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Eurotrip On EK’s A380 & 77L: PER-DXB-LHR (Part 1)  
User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 21760 times:

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After a year of non-flying it was time to go travelling again. This time it was a 5-week vacation to various parts of Europe with a friend from university. We decided to start in London and move our way through the mainland eventually finishing in Rome, lasting 5 weeks over our winter holidays. It was way too long since I was flying last time and the bug had bitten again.

The booking process started in late February just as university was starting for the year. I was checking out various airlines – mainly QF, EK, MH, SQ and even Air Asia X. The options early on for me were SQ and EK mainly due to fares, equipment, routing and also flying new airlines, which I hadn’t before. Emirates offered the most interesting routing. 77L from PER-DXB and then the A380 DXB-LHR with a 77W and 77L on the return legs from FCO-DXB-PER. Of course I was very keen to fly on the A380, 3 years after it had been put into service. SQ has similar fares but before we got our act together, the prices had gone up and so EK it was. Return Y fares were $1870 (including taxes) and the routing was:

• PER-DXB (77L)
• DXB-LHR (A380)
• FCO-DXB (77W)
• DXB-PER (77L)

Was slightly disappointed I couldn’t get to sample EK’s A345, as they are beautiful birds and they are becoming rarer and rarer. But the routing was set and the fares were booked.

The cities that we had planned to visit were (in order):
1. London/Pickering
2. Paris
3. Brussels/Leuven
4. Amsterdam/Rotterdam
5. Berlin
6. Prague
7. Munich
8. Venice
9. Florence
10. Pisa/Livorno
11. Rome

The entire booking process was done on EK’s website without hassle. I even joined their FF program (Skywards) and hopefully I’ll earn some miles on this trip along with their partnership with Virgin Blue in Australia, or maybe they’ll even join Oneworld in the not-to-distant future so that I can accrue points with QF on domestic flights.


THE DAY OF THE FLIGHT


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International Terminal – check in area.

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Heading up the escalators.

Semester 1 exams were just completed and it was time to go travelling again, thank god! My dad was flying out to China via CX171 (to HKG) that evening as well so it was well that we both got to the airport. Without surprise, PER was dead as usual, there was no queues whatsoever. I arrived at 20:30 for a 22:30 departure. The EK Y counters were busy so one of the Toll Priority staff who do the check-ins handled my check in (my luggage being tagged all the way through to LHR and boarding passes for both legs). My pre-booked online seats were given as expected and I was away. Went up to the viewing deck at PER and had a look at the birds that were on the tarmac tonight.

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Royal Brunei 763.

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EK 77L and an unknown private jet.

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EK77L ready to take me to DXB.

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BI B763 up close.

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Better view of the two other birds on the tarmac.

Of course there was our EK 77L, along with a Royal Brunei 763 heading back to base. There was also a SA A346 sitting next to the EK 77L along with a private/business jet parked in a more remote bay. The GE-110B’s look quite massive on the 77L but don’t compare to its older brother!

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It says it all, when all the international departures within an 8 hour period can be displayed on one FIDS TV screen!

Once past security, it was the walk through all the duty free shops (which I brought nothing from thankfully – however this may change on the way back). Boarding for passengers from rows 34-40 and people with young kids/the elderly was called at 22:10.

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Some moisture on this BI bird.

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Beautiful EK 77L

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Post-security tax-free shopping fun.



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User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 21707 times:

Continued...

19th June 2010
Emirates Flight EK421
Perth International Airport (PER) – Dubai International Airport (DXB), 9052km
A6-EWJ, MSN 35590, delivered to Emirates 30/03/2009, 32K
Scheduled – 22:30-05:30 (11 hours)
Actual – 22:30-05:10 (10 hours 40 minutes)



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Down the air-bridge we go!

Walked down the air bridge to door 1L and was welcomed by a Japanese and Kenyan FA, who guided me to the far side. Walking through F and J was a good experience, EK’s premium product certainly looks very enticing (at least the hardware part of the product). I arrived at 32K and took my seat. EK’s 3-4-3 seat configuration on their 777s has been widely debated and argued on A.net. Personally I honestly don’t mind it, it is narrower, but doesn’t feel narrow. Then again I’m pretty thin so maybe it’s just that? But the seat was definitely not narrow in my opinion and the pitch was quite good (33 inches). There is an IFE box in all G seats so legroom is slightly impeded but they aren’t overly cumbersome.

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Lovely J class section.

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Cargo door still open.

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Welcome screen to your seat. There’s no fights as to who’s seat this is.

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Cold night in Perth.


The FAs were fairly proactive in helping passengers to their seats and putting bags etc into the overhead lockers. There were a mix of Middle Eastern FAs to Asians and Africans. The overall cabin ambience was very good, the mood lighting was on and the general feel of the cabin made the passengers relaxed, as good as SQ and streets ahead of QF. The passengers were mostly Australian heading to Europe and a few businessmen.

The British captain, Mark Syme I believe, came on at 22:20 and gave the usual welcome, informing us of the routing flying north west over the Indian ocean and towards the south of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Total flying time was to be 10 hours and 30 minutes. There were two F/O’s on this flight (due to the duration of the flight I’m guessing). One was Canadian and other one was from Dubai. We would be cruising at FL380 tonight. FAs came around with (very) hot towels which were then quickly collected. Load for this flight was 100%, EK’s summer schedules seemed to be packed to the brim. I’m sure Tim Clarke and co are very pleased about this!

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Cabin just prior to push back.

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Decent legroom for Y.

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Great forward camera feature.

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Push back.

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Hot towel service commencing.

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Hot towel

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Safety video in Arabic first.


We pushed back from Gate 51 at 22:30 right on the scheduled departure time and taxied out to runway 21 (via taxiway bravo) for a SW departure flying over Cannington and then turning flying along the coast of Western Australia. The safety video was played over the IFE on the taxi out. The FAs came around with how towels prior to take off and then the first officer came over the PA as well. I’m impressed by the multilingual and multinational crew on EK, it gives it a nice advantage over other airlines, but it does lose some national identity with the airline, as someone else on this forum has already has pointed out. The take off roll was quite fast and the GE-110Bs lifted us off the terra firma 2/3rds of the way down the 3444m runway 21. Sitting on the right, it was a great view over the Perth City (I can see why now it’s called the City of Lights). We headed straight for the Indian ocean and was soon surrounded by the darkness of the night sky.

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Just after T/O.

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Flying NW initially.

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Night sky turned on immediately


For about 1-2 hours, there was quite a bit of high level turbulence flying through FL330, so we were left at FL320 for quite a period. As a result the seat belt sign was on for quite a long time – much longer than it is normally. ICE is an amazing product and one EK can be very proud of. It has an immense amount of choices for movies, music, entertainment and so forth. The addition of the downward and forward facing cameras on EK’s B777’s is fantastic and provides the passengers a great view of what the pilots would be seeing upon T/O or landing. One complaint with EK’s ICE touchscreen is that it is quite inaccurate, so for the majority I stuck to the controller.

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Forgot what movie this was.

It was interesting to note that lead F/A over the PA, referred to passengers as ‘customers’ when announcing the delay of the meal service due to the high level turbulence. I found this quite weird and this was consistently used throughout the flight. The turbulence I must note was pretty bad, even for an experienced (somewhat) flyer like myself – there was constant jolting side to side and FAs were asked to take their seats at some point through the turbulence as well.
Eventually after about 1 hour of flying time, the meal service began, even though the high level turbulence was still present somewhat. We eventually levelled off at FL300 at 23:35 (Perth time) and the FAs sprung into action, with the first meals (special meals) being delivered at 00:00.

When the FA came around and asked for my meal – I opted for the Beef Steak. Emirates certainly likes to be inventive with it’s shapes of it’s bowls and trays. The other choice was a Pesto Tortellini.

Entrée – Roast chicken salad.
Main – Beef steak
Dessert – Cheesecake

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I chose the Beef Steak.

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Delicious.

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Entrée and dessert.

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Bloody Mary! This one’s for you Roni!

All in all the meal service was amazing. The food was probably the best I’ve had aboard an aircraft. The salad entrée was fresh, crispy and the flavours balanced perfectly. Next came the main course, I had chosen the Beef as I normally stick with Chicken religiously. I was glad this deviation paid off. The sauce that accompanied the steak was nice, and the steak itself was juicy and very tender, with a nice set of vegetables to go with it as well.

To finish the cheesecake was slightly sweet, but not sickly, to my liking but the overall texture was very good. I had a Bloody Mary to go with the meal and it was extremely stiff, just the way I like it.

I must commend Emirates on an extremely well prepared and filling meal that was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Cup-holder

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Flight path – the only IFE one needs!

After this I switched on the IFE and put on some relaxing music before I dozed off for about 3 hours. Immediately after the supper service, the main cabin lights were dimmed and the ‘night sky’ was illuminated – one of the most creative and ingenious features onboard the Emirates birds in my opinion.

I had a decent rest and when I woke up, we were still 2 hours out from DXB, cruising at FL360 at 915km/h on a heading of 310°.

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Cabin (was actually darker than this).

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Darkened toilets – gave it a cool glow.

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Amenities – EK branded cologne/aftershave.

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Flying towards Sri Lanka.

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More than half way there!

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Beautiful cabin at night.

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Lights out – most were asleep by this stage.

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The bird I’m on today.


During the middle of the night – there appeared to a mid-air emergency when one of the off duty FAs at the rear galley began going into convulsions. The flight purser immediately came over the PA and asked if there was any doctors or trained medical personnel on the flight, and if so, could they please make themselves known to the crew. Later on I went to the back and he was given oxygen but still looking quite pale. I was fearing a diversion to maybe Colombo or Male but it didn’t eventuate (thankfully) and he was okay.

The lights were turned on and breakfast was served. Once again the special meals were dished out first. The choices were Swiss Omelette and a Breakfast Grill, I went with the latter. The rest of the flight was quite uneventful, the descent into Dubai began at 4:30 local time.

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Breakfast time – I opted for the Breakfast Grill (chicken patty, veal chipolata sausage, grilled Roma tomato and roasted potatoes)

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Brekky – very good.

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Final rush for the WCs.

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Seat-back

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Getting close to DXB.

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City lights.


It was quite a cloudy and foggy morning coming into DXB. The temperature was hovering around 33 degrees. We had a smooth landing on 12R at exactly 5:00 local time and 10 minutes later we were docked at gate B18. It was about 15-20mins before we finally got off the plane as I was sitting at the rear of the aircraft and just waiting for everyone to get off.

Landing Video at DXB.

My seatmate left his jackets in the overhead bin and unfortunately by the time we realised, we were already past the closed doors into the terminal and unable to go back and retrieve it.

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Taxiing to the gate.

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This is EK’s turf.

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Docked.

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Disembarking.

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Walking back through J.

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Looking back at this relatively new 77L.

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Echo Whiskey Juliet having a well earned rest.

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Company 77W in adjacent gate.

Continues...

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[Edited 2010-08-10 09:14:50]

[Edited 2010-08-10 09:27:52]


Where's the accelerometer on this thing?
User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 21707 times:

Continued...

DUBAI

I was interested to explore DXB as I had about 2 hours before boarding for the flight to London Heathrow was scheduled to begin. However I was disappointed overall, I thought it was a bit of a mess. The facilities were definitely there and all the hardware and infrastructure was very good but it wasn’t well executed or delivered. It lacks the finesse of a Changi or Chap Lap Kok. It felt very busy and lacked any big free open spaces that I enjoy. Furthermore the lack of information desks makes it very tedious incase you needed to get any information about anything. My friend had to wait 25-30mins before he was attended to at an Emirates’ desk regarding his lost clothing from the previous flight.

We eventually gave up and just went to the gate for the next flight as it was about time to board.

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It was around here where my friend realised he had left his stuff back in the overhead lockers.

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T3 at DXB.

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Walking to the transfer desks.

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FIDS.

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EK001 codesharing with CO9891.

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One of the few open areas in T3.

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Going to the security checks.

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Quiet T3 in the early morning.

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Not-so-quiet post security.

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T3.

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[Edited 2010-08-10 08:57:36]


Where's the accelerometer on this thing?
User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 21610 times:

Continued...

20th June 2010
Emirates Flight EK001
Dubai International Airport (DXB) – London Heathrow Airport (LHR), 5503km
A6-EDG, MSN 23, delivered to Emirates 23/12/2009, 84A
Scheduled – 07:45-12:15 (7 hours 30 minutes)
Actual – 07:50-12:23 (7 hours 33 minutes)



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My exploring was over and I made the way to Gate 230 for EK001. Unfortunately the windows at DXB are not very conductive to taking decent photos and not at all ideal for spotters. Nonetheless it’s a very interesting terminal with a few shortcomings but nothing that can’t be improved with better software and personnel.

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Boarding pass for EK001.

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Gate 230 for EK001 this morning.

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Dirty + curved windows = bad picture.

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I take it all the EK A380s depart from this side of the T3 complex?

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EK A380s galore.

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A6-EDG, quite a new bird.

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Company A332 parked next door.

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Down the air bridge once again.

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Yeah it was BIG!

For some reason I was not overly excited walking onto the A380 for the first time. Whether it was just because I was overly tired or otherwise, I was just not overly hyped. The A380 is divided up into zones and Zone C and F boarded first via Door 1L. An African and Japanese FA welcomed me.

Ground staff told me to refrain from taking pictures in the airbridge which was interesting, this was the first time I’ve noticed an issue with aviation photography this trip. I obeyed and said sorry. The boarding process took quite a while. Whilst the other passengers were boarding I decided to get a feel of the bird. It was very fresh and spacious, as expected. However I must say that I didn’t feel that X-factor that comes with a new plane being introduced into service, especially something as big as the A380. After all the hype from reading all the TRs from you fellow A.nutters and reading the promotional material from various websites and airlines, the A380 just did not make the impression on me I expected. This is not saying that it’s not a magnificent plane in almost every regard, but it just lacked that little something that made it extra special. Especially for airlines such as EK and SQ, the products on their newer birds match the A380 almost exactly, and the only discernable difference that could be noted was the differences in cabin ambience and the feeling of more room.

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First glimpse of the cabin.

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Exactly the same IFE system as the 77L.

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Remote and tray-table.

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The screen never got too hot at any stage throughout the flight, which is an issue I’ve had on almost all planes from other airlines. The cooling system must be good.

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Unique shape of the windows.

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Massive wing of the A380.


Another thing that I noted was that apparently the windows had 4 layers, I had always assumed a/c windows had 3 but this was surprising. Someone please correct me if I am wrong in this regard. The unique curvature of the plane also made it nice to have that extra bit of space between the window seat and the fuselage itself, and is a nice place to lean and relax (with a pillow of course!).

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A lot of space between the seat and window.

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To the rear too.

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Tail camera.

Power was restarted and the engines turned off prior to pushback, not sure why this was done. All the IFEs were reset accordingly as well. It seemed that finally the boarding process finished (after about 30mins), and during this period the a/c got quite hot. In this regard, the boarding process needs to be made much more efficient, not only on behalf of the flight crew but also on the passengers to take the responsibility to come to the gate on time.

Hot towels were offered just after push back and they were very hot! There was a mix of FAs serving the port side, of the aft part of the aircraft.

07:45 came and rolled by and there was no sign that we were departing. The Australian captain Raymond Jennison announced the flight route as well as the F/O Mark Lamb who was accompanying him on the flight deck. He noted that we would be initially flying to FL360 and then FL400 later on, with an estimated flying time of 6 hours and 25 minutes. We would take off to the SE towards Bahrain and Iran. The purser Aaron then gave a quick intro and welcomed us onboard the flight. The safety video was then played first in Arabic and then in English. I always miss the days of a manual safety demonstration.


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Company 77W pulling in.


A B77W (A6-ECS) just pulled in next to us into gate F23. Pushback occurred at 07:50 but we only got to the threshold of 30R at 8:25. There was a long hold at one of the holding point for 30R/12L, there were quite a few EK birds as well as a FlyDubai jet. We finally made our own onto the active and took off at 08:30, around 35 minutes behind schedule. The takeoff roll was very smooth and we rotated about 2/3rds down the 4000m runway.

Take-off video from DXB.

It was quiet but not noticeably so. We immediately made a left turn after takeoff and flew over the harbour.

Cabin ambience was relatively good, the load in Y was 100%. EK are really filling out these summer routes nicely. The mood lighting was turned on immediately as we were climbing through 4000. In my opinion, there was not much difference in cabin noise between the A380 and the 77L for example. In fact, I found the talking and chatting between passengers more noisy but that’s just me!

IFE as always was excellent but I noticed there was an annoying 1-2mins in ads before the start of every movie. I guess EK have to get some revenue from somewhere.

The flight itself was quiet uneventful. Being stuck in the window seat was great for looking out the window but with 2 fellow seat-mates fast asleep, it was hard to get out and go to the loo! I finally made it out and had a walk around – unfortunately the back stairs were cordoned off and we couldn’t go to the upper deck. Oh well – maybe one day I’ll fly J or F!

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Somewhere over Iran.

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Still passing through Iran I believe.

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Someone want to tell me what this river this?

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Mountain range.

I was stretching my legs with my mate who was sitting in 83A and a nice European FA Claire noticed my SLR and asked if we wanted our photo taken. We happily obliged. Apart from this, I didn’t get a real chance to talk to the FAs but overall they were very efficient and friendly when dealing with them. I noticed that call bells were attended to quickly (within 30seconds) which was good to see.

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Patchy cloud over this mountain range.

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Who needs IFE when you have a window seat and a great view?

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Snow covered peaks.

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Amazing view.


Meal service quickly commenced, I lost track what time it was – maybe 1 or 2 hours into the flight? The presentation and serving size was good. I have noticed that presentation is a strong point on EK meals, which is always good to see. 2nd meal service was also decent, but after 15 hours in the air, I had kind of lost my appetite. The choices for Breakfast were Cheese and Tomato Omelette or Scrambled eggs.

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Meal service – I went for the Cheese and Tomato Omelette.

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Delicious. Another excellent meal from Emirates!

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IFE controller.

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From the jump-seat.

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Clean, modern toilet on this A380.

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For some reason, the wooded panelling on EK’s planes appeal to me.

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Cabin shot of the rear of the Y section.

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Er Houston. We have a problem.

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Beautiful IFE screen.

There was another snack service about 1.5 hours prior to descent. It consisted of Cajun Chicken Ciabatta Roll and a Blueberry Muffin.

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Snack service

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Doesn’t look like much but tasted good.

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Muffin

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Lots of patchy cloud, why do I always get a dirty window!

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Superior cooling system.

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Tail-cam on descent.

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Close-up of the wingtip fence on this A380.

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Downward camera and our shadow.



We hovered around FL360-400 for the majority of the flight before we started our descent 30mins prior to landing. Flying through the clouds just below 5000, I got my first glimpse of London, the UK and Europe. It was a very satisfying experience, being in a continent so full of culture and history. My tiredness suddenly went away and I was taking in all of the landscape of London’s outskirts.

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First glimpse of London, UK and Europe.

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Outskirts of London.

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Flaps being deployed.


We had an easterly approach over the city and Twickenham. Finals were smooth and having the tail/front camera was magnificent. This is a strong feature that should be incorporated into all new aircrafts, my landing video is below – feel free to watch it.

Landing video at LHR.


We landed on 27L at 12:03 local time. Very smooth landing as you can see from the video. The captain then came over the PA and announced that we had to hold as our bay was still being occupied by another jet awaiting departure. We sat on the tarmac for 20 minutes before finally taxing into bay.

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QF 744.

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IB A320

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TG 744

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SQ A380

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ME A332 – new airline for me.

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SQ A380 back to SIN.


We parked next to a ME A332 and a SQ A380 in the adjacent bay was just pushing back for the midday departure back to SIN. Of course, the whole range of BA’s fleet was also on display to see. It was another 15-30mins before we got off the plane, and whilst walking off, I asked the FA at door 1L if I could quickly visit the cockpit and have a chat to the pilots. We had a friendly chat about the flight and they were kind enough to let me take a few photos.

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Cockpit of this A380. Many thanks to the flight crew for letting me in!

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Pretty impressive.

One thing I love is Emirates’ policy with photography and their friendliness in regards to this. After the past decade, a lot has changed but I’m glad Emirates still allows visitors to the cockpit, even if it’s after the aircraft is on the tarmac.

I bid my farewells to the flight crew and the purser and left to go through immigration and collect my luggage. Because I was off the aircraft last, it was a 30min in the queue for immigration but eventually we got through and quickly collected our bags from the carousels and headed to London via the Tube!

http://imgur.com/YWdpR.jpg
Bye bye A380.

http://imgur.com/lcADM.jpg
Close-up.

http://imgur.com/yWniX.jpg
LHR T3.

http://imgur.com/G8Jhy.jpg
Near the tube station.



I will aim to put up some photos of the various cities we visited as well. I’ll post the first half of the cities we visited in this report and in the report of the return flight; I’ll put the rest up.

Hope you enjoyed this report as much as I did writing it. Emirates is a really great airline and has a lot going for it. If DXB improved in terms of both space and personnel in the terminals, Emirates would really have a great package. Of course the hardware it offers is superb. The crews and inflight catering was also to be commended on providing a decent level of service and some delicious meals respectively.

Once again thank you for reading and if you have time, feel free to check out my other reports, as listed here:

Experiencing Phuket On SQ’s New A330
PER-MEL-LST On QF, JQ & DJ (pics)



Regards,
Pete



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User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 21064 times:

Hey Pete great 1st part of this double header. Definitely looking forward to the 2nd part.

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 1):
Walked down the air bridge to door 1L and was welcomed by a Japanese and Kenyan FA, who guided me to the far side. Walking through F and J was a good experience, EK%u2019s premium product certainly looks very enticing (at least the hardware part of the product). I arrived at 32G and took my seat. EK%u2019s 3-4-3 seat configuration on their 777s has been widely debated and argued on A.net.

That's quite odd that you entered via 1L as normally it's 2L so that no one sees the First Class cabin. Oh well at least it gave you a glimpse of the product.

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 3):
Power was restarted and the engines turned off prior to pushback, not sure why this was done. All the IFEs were reset accordingly as well.

This has happened on many flights I have been on but like yourself I don't know why. Would be to find out if anyone knows out here on a.net.

Hope you enjoyed your time in London and the rest of Europe? Look forward to reading the 2nd instalment.

Sandeep (AI151)



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6658 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 21025 times:

Hi Pete,

excellent report, I enjoyed reading a lot. Good to see you got both the 77L and the A380, two of the most impressive types in the air. Don't worry, the A345s in service won't be retired anytime soon - so you may get a chance again to try that bird.

The catering looks great and it's nice to hear all the meals were tasty. I can only confirm that, never got a bad meal on EK.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
The cities that we had planned to visit were (in order):
1. London/Pickering
2. Paris
3. Brussels/Leuven
4. Amsterdam/Rotterdam
5. Berlin
6. Prague
7. Munich
8. Venice
9. Florence
10. Pisa/Livorno
11. Rome

Very impressive! Good to see Munich is on the list.

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 2):
In my opinion, there was not much difference in cabin noise between the A380 and the 77L for example. In fact, I found the talking and chatting between passengers more noisy but that’s just me!

The cabin noise is definitely much lower on the A380 - and the result is that you hear more other sounds.

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 3):
IFE as always was excellent but I noticed there was an annoying 1-2mins in ads before the start of every movie. I guess EK have to get some revenue from somewhere.

Yes, I noticed that, too. What I find even more annoying are the ads permanently disrupting the airshow.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
Oh well – maybe one day I’ll fly J or F!

You can also try the Y Class sections on AF or SQ.


PH



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 20892 times:
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Nice report Pete, thanks for sharing.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
I even joined their FF program (Skywards) and hopefully I’ll earn some miles on this trip along with their partnership with Virgin Blue in Australia, or maybe they’ll even join Oneworld in the not-to-distant future

- Don't hold your breath for EK to join OW.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
When the FA came around and asked for my meal – I opted for the Beef Steak. Emirates certainly likes to be inventive with it’s shapes of it’s bowls and trays. The other choice was a Pesto Tortellini.

Entrée – Roast chicken salad.
Main – Beef steak
Dessert – Cheesecake

- Might be the time of the flight but the portions look smaller than usual.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
In my opinion, there was not much difference in cabin noise between the A380 and the 77L for example

- Your kidding right?!

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
with 2 fellow seat-mates fast asleep, it was hard to get out and go to the loo!

- Thats one of the down sides of the window seat. even in some J seats!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4846 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 20764 times:

Very impressive trip report. Thank you for taking the time to put it all together.
Looks like you had a great trip!



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User currently offlineSerdar From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 20652 times:

Nice trip report and the pictures was also good  

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1883 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 20199 times:
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Great report! EK always look to provide a nice product in Y. I love the wood paneling around the windows on the A380; how classy!

Thanks for sharing!

767747


User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 20049 times:

Thanks for all the replies!

Quoting AI151 (Reply 4):
That's quite odd that you entered via 1L as normally it's 2L so that no one sees the First Class cabin. Oh well at least it gave you a glimpse of the product.

I think that's only at PER.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 4):
Hope you enjoyed your time in London and the rest of Europe?

Definately did, my favourites were London, Berlin, Munich and Rome!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Don't worry, the A345s in service won't be retired anytime soon - so you may get a chance again to try that bird.

Hey PH, I think they're pulling A345s from PER, last time I checked the schedules anyway. EK are going to be using 77Ws and 77Ls from now on...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
The cabin noise is definitely much lower on the A380 - and the result is that you hear more other sounds.

Yeah exactly, you summed it up nicely.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
You can also try the Y Class sections on AF or SQ.

My next aim is to fly V Australia or EY or QR..

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
- Don't hold your breath for EK to join OW.

Hi Mark, I fear this will only be a dream. Is EK likely to join any alliance any time soon?

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
- Your kidding right?!

I think PH summed up my thoughts nicely as above. The noise from the drone of the engines etc is definately less, but this is made up by the talking of fellow pax and crying babies etc...nothing a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones won't fix  
Quoting type-rated (Reply 7):
Very impressive trip report. Thank you for taking the time to put it all together.
Looks like you had a great trip!
Quoting Serdar (Reply 8):
Nice trip report and the pictures was also good
Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
I love the wood paneling around the windows on the A380; how classy!

Thanks, was a great trip, looking forward to putting some pics up of the trip itself. The return report should be up by the weekend.



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User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 18164 times:

Hey Pete,
An excellent Trip Report , I don't know how I missed it :P , I m into everything connected to EK and Dubai . I also have to say that your pictures are superb.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
Dirty + curved windows = bad picture.

  

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
I take it all the EK A380s depart from this side of the T3 complex?

Yup the gates on the other side are not ready for the A380  But I am sure when the new ones come in they will have to use them . It would be interesting though if they park them at a remote stand it would be cool if they have a staircase from the bus to the upper deck :P

Will certainly look forward for more trip reports from you   Thanks again for sharing
Cheers
Islam Darwish



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 39
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 16657 times:

Hi Pete,

Nice to see another TR from you! Great job.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
Was slightly disappointed I couldn't get to sample EK's A345, as they are beautiful birds and they are becoming rarer and rarer. But the routing was set and the fares were booked

Indeed, I would have been too. The A345 is a beautiful bird and I took up the chance earlier this year to head to MEL and fly home on it. I'm glad I did make that effort to fly on it too. The seating arrangement helps by being 2-4-2 as well.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
Personally I honestly don't mind it, it is narrower, but doesn't feel narrow.

Exactly what I found when I flew on an EK 77W a few years ago.

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
All in all the meal service was amazing. The food was probably the best I've had aboard an aircraft.

EK never seem to disappoint on the meal front.. Or with IFE for that matter!

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 2):
I was interested to explore DXB as I had about 2 hours before boarding for the flight to London Heathrow was scheduled to begin. However I was disappointed overall, I thought it was a bit of a mess. The facilities were definitely there and all the hardware and infrastructure was very good but it wasn't well executed or delivered. It lacks the finesse of a Changi or Chap Lap Kok. It felt very busy and lacked any big free open spaces that I enjoy. Furthermore the lack of information desks makes it very tedious incase you needed to get any information about anything. My friend had to wait 25-30mins before he was attended to at an Emirates' desk regarding his lost clothing from the previous flight.

Interesting. I'll keep that in mind for any future trips. It has always been seen in my head as this massive place for many many transiting people and the trip reports back this up because there are so many people saying how full the lounges are and the EK one is made for catering for heaps of people.. Which it does but it's not as personal as other places around the world.

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 3):
A lot of space between the seat and window.

Too much space! It really is deadspace if you ask me..

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 3):

I was stretching my legs with my mate who was sitting in 83A and a nice European FA Claire noticed my SLR and asked if we wanted our photo taken. We happily obliged. Apart from this, I didn’t get a real chance to talk to the FAs but overall they were very efficient and friendly when dealing with them. I noticed that call bells were attended to quickly (within 30seconds) which was good to see.

That's a great touch. Also important that they pay attention to those FA call bells!

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 3):
One thing I love is Emirates’ policy with photography and their friendliness in regards to this.

Indeed. It's wonderful to be able to get chances to talk to the pilots and everything while taking pictures of the cockpit! I've been in EK's A345 and A380 cockpit now!

Looking forward to future parts of this trip report! Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Nicholas



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User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16382 times:

Excellent trip report. Really enjoyed reading it as well as all the pictures. I'm waiting for the next part and to look at pictures from all the cities you are visiting. I would also like to hear your views about Munich, as I'm headed there in November.  
Thanks a bunch for writing the report. EK looks like it's great in Y. Would love to try them out sometime!!!


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2433 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16353 times:

Hi Pete,

Great report of EK all the way from PER! It has been more than two years since I visited the city. Your pictures make me want to go back there again.

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 3):
Ground staff told me to refrain from taking pictures in the airbridge which was interesting, this was the first time I’ve noticed an issue with aviation photography this trip. I obeyed and said sorry.

Well, the ground staff at Middle Eastern airports can be unpredictable regarding photo-taking. I tried to be discreet about it during our transit in Doha last month.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 15965 times:

Quoting AI151: That's quite odd that you entered via 1L as normally it's 2L so that no one sees the First Class cabin. Oh well at least it gave you a glimpse of the product.

Yes, it's true. PER is such an old airport (read badly designed) that it only has one airbridge for boarding and you even have to go down steps unless you are disabled. If you are disabled you have to use a centrally located lift and backtrack to the airbridge with a member of the cabin crew! Maybe when the new terminal faculities are built that will change. In the meantime all passengers enter by the same door.


Quoting a1ring23: I asked the FA at door 1L if I could quickly visit the cockpit and have a chat to the pilots. We had a friendly chat about the flight and they were kind enough to let me take a few photos.

Well bugger me, there was I sitting in 2A with a clear view of the cockpit as the cockpit door was open before departure in PER, and I was too afraid to ask as I thought I might be chucked off the flights as a potential terrorist threat. I know better next time.


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26520 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 15653 times:

Hey very nice report and pics , nice to see EK offer a good Y experience. I love the skylights .

OA260



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User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 14836 times:

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 11):
An excellent Trip Report , I don't know how I missed it :P , I m into everything connected to EK and Dubai . I also have to say that your pictures are superb.

Thank you Islam, glad you enjoyed it, looking forward to writing and posting the return trip when I get a chance. Been so busy lately, uni has taken a hold of me  EK certainly has a great product and I look forward to some improvements to the transiting experience at DXB.

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 11):
It would be interesting though if they park them at a remote stand it would be cool if they have a staircase from the bus to the upper deck :P

Haha, double-decker airstairs!! I like that idea!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
The A345 is a beautiful bird and I took up the chance earlier this year to head to MEL and fly home on it. I'm glad I did make that effort to fly on it too.

Nick, do they still do MEL-AKL? If so I'd definitely be keen on flying over to AKL via MEL just to try it out. Pity EK's pulled it out of PER for the 424/425 runs.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
Too much space! It really is deadspace if you ask me..

Indeed, can be a hassle when trying to rest.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 13):
I would also like to hear your views about Munich, as I'm headed there in November.

I loved Munich, one of my favourites apart from London, Berlin and Rome. Lots of amazing history and the people there are lovely! I'll put some photos up later on of my time there (+ in the other cities).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 14):
Great report of EK all the way from PER! It has been more than two years since I visited the city. Your pictures make me want to go back there again.

Suryo, you must come down-under for xmas! The best time, might be a bit hot though! Still you can enjoy the beaches and long summer days.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 15):
Well bugger me, there was I sitting in 2A with a clear view of the cockpit as the cockpit door was open before departure in PER, and I was too afraid to ask as I thought I might be chucked off the flights as a potential terrorist threat. I know better next time.

Indeed, I find it alot better if you wait until after the flight. They're generally a lot more accommodating then.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 16):
Hey very nice report and pics , nice to see EK offer a good Y experience. I love the skylights .

Thanks Phil, glad you enjoyed. The skylights is indeed an excellent feature of EK's newer birds!

I promise I'll post some pics up of my holiday and write the return trip ASAP.

Cheers for reading,
Pete

[Edited 2010-09-21 07:22:29]


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 39
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14522 times:

Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 17):
Nick, do they still do MEL-AKL? If so I'd definitely be keen on flying over to AKL via MEL just to try it out. Pity EK's pulled it out of PER for the 424/425 runs.

Nope, only BNE-AKL and only until the end of the year. Though I wouldn't think there's that much difference (esp price wise) between flying via BNE or MEL! New Zealand's going 77W and A380.



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User currently offlineTBloemink From Netherlands, joined Mar 2010, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13339 times:

Quoting a1ring23 (Thread starter):
The screen never got too hot at any stage throughout the flight, which is an issue I%u2019ve had on almost all planes from other airlines. The cooling system must be good.

Perhaps one of the reasons its called ICE?



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 4724 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12568 times:

This is probably the best trip report I've ever read! Seriously!!!

EK has something of a special place in my heart since I flew them on my first ever trip to Australia and subsequently when I emigrated here 6 months later (albeit MAN-DXB-SIN-DXB) so it's always nice to see how they're doing!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 18):
BNE-AKL and only until the end of the year.

The last A345 leaves DXB for AKL on December 31, and therefore the last chance to fly BNE-AKL-BNE is January 1. Still, maybe a nice end of Semester 2 exams trip to NZ?  

If you don't mind me asking what is it that you study?
(Please feel free not to answer!)



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User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10302 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 18):
Nope, only BNE-AKL and only until the end of the year.

Damn, well it looks like I've missed my chance!

Quoting TBloemink (Reply 19):
Perhaps one of the reasons its called ICE?

Touche!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 20):
This is probably the best trip report I've ever read! Seriously!!!

Cheers, glad you liked it!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 20):
The last A345 leaves DXB for AKL on December 31, and therefore the last chance to fly BNE-AKL-BNE is January 1. Still, maybe a nice end of Semester 2 exams trip to NZ?

If you don't mind me asking what is it that you study?

I study Medicine.


2nd part of the report is up!
Eurotrip On EK’s 773 And 77W: FCO-DXB-PER (Part 2)



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9216 times:

Wonderful trip report, I like all the details provided. I hope you had a nice stay in Europe (especially in Belgium  )


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinea1ring23 From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8694 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
Wonderful trip report, I like all the details provided. I hope you had a nice stay in Europe (especially in Belgium

Thanks! Looking forward to going back to Belgium in the not too distant future - it is a great country, the people are very nice!


A few Landing/Takeoff videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDQmDZTmTmw
EK421 (PER-DXB) Landing at Dubai Airport.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-S5bA9g8S0
EK001 (DXB-LHR) Takeoff from Dubai Airport.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joLVxZFbjQk
EK001 (DXB-LHR) Landing at Heathrow.



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