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Experiencing Emirates Business DXB-BOM A340-500  
User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 532 posts, RR: 3
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Experiencing Emirates Business DXB-BOM A340-500


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BACKGROUND


Welcome to Part 2 of my Emirates experience. This Trip Report covers the return journey from Dubai to Mumbai.

You can read the first part here: Discovering Emirates - BOM-DXB - 777-300ER

Out of the five daily flights to Mumbai, Emirates was operating the ultra long-haul Airbus A340-500 on the evening flight – EK 508 for a limited period of time. Given that only a handful of airlines around the world operate this aircraft, this was going to be my best chance of flying on the type.

Since Emirates was offering pretty good fares at the time, I decided to book myself in Business Class on the return flight. Having read mixed reviews about the Business Class experience on Emirates, I was keeping my fingers crossed. Would EK let me down badly or will it delight me? I couldn’t wait to find out!

REACHING THE AIRPORT


One of the perks of flying Business Class on EK is the pick-up and drop service in a chauffeur driven car. This service is available at both the origin and destination and has to be booked in advance on either the EK website or through their call centers.

So, my journey began when the phone in my hotel room rang. It was the Reception informing me that my “limo” had arrived. I went downstairs and met the chauffeur in the lobby, who took me to the waiting vehicle outside.

The “limo” was actually a Volvo!

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We encountered some traffic on the way to the airport. The drive from my hotel in Deira to DXB Terminal 3 took around 25-30 minutes.

Air India office at DXB

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Directions to the three terminals

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We arrived at the premium passenger drop off area, and an Emirates porter put my bag on a trolley and escorted me inside.

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The Emirates Premium Check-In Terminal. Note the porter with my bag on the trolley.

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It was a walk of roughly 50 meters to the Business Class check-in counters.

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The massive FIDS showing wave after wave of EK departures

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CHECK-IN


The porter ushered me to one of the empty check-in counters, placed my bag on the conveyor and walked away.

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I was given a half-greeting by an Arab EK check-in lady who was talking on the phone. She took my ticket and passport and worked away on her computer, while continuing to talk on the phone.

I asked her about the aircraft type (to dispel any doubts about last minute equipment changes)

Me: Hi! Could you please tell me what is the aircraft type for my flight?

EK lady: One minute.

After 20 seconds of typing…

EK lady: It is an Airbus A340 jet

Me: Thank you so much!

After which she went back to talking on the phone!

I asked her about the load on today’s flight and she replied saying that it was full in all three classes!

She handed me the boarding pass and passport along with a “Baggage claim card”. There was no separate lounge invite given; the boarding pass doubled up as a lounge invite.

My Boarding Pass

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The Immigration counters were just a couple of travellator rides away. I found an empty counter and got my passport stamped quickly. Next was security check after which was an elevator ride to the main section of the terminal. This is where the premium experience pauses for a while, as you mingle with hordes of people waiting for their flights.

It looks more like a shopping mall with Duty Free stores everywhere.

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Anybody interested?

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After doing my bit of the Duty Free shopping, I headed upstairs towards the lounge area.

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The Emirates First Class Lounge

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Boarding gate no. 232 for an LHR bound flight

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Entrance to the Emirates Business Class Lounge

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THE WAIT


The lounge is huge and divided into different sections each with its own style of décor. It looks more like a gigantic coffee shop in a five star hotel.

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The lounge is divided into different subsections, each with their own style of décor and seating arrangements.

As it was past my usual lunch time, I was extremely hungry. I opted for a glass of champagne along with some hors d'oeuvres to start with.

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After I was through with the first course, I decided to explore the lounge.

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This is the main dining counter.

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My “main course”

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I had spent almost two hours at the lounge, when I heard the boarding announcement for our flight. After freshening up, I rode the escalator one level down to the departure gates.

EK 508 to BOM would be departing today from Gate 213.

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Sector: DXB-BOM
Airline: Emirates
Flight: EK 508
Aircraft: Airbus A340-541
Registration: A6-ERB
Scheduled Departure: 1620 Actual Departure: 1616
Scheduled Arrival: 2025 Actual Arrival: 2045
Seat: 07K




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BOARDING


There was hardly any queue at the boarding gate, as most of the people had already boarded.

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As I rode the escalator down to the holding area, I saw the beautiful A340-500 with my own eyes. It would be Echo Roger Bravo doing duty today.

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The aerobridge. I’ll be taking the one on the right.

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A smiling male FA welcomed me at the door, and after looking at my boarding pass, ushered me towards the Business Class cabin on the left.

The Business Class cabin was almost 80% full when I boarded whereas the First Class was almost completely full.

The view forward from my seat

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And the view outside

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Soon both J & F cabins were completely full. The class-wise load on today’s flight as confirmed later with the flight crew was: 12F, 42J & 204Y.

As people settled down in their seats, pre-departure drinks were offered. I chose a glass of champagne (Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial)

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The IFE screen showed our current position & distance to BOM

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The legroom with the seat in the upright position.

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The EK A340-500 features sleeperette seats and not lie-flat seats.

The EK safety video was shown on the IFE screens as we were ready for departure.

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THE FLIGHT


We began our pushback right on time. One by one the four Rolls Royce Trent 500s came to life. The sound inside the cabin – with all four engines running was extremely low. Let’s see how quiet it is during cruise!

The Emirates building as we began our taxi run.

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This little guy was waiting to line-up behind us.

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We lined up on Runway 30R and the four RR Trents spooled up to take-off power. It was a longish take-off roll – typical of the A340 series and we rotated right in front of the cargo bays.

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DXB Terminal 2 with an AIX and Flydubai 737.

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It was a leisurely climb through the hazy afternoon sky. We headed out towards the sea in the north-westerly direction, before banking right and heading eastwards.

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We flew north of Sharjah. The Sharjah airport could be seen out my window.

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After the fasten seat-belt signs were switched off, I got up to freshen myself. I had to wait for a bit near the galley for a washroom to become available.

An FA taking note of my photo taking asked me whether I worked for a magazine or something. When I told her that I was an aviation enthusiast, she asked me whether I had flown on their A380 yet. She told me that EK now operated the A380 on the DXB-JED route, and I could try that route to experience the aircraft.

This was neat – I just love it when the crew just adds that personal touch to an otherwise routine service. Positive impressions about the EK crew so far.

As I returned to my seat, ICE along with the 17 inch screen beckoned me, and I decided to explore it.

The wired IFE controller is showing signs of ageing.

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It still did a good job of controlling ICE as well as other stuff like adjusting the seat recline.

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The seat recline and massage feature.

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The in-seat massage was not so effective, but I assume it would be really beneficial on ultra long-haul flights to get the blood circulation going.

The ICE Home screen.

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Our position and heading.

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EK’s active noise canceling headphones.

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We soon left the UAE coast and headed out over the Arabian Sea.

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The crew then passed around the menus for today’s drink and dinner service.

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The Menu for this flight was in three languages – English, Hindi & Arabic.

THE MEAL


I chose the “Lobster & Potato salad with asparagus” as the appetizer, and “Murg lababdar” for the main course.

As I had already downed two glasses of champagne so far, I decided to opt for an orange juice. This was served with a bowl of mixed nuts.

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A steward laid a fresh table cloth on my table and asked me if he could get the appetizer. I gave him the go ahead.

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The Appetizer.

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Nice presentation. The lobster was perfectly cooked and tender.

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The main course. The chicken was mildly spicy and very tasty.

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The dessert – Rasmalai. Yummy!

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It was a sumptuous and absolutely delicious meal. All the courses were freshly made and did not taste like a typical airline meal. I was quite impressed with EK’s catering on this flight.

I was totally stuffed and had no space left at all for tea or coffee!

With not enough flying time left to watch a movie, I decided to watch “Friends” instead.

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The sky outside had changed into a shade of deep orange.

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The lead steward then appeared with a tray of Godiva chocolates. There’s always room for some Godiva chocolate!  http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss57/vivekman777/DXB-BOM%20EK%20Business/P63.jpg

We were now approaching the coast of India.

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The F/O announced our descent and arrival details into Mumbai. The cabin lights were then dimmed.

“Stars” on the ceiling.

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We made landfall over the northern suburbs of Mumbai.

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After making a 180 degree turn, we lined up with Runway 27.

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It was now time to switch on the forward looking nose-wheel camera.

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It was spectacular to see us approaching the fully-lit runway and touch down.

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After a long taxi, we docked at Terminal 2C.

A view of my seat prior to deplaning.

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ARRIVAL


As usual, I was one of the last passengers to exit the aircraft, after clicking a few cabin shots.  

The long walk towards Arrival Immigration.

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Immigration was quick and my passport was stamped within five minutes. I then made my way through the Duty Free area to the baggage reclaim area.

There was a huge crowd there already, and the first set of bags had just started arriving on the belt.

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Inspite of the Priority tagging, it took around 20 minutes for my bag to arrive. After collecting it, I cleared Customs within five minutes.

I then searched for Emirates ground staff to assist me with the Chauffeur Drive pick-up, but they were nowhere to be seen.

This was really bad on EK’s part. With five daily flights into BOM, and a significant amount of premium passengers, one would expect them to set up a proper counter for their chauffeur drive service.

Finally, I asked one of the money change agents about this, and he asked me to head outside the terminal to an area where the EK chauffeurs would be waiting with name placards.

Soon enough, I found a guy with a placard bearing my name, and he kindly took my trolley. We walked to the parking lot opposite the terminal where my ride home – A Mercedes C220 was waiting!

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The chauffeur was quite nice and I learnt quite a bit about the EK chauffer drive service as we drove home.

SUMMARY


Overall, it was a good experience on Emirates Business Class – much better than what I had expected and read about earlier. There were mostly highs but a few lows as well – like the unprofessional EK Check-In agent, and the lack of proper arrangements for the Chauffeur Drive at BOM.

The in-flight crew and service was superb and just what you would expect in a premium cabin. Again, it all boils down to the crew you get on a particular day. Hardware being the same, it is the crew that makes or breaks the whole experience.

Hope you enjoyed reading this Trip Report!

My Previous Trip Reports:

Discovering Emirates - BOM-DXB - 777-300ER
Flying The Good Times: BLR-BOM On Kingfisher A320
To Bangalore on Jet Airways B737-800
The Kingfisher Experience: BOM-SIN-BOM A330-200
BOM-HKG-BOM Cathay Pacific B744/A333
Voyage To Nepal: Nepal Airlines/Buddha Air
BOM-HYD-BOM On Kingfisher + Spotting At HYD
BOM-DEL On Air India, Brand New A321
BOM-GOI-BOM On IC. A320/A300B4
BOM-DEL-BOM On IC A320/AI 743 Combi DEL Fog
BOM-KUL-PEN-KUL-BOM On MH/Air Asia
BOM-AMD On Air India 743 Combi Upper Deck
BOM-CMB-BKK-CMB-BOM On SriLankan Airlines

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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5076 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey Vivek - thanks for the report. It is definitely EK season on A.Net. And, not surprisingly, each of the report is completely different. Makes for fascinating reading and points to inconsistent service. It is almost like - you buy the ticket, and then board with the anticipation of which EK you would get.

Seems like service on board was impeccable. The food looked really good, and it is nice to hear that the crew took an interest in your aviation hobby and shared the 380 tidbit - very cook.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
I was given a half-greeting by an Arab EK check-in lady who was talking on the phone. She took my ticket and passport and worked away on her computer, while continuing to talk on the phone.

I asked her about the aircraft type (to dispel any doubts about last minute equipment changes)

Me: Hi! Could you please tell me what is the aircraft type for my flight?

EK lady: One minute.

After 20 seconds of typing…

EK lady: It is an Airbus A340 jet

Me: Thank you so much!

After which she went back to talking on the phone!

= How typically DXB  . I can never understand this in premium counters. How shoddy.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The EK A340-500 features sleeperette seats and not lie-flat seats.

= Interesting how EK configures an ULH bird with sleeperette seats.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):

I then searched for Emirates ground staff to assist me with the Chauffeur Drive pick-up, but they were nowhere to be seen.

This was really bad on EK’s part. With five daily flights into BOM, and a significant amount of premium passengers, one would expect them to set up a proper counter for their chauffeur drive service.

= I have also had this with EK in India.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The in-flight crew and service was superb and just what you would expect in a premium cabin. Again, it all boils down to the crew you get on a particular day. Hardware being the same, it is the crew that makes or breaks the whole experience.

= Perfectly summarized.

Thanks for writing this.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice TR! Thank you for posting this! Excellent photos, also!

User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic report! It should be an advert for EK and it is really making me want to fly their business class haha. The food looks delicious and the items on the menu all sound very appealing.

Looking forward t your next TR

TK747


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Good TR Vivek,
Nice to see that you encountered a friendly crew aboard EK's flights.

The check-in is definitely sub-standard. It is simply rude to continue talking on the phone while attending to a customer.

More information about where to meet drivers would be useful to passengers as well. Is this just EK, or do all airlines serving BOM expect their passengers to meet outside the terminal?

Lovely photos: I almost helped myself to some of the nuts LOL.

Agreed that the seats are not the most comfortable for trying to sleep, but I do like the fact that the 345 has only six abreast in J, instead of the usual 7 abreast on EK. This is especially good for two people travelling together if the end up in seats E and F. No stepping over someone to get out, and the crew don't have to reach over anyone to serve meals, drinks, etc.

Glad you had a pleasant trip.


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12411 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent report; I really need to fly on a 345 sometime - whatever airline or class!

Great photos too; the one of the RR Trent engines in the sunset is beautiful; if I had a shot like that, I'd have it enlarged and framed - perfect for the study wall!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Vivekman!

Very nice report with nice pictures! EK looks good here including the meals. I agree with you; the crew makes or breakes the whole experience.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2964 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent TR Vivek! Was eagerly waiting for the second part.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
Out of the five daily flights to Mumbai, Emirates was operating the ultra long-haul Airbus A340-500 on the evening flight – EK 508 for a limited period of time. Given that only a handful of airlines around the world operate this aircraft, this was going to be my best chance of flying on the type.

Since Emirates was offering pretty good fares at the time, I decided to book myself in Business Class on the return flight. Having read mixed reviews about the Business Class experience on Emirates, I was keeping my fingers crossed. Would EK let me down badly or will it delight me? I couldn’t wait to find out!

Good you flew the A345, they stopped the A345 service to BOM replacing it with an A332.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The “limo” was actually a Volvo!

  

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
Air India office at DXB


Pretty nice, compared to the trash office At Doha.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
It was a walk of roughly 50 meters to the Business Class check-in counters.

Doha's premium check-in counters are designed much better than this.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
I was given a half-greeting by an Arab EK check-in lady who was talking on the phone. She took my ticket and passport and worked away on her computer, while continuing to talk on the phone.

I asked her about the aircraft type (to dispel any doubts about last minute equipment changes)

Me: Hi! Could you please tell me what is the aircraft type for my flight?

EK lady: One minute.

After 20 seconds of typing…

EK lady: It is an Airbus A340 jet

Me: Thank you so much!

After which she went back to talking on the phone!

I asked her about the load on today’s flight and she replied saying that it was full in all three classes!

LOL, was a regular scene for years when we traveled with GF and had an even worse experience on EY.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
She handed me the boarding pass and passport along with a “Baggage claim card”. There was no separate lounge invite given; the boarding pass doubled up as a lounge invite.

My Boarding Pass

Maybe EK can now tout to be an environment friendly organization ... " We at Emirates save paper"   

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
. This is where the premium experience pauses for a while, as you mingle with hordes of people waiting for their flights.

Is the security check common for Y and F/J pax? If that's so its really appalling.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The lounge is huge and divided into different sections each with its own style of décor. It looks more like a gigantic coffee shop in a five star hotel.

The F and J lounges are just brilliant!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
It was a longish take-off roll – typical of the A340 series and we rotated right in front of the cargo bays.

Same experience on the A346s as well.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
She told me that EK now operated the A380 on the DXB-JED route, and I could try that route to experience the aircraft.

Nice, just that she should have informed you that our A380s fly to Europe/LHR/CDG and not JED.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The lead steward then appeared with a tray of Godiva chocolates. There’s always room for some Godiva chocolate!

Nice.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
This was really bad on EK’s part. With five daily flights into BOM, and a significant amount of premium passengers, one would expect them to set up a proper counter for their chauffeur drive service.

Actually I won't blame EK for that. The rentals for the counters at the airport is so expensive that it makes sense not to have a counter there and rather have the chauffeurs wait with a placard. Plus we do not know of the 250+ premium seats per day to BOM, how many of the passengers actually use this service. So I believe it must be a thoughtful decision.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
Overall, it was a good experience on Emirates Business Class – much better than what I had expected and read about earlier. There were mostly highs but a few lows as well – like the unprofessional EK Check-In agent, and the lack of proper arrangements for the Chauffeur Drive at BOM.

The in-flight crew and service was superb and just what you would expect in a premium cabin. Again, it all boils down to the crew you get on a particular day. Hardware being the same, it is the crew that makes or breaks the whole experience.

Hope you enjoyed reading this Trip Report!

Good to know you enjoyed your flight! Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlinekaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2885 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report Vivs,

Envy you for catching the rare 340-500 service out of BOM at the time and doing so in style,

I am surprised that there is a Volvo at DXB which is their homebase and Mercs at BOM , altough i am well aware that their BOM service is outsourced

The incident with the EK check in agents confirms the mixed attitude of many people towards their EK experience

Karan


User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 532 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
Hey Vivek - thanks for the report. It is definitely EK season on A.Net. And, not surprisingly, each of the report is completely different.

You're welcome, Alex!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
Interesting how EK configures an ULH bird with sleeperette seats.

I think EK's A345s were configured before lie-flat seats became standard in J class.

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 2):
Very nice TR! Thank you for posting this! Excellent photos, also!

Thanks, sfflyer123!

Quoting tk747 (Reply 3):
Fantastic report! It should be an advert for EK and it is really making me want to fly their business class haha

Thank you!  
Quoting Quokka (Reply 4):
Good TR Vivek,
Nice to see that you encountered a friendly crew aboard EK's flights.

Thank you. Yes, the crew was really good.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
Excellent report; I really need to fly on a 345 sometime - whatever airline or class!

Thank you. Yes, flying on the A340-500 is a really nice experience.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Hi Vivekman!
Very nice report with nice pictures! EK looks good here including the meals. I agree with you; the crew makes or breakes the whole experience.

Totally agree - The crew is one of the most important factors on a flight.

Quoting ojas (Reply 7):
Is the security check common for Y and F/J pax? If that's so its really appalling.

Security for premium passengers is separate. In fact, premium passengers have a completely separate check-in zone - complete with dedicated entrance, check-in counters, Immigration counters and security.

Only after completing all of the above, you are released into the main terminal area.

Quoting ojas (Reply 7):
Actually I won't blame EK for that. The rentals for the counters at the airport is so expensive that it makes sense not to have a counter there and rather have the chauffeurs wait with a placard.

Atleast a couple of EK staffers positioned prominently or a placard with pick-up details would be good.

Quoting karan69 (Reply 8):
Great report Vivs,
Envy you for catching the rare 340-500 service out of BOM at the time and doing so in style,

Thanks buddy!

Quoting karan69 (Reply 8):
I am surprised that there is a Volvo at DXB which is their homebase and Mercs at BOM ,

I was wondering the same thing....


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey Vivek!

Excellent TR, and great pictures as always!

There is indeed quite a wave of Emirates TR's lately, and even i have yet another EK one to post soon! LOL

I am quite impressed with their offering on the ISC region flights (or at least BOM flights as per your recent experiences). A pre-departure drink in Y class, and three choices for an appetizer in J class, and a menu in 3 languages! This is all an EK i have not experienced before. Perhaps it may be an improvement, or as others say, another dimension of EK's world of ups and downs!  

Most importantly, i hope you enjoyed your ride on the A345. It is indeed showing its wears and tears with EK, but it is still the best aircraft for me  

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6408 posts, RR: 38
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 32401 times:

Hi Vivek,

Great TR! Well detailed and nice photos - glad you enjoyed the A345! I hope to get my TR up sometime for my experience in Y.

The lounge visit seemed quite pleasant! I'm sure I'd do the same and end up eating for a large portion of my stay there.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The EK A340-500 features sleeperette seats and not lie-flat seats.

I'm quite surprised that they didn't have lie flats back in 2003 when these birds first arrived. For their longest flights, it mustn't be as good flying with them as it is today in the A380 in J. A completely different experience. I wonder if that's another reason behind their use on shortish-medium haul routes these days once DXB-BNE-AKL gets swapped out for a 77W at the beginning of January.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
One by one the four Rolls Royce Trent 500s came to life. The sound inside the cabin – with all four engines running was extremely low.

Love that sound even though it's quite quiet!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
An FA taking note of my photo taking asked me whether I worked for a magazine or something. When I told her that I was an aviation enthusiast, she asked me whether I had flown on their A380 yet. She told me that EK now operated the A380 on the DXB-JED route, and I could try that route to experience the aircraft.

This was neat – I just love it when the crew just adds that personal touch to an otherwise routine service. Positive impressions about the EK crew so far.

That's one great thing about Emirates - their warmth when it comes to onboard photography.


The meal looks really nice. I'm sure I had a J meal on my first EK experience (in Y) as they had run out of meals and for some reason I received a meal on a porcelain plate!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
A Mercedes C220 was waiting!

They have Mercedes in India and Volvo in UAE.. Interesting!


Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineFlyLonghaul From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 31982 times:

Great report.

Of course, the offering in J looks a lot more enjoyable than where I sat down the back for my DXB-BNE sector  
Absolutely love the 340-500 though.
Can't wait to sample the J class offering from EK



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User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 532 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 31141 times:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 10):
Hey Vivek!
Excellent TR, and great pictures as always!

Thanks Roni!  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 10):
and even i have yet another EK one to post soon! LOL

Looking forward to it....

Quoting ronerone (Reply 10):
Perhaps it may be an improvement, or as others say, another dimension of EK's world of ups and downs!

Its just EK tailoring their product according to the routes. Good on them, I say.  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 10):
Most importantly, i hope you enjoyed your ride on the A345.

Totally enjoyed it. The A345 is quiet, comfortable and graceful.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
Hi Vivek,
Great TR! Well detailed and nice photos - glad you enjoyed the A345!

Thanks so much. Yes, I enjoyed the A345.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
That's one great thing about Emirates - their warmth when it comes to onboard photography.

Yep. I was pleasantly surprised.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
They have Mercedes in India and Volvo in UAE.. Interesting!

Really strange, isn't it?

Quoting FlyLonghaul (Reply 12):
Great report.

Thanks FlyLonghaul!


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8509 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 29965 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing the flight with us.

Good you managed to get in the -500, quite rare as you are aware.

Food and presentation looks good!

Seems you managed to get a decent crew and good service, something you can't count on these days with EK it seems.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlinecaliatenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1567 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 29832 times:

Hey Vivek, great report here..brings back memories of my J class trip with EK from LAX-DXB last summer on the 777LR (of course i didnt pay for that one, they bumped me up   ). Yeah its Mercs for the Chauffer service in BLR as well. The only part i dont like about EK is the 330's...and the Y class. I feel really cramped and congested on those planes...but i guess its ok for 4 hours between BLR and DXB. Everyone complains about the seating on the 777s in Y, but its perfectly fine for me, lol  .

User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 532 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 29470 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 14):
Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing the flight with us.
Good you managed to get in the -500, quite rare as you are aware.

Thanks Mark!

Quoting caliatenza (Reply 15):
Hey Vivek, great report here..brings back memories of my J class trip with EK from LAX-DXB last summer on the 777LR (of course i didnt pay for that one, they bumped me up   ).

Thanks Caliatenza!

Any chance of a TR for that flight?  

- Vivek


User currently offlinecaliatenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1567 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 29149 times:

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 16):

Thanks Caliatenza!

Any chance of a TR for that flight?

haha oh man i wish, but i was so excited about being in J for the first time ever that i forgot all about the pictures...lol. Maybe next time  .


User currently offlineTBloemink From Netherlands, joined Mar 2010, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 28356 times:

I heard rumours about EK's A340-500's having Wifi? Are those rumours correct?


Flown on: A300, A319, A320, A330, A380, B717, B734, B738, B739, B747, B777
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 27413 times:

Hi Vivek,

excellent report with many high-quality pictures, really enjoyable!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The “limo” was actually a Volvo!

Hm, Volvo? I'd have expected something else...e.g. Audi or BMW.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
Anybody interested?

Well, I'd prefer the Lamborghini they had during my last visit...  

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
It was a longish take-off roll – typical of the A340 series and we rotated right in front of the cargo bays.

The -500 and -600 versions should always be able to rotate much earlier than the smaller and older A340s.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The dessert – Rasmalai. Yummy!

That looks delicious.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The sky outside had changed into a shade of deep orange.

Great shot!


PH



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 25545 times:

Hi Vivek,

Nicholas has directed me to this report of yours. What a great experience on board of EK A345!

Too bad about your encounter with the check-in agent. Luckily, the flight attendant has made it up to you. Nice to know that she was accommodating your interests,

The food just looks delicious. EK seems to know how to tickle your taste buds.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The sky outside had changed into a shade of deep orange.

Great shot!

Beautiful!

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 532 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 25334 times:

Quoting TBloemink (Reply 18):
I heard rumours about EK's A340-500's having Wifi? Are those rumours correct?

AFAIK, there was no Wi-fi on the EK A345.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Hi Vivek,
excellent report with many high-quality pictures, really enjoyable!

Thanks PH!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Hm, Volvo? I'd have expected something else...e.g. Audi or BMW.

Same here. Being EK's home base, I expected something better. Even BOM has a Mercedes C Class.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Hi Vivek,
Nicholas has directed me to this report of yours. What a great experience on board of EK A345!

Thanks Suryo. I am glad you liked it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
The food just looks delicious. EK seems to know how to tickle your taste buds.

Absolutely! For me, EK got it right 2 out of 2 times.

- Vivek


User currently onlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3196 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 25036 times:

Thank for that report,very entertaining,good quality pictures to.
I agree with you about the "arrival experience" with an airline.
After a BA First class flight overnight flight to LHR you can be packed onto a coach with the great unwashed and bused to a terminal with no sign of BA staff member to direct you.
It never lives up to the advert.



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User currently offlinecomeflywithme From Argentina, joined Sep 2006, 265 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24611 times:

Great report and pictures vivekman2006.   

I am a big fan of EK especially their Biz class product....the chauffeur drive car is an excellent start and end to a flight with them. Very classy.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Thread starter):
The dessert – Rasmalai. Yummy!

Yes it does look nice...I'm intrigued by it so can I ask you what the main ingredients are please?


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