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My Summer Trip On EK (Part 1): HKG-DXB  
User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 34 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8667 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)

BACKGROUND

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.

Flight 1: EK385/UAE 385, HKG-DXB via BKK

Date: 22/7/2011
Departure time: 22:25
Equipment: Airbus A380-800 (reg: A6-EDK)
Seat: 82A

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.

Arriving HKIA:


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.


http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070279.jpg

Continued below



[Edited 2011-07-23 11:51:44]

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User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8628 times:

Taking the people mover towards gate 62:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070280.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070285.jpg
It is too dark for me to do spotting, so I go straight to the gate.
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070289.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070291.jpg
During boarding, I have got a chance to take a quick look of the cockpit and first class snack bar.
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070297.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070298.jpg
The ICE welcome screen and the tail camera view.
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070299.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070300.jpg
The window surrounded by wood-like decorations:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070302.jpg
The classical a.net knee-shot:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070306.jpg
There's plenty of legroom, but because I am short, other's might not agree with me.
The safety card:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070311.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070310.jpg
An AF 77W parking next to us:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070308.jpg
The 77W for the direct flight to DXB (A6-ECC) taxiing into gate 60:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070312.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070314.jpg

To be continued below. Sorry that I can only continue tomorrow.

[Edited 2011-07-23 12:15:28]

[Edited 2011-07-23 12:16:16]

[Edited 2011-07-23 12:16:54]

User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 7876 times:

Safey demo:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070317.jpg
Pushing back, with a VS A346 in sight:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070320.jpg
Taxiing:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070322.jpg
Cabin lights turned off for take-off. Note that the virtual stars are lit up:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070325.jpg
Lined up with RWY 25L, on take-off roll:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070328.jpg
Climbing through 2277 ft, the flight phase displayed on the screen turned 'cruise'. It seems like the ICE system thinks that airbourne=cruising!
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070332.jpg
Mood-lighting coming up:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070333.jpg
Menu for the sector to BKK:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070315.jpg
The roast chicken option:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070335.jpg
The PTV screen:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070334.jpg
Our route:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070338.jpg
Barely seeing anything in front even when we are close to BKK:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070341.jpg
Finally seeing highways:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070350.jpg
Lining up the runway:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070351.jpg
Parking next to an ANA 767 at BKK:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070363.jpg
The flight phase display is clever this time:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070364.jpg

Continued below


User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 7845 times:

During transit, I took several shots of the cabin:
Door L4:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070365.jpg
Door L5:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070370.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070368.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070367.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070366.jpg
The rear toilet:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070369.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070371.jpg
The crew were preparing for the BKK-DXB sector
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070377.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070378.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070379.jpg
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:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070384.jpg
The first class:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070385.jpg
The first class shower:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070386.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070387.jpg

Continued below


User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 7804 times:

Soon we left BKK for DXB:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070389.jpg
On take-off roll:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070392.jpg
Leaving the city:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070396.jpg
Our route:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070398.jpg
The menu for the BKK-DXB sector:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070316.jpg
The breakfast that was served at mid-night (the green noodles option):
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070401.jpg
The noodles tastes well, but the chicken is dry and tasteless.
After the 'breakfast', the pax were either watching movies or sleeping.
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070403.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070402.jpg
When we were descending, the mood-lighting is brightened:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070404.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070405.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070406.jpg
And eventually the lights turned normal:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070408.jpg
Soon we can see the lights from the city:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070416.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070417.jpg
On final:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070419.jpg
After leaving the runway, we taxied into a gate right next to the runway:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070424.jpg
An EK 77W (A6-ECT) at the gate next to us:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070425.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070428.jpg
We've eventually arrived at DXB!
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070429.jpg

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User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 7790 times:

The departure information at DXB. Almost all the flights are operated by EK!
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070433.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070434.jpg
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070435.jpg
Waiting for our luggage:
http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/P1070439.jpg

Conclusion

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!

The End


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 7734 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.

Quoting JA8119 (Thread starter):
Check-in counters for our flight:

Were they sports or school groups checking in?

Quoting JA8119 (Reply 1):
There's plenty of legroom, but because I am short, other's might not agree with me.

Does the A380 have ICE boxes under the seats to restrict leg room?

Quoting JA8119 (Reply 3):
Thanks to the cabin crew, I was allowed to take a quick look of the upper deck where the premium cabin is located

Cool, that was nice of them.

Quoting JA8119 (Reply 4):
After leaving the runway, we taxied into a gate right next to the runway:

Another benefit of the A380 - no parking at remote stands near the Dubai Flower Centre 

I look forward to your next instalment. Thanks for sharing.
Quokka


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1093 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 7382 times:

Thank you for the EK 380 HKG via BKK to DXB!
Too bad EK is pulling the 380s out of this flight from the next Summer 2012 Schedule.



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6777 times:
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Nice report and ix, thanks for sharing.

I like the option you chose, I'd have taken this one too  

How full were the two sectors?

Re the second meal, not keen on those green looking noodles.....

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6341 times:

Sorry that my photobucket account has exceeded its bandwidth. Click here for the photos: http://s1178.photobucket.com/albums/x373/JA8119/

Quoting nethkt (Reply 6):
Were they sports or school groups checking in?

I am not sure, but I know that they are going for another transit at DXB.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 6):
Does the A380 have ICE boxes under the seats to restrict leg room?

No, there's no ICE boxes in front of my seat.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
Re the second meal, not keen on those green looking noodles.....

But they tasts well!



[Edited 2011-07-25 23:52:26]

User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6269 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 8):
How full were the two sectors?

It was full in Y in both sectors.


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