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The 10-abreast 777 Trip: AMS-LHR-DXB On KL And EK  
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 27944 times:

The 10-abreast Boeing 777 trip: AMS-LHR-DXB on KLM and Emirates

For the return trip on the Airbus A380 please click on the part two link below:

Dubai’s terminal 3 and the A380: DXB-LHR-AMS on Emirates and bmi British Midland // 20Jan10

Welcome at this trip report!

A few months ago me and a friend of mine had the idea of flying the Airbus A380. Because Emirates operates the A380 and Dubai is relatively close to Europe the choice was made. Unfortunately EK has no code-share agreements on flights from AMS to LHR so we had to book those tickets separately. The plan was to fly the A380 on both legs but the outbound leg was downgraded to a 77W in December. One week before our flight the 77W was downgraded to a 773. Well, I have only been on the 772 so far so I don’t mind, as long as the return flight will remain an A380.

The day had come and at Sunday January 17th we met each other at the airport, 1,5 hours before departure time. Check-in was done online, seats 15 E and F and the flight would be operated by a Boeing 737-300. The departure hall was not so busy and checking in our baggage was done quickly. The departure gate was D44 and while walking to the D pier another friend of mine send me a text message that KL changed the aircrafts and that PH-BTA, a 737-400, was our new ride. No problem for me, I have flown the -300 way more times then the -400 series. Once we arrived at gate D44 the aircraft was already at the gate. PH-BTA had done a return trip to CDG earlier in the morning and was doing nothing for almost 3 hours before her next flight to LHR.

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PH-BTA at gate D44, waiting for her flight to LHR


Date: Sunday, 17Jan10
Flight: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines // KL 1017
From: Amsterdam // AMS
To: London Heathrow // LHR
Duration: 1h25m
STD: 13.25 // ATD: 13.23
STA: 13.50 // ATA: 13.25
Aircraft: Boeing 737-406 // PH-BTA
Seat: Economy // 15F
Load factor: 46% // 67 passengers

While passing the ground staff I checked the computer screen and they were only expecting 67 passengers plus 2 infants. Shortly before 1 o’clock boarding started and soon everybody was onboard. The captain came on the PA and told us that the flying time today was approximately 45 minutes at 24000 feet. Pushback was on-time and runway 24 was in use for departures so the taxi time was very short. With not much other traffic around take-off clearance was given quickly and we took off at 13.31.

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PH-BDP was originally planned for our flight, but someone at the operations department changed his mind

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Taxiing to runway 24

  Take-off movie:
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Climbing to FL240

A few minutes after take-off the cabin crew started with the service. I was expecting drinks with a cookie or something but they served proper sandwiches, well done. The package contained 2 sandwiches, one with Edam cheese and fig chutney and the other with beef. They were very tasty and it’s good to see that proper board service on short flights like this still exist these days.

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A very light load on today’s flight

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Lunch

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Cruising over the North Sea

Pretty soon descending was started and the first officer came on the PA to tell us that we would be landing half an hour ahead of schedule on runway 27L and that the weather was good. No holding delays today for us and thus we landed very early at 13.21. After vacating the runway it was only a few more minutes to our stand at terminal 4.

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Descending over the city of London, which gave us some excellent views!

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Final approach

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What a sad sight   Soon they will be abused and forced to fly packages for FedEx, what a shame!

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A QF 744 waiting for her evening departure back to Australia

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A short visit to the flight deck

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There where not many other flights arriving at terminal 4 around this time so passport control was very quiet. However, it took ages before our baggage arrived, we had to wait for more almost 30 minutes. When we got our bags finally we headed to the underground station to go to terminal 3. Check-in was done online and we had seats 42A and B. We went to the check-in to get rid of our baggage. The Emirates check-in was not busy but it took very long before two passengers in front us had checked-in. They had useless discussions with the staff about their excess luggage. Leave all your junk at home and take only stuff with you that you really need is my opinion.

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The terminal 3 entrance

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EK check-in

The security check was very busy with waiting times up to half an hour. In the departure lounge it was also quite busy with the screens showing several delayed flights. All flights to Madrid were running late and Biman’s service to Dubai and Dhaka had a delay of 6 hours!

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FIDS

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It’s busy in terminal 3’s departure lounge

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Around 6 o’clock we decided to go the gate. A few minutes later our aircraft arrived, A6-EMX, one of EK’s non-ER 777-300 aircrafts.

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The concourse for gates 1, 3, 5 and 7

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Date: Sunday, 17Jan10
Flight: Emirates // EK 4
From: London Heathrow // LHR
To: Dubai // DXB
Duration: 6h45m
STD: 20.00 // ATD: 20.21
STA: 06.45 // ATA: 07.20
Aircraft: Boeing 777-31H // A6-EMX
Seat: Economy // 42B
Load factor: 98% // F: 12 passengers // C: 42 passengers // Y: 304 passengers

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Boarding

Pre-boarding started around 18.45 and about 45 minutes later boarding was announced. The flight was almost fully booked but boarding went very smooth and was completed on-time. However, the baggage and cargo loading was still in progress so that explains the slightly delayed departure. While waiting for departure, the cabin crew handed out hot towels and the menu cards.

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ICE, Emirates’ in-flight entertainment system. This is one of the older versions with ‘only’ 600 channels  

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Waiting for departure

Twenty minutes late pushback started and after the two Rolls-Royce engines were fired up we taxied to runway 27L. After an AA 772 started it’s take-off roll we lined up and soon after that, at 20.45, we received take-off clearance. A lot of runway was used and we got airborne somewhere near the cargo terminal. Soon a 180 degree turn to the left was made to put us in the right direction, heading towards the east. The route today would lead us over Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, the Black Sea, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and the last part over the Gulf, straight in to Dubai. The announced flying time was 6 hours and 23 minutes, so no time to catch up the delay and a slightly delayed arrival in Dubai.

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Crossing the German border

After an hour in the air the cabin crew started distributing the special meals and after that the normal meals. I decided to try the chicken in coconut sauce and it turned out that I made a good choice, the meal was excellent!

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Overflying Romania

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The rest of the flight I watched some Topgear and The Simpsons episodes and played Yahtzee for a while.  With an hour to go I went to the toilet in the back and stayed in the galley chatting with the crew and some fellow passengers for the rest of the flight. We made an almost straight in approach and meanwhile sun rise started. At 07.08 we made a smooth landing on runway 12L. After landing we taxied slowly to terminal 3, stand B20.

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Descending in to Dubai

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Final approach, with the tall buildings of Sharjah on the horizon

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Nose camera

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On short final

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Touchdown

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Crossing runway 12R-30L

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ATC tower

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Actual time of arrival: 07.20 local time

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Disembarking

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Business class

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And again

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Inside the terminal most passengers were proceeding to connecting flights. We headed to customs and after we got our visa we proceeded to the baggage carrousel. Almost all bags had arrived on the carrousel already so I guess the baggage handling in Dubai must be very efficient. We picked up our bags and we grabbed a taxi which brought us to our hotel.

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Inside the terminal building

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Arrivals hall

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Oh, and is 10-abreast seating in a Boeing 777 really that bad? No it isn’t! I had comfortable flight and I would certainly do it again.

For those who are interested I have some pictures of our visit to the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa:

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Dubai Metro station

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Routemap

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Skyscrapers at Sheikh Zayed Road

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And more…

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And more…

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And more…

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And guess what? Even more…  

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And the last ones for now

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Downtown Burj Khalifa, under construction

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The Dubai Mall

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There she is, the tallest building in the world

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Wow!

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Old Town, Downtown Burj Khalifa

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Inside the Dubai Mall

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The Burj Khalifa entrance

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Welcome at the observation deck, located on the 124th floor, 442 meters above the ground.

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There’s still 386 meters of tower left  

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The Dubal Mall from above

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Old Town and The Address Downtown Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which is 306 meters tall.

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And back on the ground again

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The Dubai Fountain comes alive

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The fountain can shoot up the water 150 meters in the air, which makes it the highest fountain in the world.

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I hope you enjoyed this trip report including some Dubai sight seeing. For the return trip on the Airbus A380 please click on the part two link below:

Dubai’s terminal 3 and the A380: DXB-LHR-AMS on Emirates and bmi British Midland // 20Jan10

Thank you for reading!

Best regards,
Jeroen



*Please feel free to comment or ask your questions.



Other trip reports:
AMS-LBA-LGW-AMS on LS, BE and BA // 20Jul09

Flying Norwegian, from Denmark!: AMS-STN-CPH-AMS on EZY and DY // 13May09

Flying The T7: AMS-MAN-GVA-AMS on WW, SV and EZS // 20Apr09

AMS-BHX-DUB-AMS on WW, FR and EI // 26Mar09

Destinazione Bergamo! AMS-EMA-BGY-AMS on WW, FR and HV // 21Jan09

A tribute to SkyEurope Airlines! AMS-PRG-AMS // 09Sep08

The Eire trip (part 2): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB on EI, FR and EZY // 20May08

The Eire trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB on RE // 19May08


[Edited 2010-02-01 11:49:13]


'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
33 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 27625 times:

Hi Jeroen,

that's a very nice report! Good catch, a non -ER B777-300. Not too many around of these in European skies.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Biman’s service to Dubai and Dhaka had a delay of 6 hours!

Usual thing for BG I think, maybe it will change soon when their B777's come alive.

Great pics of the Burj Khalifa! I've been on quite a bit high towers in the world, but this one beats all of course. I think that I've to make some plans now,... with EK starting to fly to AMS soon  

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1006 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 27484 times:

Great report and phenomenal pics. I was just in Dubai last week myself but we didn't go up the Burj as it was very hazy.

They seem to have redone the 777-300s to make them more consistent with the -300ERs.
(at least the Economy and Business Class that I can see). What type of seats did F have? Was it the suite, the "new" F seat or the original style?


User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 27351 times:

Hi Jeroen,

Thank you for that excellent trip report,you have convinced me to try the 10 abreast 777!!!!,and as usual a good service by Emirates.
I really enjoyed your photos from Dubai itself,in particular the Burj Khalifa,I am going to DXB myself in a few weeks time with BA 747 outbound and returning on a 777,and after seeing your photos I cannot wait.
What type of camera do you use?
Regards,
Nibog


User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 27109 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
that's a very nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
Good catch, a non -ER B777-300. Not too many around of these in European skies.

Yes, besides Emirates you can only see them in Asia I think.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
I think that I've to make some plans now,... with EK starting to fly to AMS soon

Which is also a nice opportunity to fly the 77L.  

Quoting AT (Reply 2):
Great report and phenomenal pics.

Thank you very much!

Quoting AT (Reply 2):
They seem to have redone the 777-300s to make them more consistent with the -300ERs.
(at least the Economy and Business Class that I can see). What type of seats did F have? Was it the suite, the "new" F seat or the original style?

Yes, all 773's have been refurbished recently as far as I know. As far as I could see F was still in the original style.

Quoting Nibog (Reply 3):
Thank you for that excellent trip report

You're welcome!

Quoting Nibog (Reply 3):
you have convinced me to try the 10 abreast 777!!!!,and as usual a good service by Emirates.

It is really not as bad as some people say her on a.net. The only noticable thing are the aisles, they are a little bit narrower than normal. The seats are comfortable and the service provided by Emirates is very good.  

Quoting Nibog (Reply 3):
What type of camera do you use?

Nothing special, a 2,5 year old Canon Powershot A720IS  



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineLYchemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 26891 times:

Temperature wise am I correct that it is bearable? I understand around now is the best time to go?

User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 26841 times:



Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 4):
Nothing special, a 2,5 year old Canon Powershot A720IS




Thanks for that,some great shots, Canon make great cameras!!!

Keep up the good work with more trip reports,where next???

Regards,
Nibog


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 26783 times:

Interessting route the aircraft took. Looks like they no longer avoid flying over Iraq, because some time back, I remember that they did avoid Iraqi airspace for safety reasons.

User currently offlineAluminumcity From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 26776 times:

I use a Canon A720IS. I plan to bring it on my next trip and take lots of pictures for everyone. Great camera. I have a Canon Vixia HF200 and the above camera, and they're both great.

I truly enjoyed this trip report. Great job. I was just flying the EK 772 in Flight Simulator, so when the first thing that caught my eye in the TR section was this, I chuckled a bit.  



"Well, if I were flying on an MD-80, I'd be taking those anti-depressants too."
User currently offlineLukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 26767 times:

Hi Jeroan,

Most enjoyable TR and it seems a solid delivery from Emirates which is always nice.

The delay worked well in your favour for light and mood of your landing photos... 30 mins early and you've had less good photos!

Thoroughly enjoyed many of the Dubai photos.... its still highly attractive to look at as a city...

Regards,

Henry



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 26622 times:



Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 5):
Temperature wise am I correct that it is bearable? I understand around now is the best time to go?

Yes, during the winter the average temperature is somewhere between 24C and 27C.

Quoting Nibog (Reply 6):
Keep up the good work with more trip reports,where next???

Nothing booked at the moment but the LAN Airlines MAD-FRA flight operated with the A343 looks nice, so maybe that will be my next trip.  

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 7):
Interessting route the aircraft took. Looks like they no longer avoid flying over Iraq, because some time back, I remember that they did avoid Iraqi airspace for safety reasons.

Yes, I read about that back in 2008 or so. EK was avoiding Iraq while other airlines where overflying Iraq. Maybe Tim Clark changed his mind recently.  

Quoting Aluminumcity (Reply 8):
I truly enjoyed this trip report. Great job.

Nice to hear, thank you very much!

Quoting Lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
Most enjoyable TR

Thanks!

Quoting Lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
Thoroughly enjoyed many of the Dubai photos....

Good thing to hear, thank you!



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1006 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 26566 times:



Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 4):
t is really not as bad as some people say her on a.net. The only noticable thing are the aisles, they are a little bit narrower than normal. The seats are comfortable and the service provided by Emirates is very good.  

I can second that. I flew 13+ hours days ago in an Emirates 777 (A6 ECS and ECT) and was extremely comfortable (I'm 6ft). The leg room was more than decent, and only the aisles appeared narrower. I would much rather fly in a 10 abreast Emirates 777 than on most of the 9 abreast carriers.

A tangential aside: I noticed and was impressed by teh fact that all the Emirates planes (despite the largely white fuselage) were spotlessly clean from outside. The Anti-Air France!


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6406 posts, RR: 39
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 26538 times:

Hi Jeroen,

At first when I read the title, I had in mind of a scathing report against the 10-abreast seating, a form which I feel fine sitting in myself. But no, I'm pleasantly surprised to see another A.Netter concur that it's fine. Flights looked good! Great pics too.

Getting views like that on approach to LHR makes me want to visit London!

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Soon they will be abused and forced to fly packages for FedEx, what a shame!

At least they're not being scrapped: that would be worse..

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Oh, and is 10-abreast seating in a Boeing 777 really that bad? No it isn’t! I had comfortable flight and I would certainly do it again.

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Gosh that building's massive!

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 26509 times:



Quoting AT (Reply 11):
I noticed and was impressed by teh fact that all the Emirates planes (despite the largely white fuselage) were spotlessly clean from outside. The Anti-Air France!

Yes, they are spotless from the outside and inside as well. They must have a good cleaning policy.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
But no, I'm pleasantly surprised to see another A.Netter concur that it's fine.

I think more people should try it in stead of yelling here on a.net how bad it is. There's nothing wrong with 10-abreast seating in the 777, at least a few people agree about that.  

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Flights looked good! Great pics too.

Thanks!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
At least they're not being scrapped: that would be worse..

Yes, that would be much worse. But the 757 is becoming more and more rare in Europe these days, so every 757 that leaves Europe is a shame! 



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 25930 times:

Hi Jeroen,

Nice report on Emirates and a bit of Dutch Blue thrown in for additional taste!

Looks like KL has changed the seats also on the classic 737s, it's been years since I've flown them (four actually) and back then they still had the old style thick cloth seats.

The 10-abreast seating does sound awfully cramped to me. I've seen some reports about KLM's triple sevens with the same configuration and those made it sound very bad. Maybe the seat design is better on Emirates. Or maybe you just are very skinny  

Great pictures of the numerous megalomaniac developments in Dubai, too bad they have been built with the modern equivalent of slave labor, though.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
one with Edam cheese and fig chutney and the other with beef.

Fig chutney? Pardon my French but it sounds disgusting to me!

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
All flights to Madrid were running late and Biman’s service to Dubai and Dhaka had a delay of 6 hours!

I was departing OPO that very same day and noticed the same thing - delays up to four hours on MAD flights. They had some weather issues there, with heavy rain (not snow, I guess) all throughout the day.


User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 25340 times:



Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Nice report on Emirates and a bit of Dutch Blue thrown in for additional taste!

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
The 10-abreast seating does sound awfully cramped to me. I've seen some reports about KLM's triple sevens with the same configuration and those made it sound very bad. Maybe the seat design is better on Emirates. Or maybe you just are very skinny

I believe EK has a better seatpitch than KLM. That last thing is one thing for sure, I'm quite slim, which is a plus when travelling in Y class.  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Fig chutney? Pardon my French but it sounds disgusting to me!

Yes, when I first saw it on the package my first thought was "yuk, that's disgusting", but it was actually very delicious. 



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1006 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 24968 times:



Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 15):
believe EK has a better seatpitch than KLM. That last thing is one thing for sure, I'm quite slim, which is a plus when travelling in Y class.  

Yes, the pitch is definitely better and the seat seems more comfortable as well.
I am not slim, but had no problem either.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 24496 times:

Hi Jeroen,

great report with many nice pictures, well done! Good to see you enjoyed the EK flight.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
The plan was to fly the A380 on both legs but the outbound leg was downgraded to a 77W in December. One week before our flight the 77W was downgraded to a 773. Well, I have only been on the 772 so far so I don’t mind, as long as the return flight will remain an A380.

Well, at least you got a new type which is quite rare - at least from a European point of view. I booked a similar trip last year (including A380, 773 and 77W), but my final destination was Doha.

A380 Really a Step Forward? LHR-DXB-DOH On EK
Delights Of Doha, 773 & 77W: DOH-DXB-LHR On EK


Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Soon they will be abused and forced to fly packages for FedEx, what a shame!

That's still better than a brutal death on the scrapyard...  

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
After an hour in the air the cabin crew started distributing the special meals and after that the normal meals. I decided to try the chicken in coconut sauce and it turned out that I made a good choice, the meal was excellent!

Looks very tasty, nice presentation as usual.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Oh, and is 10-abreast seating in a Boeing 777 really that bad? No it isn’t! I had comfortable flight and I would certainly do it again.

Yes indeed.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
There she is, the tallest building in the world



Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Welcome at the observation deck, located on the 124th floor, 442 meters above the ground.

Nice pictures, cannot wait to visit the Burj Dubai soon.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8486 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 24311 times:
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Hi Jeroen,

Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
One week before our flight the 77W was downgraded to a 773. Well, I have only been on the 772 so far so I don’t mind

- A nice catch if you ask me, the standard 773 is rare here in Europe.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
A few minutes after take-off the cabin crew started with the service. I was expecting drinks with a cookie or something but they served proper sandwiches, well done

- Whilst the sandwich sounds pretty yuck, I'm impressed they served one, I though the KLM catering was very minimalisting in europe.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
I decided to try the chicken in coconut sauce and it turned out that I made a good choice, the meal was excellent!

- Not my choice, but portion sizes look good.

Dubai is pretty amazing, what they have built is impressive, what will they manage next?

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 24239 times:

Hi Jeroen,

Nice report! Good to know that the 10-abreast Y seating with EK is not that bad after all.

I especially like your pictures of Burj Khalifa. An A.net first?

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 24074 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
great report with many nice pictures, well done!

Thank you!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Looks very tasty, nice presentation as usual.

Yes, EK cares about taste AND presentation, more airlines should do that.  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Nice pictures, cannot wait to visit the Burj Dubai soon.

It's absolutely worth it!

You can reserve tickets for a specific date and time for 100 AED. Be aware that these tickets are very populair and when we bought our tickets the next three days were sold out already. If you are short on time you can also buy immediate entry tickets for 400 AED, which is what we did. At the moment tickets can only be bought at the ticket office but I believe they will be available online as well in the near future.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
Nice report & pictures

Thank you very much!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
- Whilst the sandwich sounds pretty yuck, I'm impressed they served one, I though the KLM catering was very minimalisting in europe.

Yes, I was impressed as well because in most other trip reports I saw pictures of cookies and nuts and stuff like that.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
Dubai is pretty amazing, what they have built is impressive, what will they manage next?

Probably something that will break all records again.  

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 19):
Nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 19):
I especially like your pictures of Burj Khalifa. An A.net first?

Good to hear that. I think it's a.net first, I haven't seen any others so far.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 19):
Thank you for sharing.

You're welcome!



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineSlimcarner From Ireland, joined Aug 2009, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 24038 times:

Hi BasilFawlty,
Love ur trip report. What camera do u use? The early sunrise pics in dubai are absolutely breathtaking.
What about the burj khalifa.....were u not allowed to go past the observation deck?

cheers,

Justin



airtravel has taken a new meaning!!!
User currently offlineAluminumcity From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 24022 times:

@Slimcarner,

He mentioned above that he uses a Canon Powershot A720IS. I can personally vouch that they do indeed take b-e-a-utiful pictures.  



"Well, if I were flying on an MD-80, I'd be taking those anti-depressants too."
User currently offlineVandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 495 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 23497 times:

Hi BasilFawlty,

Nice report and great pics. I like to see the city pictures. Dubai must be a great place to visit.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 10):
Nothing booked at the moment but the LAN Airlines MAD-FRA flight operated with the A343 looks nice, so maybe that will be my next trip.

That must be a great flight. Be sure to book a return ticket, as thats 70 USD cheaper than the single journey.

Tim,


User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 23045 times:



Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 20):
You can reserve tickets for a specific date and time for 100 AED. Be aware that these tickets are very populair and when we bought our tickets the next three days were sold out already. If you are short on time you can also buy immediate entry tickets for 400 AED, which is what we did. At the moment tickets can only be bought at the ticket office but I believe they will be available online as well in the near future.



Thanks for that piece of information,I intend visiting the Burj Khalifa when I am in Dubai,and once i saw your excellent photographs I am all the more determined to do so.Thanks again.

That is one thing I like about "Anet",you can always pick up some little piece of information on here from fellow Anetters!!!!

Regards,
Nibog  airplane   airplane 


25 September11 : I am speechless by these fantastic pictures!
26 Post contains images BasilFawlty : Good to hear that, thank you. Unfortunately not, I believe the top floors are offices. Must be great to have your company office at 800 meters. See b
27 Richcandy : Hi I have never been to DXB always thought of it as just a beach destination. Have to say that your photos have changed my mind, looks like a great ci
28 TR763 : Wow, I loved your TR. It's really simple and complete. The pictures are just great and the 773 looks better than i could imagine. Dubai seem to be a v
29 BasilFawlty : Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
30 B747forever : Great TR Your pics are really clean and sharp. Seems that you had an enjoyable trip without any hassle. The 777-300 (Non ER version) seems to be hard
31 pumaknight : Great Tr and great selection of photos. Thanks for sharing.
32 Post contains images BasilFawlty : Thank you for your compliment! Yes, besides EK, only NH, CX, JL, KE, SQ and TG are operating them on intra-Asia flights only. Thank you!  
33 Post contains images elevate : Two of my favourite airlines, my favourite aircraft and my favourite city - and now this report is one of my favourites! Well done... Part 2 is in the
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