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Joyrides Down Under Part 6: Homebound On EK A380  
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6438 posts, RR: 38
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Joyrides Down Under Part 6: Homebound on EK A380

Joyride
Noun: A ride in a vehicle taken solely for pleasure
Verb: A ride in a vehicle with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it


Ok, there seems to have been a small goal to my joyrides: that of trying out new aircraft and (hopefully) new airlines.


2 International flights.
8 Australian domestic flights, 3 airlines, 4 states, 5 types.
6 New Zealand domestic flights, 3 airlines, 2 islands, 3 types.



Welcome to my next series of Trip Reports. These flights over 3 weeks, summarised above, includes flights on Air New Zealand, Emirates, Qantas, Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue and Jetstar; takes me through New South Wales, Victoria, ACT, Queensland and New Zealand while travelling on 6 different types of planes. I hope you enjoy my journey around eastern Australia and also New Zealand. At the end of the final TR, I’ll write up a comparison between the domestic carriers in both New Zealand and Australia according to my personal experience with them.

If you missed the first TRs of the series, here are the links:
Joyrides Down Under Part 1: Air NZ AKL-CHC-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 2: EK A380 Revisited (by NZ107 Jan 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 3: East Coast Adventure (by NZ107 Feb 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 4: Int'l On Domestic (by NZ107 Feb 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 5: Capital Stopover (by NZ107 Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)

This TR covers the return leg with Emirates, back to Auckland. It’ll be a brief TR as I wasn’t feeling very well when I took this flight and also my two previous EK A380 TRs cover most of what I have already covered. It has ended up being another consistency test.

Emirates only has one flight a day operating SYD-AKL and that is flown by the A380. It is a huge plane but in busy periods such as school holidays, it fills itself right up and provides Emirates with a nice little add-on profit. They didn’t have to fly across the Tasman and could have instead opted to stay on the ground in Australia but the layover was made long enough to fit this extra leg in for 4 of their flights. They now operate daily to AKL from BNE, MEL and SYD and also one daily CHC-SYD flight. There are many pros and cons about flying Emirates across the Tasman. Pros being the excellent IFE, food, generous baggage allowance and generally speaking, service whereas on the other side, you have the potential for a very full plane and only early morning flights out of Australia or late evening flights out of NZ with no other choice of flights. It takes one dedicated person some effort to consistently wake up for these flights!


It's all about the destination AND the journey.
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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6438 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15805 times:

The time had come for me to leave Australia once again after a really fun journey trying out different planes. I must have caught the bug for trying out different planes! A short drive to the airport from my cousin and I was at the International Terminal.

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The check in queue was fairly long by the time I had reached the airport and there was quite a long wait before I reached the front of the queue. The check in agent was very friendly and I was soon on my way with my bag checked in. I noticed that the plane was delayed and the plane hadn’t even arrived yet so the obvious place in Sydney to head to was the observation deck.

Viewing shots:

JL 772
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DJ 738, Australian Registration on Pacific Blue
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TG 772 from BKK
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LA A343 from AKL
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UA 744
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QF 763 Taking A Piggyback
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A Bit Late!
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UAE Giants
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FIDS
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Landside Foodcourt
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Construction
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Not long after my plane had arrived, I was off through customs. Sydney Airport had changed a lot since I last travelled there 9 months previously. Now there is one checkpoint for both piers which makes a lot more sense (just in case you go to the wrong set of gates when trying to pass through Customs) but they have also made a huge duty free store at the end of it for everyone to walk through.

The Massive Duty Free Area You’re Forced To Walk Through
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Sydney Airport is definitely QF (and OneWorld) orientated and so once you’re through the duty free shop, it’s a much closer walk to their gates. For passengers on most *A and Skyteam airlines, there’s a long walk to the other side of the terminal. And this also applies for Emirates passengers..

What It Means Is Do A U-Turn
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The Wiggles Shop
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The Walkway To The Other Gates
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OZ 772
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The Other UA 744 And My Plane Behind It
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NZ 763
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When I arrived at the gate area, I found myself in a very similar situation to last time – the whole gate lounge was packed and there were tonnes of people standing around. Maybe it’s time for some of these airports to start increasing seating capacity or do something before hoardes of A380s arrive on the scene. There were tonnes of random announcements for nothing in particular.

The Gate Area
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Boarding commenced half an hour late, due to the late arrival of the aircraft as I had previously seen. There weren’t any notifications about boarding and the whole place was a shambles. There were people everywhere trying to board. So it’s just like how people want to get off a plane early but instead they all want to get on it at the same time and our plane is an A380! Crazy. It was very poorly managed. I remember back to the first flight I had on the EK A380 where there were actually announcements on who were to board (just like most civilised carriers). I was right at the back of the plane so I decided to jump into the snaking queue.


Flight Information

30 Nov 2009
Routing: Sydney – Auckland (SYD-AKL)
Airline: Emirates
Flight: EK412
Scheduled Time of Departure: 0850hrs (GMT+11)
Actual Departure: 1001hrs (pushback), 1022hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1350hrs (GMT+13)
Touchdown: 1448hrs
Flight time: 2hr 47 min
Aircraft: Airbus A380-861
Registration: A6-EDB
Seat: 86A


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EDB is Emirates’ 2nd A380 out of a fleet that is forever growing in the short and mid-term. So far 10 have been delivered. The older ones are the ULH configured aircraft with more space and more premium seating and they obviously do the big flights such as DXB-SYD.


Walk To The Plane
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Another Bottleneck
My Seat
Off To Seoul Incheon
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Off To WLG
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By this stage, we were over an hour late. The captain came over the PA and announced that flying time would be 2 hr 25, cruising at 39,000ft. We finally pushed back from Gate 61 at 10:01 local and hot towels were being handed out during pushback. Engines started their soft whine at 10:08 and we taxied to the end of Runway 16R.

CA A332
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EK 77W As EK418 To CHC
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Past The Qantas Pier
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CX A333
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Freighters
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Untitled 742 TF-AAA
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AC 77L From Vancouver
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After all traffic was cleared, we were off down the runway and into the sky over Botany Bay at 10:22, bound for home.

Goodbye Sydney!
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The seats at the back of the plane aren’t my favourite in the whale. They’re close to a number of toilets and due to the engines being so quiet, multiple flushes can easily be heard. This would be very annoying for one flying a long sector in the back cabin. I find that the cabin crew rest area makes the 2 sides of 3 feel quite claustrophobic contrary to what the A380 is known to feel like so it’s good to see that they have started to get rid of it. So my favourite section on the A380 still remains the front of the second cabin.

QF 734 Holding Short
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Up, Up And Away!
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Menus were later distributed.

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The choice was either lamb or eggs on this flight. Being at the back of the cabin, there wasn’t much hope for getting the lamb and that was soon confirmed. They had run out of lamb, forcing me to settle with the egg.

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Meal


The meal was alright, remembering I was still not 100% at the time. But all the salt and pepper was needed to get some flavour out. This time, the meal trolley was closely followed up by the drink trolley which made up for the previous flight with them.

IFE Is Great!
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It wasn’t a very exciting flight especially due to the fact that I’ve done this leg a few times already. Who knows why I bothered to do another EK A380 report! Anyway, the rest of the flight was spent resting and listening to my iPod – yes I’ve figured that I’d be better off just listening to my own music sometimes even though there’s a wealth of programmes and music on the Emirates system.. But time flew past and soon we were about to start descent into Auckland.

Top Of Descent
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Between The Clouds
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Auckland City Beneath That Cloud To The Left
Rangitoto Island At The Back
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Main Motorway South, State Highway 1 And Roadworks To Link The Airport Motorway To This One
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We finally touched down on Runway 23L at 2:48 local.

Touchdown
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CX 744
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The next worst part about being at the back of a fully laden A380 is the wait to get out. Once again, just about everyone had crowded the aisles as soon as the aircraft came to a stop at Gate 16. It took between 10 and 15 minutes for me to disembark.

My Favourite Section
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After a quick chat to the flight attendant, he told me that there were 489 passengers onboard that flight.. No wonder there was such a wait!

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Long Walk To Customs
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After experiencing Smartgate (passport control for NZ and Aus passport holders with microchips) in Sydney, it was great to see that AKL’s Smartgate had been opened. Looking at those queues lining up for the booths was quite funny and barely anyone knew about the Smartgates so I was able to walk straight up to them and was cleared within a minute. Too bad baggage took a little while to come out.

That concludes my trip to Australia, I hope you’ve enjoyed it. There are a couple more flights to this series – next being a hop to Queenstown. Comments are most welcome and thanks for reading!

Regards,
Nicholas

Previous Trip Reports:
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 1/2: AKL-ZQN-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 1 2008 in Trip Reports)
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 2/2: AKL-NPE-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 22 2008 in Trip Reports)
Air New Zealand: NZ105 AKL-SYD Economy (by NZ107 Feb 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
A Whale Of A Time: Emirates A380 Inaugural SYD-AKL (by NZ107 Feb 15 2009 in Trip Reports)
NZ Domestic Competition: Part 1 Air NZ AKL-WLG-AKL (by NZ107 Jun 24 2009 in Trip Reports)
NZ Domestic Competition: Part 2 JQ/DJ AKL (by NZ107 Jul 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 1: Air NZ AKL-CHC-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 2: EK A380 Revisited (by NZ107 Jan 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 3: East Coast Adventure (by NZ107 Feb 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 4: Int'l On Domestic (by NZ107 Feb 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 5: Capital Stopover (by NZ107 Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 365 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13896 times:
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I enjoyed reading your report very much.

User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13488 times:

Excellent report Nicholas!

I have been quite into EK lately (not sure what is going on in my head)  

I think it is quite rare to see an EK Tasman report on such a full flight!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
It takes one dedicated person some effort to consistently wake up for these flights!

I think any aviation nut will have absolutely no problem with that  
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
I must have caught the bug for trying out different planes!

It's such an evil bug that feels so good!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
A short drive to the airport from my cousin and I was at the International Terminal.

I have noticed these pop-ups a few days ago at one of EK's outstations. They are new to me, and while they have a sense of 'corn' to them, i still can't take my eyes off them .. and i think this is where EK knows exactly what attracts the eye!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
LA A343 from AKL

Shouldn't you be TR'ing this too?  
Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Meal

Looks quite organized here. Unlike the usual EK messy meal tray.


How was the crew in general?


Thanks a lot for sharing! .. Still waiting for that A342   haha ..


Cheers,
Roni.



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineSpdBrdConcorde From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13416 times:

Nicholas..

Super TR..Thanks for the preview of EK A380..I am look forward to my trip soon.The pictures tell the story so well...BTW..what camera/lens are you using.


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6438 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13207 times:

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 2):

Thanks Caleb!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Excellent report Nicholas!

Thanks for your comments Roni!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I have been quite into EK lately (not sure what is going on in my head)

Haha now that's interesting! What happened to EY?  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I think it is quite rare to see an EK Tasman report on such a full flight!

It's just because my holidays coincide with cheap times when people can go.. Quite possibly a lot of Aussies could have started their holidays by then as well. But only a few weeks before that, they were flying a only a handful of passengers on AKL-SYD - something closer to 90 IIRC. My outbound flight was quite full but yeah I wouldn't want to be on a full A380 flight too often!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
It's such an evil bug that feels so good!

Highly contagious, possibly hereditary and the best of all, lasts a lifetime!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I have noticed these pop-ups a few days ago at one of EK's outstations. They are new to me, and while they have a sense of 'corn' to them, i still can't take my eyes off them .. and i think this is where EK knows exactly what attracts the eye!

Wow, interesting to see that they're new to you. They've had them down under since that inaugural flight. I'd much rather be heading down one of the other aisles, not the green one though!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Shouldn't you be TR'ing this too?

Eventually, I hope. The AR A342 took precidence however - been on an A343 before (Go CX! And go Business Class!). But I seriously want to go a bit further than Australia for my next report. I've been eyeing up USA. So many planes/airlines I could try out which aren't available in this corner of the world. 752, 753, 764, 735, MD80/DC9.. This list can obviously go a lot further!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Looks quite organized here. Unlike the usual EK messy meal tray.

Every single meal of mine in EK has been received in orderly fashion. Interesting to hear that it's usual for them to be messy!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
How was the crew in general?

Oh, forgot to mention about the naming thing again. I still find it great that they try and call everyone by name as you enter the cabin. In a way, I don't really know why I wrote this report because I wasn't really feeling in the mood to really report. As you can see, I've missed plenty of things such as a boarding pass shot.. And others.. But they seemed alright in the limited time I was paying attention - around when meals were being served and collected. I remember smiles on most of their faces. They certainly did their job but it's a real shame that the load master for food still can't get any of the meal choice ratios right.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Still waiting for that A342

Haha, so am I, don't worry. I promise you that part 7 will include some really nice shots that will hopefully entice you to NZ!

Quoting SpdBrdConcorde (Reply 4):
Super TR..Thanks for the preview of EK A380..I am look forward to my trip soon.The pictures tell the story so well...BTW..what camera/lens are you using.

Thanks SpdBrdConcorde! Do enjoy and savour your first flight on the A380. I can tell you now that all successive flights after the first one just don't match up! I use a Canon EOS 400D/Rebel XTi and the photos in this report were taken with a Canon 10-22mm lens and also a Canon 70-300mm lens for the shots at SYD.


Thanks again for your comments!

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineairbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13072 times:

Hi NZ107. A great TR and beautiful sharp photos - esp. from what remains of the SYD Ob. Deck - now a sad kind of place compared to what it was intended to be, with the cafe and all. I guess it didn't work out. To say nothing of the view that has been blocked by the QF new "Palais de Marc".

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
but they have also made a huge duty free store at the end of it for everyone to walk through.

Hmmm. Another atrocity IMO. Everything considered, what has been done in the last couple of years, to what was once a nice airport, is shameful. Interestingly, whenever I go through there, I always overhear very negative comments from foreign visitors objecting to being herded or led like lab rats through the Duty Free "maze" just after passport control. And that's before you get to the shopping mall to get to the Star/Skyteam flights!

Anyway, nice TR as I say. Cheers!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12460 times:

Hi Nicholas,

Superb trip report with lovely pictures. Good to know that EK gets her act together on the A380 trans-Tasman service. Impressive that EK flew another 488 passengers with you. Do you know how many passengers were embarking from SYD?

Somehow I envy you on the extensive choice of wide-body trans-Tasman flights.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8564 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12433 times:
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Hi Nicholas,

Great to be reading anotghr of your excfellent TR's! - pictures are excellent as usual, I think you have a real flair for this, perhaps a future job?

From my one and only EK A380 experience I can visualise exactly where you sat so can agree that the crew rest area does seem to pen this area in and make it feel less spacious.

I've yet to sit downstairs on the A380, though suspect that wull change on my 1st LH A380 flight later this year, stay tuned!

I'm also one of the 'many' taking advantage of the A380 on the LHR-CDG run, no TR as we will be awash with them soon!

Still looking out for the AR TR............

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5176 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 12309 times:

Hi, Nicholas,

another well done story and superb pictures.
Not the usual stuff, very interesting.

The A380 is on schedule next monday for the first time, so a more interesting read for me.

And we talked about more travel and writing/pictures, so hopefully see something more from you´re point of view soon.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6438 posts, RR: 38
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 12176 times:

Quoting airbear (Reply 6):
A great TR and beautiful sharp photos - esp. from what remains of the SYD Ob. Deck - now a sad kind of place compared to what it was intended to be, with the cafe and all. I guess it didn't work out. To say nothing of the view that has been blocked by the QF new "Palais de Marc".

Thanks for your comments Airbear! Yes, I'm rather disappointed I didn't find out where this place was when I was in Sydney in 2004 when I assume that the cafe was still open. It's still a great place and the good thing is that it's sheltered! That lounge of QF's really killed everything though. At least it's still perfectly good for 16R operations though.

Quoting airbear (Reply 6):
Hmmm. Another atrocity IMO. Everything considered, what has been done in the last couple of years, to what was once a nice airport, is shameful. Interestingly, whenever I go through there, I always overhear very negative comments from foreign visitors objecting to being herded or led like lab rats through the Duty Free "maze" just after passport control. And that's before you get to the shopping mall to get to the Star/Skyteam flights!

I believe it's happening everywhere around the world now. MEL also has this. I'm led to believe that AKL will similarly follow suit although I think the plan still includes a clear path down the middle. I think it's made much simpler by the fact they only have one security/customs checkpoint. Not much we can really do about it though.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Superb trip report with lovely pictures. Good to know that EK gets her act together on the A380 trans-Tasman service. Impressive that EK flew another 488 passengers with you. Do you know how many passengers were embarking from SYD?

Thanks for your comments, Suryo! I still claim the fact that they are as inconsistent on the A380 AKL-SYD as we have all heard on here but maybe the fact that they operate the flight for 3 hours then get a night in AKL may be pleasing to them. Sorry, not a clue about how many boarded in SYD but it seemed like a lot were Aussies/Kiwis.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Somehow I envy you on the extensive choice of wide-body trans-Tasman flights.

I'm very fortunate about certain aircraft that fly down here! However there are so many types that don't visit NZ at all! I do hope to do a 744 leg before NZ retires them. So far I have flown over the Tasman on: A320, A342, A345, A380, 762, 763, 77W.. Could be/have been more!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Great to be reading anotghr of your excfellent TR's! - pictures are excellent as usual, I think you have a real flair for this, perhaps a future job?

Thanks Mark! I can certainly dream of travelling the world carefree writing TRs, seeming similar to Markus' adventures! I'm an aspiring market trader at the moment, doing Commerce at uni. Now if I was able to do that for a few years, I'd be able to retire early and be able to entertain you well into your retirement!   Problem being - what sort of market is there for trip reporters? Especially ones as in depth as ones here - are 'ordinary' people willing to read these long as passages?
I really hope the next one won't take too long to get up and I also hope that will be back to the same standard (yes, I'm definitely of the impression that this latest one was substandard even from before I wrote it).

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
I've yet to sit downstairs on the A380, though suspect that wull change on my 1st LH A380 flight later this year, stay tuned!

You're spoilt! It's certainly a different feeling downstairs. Windows are angled differently and all. No wooden furnishings down there either!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
I'm also one of the 'many' taking advantage of the A380 on the LHR-CDG run, no TR as we will be awash with them soon!

Already are - oh dear. I really can't be bothered sifting through many of the same thing but maybe from across the aisle from another A.Netter! But the whole A380 experience has basically worn off totally for me. I don't see it anywhere near the same as I did for my first flight and I believe that there are many others in the same boat.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Still looking out for the AR TR............

Another 2-3 (depending if I merge the last J.D.U. TR) to go. I'm sure you'll be interested in my CV580 jumpseat experience too, which will precede the AR one! Fingers crossed I can do this all by mid July - Uni starts again on the 19th.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
another well done story and superb pictures.
Not the usual stuff, very interesting.

Thanks Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
The A380 is on schedule next monday for the first time, so a more interesting read for me.

Like I said in my earlier post - savour your first A380 flight as I know you won't get that same feeling again, possibly until we all try out the 787!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
hopefully see something more from you´re point of view soon.

Yes, in the pipeline will be the last report(s?) of this series and hopefully I can entice more of you to come and visit this wonderful country of New Zealand!


Thanks again everyone!

Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineairbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 12055 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 10):
MEL also has this.

Hi, NZ. Yes, that's because it is - as far as I know - the same DF operator, i.e. Nuance. They used to be customers of mine.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 10):
Not much we can really do about it though.

...except not to buy anything, ever, no way, no how! Also, you may have noticed that there is not a great deal of room between some of the product shelves. If you have people walking in both directions, trying to get past each other together with their roll-bags and other cabin baggage, it is a squeeze. That being the case, it would be a great pity to see a few bottles of some expensive, old single malt whisky, say, go crashing to the floor while you disappear in the crowd. Wouldn't it?  


User currently offlineglobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 11834 times:

Hey Nicholas,

Great to see another trip report! I guess you managed to find some time after your exams?

Excellent pictures and details as always - interesting to see the SYD to AKL flight for once. I keep missing it when I fly into New Zealand. It always suprises me how full the EK flights between NZ and Australia are - good use of these birds instead of having them stand around in Australia.

Thank you once again for another interesting and entertaining read.

Kind regards,

Globetraveller


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6859 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 11811 times:

Hi Nicholas,

great report with many excellent pictures, as usual! I don't get tired of reading EK reports, always interesting to see whether service levels change.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
There were people everywhere trying to board. So it’s just like how people want to get off a plane early but instead they all want to get on it at the same time and our plane is an A380! Crazy. It was very poorly managed. I remember back to the first flight I had on the EK A380 where there were actually announcements on who were to board (just like most civilised carriers). I was right at the back of the plane so I decided to jump into the snaking queue.

Wow, sounds terrible. I have only boarded the A380 at LHR and SIN where I didn't have a reason to complain.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The seats at the back of the plane aren’t my favourite in the whale. They’re close to a number of toilets and due to the engines being so quiet, multiple flushes can easily be heard. This would be very annoying for one flying a long sector in the back cabin. I find that the cabin crew rest area makes the 2 sides of 3 feel quite claustrophobic contrary to what the A380 is known to feel like so it’s good to see that they have started to get rid of it. So my favourite section on the A380 still remains the front of the second cabin.

I cannot remember hearing disturbing flushing noises on the EK A380, but only on the SQ bird. Probably I simply didn't notice them on my first A380 flight. Actually I liked the "private" section with the crew rest in the middle on A6-EDB.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The choice was either lamb or eggs on this flight. Being at the back of the cabin, there wasn’t much hope for getting the lamb and that was soon confirmed. They had run out of lamb, forcing me to settle with the egg.

And it happened again...

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
This time, the meal trolley was closely followed up by the drink trolley which made up for the previous flight with them.

Wonders still happen...  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Unlike the usual EK messy meal tray.

I'm surprised to hear that. I have found EK's trays fine every time.


Can't wait to read the next report, Nicholas!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 11711 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Haha now that's interesting! What happened to EY?



Haha .. i dunno, they're just 'there'   ... Too many Gulf carriers around me .. it is messing with my brain! LOL

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Wow, interesting to see that they're new to you. They've had them down under since that inaugural flight. I'd much rather be heading down one of the other aisles, not the green one though!



The last few times i was at BKK, they were using the red pop-ups. I was quite surprised to see these ones elsewhere. I was mostly attracted to the Business Class one, as it seductively shows the seat .. Not sure which was prettier, the crew or the seat!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Every single meal of mine in EK has been received in orderly fashion. Interesting to hear that it's usual for them to be messy!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
I'm surprised to hear that. I have found EK's trays fine every time.



I just think the large trays of the main meal service have a lot going on them. Packets and more packets squeezed in between the plates. Not that i mind because the food in total is quite the quantity, and i am usually full after annihilating the entire tray  

But apparently, those large trays are not on the A380 anymore due to space limitations in the galley! So what you got was the tray that is (or used to be) associated with a refreshment type of service.

Not sure if this is only applicable only to the A380, or is in fact a cost-cutting measure in its true form accross the entire fleet.

Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6859 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 11692 times:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 14):
But apparently, those large trays are not on the A380 anymore due to space limitations in the galley!

Hey Roni, that's an interesting aspect. I have to check my pictures.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1114 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 11666 times:

Yo Nicholas.

This joyride has longevity!

Joyrides in my local town last no more than 5 minutes if the traffic is OK.

EK shows yet again that it is making a very big impression in the trans-tasman market and I am sure QF and NZ will get hot under the collar when they hear of these types of load factors. How many of those would be continueing on from Dubai do you reckon?

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
But all the salt and pepper was needed to get some flavour out.

Yes I am a heavy user of those sachets to bring out the best of an airline meal!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 10):
Who knows why I bothered to do another EK A380 report!

Because they are bloody interesting! Also it is interesting for readers to identify consistency... I think that is a key quality in an airline, and unfortunately EK have repeatedly been questioned on it...
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
They certainly did their job but it's a real shame that the load master for food still can't get any of the meal choice ratios right.

I fully agree. There are some flight where one meal is so obviously going to be a popular choice. E.g. a flight that leave in the early afternoon, catering for a demographic that is predominantly meat eating and has few overseas workers, mostly visitors. Of COURSE the lamb in going to be popular! Your flying to NZ for heaven's sake. grrr...

Cheers Mr Young.

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6438 posts, RR: 38
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 11536 times:

Quoting airbear (Reply 11):
They used to be customers of mine.

IIRC they owned the 'better' brand in AKL until they were shut out by AIAL, searching for a sole operator. But they ended up resorting with 2, just without the Nuance owned one.

Quoting airbear (Reply 11):
...except not to buy anything, ever, no way, no how! Also, you may have noticed that there is not a great deal of room between some of the product shelves. If you have people walking in both directions, trying to get past each other together with their roll-bags and other cabin baggage, it is a squeeze. That being the case, it would be a great pity to see a few bottles of some expensive, old single malt whisky, say, go crashing to the floor while you disappear in the crowd. Wouldn't it?

LOL! Oh dear! But true, it might make them think again about having narrow aisles!! Although I don't really want to be the one brushing those shelves!

Quoting globetraveller (Reply 12):
Great to see another trip report! I guess you managed to find some time after your exams?

Excellent pictures and details as always - interesting to see the SYD to AKL flight for once. I keep missing it when I fly into New Zealand. It always suprises me how full the EK flights between NZ and Australia are - good use of these birds instead of having them stand around in Australia.

Hey GT, thanks for your comments. Yep, finally on holiday! And I assume you are too! Are you going to have any time to post another TR?

I've become partial towards the A345 ever since April and I'm glad I did take up that opportunity to go on it! Partial indirect persuasion from you, I must add   but I got the message that I should be trying out these other planes rather than to stick to what I've been flying on! Around holiday times, the flights get packed between NZ and Australia and I guess you would have found out that other times are no way near as busy.. But either way, it's great use of the aircraft to send them to NZ! Keep your eyes on the lookout possibly around the weekend for the next one (I hope..)! If you happen to be flying to NZ on EK again, you might be looking to take the A380 via SYD as the other 3 flights into NZ will soon be 77W   That's before they upgrade MEL to A380!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
great report with many excellent pictures, as usual! I don't get tired of reading EK reports, always interesting to see whether service levels change.

Thanks PH! Good to know, there's another EK TR but thankfully not of the A380 nature again! I'm probably the one getting sick of repeating myself!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):

Wow, sounds terrible. I have only boarded the A380 at LHR and SIN where I didn't have a reason to complain.

A complete shambles, I don't know if it's the airport company to blame or the ground staff of Emirates. Either way, there should be a (relatively) simple process which should be followed to make sure that things are done in order. But the thing I was also trying to get at was the fact that people ACTUALLY wanted to get on the plane! Because those same people are always the ones who want to be the first off it too! I guess we can't win them all..

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
I cannot remember hearing disturbing flushing noises on the EK A380, but only on the SQ bird. Probably I simply didn't notice them on my first A380 flight. Actually I liked the "private" section with the crew rest in the middle on A6-EDB.

Being your first A380 flight, it could have been that you weren't as susceptible to hearing these differences - we were probably just awed at the fact that it was so quiet rather than thinking twice about the noise around us, which in turn has hit on other experiences on the A380. Was your flight full when you first got on the A380? Being on a packed flight, it was no fun at all being in that back part!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Can't wait to read the next report, Nicholas!

I'll get stuck into it today while sitting on my business class seats looking at the lovely blue sky the weather has brought to us today..  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 14):
Too many Gulf carriers around me .. it is messing with my brain!

And we're also yet to see you try QR!  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 14):
it seductively shows the seat .. Not sure which was prettier, the crew or the seat!

LOL.. Making the seat look sexier than a person.. What is this world coming to?  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 14):

I just think the large trays of the main meal service have a lot going on them. Packets and more packets squeezed in between the plates. Not that i mind because the food in total is quite the quantity, and i am usually full after annihilating the entire tray

Feb 2009: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/SZgFclUqv6I/AAAAAAAABtU/bEw6kdVyaE4/s800/IMG_2320reformat.jpg

Nov 2009 (dinner): http://lh3.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/S0W6G4Py-0I/AAAAAAAADVU/-5hYMsb9M4Y/s800/IMG_5196edit.jpg

This TR: http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cYYIjMZbEQA/TCctBr3UgPI/AAAAAAAAEZE/uNS_gh-9dfg/s800/IMG_7199edit.jpg

No changes for any of my flights, I guess someone else has flown it more recently than I have. But one thing I point out - this TR is missing a muffin! What is this!? Or maybe the muffin was an inaugural special as well..  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 14):
But apparently, those large trays are not on the A380 anymore due to space limitations in the galley! So what you got was the tray that is (or used to be) associated with a refreshment type of service.

Space limitations.. Hmm. I can see how things will become much more squished looking at the above pics! But I must say a full tray as what you're describing is much better than having a big empty tray!

On an aside - a CX A343 just passed straight over my house  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
This joyride has longevity!

Yes indeed, Luke! Thanks for your comments. Another 4 flights to go, might squish them into one as the 3rd and 4th weren't particularly interesting.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
EK shows yet again that it is making a very big impression in the trans-tasman market and I am sure QF and NZ will get hot under the collar when they hear of these types of load factors. How many of those would be continueing on from Dubai do you reckon?

It certainly has. I believe it was one reason why NZ introduced PTVs in their A320s and 763s - to take some of that audience back from EK. But now they're going to cheapen their product once again and it's a real shame. QF have also moved to have PTVs in their trans Tasman aircraft. No idea about the continuation from DXB but I can tell you one thing for sure - I paid NZ$300 return for that flight, the cheapest return fare across the Tasman I'll probably ever get from a full service carrier.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
Yes I am a heavy user of those sachets to bring out the best of an airline meal!

You know what - I actually haven't needed them ever before! I usually save them so somewhere at home I think I have a few packets of salt, pepper and sugar.. That's how average this meal was in comparison to others I've had.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
Because they are bloody interesting! Also it is interesting for readers to identify consistency... I think that is a key quality in an airline, and unfortunately EK have repeatedly been questioned on it...

Well thanks for that! I.. Umm.. Can't say the same though! But yes, the consistency factor is something but in true honesty I probably don't have to go to the effort of writing a whole trip report to say whether it was consistent   I still question some parts of EK's service but overall they still seem to impress in Economy. (Talking here basically solely on the A380)

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
I fully agree. There are some flight where one meal is so obviously going to be a popular choice. E.g. a flight that leave in the early afternoon, catering for a demographic that is predominantly meat eating and has few overseas workers, mostly visitors. Of COURSE the lamb in going to be popular! Your flying to NZ for heaven's sake. grrr...

More incentive to sit up the front next time. It doesn't seem like they're going to change ways. But exactly, if you fly between NZ and Australia, how can you not expect loads of requests for lamb!?


Thanks guys!

Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineairbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 11520 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
IIRC they owned the 'better' brand in AKL until they were shut out by AIAL,

HI, yes. Sadly, for a long time neither I nor my NZ distributor were ever able to get our stuff into Regency DF. We came very close and were finally making progress when AIAL shifted the goal posts. Grrr !! Never mind, you can't win 'em all I guess.


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 11378 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
No changes for any of my flights, I guess someone else has flown it more recently than I have. But one thing I point out - this TR is missing a muffin! What is this!? Or maybe the muffin was an inaugural special as well..

Actually, from your pics it seems that the 'big' trays are used. But the plate that contains the bread in your Feb 2009 pic, used to be a second starter plate. So you would get a starter, and a salad in addition to the rest. Which means, three small plates (two starters and a dessert). And this type of service was served right before arrival into JFK during the A345 days  

On my Toronto flight last year, i think the trays were small, and i was told it was due to space limitations on the aircraft. But come to think of it, on such a long flight there were 2.5 meal services so that could be why the space issue came into place.

I will check my YYZ pics and the menus later!

Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6859 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 11335 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
Being your first A380 flight, it could have been that you weren't as susceptible to hearing these differences - we were probably just awed at the fact that it was so quiet rather than thinking twice about the noise around us, which in turn has hit on other experiences on the A380.

You could be right.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
Was your flight full when you first got on the A380?

No, there were several empty seats in my section.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
I'll get stuck into it today while sitting on my business class seats looking at the lovely blue sky the weather has brought to us today..

Thanks for destroying my last remaining piece of motivation to go to work today...  

Enjoy your flight!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6438 posts, RR: 38
Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11311 times:

Quoting airbear (Reply 18):

Yeah, that's life..

Quoting ronerone (Reply 19):

Very interesting. Yes, do check that. My A345 flight also had the big trays.. Maybe they circulate them around NZ-Australia. I wouldn't have a clue what they use from SYD/MEL/BNE-DXB though. So one starter has disappeared! What a disappointment!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
No, there were several empty seats in my section.

Having a completely packed flight really makes that section a tight squeeze!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Thanks for destroying my last remaining piece of motivation to go to work today...

Oh whoops.. Sorry! I'm just so glad to be on holiday.. The temperature didn't go above 15 today. My 'flight' was very relaxing.


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineEK773 From Malta, joined Jul 2004, 237 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11226 times:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 19):
Actually, from your pics it seems that the 'big' trays are used.

Roni is correct. Full size meal trays (peach colour) are used for DXB-LHR/CDG/BKK and SYD-AKL sectors while half size trays (green colour) are used for long range flights DXB-SYD/YYZ/ICN which serve two hot meals. This is due to the galley stowage restrictions.

Another factor of the meal choice dilema could be the flight delay. As you didnt push back till 10:00am once the meal cart finally comes around there is less chance of people wanting eggs at say 11am? They may have had breakfast while waiting in the terminal. Whereas, if the flight left on schedule more may have chosen the eggs. Though going to NZ im sure the demand for lamb would still outweigh.

[Edited 2010-07-01 01:45:54]

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6438 posts, RR: 38
Reply 23, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10858 times:

Quoting EK773 (Reply 22):

Thanks for the clarification EK773! What do they do on the A345 MEL/BNE-DXB? Small trays here too?

I'm sure that either way, the lamb would have run out by the time it got to the back. It's just a fact that the best options are easily taken by those in the front - I'll always seek a forward seat from now on!


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (4 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10756 times:

Hi Nicholas,

a fantastic report once again. Sorry for my late reply, but I couldn't find time to do it earlier.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
It wasn’t a very exciting flight especially due to the fact that I’ve done this leg a few times already. Who knows why I bothered to do another EK A380 report!

Oh yeah, some people here can say that already. It's such a shame I still have to take my first maiden A380 flight later this summer  
Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The next worst part about being at the back of a fully laden A380 is the wait to get out.

Can imagine that. How do people act? Do they all stand up on block-in, or do they stay in the seats and wait patiently?

Anyway, good writing and supurb sharp and clear pics. Looking forward to your next flights to show up here.

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
25 airnewzealand : It's a surprise to me that they are full too, THEY usually aren't. Even though they charge pennies for their flights (which is great for us)!!! Its i
26 Post contains images ronerone : As i mentioned above, when i used to fly EK to/from JFK on the A345, there were two main meal services (in addition to the usual 'As You Like It' sna
27 Post contains links and images NZ107 : Hi Eric, thanks for your comments! Not a problem, I'm sure you saw me commenting on about 12 in a row last week.. It just seems so boring and repetit
28 airnewzealand : Not a problem, I have heard rumours the QR may come to NZ from MEL. Interesting if true. A QR rep was recently at Auckland airport with the big guns.
29 Post contains images airpearl : Hey Nicholas, sorry for joining the party a little late this round. First off, let me say this is another fantastic new addition to your collection -
30 Post contains images NZ107 : Very nice. I'd like to try them out too! Hey Airpearl, not a problem. Thanks for joining! And thanks for your comments as usual. I'm glad you enjoyed
31 Post contains images ronerone : No worries airnewzealand. No offense taken. I think i just got too excited about the topic In a strange way, i sort of like the fact that the additio
32 airpearl : Sounds very enticing... will take up that challenge! haha can't wait... You're right there. My first A380 flight was ex-SYD on SQ and I was really im
33 NZ107 : It's up! Go and enjoy! Things have gone downhill since the A380 first started operations! But they still don't have enough room in the departure loun
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