JA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 33 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6547 times:
Welcome to this trip report about my trip flying on EK this summer. The following is my travelling plan:
22/7: HKG-DXB via BKK (to be included in this part)
27/7: DXB-IST (to be inckuded in part 2)
31/7: IST-DXB-BKK (to be included in part 3)
15/8: BKK-HKG (to be included in part 4)
It is summer holiday now and after a long school year, travelling overseas is definitely one of the best ways of relaxation. Besides, my father is a member of the Hyatt Hotels and has points enough for 8 free nights. Therefore, we've decided to visit Dubai and Istanbul this summer, flying on EK and, for free, living in the Hyatt Hotels. At the same time, my father is going on a business trip to Bangkok this summer and therefore we will be staying in Bangkok for 2 weeks after my trip to Dubai and Istanbul, which means that we are leaving our hometown for more than 3 weeks.
Although Emirates does offer a daily direct flight from HKG to DXB, the 23/7 flight is flown by a 77W, which has seats one inch narrower than standard. It is fine for me if it is a short, day-time flight. However, it would be very uncomfortable for such a 8-hour red-eye flight. Therefore, I have chosen to fly on the flight stopping at BKK, departing at night on 22/7, and arriving 5 minutes earlier than the direct flight. Operated by a 388 and having a stopover, it will be more comfortable than flying the direct flight.
Information about our flight:
Check-in counters for our flight:
Getting the tag for our hand-carry bags:
Since I am just flying in Y, I can't go to EK's lounge. However, we are going to a pay-in lounge at the airport, for free thanks to a promotion of my father's credit card account.
JA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 33 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6508 times:
Taking the people mover towards gate 62:
It is too dark for me to do spotting, so I go straight to the gate.
During boarding, I have got a chance to take a quick look of the cockpit and first class snack bar.
The ICE welcome screen and the tail camera view.
The window surrounded by wood-like decorations:
The classical a.net knee-shot:
There's plenty of legroom, but because I am short, other's might not agree with me.
The safety card:
An AF 77W parking next to us:
The 77W for the direct flight to DXB (A6-ECC) taxiing into gate 60:
To be continued below. Sorry that I can only continue tomorrow.
JA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 33 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5756 times:
Pushing back, with a VS A346 in sight:
Cabin lights turned off for take-off. Note that the virtual stars are lit up:
Lined up with RWY 25L, on take-off roll:
Climbing through 2277 ft, the flight phase displayed on the screen turned 'cruise'. It seems like the ICE system thinks that airbourne=cruising!
Mood-lighting coming up:
Menu for the sector to BKK:
The roast chicken option:
The PTV screen:
Barely seeing anything in front even when we are close to BKK:
Finally seeing highways:
Lining up the runway:
Parking next to an ANA 767 at BKK:
The flight phase display is clever this time:
JA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 33 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5725 times:
During transit, I took several shots of the cabin:
The rear toilet:
The crew were preparing for the BKK-DXB sector
Thanks to the cabin crew, I was allowed to take a quick look of the upper deck where the premium cabin is located:
Since some crew members are taking a restin the bar, I didn't take a photo of the famous bar.
The business class:
The first class:
The first class shower:
JA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 33 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5684 times:
Soon we left BKK for DXB:
On take-off roll:
Leaving the city:
The menu for the BKK-DXB sector:
The breakfast that was served at mid-night (the green noodles option):
The noodles tastes well, but the chicken is dry and tasteless.
After the 'breakfast', the pax were either watching movies or sleeping.
When we were descending, the mood-lighting is brightened:
And eventually the lights turned normal:
Soon we can see the lights from the city:
After leaving the runway, we taxied into a gate right next to the runway:
An EK 77W (A6-ECT) at the gate next to us:
We've eventually arrived at DXB!
JA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 33 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5670 times:
The departure information at DXB. Almost all the flights are operated by EK!
Waiting for our luggage:
After flying on this flight, I am really impressed by EK. The flight was smooth, and the service was excellent. Besides, the ICE was really fantastic, providing thousands of entertainment options. The meal was good as well except the chicken on the second sector. My only complaint is that the seats are not equiped with foot rests like SQ. I am really looking foward to my next flight to IST!
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5614 times:
Hi JA8119 ,
NIce trip report and some good photos of the aircraft interior.
Quoting JA8119 (Thread starter): a 77W, which has seats one inch narrower than standard. It is fine for me if it is a short, day-time flight. However, it would be very uncomfortable for such a 8-hour red-eye flight.
Agreed, but I find the worst time is when meals are served as you have very little room to move.
Quoting JA8119 (Thread starter): Operated by a 388 and having a stopover, it will be more comfortable than flying the direct flight.
Good move. And it gives you the chance to stretch your legs if you wish to.