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Discovering Emirates - BOM-DXB - 777-300ER  
User currently onlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 27877 times:

Discovering Emirates - BOM-DXB - 777-300ER




BACKGROUND


Emirates operates a total of FIVE daily flights to Mumbai. With 35 flights a week, you will almost always find an EK flight listed at BOM airport at any time of the day. There is a joke that we Indian Anetters share – A day will soon arrive, when the cheapest option between Mumbai & Delhi will be an Emirates flight – via Dubai!

All the five daily flights on the BOM-DXB sector are operated by an assortment of aircraft ranging from the A330-200 to the 777-300ER. Also, all flights are operated using three class aircraft – a testimony to the significant amount of premium traffic on this route.

During the summer of 2010, for a limited period of time, Emirates had deployed their ultra long haul Airbus A340-500 on the late evening flight into BOM. I had never flown on Emirates before let alone on the rare A340-500 type. This seemed like the best opportunity to try both! Moreover, EK was offering quite attractive fares on the BOM-DXB sector.

I decided to make a quick weekend trip to Dubai and booked my tickets on the morning departure out of BOM – EK 505 operated by a 777-300ER and the return on EK 508 – operated by an A340-500. To sweeten it further, I booked the return in Business Class!  

Booking was done on the Emirates website. For some reason, the EK website does not accept Amex cards, so I had to pay a visit to the Emirates city office to get the tickets issued. The ticket was promptly issued and presented to me in a nice little folder.

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REACHING THE AIRPORT


The Meru cab arrived at my place at its designated time and I was soon on my way to the airport, just before the beginning of the morning rush hour. The monsoon had made an early entry into Mumbai this year, and we encountered a mild drizzle on the way.

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I was dropped off at the departure gate of Terminal 2C of the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. After the mandatory check of my passport and ticket, I made my way inside the terminal.

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CHECK-IN


I had checked in online a day before departure knowing well that the morning flight is quite popular given its convenient timings.

The Emirates check-in counters were right in front of the entrance, and I was ushered to one of the empty counters by the EK staff. My boarding pass was issued within two minutes, and I sat down to fill up the lengthy Indian departure card.

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After clicking a few photos of the check-in area, I walked to one of the money changing kiosks. As the agent was working on my order, I decided to click a photo of the empty SQ check-in counters nearby. As soon as I had clicked a couple of shots, a Mumbai police constable walking past me told me, “Clicking photos is not allowed here”

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That’s it – It’s three times out of three now that someone at the BOM airport has told me that photography was not allowed. And as always, I told him – politely of course – that photography was indeed allowed and he could verify it with the airport manager if he wanted to. He shrugged his shoulders, said “OK” and walked away. This has now become part of the check-in ritual every time I fly out of the BOM International Terminal.

Money changed, I stood in the queue for Immigration. Mornings at BOM are not that busy, and my passport was stamped within five minutes. Next was security check, after which I rode the escalator one level down to the departures area.

The Duty Free area which is normally buzzing with people during the peak hours was quite empty.

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Even the F&B outlets wore a deserted look.

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THE WAIT


Being a Titanium Master Card holder, I was eligible to use the Clipper Lounge at BOM. The lounge was a good 100-150 meters walk and I passed by the dedicated Emirates lounge on the way.

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Entrance to the Clipper Lounge

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As I had expected, there were not too many people in the lounge, although the comfy leather recliners were all taken. There were quite a few folks from a BA flight to LHR, which had been diverted overnight to AMD and was subsequently cancelled. A couple of BA staffers later came to take them away – presumably to a hotel.

Some photos of the Clipper Lounge

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Boarding Pass

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Breakfast at the Lounge

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After spending an hour inside the lounge, I freshened up and walked towards Gate 8 – which was designated for EK 505 today.

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Waiting for the boarding announcement. Note the tiny passenger!

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FLIGHT INFORMATION


Sector: BOM-DXB
Airline: Emirates
Flight: EK 505
Aircraft: Boeing 777-36N ER
Registration: A6-EBE
Scheduled Departure: 0945 Actual Departure: 0959
Scheduled Arrival: 1115 Actual Arrival: 1116
Seat: 45A


BOARDING


There was a pre-boarding announcement made. When the actual boarding began passengers with infants and small children were invited to board first, followed by First & Business Class passengers and Skywards Gold members. Economy Class passengers were then invited to board zone wise.

It was quite a task to walk through the narrow aisles of the EK 777s due to the 3-4-3 seating configuration. I made my way to the aft end of the aircraft, and settled down in my window seat – 45A. Now, seat 45A was in the last row of the group of three seats. Row 46 onwards had a 2-4-2 configuration because of the tapering rear fuselage.

The EK website did not allow me to select any of the seats in the last few rows, so I asked the FA if I could shift to a window seat there later if they were unoccupied, and she said OK.

The view from my seat – A Qantas A330 to SIN

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The boarding took about 30 minutes to complete, and the crew began securing the cabin for take-off. The EK safety video was then shown. I moved two rows behind and settled in another window seat.

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Pre-departure drinks were passed around

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THE FLIGHT


We began our pushback a few minutes later than our scheduled departure time, and one by one the massive GE-90 engines came alive. It was great to hear the typical low moaning sound as the engines spooled up. With both engines powered up, we began our taxi towards the runway.

The most recognized face on EK

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The BOM spotting location. No one there today!  http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss57/vivekman777/BOM-DXB%20June%202010/P28.jpg

The view from the nose-wheel camera as we lined up on Runway 27.

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With the typical GE-90 whine, the engines spooled up to take-off power, and we rolled down Runway 27 accelerating swiftly. Within 40 seconds, we lifted off into the hazy and overcast Mumbai sky.

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Leaving the Mumbai coast and heading west.

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Flight details and routing

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There was mild turbulence as we broke through the thick layer of monsoon clouds.

It was now time to explore EK’s famed IFE system – ICE. I had heard and read so many good things about ICE, and therefore had really high expectations from the system.

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Plenty to choose from and not enough flying time!  http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss57/vivekman777/BOM-DXB%20June%202010/P38.jpg

There were tons of movies and the one that I wanted to watch was right at the end!

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I had not watched “Up in the Air” yet, and what would be a better time to watch it than now??

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The IFE controller

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The crew handed out Menus for the breakfast service on today’s flight.

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THE MEAL


The lead steward, a cheerful British guy, asked me what I would like to drink. I asked him if they had any wine, and he said that he would check. He soon returned with a tray filled with an assortment of reds and whites. “You’re in luck, Sir. We have quite a few!” he said.

I chose “Vina Esmeralda 2009”, a Spanish white to accompany my meal – fluffy omelette with a cheese and tomato topping.

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The omelette was superb – soft, fluffy and piping hot. The accompanying herbed potatoes and chicken sausage were also quite delicious. This was one of the few in-flight meals that I found to be really tasty.

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The meal was rounded up with a nice cup of tea.

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We were now cruising nicely over the Arabian Sea.

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And so was this guy.

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After finishing the meal, it was time for the mandatory cabin photo. The pink mood-lighting made for a nice shot.

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Soon after, the captain announced our initial descent into DXB. As I settled down in my seat to watch the remainder of the movie, the brown coastline of the UAE came into view.

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The IFE screens showed the gate information for connecting flights and the belt number for our baggage.

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As we descended further, the Arabian desert came into full view.

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We rounded off the northern tip of the UAE near Sharjah and began a left bank to turn into Dubai.

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We soon lined up with Runway 12L. The skyscrapers of Sharjah can be seen in the distance.

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We made a smooth touchdown on Runway 12L and as while slowing down, we passed a couple of parked EK A380s.

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As we exited the runway and made our way towards Terminal 3, I could see another massive terminal construction in progress.

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We finally docked at Gate B22 next to a company 77W.

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ARRIVAL


As I was in the last Y section of the aircraft, it took a good 10 minutes before I could disembark. After thanking the crew and clicking a couple more cabin shots, I made my way out of the aircraft.

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DXB Terminal 3 is an exclusive Emirates facility. From the outside, the terminal looks more like a gigantic space-ship. From the inside, it is quite nice really.

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Arriving at the Immigration area

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Immigration took nearly 15 minutes to complete, after which I walked towards Belt 10, to collect my bag.

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As I made my out of the cool confines of the terminal, a scorching wave of heat welcomed me to Dubai.

This brought to an end my first flight on what is arguably one of the most omnipresent airlines in the world.

As many have said before, Economy Class on Emirates is almost always a good experience. The superb IFE and food combination makes up for the dense 3-4-3 seating configuration. Add to that a warm and responsive crew, and your experience becomes even better.

Now, I await my next flight on Emirates – the return journey in Business Class. After the first flight, my expectations have only increased!

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The Kingfisher Experience: BOM-SIN-BOM A330-200
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BOM-DEL On Air India, Brand New A321
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19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 27718 times:

Hi Vivekman206!

Thanks for a very nice report with very nice pictures! It looks like you had a very nice flight on Emiretes! I have flown on them a couple of times and also had nice ecperiences. I flew DXB-LAX in Oct last year and posted a trip report.

Looking forward to your rapport on the return flight!

The777Man



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User currently offlineEkA380 From Egypt, joined Aug 2008, 120 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 27647 times:

Hey Vivekman206,

Thats a very detailed and well documented trip report , thank you for posting it and I have to tell you the picture quality is superb. Emirates seems to have stepped up there game but anyways I always see them as a hit and miss airline in general so I guess you were lucky.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
Pre-departure drinks were passed around

They never have these on any other flights , I guess its just to compete with Indian Carriers that serve lime juice prior to take off , its a nice gesture none the less.

Views of the city of Bombay never fail to amaze , I will surely have to visit this city in the future

Cheers
Islam



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 27470 times:

Hi Vivek,

great report with many nice pictures.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
That’s it – It’s three times out of three now that someone at the BOM airport has told me that photography was not allowed. And as always, I told him – politely of course – that photography was indeed allowed and he could verify it with the airport manager if he wanted to. He shrugged his shoulders, said “OK” and walked away.

So why do they ask to stop taking pictures then? Are they bored?

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
Plenty to choose from and not enough flying time!

And that wasn't even the latest version.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
Pre-departure drinks were passed around

Interesting, never got that on my EK flights.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):

The omelette was superb – soft, fluffy and piping hot. The accompanying herbed potatoes and chicken sausage were also quite delicious. This was one of the few in-flight meals that I found to be really tasty.

The meal looks great indeed.


PH



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User currently offlineODAFZ From Afghanistan, joined Jul 2004, 357 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 27378 times:

Thank you for sharing.
The quality of the pictures are amazingly outstanding
The service on board was quite impressive, just a side question, do you buy the visa on arrival or you had to aplly in BOM
I hope you had a good time in DXB
Christian


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 26616 times:
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EK's Y class is indeed great with the food, IFE and you got some great crews too. Regarding the welcome drink, I think that is part of EK's strategy with their Indian flights to win passengers in all cabins. They have revamped their whole inflight service to cater to just Indian clientele, as you can see with the lime drinks in Y class. (Usually it's just orange juice and water in those sealed cups). Will be great to see how you get treated in J class, and if you land up saying flying Economy was much better.

User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5100 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 25957 times:

Thanks for bringing us with you on the trip.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
That’s it – It’s three times out of three now that someone at the BOM airport has told me that photography was not allowed. And as always, I told him – politely of course – that photography was indeed allowed and he could verify it with the airport manager if he wanted to. He shrugged his shoulders, said “OK” and walked away. This has now become part of the check-in ritual every time I fly out of the BOM International Terminal.

= This is so strange. I have been to Indian airports several times - and have NEVER had anyone ask me not to take pictures.

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 2):
Emirates seems to have stepped up there game but anyways I always see them as a hit and miss airline in general so I guess you were lucky.

= Yup. And weirdly, EK is actually better in Economy than in Business or First.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineanshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 25820 times:

Wonderful trip report, Vivek. Thanks for it. Looking forward to reading the return.

Small question: I too hold a SCB MasterCard Titanium card. Am I eligible for the lounge as well? I haven't come across this offer anywhere in any of the flyers that came with my card!

Do you get an invite issued at check-in, or what? Do let me know  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
= This is so strange. I have been to Indian airports several times - and have NEVER had anyone ask me not to take pictures.

Lol. When I visited T3, the CISF officer with me was shocked I didn't have a camera and offered to arrange one for me :-P


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 25701 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
There is a joke that we Indian Anetters share – A day will soon arrive, when the cheapest option between Mumbai & Delhi will be an Emirates flight – via Dubai!

- It might just happen!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
For some reason, the EK website does not accept Amex cards, so I had to pay a visit to the Emirates city office to get the tickets issued.

- Odd, I'm sure I paid for my last EK flight with AMEX.

Looks like you had a pretty enjoyable flight, the pre-departure beverage does not seem the norm comapred to other EK TR's i've read in the past.

Food looks good in quality & presentation, interesting you took some wine with breakfast, champers is ok, though not sure even I would do wine, though I suspect I could be convinsed  

Overall seems a good flight, as others have stated, EK can be hit and miss in terms of service.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently onlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2975 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 25070 times:

Hi Vivek,

Excellent TR, was waiting for your experience. Good to know you saw the brighter side of EK on your flight!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
That%u2019s it %u2013 It%u2019s three times out of three now that someone at the BOM airport has told me that photography was not allowed. And as always, I told him %u2013 politely of course %u2013 that photography was indeed allowed and he could verify it with the airport manager if he wanted to. He shrugged his shoulders, said %u201COK%u201D and walked away. T

I have never been stopped for photography at BOM airport.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
Pre-departure drinks were passed around

A nice touch, inspired from our domestic carriers.

The meal portion is terribly less than what it used to be, cost cutting effects!

Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 24908 times:

Quoting anshuk (Reply 7):
Small question: I too hold a SCB MasterCard Titanium card. Am I eligible for the lounge as well? I haven't come across this offer anywhere in any of the flyers that came with my card!

The facility is essentially for Indian card holders, if you have an Indian card, you should be eligible. They check the card at entry (basically swipe it for a INR 0 transaction), and if it clears, then you're in the lounge.



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User currently offlineanshuk From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 24579 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 10):
The facility is essentially for Indian card holders, if you have an Indian card, you should be eligible. They check the card at entry (basically swipe it for a INR 0 transaction), and if it clears, then you're in the lounge.

Its an Indian card, from Standard Chartered! I wish I'd known about this before  


User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 24445 times:

Hi Vivek, great to see another EK trip that met your expectations. I can only hope that the return flight is much better as its Business Class.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
As soon as I had clicked a couple of shots, a Mumbai police constable walking past me told me, “Clicking photos is not allowed here”

Which reminds me....do you have the link for the actual paper that says this. I'm going to India in 2 weeks and will carry it in case anyone asks me. I'm only going to be visiting DEL and CCU and I doubt any of these are defence airports?

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
It was quite a task to walk through the narrow aisles of the EK 777s due to the 3-4-3 seating configuration.

This is one think I hate about EK as they cram in so many seats. I prefer AI's 3-3-3 config as there is much more space.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
As I made my out of the cool confines of the terminal, a scorching wave of heat welcomed me to Dubai.

Something I have got used to as before it used to be so bad! Especially when landing from the cold weather of London!

Sandeep (AI151)



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 15 hours ago) and read 24211 times:

Which camera did you use?

User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2191 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 23857 times:

Hi Vivek,

Thanks for the report...that breakfast looks incredible. I need to fly EK some time. And red wine as a breakfast drink? Unheard of in America.

That spotting location looks horrible. I totally forgot that QF flies to Mumbai.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
That’s it – It’s three times out of three now that someone at the BOM airport has told me that photography was not allowed. And as always, I told him – politely of course – that photography was indeed allowed and he could verify it with the airport manager if he wanted to. He shrugged his shoulders, said “OK” and walked away. This has now become part of the check-in ritual every time I fly out of the BOM International Terminal.

Indian airports are staffed by idiots. I realized this on my previous experience at DEL. Next time I am harassed by any of them for photography, I'll just say it exactly as you did. However, since I'm an American...with an American accent...that might be the giveaway...



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User currently onlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 23147 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Hi Vivekman206!
Thanks for a very nice report with very nice pictures!

Thank you!  
Quoting EkA380 (Reply 2):
Hey Vivekman206,
Thats a very detailed and well documented trip report , thank you for posting it and I have to tell you the picture quality is superb.

Thanks so much.

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 2):
They never have these on any other flights , I guess its just to compete with Indian Carriers that serve lime juice prior to take off , its a nice gesture none the less.

True. Serving lime juice prior to take-off is the norm for the Indian full service carriers.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Hi Vivek,
great report with many nice pictures

Thanks PH!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
So why do they ask to stop taking pictures then? Are they bored?

The problem is that not everyone at the airport is educated about the rules.

Quoting ODAFZ (Reply 4):
Thank you for sharing.
The quality of the pictures are amazingly outstanding

Thank you!  
Quoting ODAFZ (Reply 4):
do you buy the visa on arrival or you had to aplly in BOM

I had to apply for the visa in BOM. Since I was flying EK, they act as the sponsor of the visa.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
EK's Y class is indeed great with the food, IFE and you got some great crews too. Regarding the welcome drink, I think that is part of EK's strategy with their Indian flights to win passengers in all cabins.

Quite true.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
Will be great to see how you get treated in J class, and if you land up saying flying Economy was much better.

Lets see what happens there!  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Thanks for bringing us with you on the trip.

You're welcome, Alex!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
= This is so strange. I have been to Indian airports several times - and have NEVER had anyone ask me not to take pictures.

I have always managed to draw the short stick. But anyway, after I show them the relevant rule, they are OK. The problem is lack of education about the rules.

Quoting anshuk (Reply 7):
Wonderful trip report, Vivek. Thanks for it. Looking forward to reading the return.

Thanks so much.

Quoting anshuk (Reply 7):
Do you get an invite issued at check-in, or what? Do let me know

You don't actually get an invite. You need to go directly to the lounge, where your card is swiped to authenticate it. Once this is done, you are in....

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

Thanks, Mark.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
Food looks good in quality & presentation, interesting you took some wine with breakfast, champers is ok, though not sure even I would do wine, though I suspect I could be convinsed

Food was really tasty. I didn't feel like a beer that early in the morning, so thought of trying a white wine.  
Quoting ojas (Reply 9):
Hi Vivek,
Excellent TR, was waiting for your experience. Good to know you saw the brighter side of EK on your flight!

Thanks Ojas!

Quoting ojas (Reply 9):
I have never been stopped for photography at BOM airport.

Travel with me the next time and you will see! 
Quoting AI151 (Reply 12):
Hi Vivek, great to see another EK trip that met your expectations. I can only hope that the return flight is much better as its Business Class.

Thanks Sandeep.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 12):
Which reminds me....do you have the link for the actual paper that says this. I'm going to India in 2 weeks and will carry it in case anyone asks me. I'm only going to be visiting DEL and CCU and I doubt any of these are defence airports?

Here is the link:

http://dgca.nic.in/aic/aic7_2004.pdf

Quoting AI151 (Reply 12):
This is one think I hate about EK as they cram in so many seats. I prefer AI's 3-3-3 config as there is much more space.

Quite true. The 3-3-3 config is much better.

Quoting 777way (Reply 13):
Which camera did you use?

I used a Canon EOS 400D.

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 14):
Hi Vivek,
Thanks for the report...that breakfast looks incredible. I need to fly EK some time. And red wine as a breakfast drink? Unheard of in America.

Thanks IrishAyes!

It was white wine actually.  
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 14):
Indian airports are staffed by idiots. I realized this on my previous experience at DEL.

As I quoted above, the problem is the lack of education about the relevant rules among the airport staff.


User currently offlinekaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2889 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 22433 times:

Hey Buddy,

Nice TR , i guess through this trip you did a lot of firsts , you finally flew the much talked about 77W and EK and you finally lost your 340 virginity

That photography thing is a pain, and you of all people know my experience

Way to go mate cant wait for the return

Karan


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 21605 times:

Excellent TR Vivek, with some superb pictures as always.

I think this is a very significant insight on EK's offering to the Indian Subcontinent.

EK's management has developed (and i am glad too see it actually implemented too) a specific service routine for ISC flights and presumably that is to compete with 9W et al. Your typical EK Economy Class passenger can dream of receiving a welcome drink prior to departure, but apparently you can avail it here!


Glad that you scored EK on an 'on' flight  

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineb737100 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 19836 times:

Thank you for a very nice T.R. I was so impressed with the coach breakfast meal! And a menu with a choice of 3 entrees and then open bar? Wow, what more could one want?

Well done, EK!



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User currently onlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 18621 times:

Quoting karan69 (Reply 16):
Nice TR , i guess through this trip you did a lot of firsts , you finally flew the much talked about 77W and EK and you finally lost your 340 virginity

Thanks Karan. Yes, finally flew on the A340 series!  
Quoting karan69 (Reply 16):
That photography thing is a pain, and you of all people know my experience

Haha. Totally. 
Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
Excellent TR Vivek, with some superb pictures as always.

Thanks Roni!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 17):
EK's management has developed (and i am glad too see it actually implemented too) a specific service routine for ISC flights and presumably that is to compete with 9W et al.

Yep. They have really taken a leaf out of the Indian airlines' book.

Quoting b737100 (Reply 18):
Thank you for a very nice T.R. I was so impressed with the coach breakfast meal! And a menu with a choice of 3 entrees and then open bar? Wow, what more could one want?

Thank you. Yes, I was pretty impressed with the catering on EK.


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