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The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW To JFK  
User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW-DXB-JNB-DXB-JFK



1. OPENING COMMENTS


I. Contents

1. OPENING COMMENTS
I. Contents
II. Foreword
III. Introduction

2. EK 10: LGW-DXB: EMIRATES GETS OFF TO A GREAT START
I. General Flight Overview
II. The Airport of Departure
III. The Aircraft
IV. The Flight
V. The Airport of Arrival
VI. Overall Impression
VII. Overall Flight Rating

3. EK 761: DXB-JNB: ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE FLIGHT WITH EMIRATES
I. General Flight Overview
II. The Airport of Departure
III. The Aircraft
IV. The Flight
V. The Airport of Arrival
VI. Overall Impression
VII. Overall Flight Rating

4. EK 764: JNB-DXB: EMIRATES SHOWS THAT CONSISTENCY DOES EXIST ONBOARD ITS FLIGHTS
I. General Flight Overview
II. The Airport of Departure
III. The Aircraft
IV. The Flight
V. The Airport of Arrival
VI. Overall Impression
VII. Overall Flight Rating

5. EK 201: DXB-JFK: FREEDOM ON THE AIRBUS A380-800
I. Introduction
II. General Flight Overview

6. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE AIRPORT OF DEPARTURE
I. General Information
II. Terminal 3
III. Concourses 1 & 2 and the Emirates Business Class Lounge

7. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE FLIGHT
I. The aircraft
II. Pre-departure
III. In the Air
IV. Post-arrival

8. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE AIRPORT OF ARRIVAL
I. General Information
II. Welcome to the United States of America
III. Overall Impression
IV. Overall flight Rating

9. FINAL REMARKS
I. Overall Impression of Emirates
II. Average Overall Flight Rating
III. Upcoming Trip Reports
IV. Previous Trip Reports


II. Foreword

This trip report will be a little different from my usual creations. As several of the flights in this series were quite similar, I have decided to combine all four flights into one very long report. The three 777-300ER flights will be more condensed and a little less detailed, and the A380 segment will feature the usual layout.

I hope you will enjoy the trip report.


III. Introduction

Emirates: some people hate the airline with a passion, others worship it as the greatest airline on earth. However, the one thing everyone agrees on is that, Emirates’ growth over the past 24 years has been spectacular. It is barely comprehensible this powerhouse of the Middle East had only two leased aircraft a little more than 20 years ago. The airline’s growth from a small regional operation to the largest A380 and 777 operator in the near future has put Emirates at the forefront of the commercial aviation industry.

However, all this staggering growth has in recent times, caused some problems. At the turn of the century, Emirates was known for its second-to-none service and luxury. However, this positive image has been replaced by inconsistency over the last few years. Crews are often said to be rude and poorly trained, and the airline’s hard product varies greatly from aircraft to aircraft.

In response, Emirates seems to have tightened its control over the stringency with which it hires its crews. It has also started refurbishing some of its aircraft to bring them in line with those being newly delivered. This trip report series aims to put Emirates’ consistency to the test with four medium/long-haul flights back to back.

Have you ever wondered how to make that hop across the Atlantic a little more interesting? With a total flight time of more than 37 hours, covering 18210 miles each way, this is ‘The ultimate Emirates Consistency Test.

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User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

2. EK 10: LGW-DXB: EMIRATES GETS OFF TO A GREAT START




I. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 10
Origin: London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Destination: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Distance: 3405 miles
Scheduled departure time: 20:10
Scheduled flight time: 6 Hours 50 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 7:00
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Seat: 17A
Equipment: 777-31H/ER
Registration: A6-ECK


II. The Airport of Departure

I arrived at London Gatwick Airport (LGW) two hours before the departure of EK10 at 18:10. The North Terminal was pleasantly empty, and there were no queues whatsoever at the check-in counters. The agent at the Emirates Business Class counter was very friendly and within five minutes I was checked in and ready to go.


The entrance to the North Terminal at London Gatwick Airport.


Check-in areas E & F, with the Emirates desks in the distance.


The empty Emirates check-in counters at LGW.


The expanse of the North Terminal Departures Hall.


The security check was a breeze and I was airside at 18:25. The North Terminal concourse was a surprisingly modern place and far better than most of the terminals at London Heathrow. Since I still had quite a long time to burn, I decided to shop around for a little while.


The central concourse in the North Terminal.


The expanse of the airside shopping area.


The famous turbine shaped water feature.


One of the numerous duty-free shops.


At 19:15, I decided to head for Gate 51, where EK10 was departing from today. As I was walking there, I was once again impressed by how clean and well maintained the North Terminal was. At the gate, most passengers had already arrived, and the waiting hall was quite packed.


The numerous flights departing from the North Terminal tonight.


The clean and well signposted way to Gate 51.


The Gate for EK10 from LGW to DXB: Gate 51.


The full waiting hall at Gate 51.


EK10 was ready for boarding at 19:35 and First and Business Class passengers as well as Skywards Silver and Gold members were asked to board first. I quickly proceeded down the long ramp to the lower level, and after a short wait in the jetway, I was onboard EK10 at 19:40, 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.


The long ramp leading to the jetway one level below.


The short queue in the jetway.


The friendly Emirates steward welcoming passengers at the door.[/i]


III. The Aircraft

Emirates Airline will soon be the largest 777 operator in the world and the airline currently has 72 of these aircraft in its fleet. The 777-300ER makes up most of the 777 fleet with 42 aircraft. As Tim Clark said himself, the 777-300ER is the most important aircraft in the medium-long haul Emirates fleet and they serve many destinations around the world in many different configurations. The 777-300ERs that fly to London have a three class low density configuration that can carry up to 354 passengers.

A6-ECK:


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My aircraft today, A6-ECK, had a 3-4-3 configuration in Economy Class with a pitch of 33 inches and a width of 17 inches. The aircraft had the new widescreen ICE entertainment system and the seats were very comfortable. A6-ECK had its first flight in November 2008 and was delivered to Emirates in December of the same year.


IV. The Flight


My boarding pass for EK10 from LGW to DXB.


I was welcomed at the door by a friendly steward who addressed me by name and thanked me for flying with Emirates again. My seat, A17, was in the first row of the Economy Class cabin and the legroom was generous. The remainder of the cabin filled quite slowly, but by 20:00 everyone was onboard.


The Business Class seats onboard this EK 777-300ER.


My seat on EK10 to DXB: 17A.


The beautiful ICE welcome screen.


The impressive legroom at seat 17A.


After waiting for clearance, EK10 pushed back at 20:10 and started taxiing towards runway 08R. Before takeoff, the leading stewardess came to my seat and welcomed me back onboard Emirates. I was very impressed by the way EK was treating their Skywards Gold and Silver members and thanked her for the warm reception. By 20:20, A6-ECK had reached the active runway and the aircraft lifted off from London Gatwick Airport into the cold winter skies.


Welcome onboard this Emirates flight.


The London Gatwick Terminal building.


The massive GE90-115B engine before takeoff.


Runway 08R as seen through the forward camera.


The seatbelt sign was extinguished shortly after takeoff and the crew sprung into action. The dinner service had some notable food choices and I decided to have the Pasta Rustico. When I received my tray, I was very impressed with the food and the numerous dishes. This was some of the best Economy Class food I had had in a long time. My only complaint would be the cluttered dinner tray.


The dinner selection on EK10 after takeoff from LGW.


The dinner tray with the two starters, main course and dessert.


The Greek and Seasonal salad appetisers.


The delicious main course: Pasta Rustico.


After dinner, I decided to play around with the new widescreen ICE entertainment system. It was the best IFE system I had ever seen with thousands of choices of movies, TV shows and music tracks. In my opinion, it was even superior to the newest version of the Singapore Airlines KrisWorld system. I was extremely impressed.


Welcome to the new ICE widescreen.


The best in-flight information channel I had ever seen.


So much to choose from, so little time...


The Ultimate entertainment combination.


After dinner, I took a short trip to the bathroom. The mood lighting and ‘star lit’ ceiling was a beautiful sight and the bathroom was very modern and clean as well. Emirates’ hard product on this flight was simply stunning and I would not hesitate to say that it was one of the best in the world. When I returned to my seat, I decided to get a few hours of rest before my arrival in Dubai.


The beautiful mood lighting onboard this 777-300ER.


The clean and modern Economy Class toilet.


The ‘star’ filled ceiling as the lights were turned off.


The ICE cockpit view before I fell asleep.


I woke up three hours later with less than one hour flight time remaining. As EK10 drew ever closer to Dubai, the sun began to rise slowly in the East, filling the sky with an amazing spectacle of colours. Before landing, the great crew performed another beverage run, but most passengers decided to sleep a little longer.


The beginning of the sunrise on the eastern horizon.


The sun creeping slowly into view.


The beautiful port side 777-300ER wing with the raked wingtip.


The cloudy and foggy skies covering the Middle East.


At 6:15am, Dubai time, EK10 began its descent into Dubai International Airport. Sadly, the United Arab Emirates was covered in fog this morning, which meant that the land below was hidden from view until shortly before touchdown. The flaps and landing gear were deployed soon after as the ocean below finally came into view. EK10 landed on runway 12L at 6:32am, 28 minutes before the scheduled time of arrival.


The first signs of Dubai below.


Crossing over the highway at the perimeter of Dubai International Airport.


Seconds before touchdown on runway 12L.


Touchdown on runway 12L at 6:32am.


Dubai International Airport (DXB) was covered in a thick fog this morning, with the visibility clearly below 500 meters in some places. Thankfully, the airport was not very busy when EK10 landed and the journey to the gate was a brisk one.


The empty taxiways at DXB on this foggy morning.


The construction of the new concourse designed to handle all those new EK A380s.


Dubai International Airport is Emirates territory.


The Emirates 777-300 at the neighbouring gate.


V. The Airport of Arrival

At the gate, I grabbed my belongings and thanked the crew for their wonderful hospitality. I was in the terminal building at 6:45, 15 minutes before the scheduled time of arrival of EK10. With my ongoing flight not departing for another 21 hours, I decided to head into town to explore the sights of Dubai.


Thank you for flying with Emirates Airline.


The beautiful Business Class product on this 777-300ER.


The massive new jetway at Terminal 3 in Dubai.


Welcome to Dubai!
 Smile


VI. Overall Impression

Emirates Airline got off to a great start on my first flight and there was very little I could complain about. The seat was very comfortable and the legroom was impressive for Economy Class standards. The crew was also very attentive, with the leading stewardess being one of the best flight attendants I had seen in quite some time. Furthermore, the food was a pleasant surprise and if it had been presented differently, it would have been of the same standard as an average Business Class meal. Finally, the ICE IFE system was spectacular and an absolute dream to use.


VII. Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.0
(1.0) Check-in: 9.0
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: N/A
(0.5) Boarding: 9.0
(2.0) Seat: 8.0
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.0
(2.0) Crew: 9.0
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 9.5
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: N/A
(0.5) Arrival: 9.0
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.0

Overall weighted score: 9.25


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

3. EK 761: DXB-JNB: ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE FLIGHT WITH EMIRATES




I. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 761
Origin: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Destination: OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Distance: 3970 miles
Scheduled departure time: 04:25
Scheduled flight time: 8 Hours 10 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 10:35
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Seat: 17K
Equipment: 777-31H/ER
Registration: A6-ECJ


II. The Airport of Departure

After a wonderful day in Dubai, it was time to take a shower and relax in the Emirates Business Class lounge. I was very surprised that Skywards Silver members are actually allowed to access any lounge at all, let alone the nice Emirates Business lounge. After grabbing some food and a few glasses of Champagne, it was time to head for my flight to Johannesburg.


The Emirates Business Class lounge in the ‘old’ Terminal 2.


The large two floor lounge complex.


The dining area in the Emirates Business Class lounge.


The impressive food and beverage selection.


As I approached Gate 121, it quickly became evident that EK761 would be quite full. I was surprised that this flight was departing from the old Terminal building at DXB, but I guess Emirates was already in need of additional space. At the gate, a friendly Emirates agent checked my boarding pass and I proceeded into the waiting hall.


The 'old' Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport.


The queue leading into Gate 121.


My gate for EK761 today: Gate 121.


The ticket check counters at the waiting hall for my flight to JNB.


As soon as boarding was announced at 3:50am, everyone rushed for the jetway. Sadly, there was no priority boarding call for Skywards Gold and Silver members, but I made my way through to the front of the crowd nonetheless. After some pushing and shoving, I was onboard EK761 at 3:55am, 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.


The crowded waiting hall at Gate 121.


The massive rush towards the jetway when boarding was announced.


The queue leading towards A6-ECJ on the jetway.


III. The Aircraft

Emirates Airline will soon be the largest 777 operator in the world and the airline currently has 72 of these aircraft in its fleet. The 777-300ER makes up most of the 777 fleet with 42 aircraft. As Tim Clark said himself, the 777-300ER is the most important aircraft in the medium-long haul Emirates fleet and they serve many destinations around the world in many different configurations. The 777-300ERs that fly to Johannesburg have a three class low density configuration that can carry up to 354 passengers.

A6-ECJ:


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My aircraft today, A6-ECJ, had a 3-4-3 configuration in Economy Class with a pitch of 33 inches and a width of 17 inches. The aircraft had the new widescreen ICE entertainment system and the seats were very comfortable. A6-ECJ had its first flight in August 2008 and was delivered to Emirates in the same month.


IV. The Flight


My boarding pass for EK761 from DXB to JNB.


At the door, I was welcomed onboard by a male Emirates steward who addressed me by name. My seat, 17K, was once again in the bulkhead row at the very front of the Economy Class cabin. The boarding process carried on for another 20 minutes and by 4:20am, EK761 was ready for pushback.


The forward Economy Class cabin during boarding.


Rows 17 to 21 on this Emirates 777-300ER.


The bulkhead between Economy and Business Class.


The good legroom on EK761 from DXB to JNB.


The usual in-flight safety video was then show, but A6-ECJ had already reached runway 12R before the video had finished. After a short wait, EK761 lifted off from Dubai International Airport at 4:30am. Sadly, as soon as the seatbelt sign was extinguished, I found out that this flight would not be quite as comfortable as the last when a bassinet was hung on the bulkhead in front of me.


The fading lights of Dubai as EK761 climbed into the night sky.


The GE90-115B working hard to take A6-ECJ to the cruising altitude.


The bassinet on the bulkhead at the front of the Economy Class cabin.


The bassinet blocking my PTV.


About 30 minutes into the flight, the very kind crew served a small midnight snack. The snack consisted of a chicken Tikka sandwich and two delicious chocolate chip cookies.  Smile I was once again impressed by the food.


The front cover of the menu on EK761.


The late night snack tray served after takeoff from Dubai.


After the midnight snack, I took a quick trip to the bathroom. Just like the last flight, the toilet was very clean and modern. The cabin also looked spectacular with the soothing mood lighting enhancing the overall ambiance. When I returned to my seat, sleep started getting the better of me and as my IFE screen was blocked by the bassinet anyway, I was out like a light within two minutes.


The three dimensional flight path information channel.


The amenities in the Economy Class toilets.


The colourful display before the cabin lights were dimmed.


The stunning mood lighting as everyone was settling in for the night.


I woke up almost six hours later, when the Indian flight attendant serving my side of the forward Economy Class cabin inquired if I would like to have my breakfast. Naturally, I decided to indulge in some more food.  Smile The breakfast was impressive once again with a tasty mushroom omelette and a generous amount of other side dishes on the tray.


The view outside as I was woken up for breakfast.


The breakfast tray with a chocolate muffin, croissant, fruits and the entree.


The mushroom omelette main dish before arrival in Johannesburg.


The great African plains below.


After breakfast, I decided to have a look at the Emirates In-flight Magazine and the ICE information booklet. Both of these publications were of very high quality and they kept me entertained until EK761 started its descent into South Africa.


The 3D cockpit view showing EK761’s destination.


The Emirates In-flight magazine: Open Skies.


The new ICE Widescreen information booklet.


The deployed speedbrakes at the start of EK761’s descent into JNB.


As the seatbelt sign was turned on for arrival, the cabin crew collected the bassinet and prepared the cabin for arrival. Below, the views of South Africa were impressive and the condensation on the starboard wing was a sight to behold. At 10:10am South African time, the flaps were extended and the landing gear was deployed. Five bumpy minutes of descent later, EK761 landed on runway 03R at OR Tambo International Airport at 10:15am.


The condensation on the starboard wing during descent.


One of the many mine deposits dotted around South Africa in the distance.


Just before touchdown on runway 3R.


The deployed speedbrakes as EK761 landed 15 minutes early at 10:15am.


The airfield was very quiet at this time in the morning and I did not see any other aircraft movements as A6-ECJ taxied towards the terminal building. Nonetheless, there were some very interesting aircraft parked around the airport, including several nice Boeing 727-200s and numerous other exotic birds. After a five minute taxi, EK761 pulled into its gate next to a South African Airways A340-600.


The threshold of runway 03R/21L.


The parking lot for old aircraft at JNB.


Crossing runway 03L/21R on the way to the terminal building.


The numerous aircraft waiting for their flights back to their home airports.


V. The Airport of Arrival

As I was sitting in the first row of the Economy Class cabin, I was in the terminal building in no time. I then hurried to the immigration checkpoint with my fellow passengers and I was lucky to get there before the queues had started to build up. Sadly, I then had to wait another 15 minutes for my luggage to arrive at the baggage claim. After all the formalities had been completed, I was in the arrivals hall at 10:45am.


The Airbus A340-600 at the gate next to ours.


The corridors leading to the immigration checkpoint at JNB.


The new arrivals hall at OR Tambo International Airport.


The imposing ceiling of the new arrivals hall.


I now had eight hours until my onward flight back to Dubai, so I decided to tour the city for a few hours to pass the time.


VI. Overall Impression

My flight on EK761 from Dubai to Johannesburg was another encouraging experience. The seats and the ICE IFE system were exactly the same as on EK10 from London to Dubai. The food and beverage offerings were consistent as well. In addition, the crew was very friendly and welcoming and they were very open to mingling and casually chatting with the passengers. Overall, this was another pleasant Emirates experience and the airline’s product had been very consistent on both of my first two flights.


VII. Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.0
(1.0) Check-in: 9.0
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: 9.5
(0.5) Boarding: 6.0
(2.0) Seat: 8.0
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.0
(2.0) Crew: 8.0
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 8.0
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: N/A
(0.5) Arrival: 7.0
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.0

Overall weighted score: 8.69


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

4. EK 764: JNB-DXB: EMIRATES SHOWS THAT CONSISTENCY DOES EXIST ONBOARD ITS FLIGHTS




I. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 764
Origin: OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Destination: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Distance: 3970 miles
Scheduled departure time: 19:15
Scheduled flight time: 8 Hours 0 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 05:15
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Seat: 47K
Equipment: 777-36N/ER
Registration: A6-ECC


II. The Airport of Departure

I arrived back at OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) at 16:30 after touring Johannesburg and the surrounding area for the day. The airport, and the departures hall in particular, was very busy at this time of the day, and thankfully I was able to use the Priority Emirates check-in counters. Once again, the agent was very friendly and by 16:45 I was checked all the way through to New York.


The curb side at OR Tambo International Airport.


The entrance to the very crowded check-in area.


The busy International check-in hall at JNB.


The Emirates check-in counters in the Departures Hall.


As I still had almost two hours left until the departure of my flight, I decided to explore the airport to pass the time. To my surprise, I found a nice Aircraft viewing deck on the second floor of the terminal building. As the views of the tarmac were impressive and both of the runways were clearly in sight as well, I stayed there for more than half an hour. At 17:45, I headed back downstairs and cleared the security and immigration checks.


Some of the cafes in the newly renovated terminal.


The clearly marked way to the Airport Viewing Deck.


The large windows providing an excellent view of the tarmac at the Airport Viewing Deck.


The relatively empty tarmac with a South African Airways A340-300 taxing to a gate.


The airside section of the terminal building had obviously recently been renovated, because it was still gleaming as if it had been built yesterday. There was a nice variety of shops, but there were very few restaurants available.


The beginning of the shopping concourse behind the immigration checkpoint.


The newly renovated shopping concourse at OR Tambo International Airport.


One of the numerous new overpriced shops.


The only good eating opportunity in the airside section of the terminal building.


I proceeded towards the gate at 6:30pm, 45 minutes before the scheduled departure of EK764. To my surprise, all the passengers had already boarded by the time I arrived at Gate A12, which made the boarding procedure effortless. After a friendly Emirates agent checked my ticket, I walked down the jetway and by 6:40pm, I was onboard my flight to Dubai.


The end of one of the gate concourses at JNB.


Long empty corridors stretched as far as the eye could see.


The Gate for EK764 to DXB today: Gate A12.


Welcome onboard EK764 from JNB to DXB.


III. The Aircraft

Emirates Airline will soon be the largest 777 operator in the world and the airline currently has 72 of these aircraft in its fleet. The 777-300ER makes up most of the 777 fleet with 42 aircraft. As Tim Clark said himself, the 777-300ER is the most important aircraft in the medium-long haul Emirates fleet and they serve many destinations around the world in many different configurations. The 777-300ERs that fly to Johannesburg have a three class low density configuration that can carry up to 354 passengers.

A6-ECC:


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My aircraft today, A6-ECC, had a 3-4-3 configuration in Economy Class with a pitch of 33 inches and a width of 17 inches. The aircraft had the new widescreen ICE entertainment system and the seats were very comfortable. A6-ECC had its first flight in September 2007 and was delivered to Emirates in October of the same year.

IV. The Flight


My boarding pass for EK764 from JNB to DXB.


At the door, a stewardess glanced at my boarding pass and pointed towards my aisle. She was indifferent and quite stuck-up, and I was glad that I would not have to see her again during the remainder of the flight. My seat, 47K, was at the rear of the aircraft at the very back of the Economy Class cabin. The boarding process was completed less than 10 minutes later and by 4:20am, EK764 was ready for pushback.


The rear Economy Class cabin during boarding.


My seat on EK764: 47A.


The stylish ICE welcome screen.


The good legroom onboard A6-ECC for Economy Class standards.


The usual in-flight safety video was shown as A6-ECC started taxiing towards runway 03L on the far side of the airfield. At 19:30, EK764 reached the beginning of the runway and the aircraft performed a powerful takeoff from OR Tambo International Airport. The climb was very bumpy, but soon we were above the thick layer of clouds covering South Africa.


The stunning mood lighting as A6-ECC was taxiing to runway 03L.


The outskirts of Johannesburg as EK764 climbed out of JNB.


The dinner service started as soon as the seatbelt sign had been turned off. As with the previous flights, the food choices were all appetising and I decided to go with the lemon and herb fish in the end. Sadly, this dish was no longer available, so I had to make do with the Peri-Peri Chicken instead. Thankfully, the chicken did not disappoint. Overall, the food service was impressive and very filling.


The dinner tray served shortly after takeoff from JNB.


The tasty potato salad and Caesar salad appetisers.


The delicious Peri-Peri Chicken Entree.


The very sweet Coconut cake dessert.


After dinner, I went to the bathroom and then decided to watch one of the four Top Gear Episodes on the IFE. The quality of the widescreen PTV was very impressive: the picture was clear and the colours were vibrant. Soon after the episode, sleep got the better of me and I fell asleep over the East coast of Africa.


The rear Economy Class cabin at the end of the dinner service.


An episode of Top Gear on the crisp widescreen PTV.


The quiet cabin as everyone settled in for the night.


One of my favourite features of the EK 777-300ERs: the light filled ceiling.


I woke up more than five hours later, having just missed the small breakfast service. With 30 minutes of flight time left, the cheerful captain announced the start of our descent into Dubai International Airport. The crew then came around to collect all the blankets and headsets as they were preparing the cabin for arrival.


The amazing ICE flight path information channel.


The artificial sunrise created by the mood lighting.


One of the views of Dubai as EK764 passed over the city.


During its descent into DXB, A6-ECC first flew over Dubai before making a very sharp turn over the Persian Gulf back towards the city. This made for some stunning views of the Dubai skyline rising into the night sky. EK764 landed on runway 12L at Dubai International Airport at 5:10am, five minutes before the scheduled time of arrival.


The Dubai skyline in the distance as A6-ECC was on final approach.


Seconds before touchdown at Dubai International Airport.


The relatively empty roads during the early hours of the morning.


Touchdown on runway 12L at 5:10am.


Dubai International Airport (DXB) was not very busy during these early hours of the morning. This made for a swift taxi to the terminal building and by 5:20am A6-ECC had powered down in front of Terminal 3. On my way out of the aircraft, I asked if I could take a quick peek into the cockpit. The captain did not mind at all and I was lucky enough to see the front office of this wonderful 777-300ER.


The massive Concourse 2 with several Emirates aircraft at the gates.


The startling architecture of the new Concourse 2.


Our neighbour at the gate: another Emirates 777-300ER.


The very friendly captain and first officer in the sleek 777-300ER cockpit.


V. The Airport of Arrival

I now had more than two hours until my final flight to New York onboard the Emirates A380. In order to bridge the time, I decided to explore the new Terminal 3 Arrivals and Departures Halls.


The modern jetway leading to Concourse 2 at DXB.


The modern arrivals corridor at my gate of arrival.


The long lines at the security checkpoint for transiting passengers.


Yet another one of the many endless corridors on the arrivals level of Concourse 2.


VI. Overall Impression

My experience on EK764 from Johannesburg to Dubai was another positive one. The equipment was impressive and consistent to my other two previous flights. Furthermore, the food and beverage selection was also great and my flight was punctual. The only minor complaint I would make about this flight concerns the crew – in particular arrogant flight attendant who welcomed me at the door. However, I never saw this stewardess again throughout the flight, so it was not a big issue as the other members of the crew were very good. Overall then, this was another impressive flight with Emirates.


VII. Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.0
(1.0) Check-in: 8.0
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: N/A
(0.5) Boarding: 9.5
(2.0) Seat: 8.5
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.0
(2.0) Crew: 7.5
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 8.0
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: N/A
(0.5) Arrival: 9.0
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.0

Overall weighted score: 8.78


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

5. EK 201: DXB-JFK: FREEDOM ON THE AIRBUS A380-800




I. Introduction

New York was the first destination to see the Emirates Airbus A380-800 back in August 2008, marking the beginning of an era in the airline’s history. With 58 A380s on order, Emirates will soon be the largest operator of this aircraft, so the Dubai-New York route was just the beginning of the iceberg. Many people have argued that this aircraft has brought comfort in the air to new highs and that the A380 is a revolution in the way we travel. This trip report aims to discover if all this was just wishful thinking, or if a new age of luxury has begun.


II. General Flight Overview

Airline: Emirates Airline (EK)
Flight number: EK 201
Origin: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Destination: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Distance: 6849 miles
Scheduled departure time: 08:30
Scheduled flight time: 13 Hours 45 minutes
Scheduled arrival time: 14:15
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Seat: 47A
Equipment: A380-861
Registration: A6-EDC


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

6. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE AIRPORT OF DEPARTURE


I. General Information

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the largest airport in the Middle East by passenger numbers. The airport handled just under 40 million passengers in 2008 and this number is expected to grow by almost 10% every year. With its two massive concourses and the stunning new Terminal 3, the largest building in the world by floor space, DXB is arguably the world’s largest work of art - it is bound to leave a last impression on everyone who travels through it.

Dubai International Airport is the hub of Emirates Airline, the largest airline in the Middle East, and it also serves as a base for flydubai. In the future, the airport is expected to expand even further and with another new concourse already under construction, DXB will soon be able to handle as many as 62 million passengers by 2011.


The majestic roof at the entrance to the new Terminal 3 at DXB.


Emirates clearly showing which airline calls Terminal 3 its home.


II. Terminal 3

The new Terminal 3 at Dubai International airport is a marvel of engineering. During my numerous hours of overlay at the airport, I decided to explore as much of the airport as possible and my first port of call was the stunning Arrivals Hall.


The corridor leading to the transit area and Arrivals Hall.


The magnificent Arrivals level of Concourse 2.


The elevators leading downstairs to the Arrivals Hall.


The spectacular beginning of the Arrivals Hall.


When one steps into the new Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall, it becomes clear why this structure is one of the largest in the world. The massive pillars and seemingly endless hallways make for an imposing welcome to Dubai. If the Dwarves who built the Mines of Moria in The Lord of the Rings ever had to build a structure in the 21st Century, the Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall is probably what it would have looked like.


Welcome to be most remarkable Arrivals Hall in the world.


The multicoloured walls around the Arrivals Hall.


An unreal overview of the Arrivals Hall.


The numerous massive pillars straight out of The Lord of the Rings.


The Terminal 3 Departures Hall is no less impressive than the Arrivals Hall. Its sheer size make people seem like miniatures and the long lines of Emirates check-in counters seem to go on forever. It is obvious that this Terminal was built with the future in mind and it seems incomprehensible that it will reach its maximum capacity in just a few years.


The Departures and drop-off area in Terminal 3.


Six of the largest LCD Screens I have ever seen.


The huge check-in hall with countless Emirates counters.


The outsized elevators connecting Terminal 3 with Concourse 2.


III. Concourses 1 & 2 and the Emirates Business Class Lounge

The new Dubai Airport concourse is arguably one of the most modern and stylish airport structures in the world. During my three hour transit between EK764 and EK201, I walked the entire length of both Concourses 1 & 2, exploring every nook and cranny. I began my one hour stroll at the far end of concourse 2, where the 950 meter structure comes to an end.


The massive atrium at the end of Concourse 2 before sunrise.


The massive atrium at end of Concourse 2 after the sun had risen.


The beginning of the shopping arcade in Concourse 2.


The landscaping in the middle of the atrium.


One of the many highlights in the new Concourse 2 at Dubai International Airport is the numerous retail opportunities running almost the entire length of the building. There is something for everybody, from electronics to designer clothes to bestselling books - some of the prices being surprisingly reasonable.


The stylish shopping opportunities in Concourse 2.


The relatively empty shopping corridor.


What would Dubai be without the designer brands?


The beautiful architecture in Concourse 2.


At the centre of the concourse, two massive LED displays adorn one side of the building, while the other side features even more shops. This was also where the huge elevators and the water wall connecting the Arrivals and Departures Halls with the main concourse were located. At peak times, this is one of the busiest places in the airport, but it was deserted when I was there.


The main transit area in Concourse 2.


The massive wall of water reaching down all three floors of Concourse 2.


The huge Emirates lounge complex on the upper floor of Concourse 2.


One of the six massive elevators connecting the departures, arrivals and transit areas.


Concourse 1 & 2 are connected by a large walkway next to the Control Tower. Just like the other side of Concourse 2, the end close to Concourse 1 is an architectural marvel. Here, passengers are again dwarfed by colossal pillars supporting the immense ceiling high above, making the relatively recent Concourse 1 seem like a relic from the Stone Age.


The atrium at the other end of Concourse 2.


The walkway connecting Concourses 1 & 2.


The foot of the DXB Control Tower.


Even though Terminal 1, and the concourse that is connected to it, were only built in 2000, they both seem very outdated compared to the new Terminal 3. However, both Terminal 1 and Concourse 1 are still very capable of handling millions of passengers a year and their architecture is still impressive. In Dubai, things that would be considered new anywhere else in the world become old in just a few years. This is probably what has happened to Concourse 1.


The endless ‘old’ Concourse 1 at DXB.


The central Duty Free area in Concourse 1.


The clearly signposted way to gates 125-260.


The impressive architecture at the middle of Concourse 1.


Emirates is one of the few airlines that grant its Silver Frequent Flyer members lounge access at its home base. Even though Skywards Silver members do not have access to the new Business Class lounge in Concourse 2, one can hardly complain about the ‘old’ Emirates Business Class lounge they are allowed to use in Terminal 2. The lounge was very comfortable and had all the amenities one could ever ask for.


The old Emirates Business Class Lounge.


The entrance to the EK Business Lounge in Concourse 1.


The dining area on the left meets the lounge area on the right.


My sofa area as I made good use of the free Wireless Internet.


The food and beverage section in the Business Class lounge was also impressive. A wide range of snacks and hot dishes was available, as well as every possible beverage imaginable – including Champagne. Before my onward flight to New York, I decided to have a nice warm shower and check up on my emails with the free wireless internet.


The expanse of the Emirates Business Class Lounge.


The food and beverage section with the dining layout.


My selection of sandwiches, pastries and humus with a glass of Champagne.


The upper and lower levels of the lounge.


At 7:20am, 70 minutes before the scheduled departure of EK201, I decided to start making my way back to Concourse 2 where all the Emirates A380s depart from. By now, the airport had become far busier than it had been I arrived a few hours before, with numerous flights departing to Europe, Australasia and America.


The atrium marking the beginning of Concourse 2.


One of my favourite features of the new Terminal structure: the curvature of the roof.


A6-EDC being prepared for the long journey to New York.


Closing in on Gate 201 where my aircraft to JFK was waiting.


I arrived at Gate 201 at 7:30am and found that there were no queues at the ticket check counters. I like how Emirates usually uses Gate 201 for flight EK201; it still makes the flagship A380 flight seem like it is something special. The waiting hall at the gate was relatively empty when I arrived, especially for A380 standards.


My Gate for EK201 to New York: Gate 201.


The large Flight Information LCDs at the entrance to the gate.


The escalator and elevator leading down to Gate 201.


The relatively empty waiting hall for A380 standards.


At 7:45am sharp, the friendly Emirates agent announced that EK201 was ready for boarding. First and Business Class as well as Skywards Silver and Gold members were invited to board the aircraft first and as I wanted to get some cabin shots before everyone else was in the cabin, I quickly proceeded towards the jetway. I was the first passenger onboard EK201 to New York at 7:50am, 40 minutes before the scheduled departure of the flight.


The three jetways attached to A6-EDC at Gate 201.


The small ticket check counter in the waiting hall.


Welcome to EK201 to New York JFK.


The modern glass and steel jetway leading to the A380.


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

7. EK 201: DXB-JFK: THE FLIGHT


I. The Aircraft

Emirates operates the largest all widebody fleet in the world with 123 aircraft. The Airbus A380-800 is the newest addition to the Emirates fleet and there are currently 4 of these aircraft in service. So far, the A380-800 has been used on high yield routes to North America, Europe and Australasia, but the aircraft will soon be used on flights to Asia and Canada as well. One of the daily flights between DXB and JFK is operated by a 777-300ER and the other will be operated by the A380-800 until the 31st of May before it is substituted by another 777-300ER. Emirates’ A380-800s seat 489 passengers in a low density three class configuration with Economy Class on the lower level and Business and First Class in the upper deck.

My aircraft today, A6-EDC, was the third Airbus A380-800 delivered to Emirates. The cabin was massive and very spacious. It was also impeccably clean and it looked as if the aircraft had just been delivered yesterday. The Economy Class cabin was configured in a 3-4-3 layout with a seat pitch of 32 inches and width of 18 inches. Overall, the seat comfort was impressive for an Economy Class product and I was still comfortable after my long 13 hour flight.

A6-EDC:


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This Airbus A380-861 had its maiden flight in May 2008 and it was delivered to Emirates in November of the same year. The aircraft is wholly owned by Emirates Airline.


A6-EDC standing at Gate 201 at DXB.


II. Pre-departure


My boarding pass for EK201 from DXB to JFK.


As I entered the cabin, the very friendly and courteous purser welcomed me onboard and thanked me for flying with Emirates again. She then took me to my seat, 47A.  Smile My first impressions of the Emirates A380 were very positive. The Economy Class cabin was very roomy and the colours of the seats were soothing. Furthermore, I found the overhead bins to be very large and easy to handle.


The forward Economy Class cabin.


The spacious Economy Class cabin on the EK A380-800.


The soothing colours of the great seats.


The new Economy Class seats onboard the A380 were also impressive. With a seat pitch of 18 inches, there was more space than I really needed and the legroom was also sufficient. In addition, the seat covers were nice and soft, making the seat very comfortable overall. I could definitely see carriers installing a 3-5-3 configuration on their A380s, because there was still more than enough space left in the cabin.


Seats A-C in rows 43 to 47.


The generous legroom for Economy Class standards.


The beautiful widescreen PTVs and handsets on the back of the seats.


As the other passengers slowly began boarding the aircraft, I walked around the front of the cabin to take some pictures of the stairs leading up to the second deck. While I was doing this, I bumped into the one of pilots mingling with the crew and some Airbus employees. As he saw me taking pictures, he asked if I wanted to quick shot of the cockpit.  Smile I was over the moon and thanked him profusely for his kindness. The A380 flight deck was massive and the pilots and first officers were all extremely friendly.


The wide staircase leading to the First Class section of the upper deck.


The massive Airbus A380-800 flight deck.


The unique curvature of the aircraft.


At 8:25am, boarding had been completed and the doors were shut. Even though the load in Economy was barely 50%, the forward cabin was completely packed to the brim. At 8:30am sharp, EK201 was pushed back from Gate 201 and the safety video was shown first in Arabic and then in English. Soon after, the four GP7270 were turned on one by one.


The very nice tail view as boarding had been completed.


The relatively small A380 window.


The start of the In-flight Safety Video.


Five minutes after pushback, A6-EDC was cleared to taxi to runway 12R. As the engines spooled up to move the 550 tonne aircraft, I was amazed at how quiet the cabin was. All I could hear was a swoosh behind me – this was by far the quietest aircraft I had ever been on. By 8:40am, A6-EDC was holding short of runway 12R.


The outside of the new Concourse 2.


The Dubai International Airport control tower.


An Emirates 777-300ER giving way to A6-EDC.


After an Emirates 777-300ER and A330-200 took off, A6-EDC taxied onto runway 12R. At 8:45am, the GP7270 engines were powered to full thrust and the heavy A380 slowly began moving forward. Even though the load on today’s flight was quite light, the aircraft was packed full of fuel for the 13 hour flight to JFK, which made for a very long roll down runway 12R. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, EK201 lifted off from Dubai International Airport at 8:46am.


An A330-200 waiting for clearance to takeoff.


Runway 12R as seen through the forward camera.


The large Emirates maintenance hangers as EK201 sped down the runway.


III. In the Air

A6-EDC climbed out of Dubai at a very slow rate. Another observation I made as soon as we hit some rough air was how well the A380 handled turbulence. The massive behemoth barely shook as it hit some light clouds; I guess size does matter! After more than ten minutes, the seatbelt sign was turned off and an information video about the new Emirates A380 was shown.


EK201 lifting off from runway 12R.


The outskirts of Dubai on this foggy morning.


The two port side GP7270 engines working hard.


Greenery in the middle of the desert.


As I had heard that there was still plenty of space at the back of the Economy Class cabin, I decided to move seat so that I had some more space. Sadly, many passengers had already done the same and I could no longer find a row that I could have all to myself. The crew were very proactive when they saw me looking for a new seat and they helped me find a nice place. I settled for seat 81A in the end, because it had unlimited legroom and there was no one else sitting the in the seats around me.


My new seat at the rear of the Economy Class cabin: 81A.


The stunning Emirates welcome screen on the widescreen PTV.


The huge port side A380 wing.


The endless legroom at seat 81A.


About one hour after takeoff, the breakfast service began. Emirates has a special menu designed for the A380, which complimented the new sleek product the airline offers on its new aircraft. I liked all three breakfast options, but I went for the Breakfast Grill in the end.


The new Emirates A380 menu.


The breakfast selection after takeoff from Dubai.


“Mr. Globetraveller, what would you like to have for breakfast this morning?”
“I would like to have the Breakfast Grill please.”
“Certainly. Would you also like something else to drink?”
“No. I’m fine for now. Thanks”
“Sure. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like something later on.”

The Irish stewardess had obviously remembered my name after I had been scouting around for some free seats, but I was still very impressed by the service she provided. The breakfast tray was very cluttered and even smaller than the trays on the Emirates 777-300ERs. However, the food tasted very good once again. I especially liked the herb cream egg roll, which was odd, because I usually hate eggs from in-flight catering.


The very cluttered breakfast tray.


The very tasty Breakfast Grill.


In the meantime, EK201 was flying over Iran and the views of the landscape below were breathtaking. One of the positive aspects of the A380 flight to New York is that it is a 13 hour day flight. This allows passengers to see the changing scenery below, which varies from desserts to arctic tundra.


The dramatic landscape after the breakfast service had come to an end.


The snow covered mountains over central Iran.


The rugged Iranian landscape below.


The Flight Path Information Channel as EK201 approached Tehran.


After admiring the landscape below for some time, my crazy schedule and lack of sleep over the past few days started to catch up with me. Thankfully, seat 81A was perfect for sleeping. The seat’s recline was generous for Economy Class standards and the huge legroom allowed me to stretch forward as much as I wanted.


Tehran, Iran's capital, at the foot of the Alborz Mountains.


A postcard shot of the port side A380-800 wing over the Alborz Mountains.


The amazing landscape below.


Apls? Rocky Mountains? Alborz Mountains? It could any of them.


After sleeping for a good four hours, I woke up over Scandinavia and needed to use the bathroom. As with everything on the A380, the bathroom was impressive. It was bigger than the usual toilets and there were plenty of amenities available. Furthermore, Emirates also provided a very nice amenity kit to all passengers, which was better than some Business Class amenity kits I had seen from other carriers.


The very empty rear Economy Class cabin when I woke up.


EK201 making its way over Scandinavia.


The stylish Emirates A380 bathroom.


The new nice wooden panels and spacious layout.


I then decided to take a little stroll around the lower deck of the A380. As I was walking around the cabin, I found it very hard to comprehend that there was another whole level above me. If it were not for the two staircases, there is no hint of the sheer size of the aircraft. On this flight, as on all my previous flights, Emirates once again made very good use of the mood lighting, by using it to create a very calm and peaceful atmosphere in the cabin.


The large Emirates logo at the back of the aircraft.


The rear staircase to the Business Class cabin.


The expanse of the lower deck on this A380.


The small rear Economy Class cabin.


Shortly after breakfast, the crew had set up a small snack tray next to the galleys. It was filled with fruits and sweets, and water and orange juice was laid out beside it. There was also a small snack service about halfway into the flight. Most passengers were sleeping at this time, so with a little encouragement from the steward serving the snacks, I decided to take two Spinach Tortillas.  Smile


The small snack tray outside the galley.


My small snack six hours into the flight.


The small food selection midway through the flight.


One of the very tasty Spinach Tortillas.


With plenty of flight time left, I decided to take another, closer look at the incredible ICE IFE system. Other than the amazing flight path channel and the staggering film and music selection, I also really liked the system’s iPod and USB compatibility. Furthermore, the numerous outside cameras, especially the new tail camera, were also nice additions to the IFE. After exploring every possible program on the ICE system, I decided to settle for another few episodes of Top Gear.  Smile


The Information section on the ICE entertainment system.


The Communications section on the ICE entertainment system.


The live newsfeed onboard A6-EDC.


Four great episodes of my favourite TV show.
 Smile


More than 8 hours of flight time had now passed and EK201 was now passing over Greenland. The views outside were simply stunning, as the sun’s rays were reflected on the vast, snow covered landscape. It was almost unthinkable that merely six hours ago, A6-EDC was flying over deserts.


The barren, snow covered arctic landscape.


Some of the dazzling sights of Greenland.


The tail camera as EK201 continued its journey over the North Atlantic.


Where the ice meets the sea...


Just before the lunch service began, a video on arriving in the United States was shown on the PTVs. It outlined the basic visa requirements for passengers and it went on for what seemed like hours. Thankfully, the lunch service was there to distract me. To begin with, passengers were offered a choice of drinks and the usual Emirates Savoury Biscuits.


The never-ending US Arrival video.


The astonishing Arctic ice-sheets.


The pre-lunch service.


The standard Emirates savoury biscuits.


About 15 minutes after the biscuits, the excellent Irish stewardess came around with the Lunch trays. I opted for the Porcini Mushroom Tortellini and, once again, I was not disappointed.


The neat ICE cockpit view as A6-EDC was approaching Northern Cananda.


The lunch selection before touchdown in New York.


The very cluttered lunch tray.


The views outside as EK201 made landfall in Canada.


The Salmon and vegetable terrine starter tasted very fresh and the Tortellini was very tasty as well. However, the highlights of the meal were the two desserts. Both the chocolate brownie and the cream cake were delicious and I was very tempted to ask for seconds.  Smile


The snow covered landscape in Northern Canada.


My Salmon and vegetable terrine.


The delicious Porcini Mushroom Tortellini.


One of the tasty desserts.
 Smile


With just under an hour to go, EK201 was following the Hudson River down to New York at 40500 feet. I spent much of the end of the flight chatting to the delightful crew and sharing weird and wonderful flight experiences with them. With such a low load, the flight attendants had very little to do, but instead of sitting back and relaxing, they made sure that every single passenger was well looked after. I was very impressed.


Almost there after almost 13 hours in the air.


EK201 flying down the Hudson river towards New York.


The first sights of Connecticut below.


After spending more than 13 hours in the air, EK201 started its descent into New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. The weather on the East Coast was very poor and thick layers of clouds and mist covered the land. The descent was quite rough and the speedbrakes were deployed several times. At 14:05, New York Time, the flaps were extended and the landing gear was deployed.


The huge deployed A380 speedbrakes during EK201’s descent towards JFK.


Ice forming around the tail camera.


The oversized extended flaps.


A6-EDC losing altitude over Long Island.


As EK201 continued to lose altitude, we made a series of sharp turns to line up with runway 4R. Funnily enough, the largest commercial aircraft in the world was landing on the shortest runway at JFK. At 14:11, after spending 13 hours and 25 minutes in the air, EK201 landed on runway 4R at John F. Kennedy International Airport.


EK201’s zigzagging route into New York.


Entering the JFK airport perimeter.


Seconds before touchdown on runway 4R.


Touchdown on runway 4R at John F Kennedy International Airport.


IV. Post-arrival

JFK was very busy as usual when EK201 arrived just after 2pm. Numerous aircraft were taking off from runway 4L, so we had to wait between runway 4R and 4L until there was a gap for us to cross. Nonetheless, A6-EDC reached Terminal 4 at 2:25pm. The disembarkation process was surprisingly orderly and by 2:30pm, I was inside the terminal building.


EK201 holding position between active runways 4R and 4L.


The New York JFK Control Tower.


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

8. EK201: DXB-JFK: THE AIRPORT OF ARRIVAL


I. General Information

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is the largest international gateway to the United States of America. The airport handles almost 50 million passengers each year and it has eight Terminal buildings and four runways. JFK is one of the three major airports serving New York together with Newark and LaGuardia Airports.

About 90 airlines operate out of John F. Kennedy International Airport and it is the base for JetBlue. Delta and American Airlines also operate a large proportion of their international flights out of JFK - especially their flights to the European continent. Emirates Airline uses Terminal 4 at the airport.

II. Welcome to the United States of America

Thankfully, the walk to the immigration checkpoint was brief and the queues were acceptable. When it was my turn, I was surprised to find a very friendly immigration officer and I was in the arrivals hall in no time. At the baggage claim hall, located just behind the immigration checkpoint, my luggage had already made it to the carousel and I was in the Arrivals Hall by 2:50pm. Not bad for JFK standards.


My fellow passengers hurrying towards immigration.


The long, bare corridor leading to the immigration checkpoint in Terminal 4.


And so my 18210 mile hop across the Atlantic had come to an end. Would I have done it all over again? Definitely.  Smile


III. Overall Impression

Travelling on the Emirates A380 was a real pleasure and there were many factors contributing to this positive experience. The amazing new hard product was certainly one of these factors, because the A380 had the best Economy Class seat and IFE I had ever seen. In addition the aircraft was very quiet and very smooth. However, I think Emirates had also polished up its soft product with the launch of its new flagship. The crew was amazing and they looked very stylish in their new uniform. Furthermore, the food and beverage selection was impressive and plentiful throughout the entire flight. I sincerely hope that Emirates will be able to provide such a wonderful experience on every A380 flight. Based on my experience on EK201, I would unconditionally recommend flying with Emirates between Dubai and New York.


IV. Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.0
(1.0) Check-in: 8.0
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: 9.5
(0.5) Boarding: 10.0
(2.0) Seat: 10.0
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.0
(2.0) Crew: 9.5
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 8.5
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: 9.0
(0.5) Arrival: 9.0
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.0

Overall weighted score: 9.44


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

9. FINAL REMARKS




I. Overall Impression of Emirates

Emirates Airline has long been made fun of for expanding too quickly and for not being in control of its quality. While I am not disputing that there are flights where Emirates does not fulfil the expectations of its passengers, the four flights I covered in this trip report show that the airline is capable of delivering consistent high quality. The hard product was almost identical on all of my flights and the soft product ranged from very good to outstanding. So, has Emirates listened to its critics and improved its overall consistency? This report and several recent others like it indicate that this may be the case, but only time will tell if Emirates is able to maintain this high standard.


II. Average Overall Flight Rating

(2.0) Booking & Reservation: 10.00
(1.0) Check-in: 8.50
(1.0) Airline Airport Facilities: 9.50
(0.5) Boarding: 8.63
(2.0) Seat: 8.63
(1.0) Entertainment System: 10.00
(2.0) Crew: 8.50
(2.0) Food and Beverages: 8.50
(0.5) Amenity kits and other freebies: 9.00
(0.5) Arrival: 8.50
(1.0) On-time performance: 10.00

Average Overall Weighted Score: 9.06


III. Upcoming Trip Reports

Even though I do not write trip reports on every single flight I take, I aim to cover as many flights as humanly possible. All of my confirmed upcoming trip reports are listed in their respective order below.

Singapore Airlines / MAN-SIN / Business Class / 777-200ER / 2009
Singapore Airlines / SIN-MAN / Business Class / 777-200ER / 2009

Jet Airways / EWR-BRU / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2009
Jet Airways / BRU-JFK / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2009

Emirates / JFK-DXB / Economy Class / A380-800 / 2009
Emirates / DXB-JNB / Economy Class / 777-300ER / 2009
Emirates / JNB-DXB / Economy Class / 777-300ER / 2009
Emirates / DXB-LHR / Economy Class / 777-300 / 2009


IV. Previous Trip Reports

If you enjoyed reading this report, you may also be interested in some of the previous trip reports I have written. All of my trip reports are listed in alphabetical order under their respective airline below.

Air Berlin:
Paderborn/Lippstadt – Palma de Mallorca / Economy Class / 737-800 / 2008

BMI Regional:[i]
Edinburgh - Manchester / Business Class / ERJ-145 / 2009

Emirates:
Kuala Lumpur – Dubai / Business Class / 777-300ER / 2008
Dubai – Muscat / Business Class / A330-200 / 2008
Muscat – Dubai / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2008
Dubai – Singapore – Kuala Lumpur / Economy Class / 777-300ER / 2008

Flyglobespan:
Palma de Mallorca – Edinburgh / Economy Class / 737-700 / 2008

Lufthansa:
Birmingham – Frankfurt / Economy Class / 737-500 / 2009

[/i]Malaysia Airlines:
Penang – Kuala Lumpur / Economy Class / 737-400 / 2008
Kuala Lumpur – Penang / Economy Class / 737-400 / 2009

Qatar Airways:
Kuala Lumpur – Doha / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2008
Doha – Frankfurt / Economy Class / A330-200 / 2008

Singapore Airlines:
Penang – Singapore / Business Class / 777-300 / 2008
Singapore – Frankfurt / Business Class / 747-400 / 2008
Frankfurt – Singapore / Business Class / 747-400 / 2008
Singapore – Penang / Business Class / 777-200ER / 2008


Thank you for taking the time to read this trip report. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Any comments and opinions are welcome and much appreciated.

As always, safe flying.

Globetraveller


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2476 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Globetraveller!

Your trip reports are just breathtaking!  Wow!

I like your pics of LGW very much since I will be traveling myself through the airport at the end of this month.

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The bassinet on the bulkhead at the front of the Economy Class cabin.

What was the point of putting on the bassinet? Was there an infant traveler?

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
A6-EDC being prepared for the long journey to New York.

I think you are the lucky one to sample A380 for a JFK-bound flight. EK has decided to pull out A380 service later this year in favour of SIN.

I will be waiting for your upcoming TR's.  Wink



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic TR.

You have amazing pics!

EK seems like a good carrier. I really hope to try it out soon!

Your routing is nice  Smile

Looking forward for more TRs!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineAtlwest1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1046 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Simply stunning trip report! And that Terminal 3 in DXB is awesome!!. Looking forward to another quality trip report as you always deliver  Smile


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User currently offlineAirJamaica From Jamaica, joined Aug 2006, 2529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
The Ultimate Emirates Consistency Test: LGW-DXB-JNB-DXB-JFK

Only one word can describe this Trip Report................AWESOME. EK seem to be a force to reckon with in the airline industry.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 8):
Emirates Airline has long been made fun of for expanding too quickly and for not being in control of its quality.

Guess who is having the last laugh now ?

Again a very impressive TR. Question though Globetraveller....How long did it take you to prepare this TR ?

Rgds.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
1. OPENING COMMENTS
I. Contents
II. Foreword
III. Introduction

Hahahaha this feels like an annual report of some sort but your contents are FAR more interesting!

Quoting Globetraveller (Thread starter):
My only complaint would be the cluttered dinner tray.


Hahahahaha yes that IS cluttered. I think it is a little hard for those triangle shaped bowls and dishes to be fit snugly in any case. But what is it with those loose packets strewn about?


The 'old' Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport.
Never mind of it is old but it still looks great to me. It doesn't matter how "old" the terminal is as long as the authority takes pain to upkeep the appearance through frequent refurbishments. This is the mark of a truly world class airport.


Hmm... There is a design flaw in the PVT extension arm. It could have been made with one more joint to allow the arm to be bent so as to extend the PTV during cases like these.


Wow... I am awed. Simply beautiful looking structure!

Wow what a journey you've had and it had a grand finale on board an A380 at that! Congrats for such a well written report and I look forward to more.

Cheers
Ryan



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User currently offlineCaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Your TRs are absolutely, undeniably AMAZING!!!! I am definitely looking forward to reading more.

User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic pictures. Emirates seems to be a great airline treating even Y passengers well which is not so common nowadays.

User currently offlineVietsky From Vietnam, joined Nov 2008, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow!

One of the best TR I have ever read. Thanks! I felt like I was traveling with you.

Vietsky


User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
Your trip reports are just breathtaking!

Hi there Akhmad. Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you liked this long trip report.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
I like your pics of LGW very much since I will be traveling myself through the airport at the end of this month.

LGW was a surprisingly nice airport. I usually hate airports run by the BAA, but Gatwick was unexpectedly good.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
What was the point of putting on the bassinet? Was there an infant traveler?

There were two infants in the middle of the bulkhead row, and since there was only one place for a bassinet there, the other one was put in front of the starboard side seats.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
I think you are the lucky one to sample A380 for a JFK-bound flight. EK has decided to pull out A380 service later this year in favour of SIN.

Yes, this is definitely true. Emirates announced that they would pull the A380 off the New York route just after my flight. I guess, I was not surprised, because the load on EK201 was quite poor. Maybe I should upgrade on the way back...  Smile

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Fantastic TR.

You have amazing pics!

Thank you Gabriel. I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
EK seems like a good carrier. I really hope to try it out soon!

EK was surprisingly good on these flights and they were a pleasure to fly with.

Quoting Atlwest1 (Reply 11):
Simply stunning trip report!

Thank you Alwest1 and thanks for reading and commenting.

Quoting Atlwest1 (Reply 11):
And that Terminal 3 in DXB is awesome!!.

Yes, it sure is! Terminal 3 has to be one of the most amazing structures ever built!

Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 12):
Only one word can describe this Trip Report................AWESOME.

Hi there AirJamaica. Hehehe... Thank you very much.

Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 12):
EK seem to be a force to reckon with in the airline industry.

With great prices, a very new fleet and a very expansive network, Emirates is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I mean, what other airline has more than 50 A380s on order?

Quoting AirJamaica (Reply 12):
Question though Globetraveller....How long did it take you to prepare this TR ?

Hehehe... Far too long! I always underestimate how long such trip reports will take. I took the flights a little more than two weeks ago, so I have done a little each day since then. Overall, it must have taken days - literally.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Hahahaha this feels like an annual report of some sort but your contents are FAR more interesting!

Hehehehe... Hi there Ryan. I sometimes thought I was writing an annual report too!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Hahahahaha yes that IS cluttered. I think it is a little hard for those triangle shaped bowls and dishes to be fit snugly in any case. But what is it with those loose packets strewn about?

Yeah, I agree. It seems that EK just cannot fit everything onto the trays and this is even more true for the smaller A380 trays. Still, the food was great, so I didn't really mind.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Never mind of it is old but it still looks great to me. It doesn't matter how "old" the terminal is as long as the authority takes pain to upkeep the appearance through frequent refurbishments. This is the mark of a truly world class airport.

I agree with you. Concourse 1 is still an amazing structure and I am sure it will be well maintained well into the future.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 13):
Wow what a journey you've had and it had a grand finale on board an A380 at that! Congrats for such a well written report and I look forward to more.

Yes, it was quite an amazing journey, and in a couple of weeks, I get to do it all over again...  Smile Thank you for your kind words.

Quoting Caleb1 (Reply 14):
Your TRs are absolutely, undeniably AMAZING!!!!

Thank you Caleb1. I am glad you enjoyed the trip report.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 15):
Fantastic pictures.

Hi there Semsem. Thank you - it’s good to know you liked the pictures.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 15):
Emirates seems to be a great airline treating even Y passengers well which is not so common nowadays.

Yes this is true. I just sincerely hope that they can maintain this great service.

Quoting Vietsky (Reply 16):
Wow!

One of the best TR I have ever read. Thanks! I felt like I was traveling with you.

Thank you Vietsky. I'm glad you really enjoyed this trip report. It took ages to create and it is comments like this, which make all the effort worthwhile.  Smile

Globetraveller


User currently offlineJfklucky777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

One of THE best TR's ever! It was very long but I wanted to ready and see every minute of it! Very nice remarks about EK and their flight attendants!

[Edited 2009-04-02 00:13:51]

User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report. I very much enjoyed reading every bit. Looking forward to my first A380 flight now  Smile (Don't know when though)


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User currently offlineEKFly3r From New Zealand, joined Dec 2008, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Globetraveller

WOW now this was an amazing read ... A PHENOMENAL TR !!!!

It was like reading a beautiful book and I thank you for taking the time and effort to write it up and post such beautiful pictures to complete the TR  Smile

I'm glad that you enjoyed your flight and EK has shown to be consistent over such a long and varied route ! Hope they continue like this and gain more loyal frequent fliers !

Thanks again for this brilliant set of TRs  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineTwolz2rn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I agree with everyone...the TR is amazing! I would have to say the best I've ever read on here.
How did you post the pictures?


User currently offlineStevAAn From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Very impressive trip report! This must have taken alot of your time to write such a detailed report. To read this, I took my time, and a specialty beer and enjoyed reading it  Smile


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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Globetraveller. Fantastic report and outstanding service in Y class on EK.
I wouldn't mind flying them in the future, but still, they do not serve AMS  Sad
Thanks for the insights on LGW and good to read a bit about JFK too, I will visit both airports later this month. Maybe I can get a glimpse on the EK 380 at JFK, my arrival time is around the same time.

Rgds
Eric



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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Another stunning report from you, thank you.

BA have the same problem when it comes to PTV's on the bulkhead row, they wont extend on some of the middle seats if the BSNT is there.


25 Bochora : Fantastic report! I just wish all 777-300ERs had the new economy installed. Anyone know what ones do have it? Seems to just be the three class config'
26 SQ772 : Awesome details, breath-taking airports, beautiful photos, delightful to read, it has almost all the qualities that I look for in a trip report - some
27 PlaneHunter : Hi Globetraveller, I had expected you would post a great report, but what you finally delivered is excellent! The report is well-written as usual and
28 Pawsleykat : All I Can Say is WOW!! Emirates looks simply amazing. I can't wait to try them later in the year if I use them over BA to go to South Africa. Looking
29 Floris83 : Globetraveller, absolutely terrific report ! Since two years I've been a regular flier on EK, simply because their fares are hard to beat...(for me, f
30 Skyhigh777 : Wow what an incredible trip report. I VERY muched enjoyed your pictures of the new terminal in DXB, I hope I can be there in person someday! Emirates
31 Ronerone : Wow! ... That was one hell of a TR .. extremely detailed. .. One TR i was supposed to be a part of i guess ... Sorry about that once again! One thing
32 BA319-131 : Hi GT, Great report and pictures, seems the 4 EK flights here were all excellent. I've had one EK flight in J, that being the EK A380 inagural, that w
33 Richierich : Hard to write something that hasn't already been written but that was a fantastic trip report. If anybody wants to know what makes a great trip repor
34 Globetraveller : Thank you for your kind words jfklucky777. I am glad you enjoyed the TR and I look forward to hopefully meeting you at JFK! Hehehe... Yeah, the repor
35 EICVD : Hi Globetraveller WOW! What a report, was well worth reading for more than an hour this early in the morning. I dream of EK flying to DUB soon, never
36 NZ107 : Hi Globetraveller, Thanks for another amazing string of TRs. And the countless pictures too! Many angles I never contemplated capturing. It seems like
37 Sdate747 : Really enjoy your posts, keep them coming, you have an avid fan base!
38 United1 : Wow what an absolutely awesome trip report...uber kudos to you for writing it.
39 B7474 : Very detailed report on your trip on board Emirates, I really enjoyed it a lot, the pictures are great aswell.
40 BW424 : WOW! One of the best TR's I've ever read! Loved every word and every picture of it!! That EK cabin star lighting is truly innovative. And DXB airport,
41 Directorguy : W-O-W! Great TR! It's detailed, has an A380, is about EK and involves JFK! Any one of these is bound to get my attention I'm extremely pleased that al
42 Globetraveller : Hi there Mark. Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read this long TR. I am sure EK will eventually fly to almost every country i
43 Akhmad : I hope the infant did not disturb you much more. You were not able to enjoy the IFE properly anyway. It is a pity that none of the Gulf carriers serv
44 FLIEGER67 : Hi, GT, well done. Superb pics and a good read. I´am also working on my EK story right now. Maybe online around the weekend to share some EK experien
45 Globetraveller : Hi again Suryo. I was glad that I had the Bose Noise cancelling headphones with me, because the infant was not the quietest of sorts. In the end, I s
46 Post contains links EKFly3r : Neat Idea ! Good that you will be Skywards Gold as rumour has it they might be introducing a new platinum tier soon so the qualifying levels may chan
47 M11Stephen : Your reports are simply stunning! Thankyou very, very, much for all the time you put into this. I know that whenever I read a report from you its goin
48 BMIFlyer : Freaking AMAZING trip report! Lee
49 Globetraveller : Hi again EKFly3r. I think it makes sense for EK to introduce another tier for the very frequent fliers, but I doubt the qualifying levels for Gold wi
50 Elevate : Guten Tag, GT! You've ticked all the boxes with that report, well done! The report was just what Emirates needed - there are far too many EK-haters on
51 Pawsleykat : Of course I shall... I've even been looking at taking GLA-DXB-GLA in the summer if I can find enough money to do so 77Ws rock! JG
52 Floris83 : And this is the exact reason why they pull me over the edge choosing EK, apart from their insane prices of course. Other airlines, like KL, offer as
53 Globetraveller : Hi there Sam. Thank you very much. I agree, there does seem to be a slightly negative slant on Emirates in this forum. However, I have had my fair sh
54 Ojas : Excellent TR! took some time to read it Good to see EK is getting consistent in their inflight services. Hope they are on the course correction mode.
55 Linglesou : Hey! As always, a fantastic report which had me enthralled throughout its entirety! Awesome pictures as usual! Interesting arrangement there...I like
56 Globetraveller : After months of exams and work, I have finally found the time to contribute to this forum again. Rest assured, there are plenty of trip reports coming
57 Post contains links 1stClassDiva : Absolutely brilliant. Best trip report I have read and your photo's are just wonderful. Thank you for your impressive efforts so we too could experien
58 Ammunition : Excellent report, some very nice pictures. The catering looks much more appealing than Qatar Airways offerings from a recent trip. I look forward to f
59 Pegasus01 : Wow. Enough said. This was one of the best trip reports I have come across. I've been looking for this exact type of TP. Flying JFK-BKK via DXB on EK
60 CaribbeanBlue : Wow, wow, wow. What a great Trip Report! Congrats Globetraveller on this great A+++ report along with very detailed info. and pictures. Keep up the gr
61 HOOB747 : Absolutely the best trip report ever. Thank you for your efforts. And you touch on the thing that makes a trip memorable. It is not the aircraft, or t
62 Globetraveller : Thank you very much for all your amazing comments! The response to this trip report has been extraordinary. Thank you for your very kind words 1stClas
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