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South East Asia Part 5: HKG-DXB-NCL With EK  
User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10767 times:

This trip report will be the fifth and final, covering my recent holiday to South East Asia. The routing was NCL-DXB-KUL-DPS-SIN-HKG-DXB-NCL – with Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Jetstar Asia.

You can find the other parts of the series here:
Part 1 - South East Asia Part 1: NCL-DXB-KUL With EK (by Lap747 Aug 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Part 2 - South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH (by Lap747 Aug 31 2011 in Trip Reports)
Part 3 - South East Asia Part 3: DPS-SIN With QZ (by Lap747 Sep 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
Part 4 - South East Asia Part 4: SIN-HKG With 3K (by Lap747 Sep 9 2011 in Trip Reports)

I will split the TR into three sections as there is a lot of pictures and also to make it easier to read. Firstly will be the pictures from HKG. The second part will be the HKG-DXB flight with pictures from inside the terminal of HKG and the final part will be the flight from DXB-NCL.

Firstly before I begin the actual trip report, I want to share some pictures I took of HKG when I visited Tung Chung one day. These pictures were taken in a one hour time span and I’m glad I found it the hill that our guidebook told us to go up to get good views! I will just let most of the pictures do the talking.

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We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
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User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10743 times:

Now onto the actual trip report!
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Background

After three weeks of travelling around a very humid South East Asia it was time to return to the cold climate of the UK. Since we had flown with Emirates on the outbound leg of the journey to KUL it made sense to book with them coming back from HKG to NCL via DXB. Another reason I wanted to fly with them as opposed to CX or BA to LHR was because EK fly the A380 into HKG on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As I had never flown on an A380 before this was a good opportunity to do so!  

We left the Harbour Grand Hotel in Kowloon at 10pm for our 12.35am flight. The taxi ride seemed to take a while but we arrived at Terminal 1 in good time.

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Drop off area at T1


Area 3 for EK check-in

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Main terminal entrance

As soon as I stepped inside I was impressed by the building. It is such a huge building but it is very open, bright and airy which makes it a nice relaxing environment to be in.

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FIDS with a couple of UO and CX flights cancelled


Zone G for EK


KE check in opposite

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Overview of check-in

The check in agent was very friendly and checked the bags through to Newcastle and gave us boarding passes for both of the flights. I then went through security, and afterwards walked the entire length of the terminal, I was exhausted by the end of it, but got some good pictures!

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CX A333

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CI A333 B-18306 with CX’s ‘Asia’s World City’ B77W in the background

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A couple of BA B744’s and AY A343

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Head to head!

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KL B744 heading back to AMS

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VS A346 G-VSHY heading home to LHR having arrived from SYD earlier in the evening

I headed up the terminal a bit more and saw the EK A380 heading for DXB via BKK.

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Not mine yet! A6-EDK heading to BKK

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CX A343

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Was happy to see the Orient Thai B743

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Looking up to the other end of the terminal

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CA, MU and KA Airbuses

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I took a walk down to gates 15-19 to see the KE A380 amongst others


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KE A380 just after arriving from ICN

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One of two late night BA departures to LHR (2315 and 2345) – G-CIVE

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By this time my EK A380 had arrived from DXB

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OZ B744

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The second BA flight G-CIVR

By this time it was time to head to gate 60 for my first flight on the A380!

Wednesday 24th August 2011

EK381

Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport (HKG/VHHH) – Dubai International Airport (DXB/OMDB)
Departure Time – 12.35am
Arrival Time – 4.35am
Duration – 8 hours
Aircraft – Airbus A380-861 / A6-EDL / Built in 2010, Delivered to EK on 12th August 2010
Seat – 75A


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The beast getting prepped for the flight

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Nose view

Boarding was soon announced and I was on board by 12am. The whole boarding process didn’t seem to take too long despite the size and amount of passengers on the plane. Once boarding was completed the load seemed to be good, there weren’t many empty seats.

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View of the massive wing from 75A

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The big IFE screen


The window was pretty cool as well, although it was harder to get photos with no glare due to the big gap between the inner and outer windows.

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The flight information for tonight, although it seems they need to update the code for Hong Kong!

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Tail camera with the cargo doors still open

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I couldn’t get over the size of the wing!

The captain soon made a PA to say we would have a little delay due to a passenger not showing up but having a bag on the flight. It took a little while for the bag to be found and we soon pushed back around 20 minutes late. Soon the safety video was played and hot towels and menus were handed out.


During pushback I was amazed at how quiet the engine start was. Even when all four were fired up, they were very very quiet!

There was just the KE A380 taking off in front of us, so after that departed we were on our way to DXB.

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Takeoff video from HKG

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Just after takeoff

About 30 minutes into the flight I had a walk around the A380.


The rear staircase heading up to Business Class... you could hear people at the bar from the bottom of the stairs!

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EK logo at the back of the plane


Front staircase heading up to First Class

From my seat behind the wing I thought the engines were quiet but at the front section of economy the engines are completely silent!

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Cabin view

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Flying along the South coast of China

A midnight snack was served which consisted of a Beef Pastrami sandwich and fruit.


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Midnight snack... it didn’t taste bad but I didn’t really enjoy it at 1.15 in the morning.

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‘Cockpit’ view

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Flying over the Ganges Delta in Bangladesh... too bad it was at night as it would have probably made for some good photos

I then watched the comedy film Little Fockers before I fell asleep for about three hours as I was shattered after having a whole day in Hong Kong before heading to the airport.

When I woke up I decided to have some of the instant cup noodles (which I forgot to take a photo of!) However, it was just basically a vegetable pot noodle.

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Breakfast was served just after leaving the coast of India – It was either a Swiss cheese omelette or Stir-fried Hokkien noodles – I went for the omelette which tasted pretty good.

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Getting closer to Dubai

We commenced our descent about 140 miles from DXB and had a straight in approach with no holds to runway 30R.

On approach

The landing was VERY hard, i’m not sure if this is normal for the A380 because of its size but it was possible the hardest landing I have ever experienced.

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Landing video in DXB runway 30R





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Parked at the gate with another A380 taxiing into the gate next door

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Final tail camera view

At the end of the flight I again went into the flight deck and talked to the very friendly American captain.

All in all it was a great flight on the A380... it is definitely a fantastic aircraft to fly on, it is very comfortable and very quiet! Can’t wait for my next flight on one!



We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10722 times:

CONTINUED...

I made my way through connections, through security and was back in the terminal for the 2 ½ hour wait for my flight to Newcastle.


FIDS with the busy morning rush hour

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I went along to the Emirates official store to buy a model of the A380 and then I went to try and find A6-EDL to get a picture of it in the daylight. I managed to find it but pictures were a bit of a problem!



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A6-EDL parked at the gate after bringing me back from HKG

Soon it was time for boarding for EK35 to NCL via gate 212.

Wednesday 24th August 2011

EK35

Dubai International Airport (DXB/OMDB) – Newcastle International Airport (NCL/EGNT)
Departure Time – 7.20am
Arrival Time – 12.05pm
Duration – 7 hours 45 minutes
Aircraft – Airbus A330-243 / A6-EAQ / Built in 2003, Delivered to EK on 29th April 2003
Seat – 30A


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A6-EAQ was operating today’s flight – An eight year old A332

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Down the escalator into the holding area

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Boarding was announced around 20 minutes later.

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View from the airbridge with a B77W heading to CMB next door

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Seated in 30A – This is something I had wondered... Why do planes at certain airports (always seems to be ones in hot climates) already have the flaps set at the gate before pushback and before engines are started? Is this done for any particular reason?


DXB ATC tower

Hot towels and menus were handed out before pushback began while the safety briefing was being shown.

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B77L A6-EWH being towed to a gate this morning

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I wonder what airline is based at DXB....
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BA and LH getting ready for their flights back home

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Takeoff from DXB runway 12R

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We took off towards the desert and made a right turn soon after and headed towards the city and past the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah




Burj Al Arab

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The Palm Jumeirah – You can see the apartments on the trunk of the Palm that I had stayed in two years before on my holiday to Dubai

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It was a very cool sight to see it from the air

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Fading away in the haze

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Breakfast was served shortly after takeoff –The options were Traditional Arabic morning mezze or Deli platter. I went for the Deli platter which tasted good and was a good alternative to something hot which I had eaten on the previous flight.

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The Tigris River in Iraq

Lunch was served around 4 hours into the flight – The options were Breaded fish fillet or Chicken Tikka, I went for the Chicken Tikka.

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The meal was nice however the dessert could have been better if it wasn’t as cold as what it was

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Our route took us over Iraq, Turkey, over the Black Sea, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.

We made landfall in the UK over Hull and then turned right towards Newcastle.


An airport in the UK – not sure which one...

We commenced our descent and flew past the City of Sunderland and Newcastle before turning left to line up with Newcastle’s runway 25.

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Newcastle City

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The Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge and The Sage music venue

We made a smooth touchdown on runway 25, however the pilot braked extremely strongly – the EK A330 normally uses the full length of runway at NCL however we exited the runway where an A319 or Dash 8 normally does!

I did take a landing video but there was a small child crying through the whole video, so I decided not to post it.

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BA A320 taxiing for takeoff and U2 A319 just landed

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Back in Newcastle – saying bye to A6-EAQ

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One last view

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TOM B752 next door

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TS A310 about to pushback to YYZ

Overall the flights with Emirates were very good and they continue to be a pleasant airline to fly with – even though their standards have slipped a bit in the past few years.

I enjoyed every minute of my holiday in South East Asia and I hope you have enjoyed reading about the different flights I took as much as I have enjoyed writing about them. If you have read all five parts – Thank You! If not... get reading!

Thanks for reading!

Regards,
Lap747



We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10148 times:

Hello,

Great report. Enjoyed it. I have never flown EK, but they seem OK in Y class. I noticed they have always had pretty good catering in Y class. About the A380 landing, seems that hard landing is quite common within the airlines.


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9675 times:

Great report Lap747!

I'm going to be flying the EK A380 in January so it's good to get a precursor to the flight. Food on your flights looked pretty good which seems to be the case with most EK flights. BTW great spotting photo's in HKG!

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8355 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Yes, EK Y class is not bad at all and the food is pretty good.   I thought that the landing might have been quite hard because of the size of the A380, which seems to be the case will all carriers.

Hope you enjoy your flight on the EK A380, aflyingkiwi! 

Luke



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User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8284 times:

I think the UK airport in your pic is Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood and Maid Marion along with the Sheriff of Nottingham Airport 


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7308 times:

Hi

Nice ending to your trip report series. I'm glad you where able to log the A380. Looks nice as well.
Emirates is a carrier on my to-fly list.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7191 times:

Quoting gkirk (Reply 6):
I think the UK airport in your pic is Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood and Maid Marion along with the Sheriff of Nottingham Airport 

Haha, thanks!  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Nice ending to your trip report series. I'm glad you where able to log the A380. Looks nice as well.
Emirates is a carrier on my to-fly list.

Thanks for the comments Marc. It was very nice to fly the A380, a great aircraft!

Luke



We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7107 times:
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Hello Luke,

Nice to see the final part of your Asia holiday online. Those views into HKG from the mountain are amazing, I bet you had a great time spotting there! Nice pics from HKG at night as well, so many widebodies there. I've been in HKG also some 4 years ago on my travels to Vietnam on CX. I found it to be a quite pleasant airport. And as for EK: solid flights from an established carrier, you know what to expect. Good for you you got to score the whale jet, certainly something 'big'  

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
As I had never flown on an A380 before this was a good opportunity to do so!

Rightfully so!

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
One of two late night BA departures to LHR (2315 and 2345) – G-CIVE

I wonder how BA manages to fill 2 widebodies within this short timeframe and with lots of competition?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
The big IFE screen

A nice welcome screen.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
It took a little while for the bag to be found

I can imagine with this gigantic A380.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Cabin view

Is that the mood lighting switched on to pink?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
At the end of the flight I again went into the flight deck and talked to the very friendly American captain.

Great you got to visit 'the office'. No pics?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
I wonder what airline is based at DXB...

Great shot!

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
the EK A330 normally uses the full length of runway at NCL however we exited the runway where an A319 or Dash 8 normally does!

Probably another aircraft shortly behind.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6966 times:

Hi Luke !

Nice report to finsih your travels fo Asia ! Great pictures from HKG! It's one of my favorite airports!

Service on EK seems to be okay and is probably not as good as a few years ago but still nice. Good choice to take EK directly to NCL to avoid connecting somewhere else in Europe.

Where are you going next ?

The777Man



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User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6755 times:

Thanks for all the comments!  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
I wonder how BA manages to fill 2 widebodies within this short timeframe and with lots of competition?

It is quite a short timeframe for two flights to depart in. There are actually 5 departures to LHR within 1 hour 20 mins.

2315 - BA26
2325 - VS201
2345 - BA28
2355 - CX251
0035 - CX255

Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
Is that the mood lighting switched on to pink?

Yeah, the colour kept changing which was nice  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 9):
No pics?

Well I did take a couple, but they didn't come out too well. Also I wasn't sure whether to post them or not since on the first EK 77W to KUL the captain asked me not to put them on the internet.  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
It's one of my favorite airports!

I have to agree! I loved HKG, the way you can go right up to the windows, unlike other airports. The terminal building is so light and airy aswell, not to mention being huge!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Where are you going next ?

I haven't got any flights booked yet, but I will need to for next March as I am going to America for 3 months. I've been looking at which airline and Delta seems to have the most appealing fares for LHR-PHX. Not to mention it will be a B764 and B753!
I also want to fly on the SQ 77W between MAN and MUC at some point but not sure when.

Luke  



We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12515 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6506 times:

Really enjoyed the report; HKG is right up on the list of places I want to visit.

I love the photos from the island. What is the best way of getting there - and how long does it take?


User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6446 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 12):
What is the best way of getting there - and how long does it take?

Thanks for the comments! Hong Kong is definitely an amazing city!
The way I got to the spotting location was to take the Tung Chung line on the MTR from Kowloon (I think it also goes from Hong Kong) to Tung Chung, it takes around 30 minutes.  

Luke



We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1088 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6303 times:

Loads of pics. Enjoy them all, Many thanks  
Total of 4 meal services HKG to NCL! What a way.
I guess you only got served properly twice on non-stop HKG-LHR.
Given the price and short connect in DXB, I'd take EK over BA/QF/CX to the UK anytimes.
Thanks again.



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineLap747 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5816 times:

Thanks for the comments nethkt!  


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