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User currently offlineYirina77 From Czech Republic, joined Aug 2006, 632 posts, RR: 32
Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 32247 times:


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This trip has started in May 2011, when my friends Roni and Sam found on internet special fare in First class for routing CMB-DXB-MLE-DXB-CMB and asked me if I want to join them. This fare was chieper than the price of my newest bag, so I could not resist and I immediately bought a ticket as well.



First part in July

We had meeting in Colombo on 8th July. My plan was to come with EK PRG-DXB-MLE on stby ticket. Unfortunately segment DXB-CMB was heavily overbooked, so I did not get on the flight. I chose an alternative routing DXB-MLE with EK and MLE-CMB wih UL. Finally, I arrived in CMB later but still on time. The same cannot be said about my gulf´s friends. They were coming on Flydubai from DXB but in the time I was leaving from MLE, I got a message from them, they are still on ground and expect some delay. I boarded to A330 Sri Lankan and still hoped to catch a flight. After deboarding in CMB I ran to the info screens with actual arrivals and found, it´s lost. Expected arrival of FZ555 was planned at 3:15. Departure of our EK First class flight was 3:15 as well. I decided in a moment, to cancel our reservation avoid to be no show and wait for delayed passengers. Flydubai has landed at 3:00. After discussing our situation we decided to find some hotel and next day try to solve rebooking our tickets for direct flight CMB-MLE and continue on original routing.

We accommodated in Taj Garden hotel near airport:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/271101_2174809416436_1432845629_2463306_2591604_n.jpg

After breakfast and few hours of sleep (in this series) we took taxi to Emirates office in Colombo. Unfortunately our tickets could not be rebooked as we wished, so we had decided to postpone our trip for any date and just stay one day in Colombo. Finally, we ended up spending very good time in this city.

In the Emirates town offce:
http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/267416_2174809936449_1432845629_2463308_6487071_n.jpg

Colombo:
http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/263641_2174818136654_1432845629_2463338_4574153_n.jpg

We had a lunch in nice hotel next to the beach:
http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/267406_2174813496538_1432845629_2463319_5272306_n.jpg

Hotel´s garden:
http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/269401_2174812336509_1432845629_2463315_4271683_n.jpg

On the beach:
http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/267711_2174817336634_1432845629_2463335_6670611_n.jpg

Streets of Colombo:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/269471_2174819496688_1432845629_2463345_5016025_n.jpg

Later in the evening we moved back to the Airport. Sam left us first with CX to HKG, me and Roni flew to DXB and I continued to PRG.

We shortened the time by viewing of Sam´s logbook:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/264171_2174823616791_1432845629_2463364_6526241_n.jpg

At CMB airport:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/271086_2174822016751_1432845629_2463357_6360727_n.jpg

Our Jordanian-American-Chinese-Australian-Czech multicultural party:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/264721_2174822936774_1432845629_2463360_5991968_n.jpg

Farewell photo from CMB:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Colombo2/261346_2174824056802_1432845629_2463366_4938708_n.jpg


One day can make your life; one day can ruin your life. All life is four or five big days that change everything...
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User currently offlineYirina77 From Czech Republic, joined Aug 2006, 632 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 32517 times:

Second part in September

We found an alternative date for our trip in September. Unfortunately Roni could not go with us, due to his upcoming moving to Bahrain, so he at least became our “ground support”. This time I´ve selected for my transportation to CMB from PRG inaugural flight of Czech Airlines PRG-AUH dated on 21st September. Roni was so kind and has offered me his service of Chaffeur drive between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, from where I continued on DXB-CMB with EK. I had a little time in Abu Dhabi to meet my friend Daniela who joined Etihad as a cabin crew few weeks ago.

We created some middle eastern alliance for a while, EY, GF and EK:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/302008_2398301923609_1432845629_2724967_1659586309_n.jpg


Then we moved to Dubai for my departure to Colombo. Everything worked well, so I arrived in Sri Lanka again. I accommodated myself in Taj Airport Garden hotel and after few hours of sleep I moved back to the Airport to wait for Sam, who was coming on Flydubai again. This time, the were exactly on time. And our First class adventure could begin…
1st flight CMB-DXB
B777-300ER (A6-EBP)



With more than 2 months delay we are boarded!

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/315879_2400334094412_1432845629_2727510_1452693669_n.jpg

We were welcomed by a cup of Arabic coffee (picture: Sam):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/296898_2400336694477_1432845629_2727519_632953777_n.jpg

Cheers! (picture by Sam´s camera)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/313010_2400335494447_1432845629_2727515_1172208675_n.jpg

Interior of First class (pictures: Sam):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/293395_2400336334468_1432845629_2727518_838010127_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/318486_2400335894457_1432845629_2727516_1571401421_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/297905_2400336174464_1432845629_2727517_1791636893_n.jpg

Living legend Sam Chui at work:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/307698_2400341214590_1432845629_2727538_1126275241_n.jpg

Before serving breakfast crew has offered us some nuts. I also asked for red wine mixed with diet coke. Well, it may seems weird, but it´s typical Czech drink. I had an opportunity sooner this year to fly on A380 Emirates in Business class. I´ve enjoyed time on famous bar and asked cabin crew for red wine and diet coke. Then I mixed up both drinks together in to one glass. The French cabin crew was nearly died when saw mixing very expensive wine with the coke.

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/302669_2400342374619_1432845629_2727541_1667932295_n.jpg

Time for breakfast:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/300868_2400346574724_1432845629_2727558_46887908_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/301003_2400345054686_1432845629_2727552_1423491495_n.jpg

Picture: Sam

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/304197_2400337974509_1432845629_2727525_411376576_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/304226_2400348014760_1432845629_2727563_1494622477_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/316587_2400342894632_1432845629_2727544_2054350839_n.jpg

After breakfast cabin crew prepared our beds (pictures: Sam):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/311602_2400337134488_1432845629_2727520_784450396_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/296982_2400338334518_1432845629_2727527_817597995_n.jpg

And we were ready to land back in Dubai. Sam enjoyed so much gift from Roni´s trip (picture by Sam´s camera):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Prvni_let/313002_2400337294492_1432845629_2727521_1939003794_n.jpg


Transit in Dubai

We arrived in Dubai on time and headed directly to First class lounge.

(picture: Sam)
http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/315465_2400959390044_1432845629_2727984_207379160_n.jpg

First class lounge in Dubai (pictures: Sam):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/297824_2400964790179_1432845629_2728002_342380484_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/299773_2400963710152_1432845629_2727998_1850549603_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/302231_2400961990109_1432845629_2727992_1713112912_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/302299_2400964270166_1432845629_2728000_875967863_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/309025_2400964470171_1432845629_2728001_93044090_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/291823_2400962230115_1432845629_2727993_1637076372_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/299576_2400965430195_1432845629_2728005_683032095_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/312920_2400962390119_1432845629_2727994_1033988737_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/313244_2400961550098_1432845629_2727990_1777249460_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/317043_2400968950283_1432845629_2728019_1335555940_n.jpg

Then something very funny happened. I took picture below of Sam sitting in lounge and posted on Facebook.

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/318439_2400969230290_1432845629_2728020_1628203611_n.jpg

I´ve tagged him, so this picture became visible to his friends. In the same time Sam´s friend Joseph was sitting in the lounge somewhere behind the corner and surfed on Facebook. He viewed picture of Sam sitting in lounge few minutes old, so he got up and went to find him. And he did!
http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/296139_2400969750303_1432845629_2728022_208290513_n.jpg

We spent in lounge about 3 hours, ate everything what we could and the time has come for another flight.

Leaving lounge. But we´ll come back soon!

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/313973_2400971390344_1432845629_2728027_1714196976_n.jpg

We stopped in Emirates corporate shop:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/prvni_Dubai/301990_2400972310367_1432845629_2728030_1457111927_n.jpg

[Edited 2011-10-08 12:37:57]


One day can make your life; one day can ruin your life. All life is four or five big days that change everything...
User currently offlineYirina77 From Czech Republic, joined Aug 2006, 632 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32467 times:

2nd flight DXB-MLE
B777-200 (A6-EMG)



Boarding from gate:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/310872_2401024831680_1432845629_2728055_1919312895_n.jpg

Our plane:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/309632_2401025351693_1432845629_2728057_176474020_n.jpg

Directly to the First class (picture: Sam):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/314825_2401026391719_1432845629_2728064_1099910777_n.jpg
Another Arabic coffee (picture: Sam):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/313338_2401027991759_1432845629_2728070_1210319941_n.jpg

Ready for another flight:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/315440_2401033391894_1432845629_2728096_274438553_n.jpg

Dubai after departure:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/300244_2401034391919_1432845629_2728101_65157420_n.jpg

Course - Male:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/308764_2401038512022_1432845629_2728121_649247931_n.jpg

Delightful canapés:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/319574_2401036351968_1432845629_2728111_902001218_n.jpg

Soup:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/305009_2401038392019_1432845629_2728120_816167887_n.jpg

My lunch:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/307748_2401039552048_1432845629_2728124_1737002229_n.jpg

Sam´s lunch:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/318522_2401029191789_1432845629_2728078_712740986_n.jpg

Desert (and wine mixed with diet coke):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/321063_2401039952058_1432845629_2728126_278418824_n.jpg

Maledives are close!

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/296892_2401040192064_1432845629_2728127_946954481_n.jpg

Maldives from the air:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/302202_2401040912082_1432845629_2728130_2118099243_n.jpg

(pictures: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/299355_2401030071811_1432845629_2728082_822928762_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/321604_2401030391819_1432845629_2728084_679511184_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druhy_let/299031_2401031151838_1432845629_2728087_1610993126_n.jpg


Maledives

When we left plane, Sam tooks some pictures on apron. Some ground staff approached to him. I suspected he´ll be warned about taking pictures, but this man recognized a famous face and has asked Sam, if he is really Sam Chui. Sam could feel like a celebrity in this moment.

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/315489_2401107633750_1432845629_2728148_1213272835_n.jpg

Passengers coming to Maldives are boarded to speedboats directly from the airport and taken to their resorts (or by hydroplanes).

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/319104_2401111273841_1432845629_2728160_1232308787_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/313840_2401110513822_1432845629_2728156_1811160937_n.jpg

We decided to spend our 8 hours stop on Maledives in the resort called Kurumba, which is very close to the airport.

(pictures: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/298750_2401112753878_1432845629_2728163_1696493089_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/314835_2401111793854_1432845629_2728161_2041344044_n.jpg

After check-in we were driven to our apartment by golf-car:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/297892_2401118154013_1432845629_2728187_2063715280_n.jpg

Then we rushed to the beach and enjoyed some swimming:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/320153_2401121434095_1432845629_2728195_987133828_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/305369_2401123354143_1432845629_2728197_2116620442_n.jpg

Greetings to Roni, he should be here with us:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/307140_2401114473921_1432845629_2728170_1408009845_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/309372_2401125074186_1432845629_2728200_425466205_n.jpg

(picture: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/300653_2401114193914_1432845629_2728169_814709904_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/307425_2401114033910_1432845629_2728168_849127386_n.jpg

Later in the evening we moved to the swimming pool:

(picture: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/304769_2401115273941_1432845629_2728173_1498695387_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/308107_2401127714252_1432845629_2728208_1692694406_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/298035_2401128034260_1432845629_2728209_1860709896_n.jpg

At 21:00 we boarded speed boat again and returned to the airport:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/300852_2401117033985_1432845629_2728178_1636369045_n.jpg

Check-in for 3rd flight – MLE-DXB (picture: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/320130_2401117513997_1432845629_2728180_714745291_n.jpg

We had some time, so we spent about 2 hours in newly reconstructed lounge:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/302219_2401130754328_1432845629_2728216_1418796943_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/298941_2401132554373_1432845629_2728220_1349967117_n.jpg

(picture: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/316327_2405534544420_1432845629_2731571_1152032900_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/299561_2405534984431_1432845629_2731574_1388250353_n.jpg



One day can make your life; one day can ruin your life. All life is four or five big days that change everything...
User currently offlineYirina77 From Czech Republic, joined Aug 2006, 632 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32385 times:

3rd flight MLE-DXB
B777-200 (A6-EMG)



Our plane is back:
(picture: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/300139_2405535184436_1432845629_2731575_366386475_n.jpg

Good bye Maldives!

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/316020_2405535584446_1432845629_2731576_1545412365_n.jpg

Again, we were served plenty of excellent food. I wished to try everything, but I was so full after whole day.

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/300512_2405538024507_1432845629_2731586_820597005_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/296470_2405537104484_1432845629_2731581_1579698239_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/294536_2405536864478_1432845629_2731580_1471890867_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/314440_2405541104584_1432845629_2731597_1394022277_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/315074_2405538184511_1432845629_2731587_1305322966_n.jpg

In this time we started to be tired. It´s hard work to travel in First class!

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/317584_2405536584471_1432845629_2731579_185686751_n.jpg

On this flight we had wonderful purser – Ameera. She was great and I agee with Sam´s comment on her: she is the kind of person, who do Emirates name!

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/307475_2405537704499_1432845629_2731584_1101190453_n.jpg

We had a little fun with her, she has borrowed Sam´s her hat:



First class cabin:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/300341_2405536144460_1432845629_2731578_1111284066_n.jpg

Desert on the end:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/297971_2405542024607_1432845629_2731601_402751223_n.jpg

Last photo with great Emirates lady:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/treti_let/311919_2405542384616_1432845629_2731602_214960374_n.jpg

Back in Dubai

We landed back in Dubai. I received sms from my operator, for a moment I was not sure if I´m on the place, where I wanted to go.



For our last segment DXB-CMB we were booked for different flights. Sam has been confirmed for flight leaving at 7:45 sooner, I was only waitlisted and confirmed for later flight, leaving at 9:45 and directed DXB-MLE-CMB. We wished to get on sooner flight, specially because this flight was operated by aircraft version with suites in first class. So, we contacted ticketing counter firstly and ask them to give me stand by status. They said we need to come back at 7:00 to check situation.

At the transit desk (pictures by Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/310528_2405575105434_1432845629_2731610_1013203703_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/316091_2405575465443_1432845629_2731611_1683210178_n.jpg

Back in the lounge:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/318665_2405578265513_1432845629_2731619_649907187_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/311501_2405577945505_1432845629_2731618_2076665731_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/317582_2405576465468_1432845629_2731615_455637882_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/298278_2405580345565_1432845629_2731624_1577369447_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/321177_2405580705574_1432845629_2731625_2005009791_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/298748_2405581945605_1432845629_2731628_722146872_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/298800_2405583985656_1432845629_2731634_1047806526_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/299972_2405584225662_1432845629_2731635_1997212673_n.jpg

After light snack we fall to sleep for 2 hours:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/317717_2405585905704_1432845629_2731643_186154520_n.jpg

When we woke up, we had another meal:

(picture: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/298046_2405575945455_1432845629_2731613_1882267903_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/301076_2405576225462_1432845629_2731614_382477881_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/317596_2405586665723_1432845629_2731646_12817355_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/321539_2405587025732_1432845629_2731647_127578224_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/druha_dubai/313646_2405587545745_1432845629_2731649_614818712_n.jpg



One day can make your life; one day can ruin your life. All life is four or five big days that change everything...
User currently offlineYirina77 From Czech Republic, joined Aug 2006, 632 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32322 times:

Best on the end….

4th flight DXB-CMB
B777-300ER (A6-EMG)



At 7:00 we got confirmation of my seat on flight leaving at 7:45!

Boarding for last segment (picture: Sam):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/307779_2405623866653_1432845629_2731663_129804845_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/308377_2405632266863_1432845629_2731694_1094989647_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/311698_2405624026657_1432845629_2731664_503378312_n.jpg

Flight info:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/318489_2405635306939_1432845629_2731704_1782102880_n.jpg

Our suites:

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/314034_2405629786801_1432845629_2731683_765154380_n.jpg

Leaving Dubai again (picture: Sam):

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/297411_2405625226687_1432845629_2731668_735304008_n.jpg

Suites (pictures: Sam)

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/299735_2405626066708_1432845629_2731671_626966418_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/308852_2405626426717_1432845629_2731672_708234403_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/313988_2405626786726_1432845629_2731673_1941631424_n.jpg
http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/317822_2405628906779_1432845629_2731680_1226695925_n.jpg

http://yirina.sweb.cz/ctvrty_let/313676_2405627866753_1432845629_2731676_90782865_n.jpg

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Another breakfast:

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Leg space:

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Guide for suite:
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End. We are back where we began- in Colombo.

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I would like to say biggest THANK YOU to Sam and Roni, who originally caused this trip, although Roni could not finally attend.
Some of you maybe know, Sam is going married very soon, so I wish him wonderful wedding and a lot of future trips with Vicky!



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User currently onlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3094 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32063 times:

So...how much did this "little" trip cost?

I am jealous!!! Nice trip report!

[Edited 2011-10-08 13:13:21]


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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 31855 times:
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Well, I'm speechless. I just LOVE this trip report! What a combination and look at all the food!
Keep up the good work and thanks for posting such a lovely trip report, my god.
I wonder though, if everything went well, no delays no bad weather no travelsickness?

Again, thanks for sharing this lovely trip report.

regards,

Niek



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User currently offlinemilesaddict From Singapore, joined Dec 2007, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 31618 times:

Hi,

I really want to thank you for this beloved TR. It was a pleasant read. Pictures are good. It sounds you enjoyed a lot !

Thomas


User currently offlineDLBOIFIN From Finland, joined Jun 2006, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 31600 times:

Absolutely amazing report! I wish I could do similar trip to that one. Maledives looked simple awesome, too bad you only got be there for such a short time.

User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 31540 times:

Wow. I really enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for posting. I wish I was there.

User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 31349 times:

Was just in DXB/MLE last week and I didn't get bothered taking pictures on the ramp and I took a lot too. Interesting. Nice TR.


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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 31323 times:

Great report and pictures!
I wish i went to the Emirates Corp shop at T3 in Dubai when I was there last month! I only went to the one in T1 and was really dissapointed, must have been fresh out of stock. The T3 store looks well stocked with everything!


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 30557 times:

Hi Yirina and Sam,

As everyone has said, great trip report and photos.

Lucky that everything worked out with standby and special pricing. And despite it being almost obligatory on A.net to pan EK's choice of cabin décor, those private suites are amazing.

The food looks mouth-watering both on the aircraft and in the Lounge in DXB. One thing though, I notice that the meals were served on trays, by which I mean the actual place setting - cutlery, side salad, condiments, etc. Is this a new thing in First? Previously the table was set and the individual plates were brought, unlike in Business where the place setting has traditionally been on a tray.

Thanks for sharing your holiday with us.

Quokka


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 30007 times:
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First I would like to Congrats Yirina on documenting this TR so well. It was a real delight doing the almost impossible trip and reading the TR. You feel like you have been away ages despite it was just a weekend, you're totally lost above the Indian Ocean  

These series of flights were the best flights I've done out of many this year, among with Roni's Inaugural EK flight to Hong Kong last year,

Dancing In The Dark: An Emirates A380 Inaugural… (by ronerone Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)

these flights last me a lifetime of great memories. The best of air travel are definity shared together with the like minded people. It was beyond awesome. Together on a row, nothing can really stops us!

Many have commented on how tacky the EK Premium Cabin looks, I disagree. I like the way just they are. You have to try it to like it.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 12):
One thing though, I notice that the meals were served on trays, by which I mean the actual place setting - cutlery, side salad, condiments, etc. Is this a new thing in First? Previously the table was set and the individual plates were brought, unlike in Business where the place setting has traditionally been on a tray.

Hi Roy, on short and medium haul, they use trays in First Class. This is because "Dine on Demand" are not offered on those short 4 hours flights. All passengers are dining together.

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 6):
What a combination and look at all the food!
Keep up the good work and thanks for posting such a lovely trip report, my god.
I wonder though, if everything went well, no delays no bad weather no travelsickness?

Hi photoshooter, No delays, everything went as smooth as possible. 2 days after the trip, I did get very sick from food posioning owing to a piece of undercooked meat pattie I ate in the lounge in Male. I was in hospital for a few hours but I rebound the next day.

http://yirina.sweb.cz/Maledives/298941_2401132554373_1432845629_2728220_1349967117_n.jpg



Again, I really enjoy the food onboard Emirates. The catering from Colombo was improved so much. I look forward to have more next time!


I hope we get to do repeat the glory real soon  


Sam


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 29760 times:

Quoting N178UA (Reply 13):
I like the way just they are. You have to try it to like it.

My sentiment too. The suites offer a high level of comfort and the amenities they offer (like the 23 inch screens) are marvellous. I suspect that the majority of critics have never tried them. Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, at least EK's suites can't be accused of being bland.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 13):
This is because "Dine on Demand" are not offered on those short 4 hours flights. All passengers are dining together.

Thanks for pointing that out, Sam. All my flights to date have been longer so I was unfamiliar with the practice on shorter routes, though I suspected that might be the case as Roni mentioned something along those lines in another thread. .

Glad to hear that you have recovered from the food poisoning. I remember the other TR where you were unwell and you were assisted to the aircraft in a wheelchair.

regards,

Quokka


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 29686 times:
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Quoting Quokka (Reply 14):
Glad to hear that you have recovered from the food poisoning. I remember the other TR where you were unwell and you were assisted to the aircraft in a wheelchair.

Thanks Roy, the best cure to these unwell and sickness is Emirates First Class.  

I was very fortunate to be well until the day after this trip, so I was able to fully enjoy Emirates First Class. On the last TR with Roni, my illness was lifted straight away after I step myself in the EK A380 F cabin

So with the trend like this, I should be looking forward to get sick again before (or after) another Emirates flight  


User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 508 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 28580 times:

Hi Sam and Yirina,

what a great TR..congrats that it worked the 2nd time.
The food on all sectors looked very good and of high quality.
I heard of many variations of wine, but never with diet coke, so I have to try that one day.
How was the connection flight on FlyDubai?
There not so well covered here.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 28182 times:

Hi dudes,

Wonderful report. Terribly envious... I wish I had the time/ money/ contacts to do all of this luxurious flying. But most importantly you enjoyed and appreciated it. The pictures are really great, and it looked like the staff were friendly and willing most of the time.

On an aside, it is really lovely to see a female doing TR's, and furthermore seeing aviation enjoyed in a social and light-hearted way.

Cool stuff.

Luke



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User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 28047 times:

N178UA/Yirina77--

SUPERB Report. The photos are amazing, and probably don't do it justice, so I can only imagine how the flight was. What a beautiful destination you guys chose to head to. Now I want to try to head there whenever I can.

I have always had a desire to try Emirates in F Class, and this keeps the desire going. Glad you had great flight segments, First Class as always looks great and beautiful beach out there.

DXB is a place I want to visit as well too.

Wonderfully well written and great documention.

Alex



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 27515 times:

EK first looks great, even in these relatively short sectors.

Quoting Yirina77 (Thread starter):
Before serving breakfast crew has offered us some nuts. I also asked for red wine mixed with diet coke. Well, it may seems weird, but it´s typical Czech drink. I had an opportunity sooner this year to fly on A380 Emirates in Business class. I´ve enjoyed time on famous bar and asked cabin crew for red wine and diet coke. Then I mixed up both drinks together in to one glass. The French cabin crew was nearly died when saw mixing very expensive wine with the coke.

I too am shocked by this drink! I had friends who ran a French wine bar in Beijing. A group of young wealthy Chinese guys came in and ordered a load of really expensive red, and a couple of bottles of coke to wash it down with. The bar owner had to come over and explain how to drink wine! Interesting to know about this Czech speciality!



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User currently offlineViper911 From Russia, joined Oct 2005, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 26993 times:

Yirina, I always enjoy your TRs and this one isn't an exception, what a joy for the eyes, I'm glad to see that you and Sam both enjoyed it so much, the pictures say it all, and Emirates, what a great airline, I hope i'll have a chance to try them out some time in the future. Looking at all this food you consumed makes me wonder, how many calories all in all  
Quoting Yirina77 (Thread starter):
Living legend Sam Chui at work

The man does what he knows best  
Quoting Yirina77 (Thread starter):
The French cabin crew was nearly died when saw mixing very expensive wine with the coke.

Typical, you've hurt their pride  


User currently offlineYirina77 From Czech Republic, joined Aug 2006, 632 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 26952 times:

Thank you for all nice comments   

Quoting N178UA (Reply 13):
The best of air travel are definity shared together with the like minded people. It was beyond awesome. Together on a row, nothing can really stops us!



This is big true. I love travelling, but it´s very much about with who you travel. If you meet people who share your passion it multiply all experiences. I´m very lucky person, I´m surrounded by friends with whom I may travel and enjoy all what life brings. Specialy meeting with Sam and Roni gave me much inspiration. I hope some more shared adventures is coming!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 19):
I too am shocked by this drink! I had friends who ran a French wine bar in Beijing. A group of young wealthy Chinese guys came in and ordered a load of really expensive red, and a couple of bottles of coke to wash it down with. The bar owner had to come over and explain how to drink wine! Interesting to know about this Czech speciality!

Germans drink beer with Fanta, so I think wine nad Coke is not so shocking comparing this  
Quoting Viper911 (Reply 20):
Looking at all this food you consumed makes me wonder, how many calories all in all

Haha, I had started strict diet after this eating mania...



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User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 26348 times:

AMAZING! What an awesome trip and such great photos!

Quoting Yirina77 (Thread starter):
Before serving breakfast crew has offered us some nuts. I also asked for red wine mixed with diet coke.

The big question...was it regular diet coke or vanilla coke?
 

When Sam took the photo of the seat by standing on the other seat...did the FA's say anything? I am assuming he had taken his shoes off by that point! LOL


Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 23, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 26258 times:
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Best EK F class report I've read on the site by far. Thanks for including non airport/airplane pics.

Quoting Yirina77 (Thread starter):
After breakfast cabin crew prepared our beds (pictures: Sam):

Can I join you?   


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 24, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 26198 times:
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Quoting Burj (Reply 22):
When Sam took the photo of the seat by standing on the other seat...did the FA's say anything? I am assuming he had taken his shoes off by that point! LOL

Yes, of course I took my shoes off. All the FA were behind the curtains I think at that point. We owned the whole F cabin  

The plane was A6-EBG on first sector and last sector was A6-ECT.


25 Post contains images Yirina77 : It´s only one thing which I´ve missed on EK flights to be 100% perfect - Vanilla Coke If you would be Iranian or Russian (or mixed of both!) I´d c
26 Group51 : Amazing trip report, just amazing. I've never flown in Business, never mind 1st class. I remember reading my first trip reports on First Class here on
27 Post contains images Fabo : How did I miss this? Especially after specifically asking on facebook, whether to expect a TR... Oh well. Better late than never. I should know I gues
28 MSS658 : Hi nice trip report, you did a good job adding a bit more personal touch in to this report. Glad all went well! Greetings Marc
29 paris380 : Very good reporting. Do people from Emirates pay staff members to travel and write reports? I find it strange you comment nicely on service of your fe
30 Yirina77 : Haha, would be nice to be paid for trip reporting, but unfortunately I did not get anything except a good feeling from wonderful trip. And just small
31 ojas : Absolutely stunning Trip report Sam, Roni and Yirina! Brilliant. Indeed happy to know you enjoyed the service as well as a killer **cough** price **co
32 Yirina77 : Thank you so much for nice comment! Hahaha, another episode will come soon. Stay tuned.
33 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey Yirina, excellent report! Looks like you and Sam had a great time! You don't say!? Either you must've bought a really expensive bag or the flight
34 Post contains images Yirina77 : Haha, both is correct We have visited EK office just to try change our tickets, not to collect them Of course, he did. He took off only his shoes, wh
35 Post contains images ronerone : Dearest Yirina, I have been wanting to respond to the TR for AGES now. So now i get my chance to! I was so jealous when the two of you were able to do
36 Post contains images makeree : Hi Yirina ! Thanks for the interesting TR about the interesting route. It seems you had a good time and a good company. I was reading that TR wishing
37 sfflyer123 : Great TR! I really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing!
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