EkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 6 Posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 10580 times:
Welcome to my third trip report.
Hope yienz are having a great summer.
Well I have called this part one but sadly when I do so I never seem able to finish part two , but hopefully this time I wilL
This trip will include two flights, that will take me more than half way across the globe.
(1) Emirates (Dubai to New York JFK) Part1
(2) Delta ( New York JFK to Pittsburgh, PA) Part2
I would like to apologize for the sub-par quality of my pictures and the lack of pictures of Dubai Terminal 3, well I do have some pictures up , from one of my previous trips on Facebook , if ur interested have a look :http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/photo.php?pid=9058137&id=794265503&ref=album&fbid=270875880503
Emirates, the biggest airline in the region. An airline that has defied all measures since its foundation in 1985 and in the relatively short span of 25 years it has expanded and grown to become an organisation that some say is beyond control. Yes you may know all that because the spot light has been and will be on them for quite a long time, with their excessive plane orders contributing to their ever-growing fleet , their eye catching advertisements , inconsistent service and very attractive hardware , they sure are worth the fame.
So why did I choose Emirates?
Well I would't really say it was my choice , because I certainly would have preferred something a bit more exotic , like TK or even MS (yes I just said MS). But what to do , my dad's a big fan of Emirates , a proud gold card member of their frequent flier program , Skywards. While my mom on the other hand would have paid any price for her convenience , so Emirates it was !
Booking was done with much ease through the user-friendly Emirates website , which is a true asset to the airline.
Then rolled along the 5th of July and while our flight wouldn't depart until 2 am on the 6th of July we were all ready with our overstuffed bags , well at least mine was over-stuffed at 8pm . An angry Mr. Amjad (the taxi-driver) called to inform us that he has been waiting for the last 10 minutes . And so we stuff our bags in the taxi and start our 7 minute journey to the airport , at 8:50 pm.
Flight: EK 203
Date: 6 July
DXB T3 -JFK T4
Fight Duration: 12:50
Dep. Gate: 201 Arv Gate: 7
We were dropped at the First and Business class entrance thanks to my dad's gold card we were all able to check in at the deserted Bussiness class America counter. The procedure didn't take that long and within 5 minutes from our arrival at the terminal we were handed our Boarding passes by Amanda and we were informed that we were all welcome to use the Business Class Lounge in Terminal 3.
So with boarding passes in hand and clearing Passport control and security not much of a hassle we were in the crowded duty free complex by 9: 20 more than 4 hours left for our flight.
After lots of shopping we were admitted into the serenity of the lounge for the few hours left for our flight.
The food offerings in the lounge were of a good standard and although the lounge got quite crowded at around 12 am , the layout helped make the place look very spacious , I personally love the terminal 3 lounge , much more than the crowded and unpleasant J class lounge in Terminal 1.
So after quite a pleasent time in the lounge it was announced that EK flight 203 was boarding through gate 201 , which could be accessed from the lounge level , a very nice service from premium pax. After our BP's were scanned and documents thoroughly checked ( the Egyptian passport is quite confusing , yes its hand written ) we were let into the
gate area were we where subject to another security check , which had two separate lines , gents and ladies. After clearing that it was another short walk down the empty jet bridge to the plane.
I was welcomed at the door by Andrew (Indian Purser) , he addressed me by my last name and informed me that I would have quite a lengthy walk down the cabin to my seat 41 B , yes I am stuck in a middle seat between my mom and dad.
Shortly after we took our seats , doors were closed and announcements were made , I spotted a four seater with three seats empty and so after consulting the person seated there ( a Bangladeshi business man) me and my belongings occupied two seats of the four seater and my parents got an empty seat between them.
We were pushed back at 2:10 am , 10 minutes past our scheduled Departure time and our take off roll was performed shortly and at exactly 2:28 am EK 202 plunged into the darkness over the Arabian or Persian gulf heading to New York.
Thanks to my sleeping pills , I dozed off for about 6 hours missing dinner service , which my dad said wasn't really appetizing. Here are a few pictures taken during the flight.
The second meal service started 2 hours prior to arrival in JFK , just after the immigration cards were distributed. My meal was fine , nothing special , it was followed with two drink services and then the trays were collected.
The mid flight snack which I had forgotten to take a picture of was really good the wrap was hot and fresh , so nice that I had 2.
The flight attendants on this flight were a mixed bag as usual , what is worth mentioning is that this time the South east asian flight attendants were being the rude robotic ones , while the two that were working on my side were Janet who had a really strong French accent and Aleena from India , who always made it a point to smile warmly and to say your very welcome when thanked , kudus to you.
By 6:40 we had begun our slow decent into JFK flying over Long Island and Queens before touching down at 7:20 am , 25 minutes ahead of schedule . Pic Break
By saluka18 at 2010-07-29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPJzxe9Z6kY&hd=1
Taxing to gate.
Never saw this one before !
After a short taxi and a long wait in line to disembark , I stepped foot for the first time on American soil or maybe american jet-bridges and the jet-bridge wasn't a very nice so lets leave that. with a short walk to Passport control counters. The lines for passport control were really long but it moved fairly quickly as the officers were very efficient and stern :S.
Our documents were checked visa's and scanned and return tickets looked at , we were granted a six month entry into the United States without a smile, but with a almost silent "have a good one".
Bags were on the belt when we went there , thanks the the priority tags
We cleared customs without incident and we were warmly welcomed by my brother in law.
Well this is quite what I expected from Emirates , the seats were comfy enough not that cramped and ICE digital wide screen is the best out there for sure. The cabin crew enjoyed being confined in their galley avoiding or let me say delete calls from passengers on their screen with the exception of a few who remembered that they are not joy riding to JFK. So would I fly Emirates again , yes I would.
Pictures from my three night stay in New York, we stayed at the hilton and had booked it at the last minute for quite a reasonable price at least for the Big Apple. I would highly recommend staying there due to its convenient location and proximity to both fifth avenue and times square.
Clinton street in the lower east side.
panoramic view from top of the rock , which was just across the street from the hotel.
This marks the end of Part One . All comments are appreciated even if negative :P.
See ya hopefully in part 2.
ronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8938 times:
Great TR Islam!
One question, did the purser (or maybe the SFS?) personally greet your dad and welcome him on board at anytime during the flight? It is supposed to be a mandatory procedure for the crew to do so to all high-status Skywards members on board.
Thanks for sharing!
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Yes sure they are worth a try , but please don't get hooked up on them , I have been through that road :P.
Thank you very much ,glad you enjoyed it.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 4): did the purser (or maybe the SFS?) personally greet your dad and welcome him on board at anytime during the flight?
Well he was supposed to do that but he didn't, because on all my dad's other Y-class flights he was personally greeted , I guess he was too busy but still thats no excuse. what do you expect its Emirates , good that the purser made it onboard :P