560 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent TR. Photo's say it so much better than words. Looking forward to the next one.


-OJL RIP Also to the 7 onboard
User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1713 posts, RR: 65
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Congratulations on your TR Nicholas !!  Smile

I am glad you've enjoyed and now we have 3 TR on all 3 classes , I think it must be a first for A.net TR forum.

Thanks for your narrative TR, I feel like being on the flight again.

I will past your TR to Capt Wayne Taylor (the Capt from NZ) for him to review if you don't mind.

Cheers
Sam


User currently offlineQFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting N178UA (Reply 5):
I think it must be a first for A.net TR forum

Hi Sam,

I think we have all 4 classes on the QF A380 as well...

Cheers


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi there Nicholas,

A great trip report. Excellent detail and an impressive line-up of photos as well. I find it quite amusing that so many Airliners.net members were on these inaugural flights, especially because there were not even that many on the inaugural EK A380 flight!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Trying To Get A Photo Similar To Frankfurt Airport

Hehehe... I wonder which TR you got that idea from...  Wink

Thanks again for all your effort; this trip report must have taken days to compile.

Globetraveller


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1721 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Nicholas,

What a great adventure to fly on the 388! Simply great!
I still feel sorry for us here in AMS, that we didn't have any 380's here at the airport.
I actually did not see even one in real  Sad
Hopefully we will see her soon at AMS, most probably MH who will send them over to AMS.
You really created a masterpiece TR, with a very complete view of you great flight!
Many thanks for sharing it!

Keep those reports coming!
Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
QF A380, 744 And Air Niugini 75W

Wow, that is a long aerobridge!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Big Toilet

The wooden interior is just supeb!

I think that you have delivered the most comprehensive TR of EK 380 in Y! Great job, Nicholas.

Cheers,

Suryo



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User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 45
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks Nicholas I felt like I was sitting next to you, well done.

Enjoyed all the pics and it gives me a good idea of what to expect when I take my A380 flight to Sydney sometime soon I hope.

Colin  old 



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
I wish to try out the A380 soon, but I will probably have to wait a long time before I can fly on this huge bird.

Love how the ICE shows the aircraft ID (reg).

Hi B747Forever,

Thanks for commenting. You could always divert to DXB from LAX on your way back to ARN!  Silly I wonder where AF will send it - maybe you'll get a chance there. And yes, the registration given on the IFE was a great addition although it wouldn't be too hard to get it off the plane or pilots.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 3):
Well done on the report. Wish I could have been on the AKL-SYD sector

Hi Jase,

Thanks for your comments! Yeah I wish you were on the other leg so we'd possibly get another TR on here..  Silly But yeah, you gotta try the A380 out sometime, but pity it couldn't be on the inaugural flights.

Quoting NZ560 (Reply 4):
Excellent TR. Photo's say it so much better than words.

Hi NZ560,

Cheers! Indeed they do, but I also thought it was imperative of me to write it out - all 5000 odd words of it. I feel that those two combined (yeah my digi SLR isn't video capable) gave quite a good impression.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 5):
I am glad you've enjoyed and now we have 3 TR on all 3 classes , I think it must be a first for A.net TR forum.

Thanks for your narrative TR, I feel like being on the flight again.

Thanks, Sam!

Glad you enjoyed it. I really do wonder if EK put their best cabin crew on this flight because it does give me the impression that EK is a superb airline - others have different and rather mixed impressions. I guess I'll have to fly with them more often to see if they really are quite inconsistent.. But at the moment they're right up there as my favourite airline.

I think I did quite a good job in writing it a week after I flew! Pictures speak 1000 words therefore looking at 5 of the pictures brought back enough to write the report  Silly

Quoting N178UA (Reply 5):
I will past your TR to Capt Wayne Taylor (the Capt from NZ) for him to review if you don't mind.

Sure thing! I'm still overwhelmed from the cockpit experience - I can't thank him enough for both the memorable and smooth flight, allowing a lot of people into the cockpit and giving them a tour and also the picture he took of me! So if you do read this, thanks so much!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 7):
Excellent detail and an impressive line-up of photos as well. I find it quite amusing that so many Airliners.net members were on these inaugural flights, especially because there were not even that many on the inaugural EK A380 flight!

Hi Globetraveller,

Thanks! I guess being the shortest A380 route makes it quite popular because it's relatively cheap and also there were a few of us from New Zealand who wanted to be on these flights! It's rather interesting to see how many people have a little bit of enthusiasm for planes, going by the pictures taken of the lookout area and the many times when I've been on the ground looking up at special planes (NZ A320, QF A380).

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 7):
Hehehe... I wonder which TR you got that idea from..

Hahaha I wonder..  Wink
Just a picture I took and I thought to myself that I may as well chuck that into the report too!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 7):
Thanks again for all your effort; this trip report must have taken days to compile.

My pleasure! It'd be good if I got paid to do this stuff  Silly although I'm fine with sharing my experiences with all of you - it'd be selfish of me not to after so many of you get TRs of such exotic places I'd take years to get around to see. I see it as a trade off! According to Microsoft Word, it took about a week but I'm lucky I'm still on holiday and I had that opportunity to finish off the report. I was fretting ever since Ekfly3r and Sam posted their reports!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 8):
What a great adventure to fly on the 388! Simply great!

Hi Joost,

Thanks for your comments! Indeed it was a great adventure, even though it was cut short at under 3 hrs. It was a whole lot of fun!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 8):
still feel sorry for us here in AMS, that we didn't have any 380's here at the airport.
I actually did not see even one in real
Hopefully we will see her soon at AMS, most probably MH who will send them over to AMS.

I feel sorry for you too! At least they won't be too far away from you in a few years time with LH and AF getting them! The thing is that SYD can now have 3 A380s of different airlines on the ground at once which I thought was really special and you saw in the previous TR that I spotted 2 as I was landing. More of a common sight around this area these days!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 8):
Keep those reports coming!

Someone will have to buy me a ticket soon!  Wink

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
Wow, that is a long aerobridge!

Hi Suryo,

Indeed it is!

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
The wooden interior is just supeb!

I think that you have delivered the most comprehensive TR of EK 380 in Y! Great job, Nicholas.

Thanks for the feedback! I hope I can deliver more reports like this one in the future. That's whenever I get around to flying again! I think the toilets have been furbished very nicely and it's a shame to look over to the QF TRs and see that they have a rather bland looking toilet. I don't get these double standards..

Quoting Kereru (Reply 10):
Thanks Nicholas I felt like I was sitting next to you, well done.

Enjoyed all the pics and it gives me a good idea of what to expect when I take my A380 flight to Sydney sometime soon I hope.

Hi Colin,

Thanks! You wouldn't have been sitting next to me - surely you would have had a window seat ;-D! The compression of the files gave me a hard time so maybe next time I'll have to upload them at 900px. Don't forget to let me know when you are going! You should figure out what kind of pictures you want to take before you choose your seat - as in my case I wanted to take ones along the leading edge but the windows were rather small and next time I think I'd probably head back to the 3rd or 4th cabin to get wingtip shots.


It's a real privilege for me to be receiving such praise from my TR and I thank you all for commenting. I'll continue to provide this site with TRs but I won't be flying for a little while and hope to read many more great TRs from a lot of you.

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic report Nicholas!

I have been waiting for this actually. We have seen the EK inaugurals to JFK, and now also the SYD-AKL shuttle. And once again, i am quite surprised (but very happy) to see that the consistency is there.

On my JFK flight, the fact that the crew were practically clueless in knowing where anything went on the plane, in addition to the delay in meal services, drinks etc, yet still managed to please each and every passenger on board just clearly shows me what measures the airline has taken to provide a better service. I can only imagine how much better the service was on your flight, as the crew reached their learning curves!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
I really do wonder if EK put their best cabin crew on this flight because it does give me the impression that EK is a superb airline - others have different and rather mixed impressions. I guess I'll have to fly with them more often to see if they really are quite inconsistent.. But at the moment they're right up there as my favourite airline.

I have browsed through the EK A380 service manuals quite recently, and have noticed quite an emphasis on delivering a high standard of quality service. While i cannot benchmark to any prior service manual because i havent seen any before, i can definitely say that EK has introduced this new service concept because they realise the increase in competion, and need to act fast. If this new concept proves successful on the A380, then it will no doubt be introduced on the rest of the network.


Glad you enjoyed the flight! Inaugural flights like these are a different league to any regular flight!


Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 12):
I have been waiting for this actually. We have seen the EK inaugurals to JFK, and now also the SYD-AKL shuttle. And once again, i am quite surprised (but very happy) to see that the consistency is there.

Hey Roni,

Thanks for your comments: a pleasure as always to be presenting my TRs and I'm pleased that you have enjoyed it! I'm extremely happy that there is some consistency and hope that it'll continue for I believe EK has what it takes to become world beaters.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 12):
I have browsed through the EK A380 service manuals quite recently, and have noticed quite an emphasis on delivering a high standard of quality service. While i cannot benchmark to any prior service manual because i havent seen any before, i can definitely say that EK has introduced this new service concept because they realise the increase in competion, and need to act fast. If this new concept proves successful on the A380, then it will no doubt be introduced on the rest of the network.

It's something that is expected from a good airline like EK. And it's good that they've acted. I believe that it has already succeeded in the A380 and hopefully it won't be too long before this becomes universal.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 12):
Inaugural flights like these are a different league to any regular flight!

Definitely! I must make an effort to get on more of them after being hooked from that one flight! Inaugural flying may soon become an addiction..  Wink

BTW Roni, are your other TRs in the pipeline somewhere?


On an aside note, I'm pleased to say one of the pictures I posted above made it onto the A.Net database! Maybe I should delete the one above to prevent any copies  Wink


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Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineEKFly3r From New Zealand, joined Dec 2008, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR Nick and excellent pictures !!

Loved the shots of the AKL water gun salute .... Congrats on making it to A.net pictures database Big grin

Well done on getting to sit in the cockpit ... Next time I will make time to get those money shots as well  Wink


The crew on our flight was really brilliant too so hope EK keeps this level of service up up ...

Loved this shot of the EK A380 that you took

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Do you have a bigger size picture of this (or something similar) that you wouldn't mind sharing ?  Smile

Thanks for sharing your experience and writing up such a detailed TR .... it was worth the wait so good on ya mate !

Cheers  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineExSR From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

One of the best reports on the web! Thanks a lot!!

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 14):
Loved the shots of the AKL water gun salute .... Congrats on making it to A.net pictures database

Hi EKFly3r,

Thanks! I loved being under it for the first time. Having seen Jonny Reid get one for his A1GP runway drag off, I was keen to get some of the action  Wink I was so happy after this and the time in the plane after landing that I wasn't too worried about the bags taking a long time to get out of the plane.

I'm booked again on EK 413/412 at the end of the year and hopefully that'll give some guidance into whether it's consistent, at least on the A380s anyway!

Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 14):
Do you have a bigger size picture of this (or something similar) that you wouldn't mind sharing ?

Check your PM.

Quoting EKFly3r (Reply 14):
Thanks for sharing your experience and writing up such a detailed TR .... it was worth the wait so good on ya mate !

No worries! Glad you found it worthwhile reading!

Quoting ExSR (Reply 15):
One of the best reports on the web! Thanks a lot!!

Thanks for your comment, ExSR! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it! I shall endeavour to maintain a standard although I know this could be challenging.


Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineEconojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent report with a lot of attention to detail.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Rotate! Effortless Climb

Indeed. In my limited experience, the A380 climb-out doesn't really feel like a 'climb'. It feels as if it just floats up and away on those massive airfoils.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Holes For LED Mood Lighting

Ahh... so these are the cabin ceiling stars.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Hi Nicholas,

Great report, excellent pictures!

I've had 3 A380 flights now, one on each carrier, still not managed to get a seat to give me good engine shots, so well done, just brill!

Glad you enjoyed the whole A380 experience, she is something special!

Best Wishes

Mark



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User currently offlineCarlisle From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 271 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Annoying QF Lounge, EK A380 Wingtip

Although, this does make for a very nice photo!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Pretty Big!

Big and beautiful.

Thanks for sharing your photos, especially the plane, food, and IFE/GeoMap.

Cheers,
Jeremy Carlisle



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Econojetter (Reply 17):
Excellent report with a lot of attention to detail.

Hi Econojetter,

Thanks for your comments!

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 17):
Ahh... so these are the cabin ceiling stars.

Yep, quite interesting I must say. I couldn't resist taking a photo of those holes!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
Great report, excellent pictures!

Cheers, Mark!  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
I've had 3 A380 flights now, one on each carrier, still not managed to get a seat to give me good engine shots, so well done, just brill!

Reason being you've travelled in Business?  Silly
It was quite hard for me to take photos of the engines too because those windows on the A380 are really photo user unfriendly. I'm still yet to find out the best spot to take photos of the engines because I've got a feeling that if you sit in the front cabin, there's too much of an angle backwards to be able to take a decent shot. Maybe my next flight on the A380 in November will be less full, giving me a chance to look for good angles. Even I was looking quite a long way backwards. Luckily that shot of the water cannon turned out alright!

Definitely something special albeit not the best looking from the outside  Wink
I'm already looking forward to flying on it in November! And triple my flight time on the A380!

Quoting Carlisle (Reply 19):
Although, this does make for a very nice photo!

Hi Carlisle,

Thanks for your comments!
Yeah I could have done a better job at editing it.. But the lounge from the observation deck looks like more of an eyesore.

Quoting Carlisle (Reply 19):
Thanks for sharing your photos, especially the plane, food, and IFE/GeoMap.

No worries! Glad you enjoyed it!


Thanks again, everyone!

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6939 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Nicholas,

excellent report, was a great pleasure to read. After my first flight on the Whale this week (A6-EDB) I have read with special attention. You were lucky to be on an inaugural flight, gives you much better picture opportunities than on a regular flight.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The medium haul configuration will pack 600 people in it – giving more Economy class travellers the opportunity to experience the upper deck.

Upper deck seating should be better, IMO.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The PTV is much bigger than the ones in the 77W and so far it’s the biggest PTV I’ve had in Economy. The system also has a function which enables you to view photos, listen to music or view PDFs via USB. The Airshow function is brilliant. It’s so detailed and much more advanced than even the 77W one.

Which 77W did you fly on? I got A6-ECE on my return trip and the seats and the IFE were exactly the same as on the A380. The one and only feature not available on the 77W was the tail camera view.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
I’d say the most comfortable Economy seat I’ve sat in. Even with only 32 inches of legroom, the seat is remarkably soft and full of padding which helps in reducing the feel of the acceleration during takeoff. You just sink back into the seat.

I have to disagree here. I found the seat quite hard in comparison to other carriers. Seats on the 77W weren't any better.


PH



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi PH,

Thanks for your comments! Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
You were lucky to be on an inaugural flight, gives you much better picture opportunities than on a regular flight.

It was one opportunity not to miss! I'm glad I paid a bit more to secure my place on that flight!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
Upper deck seating should be better, IMO

Yeah, I'd have to try it out first. It'd be a different experience, that's for sure!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
Which 77W did you fly on?

A6-EBI. Mind you, this was in April 2007 and so it could have been through a retrofit soon.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
I have to disagree here. I found the seat quite hard in comparison to other carriers. Seats on the 77W weren't any better.

Ok. I found the seat quite comfortable though. Maybe being just under 3 hrs meant that it didn't affect me that much but even when I was checking the seat out at the beginning of the flight, it didn't seem uncomfortable compared to other seats I had recently been in.

(more comments on your TR!)


Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report.

Cant wait to get a taste of the 380 I hope in November.


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

SYDNEY PICTURES

Sorry for the massive delay.. I was more worried about getting the actual TR out in time. But here is a sample of the pics I took during the holiday.

This trip was very successful in terms of A.Net acceptances – 2 on my airport day and that one which now has over 20 thousand views. Thanks to those who have viewed my images!


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Some (usually) jazz club in the city.. But that night turned out to be alternative night. If you look closely enough, you can see the circular saw blade on the drum!
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The drum set and all the bits and pieces used to make sounds
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You don’t get many with a mo like this very often!


Olympic Stadium
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Bicentennial Park


It’s not Autumn/Fall, but it’s stifling hot!
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IKEA – rather a novelty for me as there are none in New Zealand
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Name the 2 cities!
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Sunrise
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Coffee
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QVB
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SCG
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SCG at dusk. I think someone suggested I took a photo like this! ODI South Africa vs Australia – South Africa won
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Breakfast overlooking the harbour
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Flemington Market
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A compulsory shot of the temperature on that day!
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ANZ Stadium/Olympic Stadium
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The inside of this MASSIVE stadium
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I bet you don’t get this in too many places.. Krispy Kreme at the venue!
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Sydney Harbour at night from my friend’s apartment
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Darling Harbour at night
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I do like this bridge.. ANZAC Bridge connecting Pyrmont to Balmain and the west


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Darling Harbour
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QVB’s pretty stained glass
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HDR of the city
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View from Centrepoint Tower/AMP Tower
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The plane spotting never stops!
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A first for me – using a telephoto lens looking through a pair of binoculars! Probably a couple of thousand mm focal point in there  Silly Singapore’s A380
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Coffee from the 3rd best outlet in New South Wales
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A Maybach! First time ever I’d seen one of these!
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The day at the airport starts before sunrise!
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Darling Harbour at dawn
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HDR of Darling Harbour
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBoe_enXI/AAAAAAAACMw/_XJBVoZUZqo/s800/IMG_1030HDRfinishedit.jpg

At the international terminal lookout area for sunrise
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecArAdosiI/AAAAAAAACDg/BhpbO7PeXHE/s800/IMG_1044edit.jpg

Terminal 2 – home to Qantas Domestic
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LAN A343 in from Auckland
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I only kept this image because of the propeller vortex.. Too bad I didn’t have an IS telephoto lens then (still don’t)
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Qantas 744.. Dominating landscape.
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http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecAwPqmPtI/AAAAAAAACEU/ABURe2mwXAc/s800/IMG_1099edit1.jpg

DHL 722 in from AKL as well I think
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecAxN0WovI/AAAAAAAACEc/fYZhWvLNRKY/s800/IMG_1117semiedit.jpg

A Jetstar A320’s vapour creating a rainbow
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Singapore Airlines A380
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecAyJ1hqlI/AAAAAAAACEs/7CiWvkxqrFo/s800/IMG_1176edit.jpg

A change in position to under the massive billboard by the gate.. Korean Air 744 back to ICN
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecAyks4n6I/AAAAAAAACE0/dafo4upReno/s800/IMG_1227edit.jpg

Asiana Airlines back to ICN too
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecAzIdQRyI/AAAAAAAACE8/An9T0gx2Yu0/s800/IMG_1247edit.jpg

Japan Airlines 744 (now switched to the 772) back to NRT
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecAzpyutQI/AAAAAAAACFE/8yGA8z3y9ac/s800/IMG_1252edit.jpg

DHL 722 back to Auckland
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA0BrtOJI/AAAAAAAACFM/NBbT142w4vo/s800/IMG_1278edit.jpg

Emirates 77W to Auckland, the 3rd to last service of the 77W on this route as the A380 was introduced 3 days later
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA0w79vfI/AAAAAAAACFU/RvoNOhxuMgM/s800/IMG_1285editresizeupload.jpg

China Southern A332 to CAN
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Air Tahiti Nui A343 to Papeete
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA14bVuXI/AAAAAAAACFk/Eh2FOcd9h8o/s800/IMG_1331edit.jpg

China Eastern A332
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA2VoQskI/AAAAAAAACFs/57iSMsFdBQM/s800/IMG_1349edit.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA25hdUZI/AAAAAAAACF0/Bjabe-CzGBk/s800/IMG_1356edit.jpg

Malaysia Cargo 742F
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA3f7kTDI/AAAAAAAACF8/R1Axj35PFOY/s800/IMG_1361edit.jpg

Qantas’ new livery on their 744
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Aerolineas Argentinas A342, possibly back to Auckland
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Viva Macau 762. Really smoky! First time I’d seen a flying 762 in a while.
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Singapore Airlines 744 back to SIN
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Air Canada 77L back to YVR
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA6x2JjQI/AAAAAAAACGs/Q-1z53mCyqY/s800/IMG_1439editresize.jpg

China Airlines A333
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA7SeLZYI/AAAAAAAACG0/JgTBEM73mHA/s800/IMG_1449edit.jpg

China Eastern A343
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA78Hc-YI/AAAAAAAACG8/Tx8RyZ3lraE/s800/IMG_1464edit1.jpg

Qantas A333
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA8CUMVDI/AAAAAAAACHE/AiGkdCH8xV0/s800/IMG_1472edit.jpg

Etihad A345
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA9Vop69I/AAAAAAAACHM/M8fxk8VAKU4/s800/IMG_1479edit.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBAHQzXCI/AAAAAAAACHk/ZTFqAwwAXsQ/s800/IMG_1492editresize.jpg

Virgin Blue 73G
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA9_Q9I5I/AAAAAAAACHU/s0dixvWtHZ0/s800/IMG_1481edit.jpg

United Airlines 744
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecA-u18ftI/AAAAAAAACHc/mOPgl58l_q4/s800/IMG_1488edit1.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBBcnyFRI/AAAAAAAACHs/tweHjWX-31w/s800/IMG_1500editresize.jpg

Air New Zealand 772 as NZ118 back to Auckland
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Told you it was Qantas 744 heaven! Didn’t see any holes or bits coming loose though..
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBDaBD9PI/AAAAAAAACH8/pIr9ifBCdiA/s800/IMG_1518editresize.jpg

Etihad back to AUH
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBENo0lUI/AAAAAAAACIE/7AlrapMjlgY/s800/IMG_1523reformat1.jpg

2 foreign OneWorld players
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBFFRpiII/AAAAAAAACIM/4dRusH4TU1E/s800/IMG_1527edit.jpg

British Airways 744
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBGMjrC8I/AAAAAAAACIU/-F54KiF9yOo/s800/IMG_1531editresize.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBGkxb-8I/AAAAAAAACIc/jKe5qYLeMrI/s800/IMG_1540editresize.jpg

CX A333
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBH0P5gDI/AAAAAAAACIk/St7vhRdNsEY/s800/IMG_1550edit.jpg

Back to HKG
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBIXmHsDI/AAAAAAAACIs/S5jo7JHn-3g/s800/IMG_1560edit.jpg

Malaysia Airlines 744 back to KUL. Sure miss this jumbo in Auckland..
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBI9sjRKI/AAAAAAAACI0/np3_9szEjMI/s800/IMG_1570editresize.jpg

Virgin Atlantic A346 back to HKG/LHR
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBJTTSgFI/AAAAAAAACI8/YU4V575K8Tg/s800/IMG_1582editresize.jpg

The second United Airlines 744 of the day
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBJ4pgoII/AAAAAAAACJE/uaDRWIQxLps/s800/IMG_1598edit.jpg

Thai Airways 772 back to BKK
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBKMEWuWI/AAAAAAAACJM/qKiiy-2v0Qo/s800/IMG_1611editresize.jpg

British Airways 772
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBKt1SJzI/AAAAAAAACJU/FB86wbPBhSM/s800/IMG_1627editresize.jpg

Singapore Airlines A380 back to SIN
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBLKpwFtI/AAAAAAAACJc/xPxUxNRX8PM/s800/IMG_1636editresize.jpg

FedEx MD-11. The brother of the one who sadly perished at NRT
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBMDLS0II/AAAAAAAACJk/xxHWzunyuRM/s800/IMG_1652reformat1.jpg

BA 744
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBMmqfV6I/AAAAAAAACJs/UFfFfmmAFGw/s800/IMG_1690editresize.jpg

Darling Harbour at night
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The Point, Pyrmont
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBRQvOrpI/AAAAAAAACKM/fXivL3Q6oeA/s800/IMG_1850.JPG

Relative’s yacht


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http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBUaSRIdI/AAAAAAAACKk/iDAluv0-DPY/s800/IMG_1885editresize.jpg



View from some place I now call Jellyfish Bay, pretty much at the end of Rose Bay. The picture doesn’t show you the millions of disgusting jellyfish that swarm the water.
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Watsons Bay
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBXADNNaI/AAAAAAAACK8/AgXgphhjJgw/s800/IMG_1973editresize.jpg


http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBXycug9I/AAAAAAAACLE/6o_L7_LVXJ4/s800/IMG_1980editresize.jpg

HDR
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBpbC6w8I/AAAAAAAACM4/MOnRBHkd-g0/s800/IMG_2004HDRfinishlevelresize.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBY76gZMI/AAAAAAAACLM/bI9HrF6H3u8/s800/IMG_2011edit1resize.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBZs-pnZI/AAAAAAAACLU/1WhdBlEVM08/s800/IMG_2026editresize.jpg

See! I’m never missing an opportunity to plane spot! Powerhouse Museum
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Chewbacca (wow, it’s a word in Microsoft Word!!) at the Star Wars exhibition at the museum


The exhaust or something of a rocket.. Someone know the technical term?
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBb1ibonI/AAAAAAAACLk/JUNDRpgtEjc/s800/IMG_2044editresize.jpg

A hovercraft they created. Rather fun to play around in but A LOT of counter steering needed to stay relatively straight
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBevLXlSI/AAAAAAAACL4/o9nnZj3m4MU/s800/IMG_2053editresize.jpg

Used in the second one?
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBgCIsL6I/AAAAAAAACMA/_xEIno-T_MA/s800/IMG_2056edit.jpg

Yum.. Yes everyone needs it daily!
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBhR9-YpI/AAAAAAAACMI/WzHbODbnhfo/s800/IMG_2104editresize.jpg



Manly Beach, the other side of
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SecBkRuZ-II/AAAAAAAACMY/ndGyxgUJHps/s800/IMG_2157edit.jpg

Well I hope you enjoyed my photo journal. Once again, apologies for the delays but with thousands of pictures to edit and limited time, I had to make do. Thanks again to everyone who has read the trip report!

Please join me again later on in May or June when I will try my best to compare the 3 domestic airlines serving New Zealand as of 10 June 2009: Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Pacific Blue.

Until then, sayonara.

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
25 Zkpilot : Excellent TR! Well done! Great pics!!! and ugly!!!! Actually many newer 744s have these... QF 744ERs all have these (both the new bins and the toilet
26 NZ107 : Hi Zkpilot, Thanks for your comments! Glad you enjoyed it. Yeah since I haven't been on one of these newer 744s, I wouldn't have known about them. Th
27 OA260 : Fantastic report and amazing photos. I really enjoyed all of it. Thanks for a very detailed and interesting report. OA260
28 DL752 : What an adventure! EK looks amazing! Can't wait until the next trip report. DL752
29 Erdzaindade : Great TR Nicholas, im booked with my family in Nov YYZ- DXB on the A380 and picked rows 52 and 53, sounds like they were comfortable seats and you had
30 NZ107 : Hi OA260, No problems! Glad you enjoyed it! I hope my future ones can live up to expectation! Hi DL752, It was one awesome adventure! These inaugural
31 Iahredhead : Hey Nicholas, Great trip report. I loved looking at all your pictures! Thanks for sharing, Scott
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