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Emirates A380 -Hop Across The Tasman SYD-AKL  
User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 16479 times:

Hello,

Firstly, this is my first trip report and i hope you enjoy it. Please comment on how i can improve for next time but i will try my best
This was very much a last minute trip to Sydney. We booked the tickets on the Friday morning and left on the Saturday morning, so less than 24 hours after booking we were on our way to Sydney. The main reason for the trip was for me to go to the Eminem concert on the Sunday night (Im 16 haha), but we also caught up with some friends whilst there.

The flight over was with Pacific Blue which departed AKL at 6.00am, and was a standard LCC flight. The reason we didnt choose EK for the flight over was the evening departure from AKL, which meant we would lose a day in Sydney.
Here are some photos from our 3 days in Sydney.

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Ticket

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Darling Harbour

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Circular Quay

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Harbourside Shopping Mall, Darling Harbour

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Luna Park, Milsons Point

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Classic Harbour Bridge Shot

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Opera House

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Circular Quay

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Opera House with Harbur bridge peeping behind

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Hyde Park

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Christmas lighting display on Sydney Town Hall

After 3 short, and cold days (Coldest start to Sydney summer in 50 years!) our alarm was set for 5.30am, and we showered and checked out and walked up the road to Town Hall Station and caught the train to the International Terminal which is very overpriced as its privatized (around $16 for adults and $11 for children).

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Empty Train to Airport

By 6.45am we had arrived at the International Terminal and headed for Check-in. There was a big group of young Tennis Players (about 30) aged from around 7-18 on the flight from Canberra who were competing in a tournament in NZ. Check-in took less than 2 minutes and we had our boarding passes and were ready to go.

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Boarding Pass

SYD-AKL 6th December 2011 EK412
Airline: Emirates
Scheduled Departure: 8:45am
Actual Departure:8:50am
Scheduled Arrival: 2:00pm
Actual Arrival: 1:50pm
Aircraft: A380-800
Registration: A6-EDB
Class: Y



Had an early breakfast landside at one of the many places, and sat in an area overlooking the tarmac

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QF 747-400 and A330 had just arrived

We completed departure docmentation, and headed airside at 7.40am. Had a look around duty free, but didnt purchase, and went to the gate for the boarding call to be made

Boarding was very chaotic to say the least. Firstly because the area where gate 57 is located is very small and so the queue was curved around a lot and meant people didnt know where the end was and so there was plenty of people pushing in. Secondly, there was no general boarding call for economy, which confused many people as to when they were allowed to board.

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V Australia preparing for departure to LAX a couple of hours later

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TG A340-600 and our EK A380-800 tails rising above the airbridge

Finally we were onboard and greeted by the FA's and shown to our seats in row 86 (3rd to back row of the lower deck)
Hot towels were provided as the safety video was shown

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LA A340-300 and BA 777

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NZ A320

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One of the 3 cameras


Pushback was at 8.45am and we taxied to the runway for a takeoff to the south. After waiting for some QF andDJ arrivals and a Korean 744 departure we were in the air.
I just love how quiet the A380 is. Whilst it doesnt have the same grunt and feeling of force that the 744 has, the A380 makes it much easier to sleep and relax

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Brighton Le-Sands


Not long after the seatbelt sign had been switched off, the smell of breakfast came through the cabin. However it being an almost full A380 flight and being seated at the back of the aircraft, it meant that we would not be served for around 45 minutes. In the meantime, i explored EK's award winning ICE entertainment system which is the best i have encountered in any airline. Being my 4th EK flight i knew my way around but had to help my mum who was a bit lost. The range of movies, games, TV, music is amazing. I watched a movie and spent the rest of the short 3 hour flight on the Airshow page using the various cameras (There are 3 of them) and watching the flight progress.
New Zealand arrival cards were distributed at this time aswell by the crew

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Extensive NZ arrival cards

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And the back

The sheer number of nationalities represented by EK cabin crew always astounds me. Didnt catch all of the languages the pilot says as usual on EK before pushback, but some included English, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Korean, Thai, and Malay. And in our part of the cabin the flight attendants were from as far afield as Australia, UK, Korea, and Canada

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We were finally served!, and both choices of meal were still available. A Grilled breakfast or a continental type breakfast were offered. I opted for the grill. Everything was delicious! (except the usual suspect the bread roll), I dont know why airlines bother when noone eats it. A range of beverages were offered to complement including juices, alcohol, water, tea and coffee.

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Grill Breakfast


Soon after our meal trays were cleared, we were starting our descent into AKL. The cabin crew had started their preparations. I took a quick trip to the bathroom and soon after i got back to my seat, the seatbelt sign was illuminated. The usual biosecurity video was screened as per usual when arriving into NZ

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We flew over Auckland CBD, and turned to the right over Manukau City to land to the west at 1:45pm (15 mins early)
We docked at gate 15 at AKL's new international pier with a bit of a walk (by NZ standards) to duty free, immigration and baggage claim.

The queues at immigration were long with the first wave of flights from Australia arriving at this time. I was expecting the worst at immigration, but luckily our officer was friendly and asked how our trip went. Maybe its just my luck, but from all of my experiences at NZ immigration they are the grumpiest, most unfriendly officers i have encountered (And yes, i have been to the US). It gives a bad welcome home impression to me living here, let alone the first impression of New Zealanders for tourists coming to NZ.

With a near full A380 flight and all other carousels occupied by other arriving flights, i was expecting a long wait for our bags, and i wasnt wrong. Took over 30 minutes for our bags to start coming through. After that though it was smooth sailing and we were straight through into the arrivals hall.

A few photos from Auckland Airport observation deck upon arrival in AKL

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TG 777 pushback to Bangkok (I flew this same aircraft on this route in May 2009)

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QF A330pushing back for a long haul to LAX

So there it is, I hope you enjoyed reading it! If you have got up to here, it would be great if you would leave a comment.
My 4th Emirates flight (and 3rd on the A380) was excellent! And it remains as my 2nd favourite airline (AfterSQ)

-Friendly and helpful crew (nothing is ever too much)
-Modern fleet
-Extensive IFE choices on EK's ICE
-Good catering offered
-and the 30kg baggage allowance to top it off

Cheers

16 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 16411 times:

Hi byronicle6,

very nice first report! Good to see you enjoyed EK's A380. A6-EDB operated my very first A380 in early 2009. And I almost had the same seat (85K)!

A380 Really A Step Forward? LHR-DXB-DOH On EK (by PlaneHunter Mar 25 2009 in Trip Reports)

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
Whilst it doesnt have the same grunt and feeling of force that the 744 has, the A380 makes it much easier to sleep and relax

I have to disagree here - due to the low cabin noise level you hear other people talking, laughing, snorring etc more intensively than on other planes. But tastes are different!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 16332 times:

Very cool for a first trip report!

I am impressed with the meal....In the U.S. you can fly JFK to LAX and be lucky to get peanuts!


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 16096 times:

The 30 Kg allowance is enough to make me fly with them. Wish they flew where I go. No wonder the European / US carriers can't compete with them.

User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 15947 times:
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Hi byronicle6,

Nice first TR, thanks for sharing.

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
New Zealand arrival cards were distributed

- Interesting to note you have to put your seat number on the form.

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
We were finally served!, and both choices of meal were still available. A Grilled breakfast or a continental type breakfast were offered. I opted for the grill. Everything was delicious!

- Good to see both choices still avaliable despite you sitting so far down the back - grilled brekky looks good!

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
I took a quick trip to the bathroom and soon after i got back to my seat

- Not seen the economy toilet before, not keen on the 'Ikea' look.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2968 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15228 times:

Great report, and looks like you had a great trip  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
not keen on the 'Ikea' look

Not sure they have Ikea in NZ!


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15154 times:

Hi byronicle6,

Great first report and thanks for the insight on EK. I'll be flying with them on the A380 to SYD early next year. Also great pics of Sydney, I'll be there for 5 days and am definitely looking forward to it!

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15071 times:

Hey byronicle6,

Great TR! Nice to have another 16-year old here on the site.  


Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
NZ immigration they are the grumpiest, most unfriendly officers i have encountered (And yes, i have been to the US)

Wow, that's saying quite a lot! Out of the countries I have visited, USCBP officers are by far the most unfriendly.

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
A Grilled breakfast or a continental type breakfast were offered. I opted for the grill. Everything was delicious!

Looks nice, especially for a rather snappy 3-hour flight. Most US airlines don't even serve a hot breakfast on Transatlantic hops of 8+ hours.

Keep posting!



Choose a challenge over competence / Eleanor Roosevelt
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14906 times:

Hi!

Many thanks for the trip report. Was really nice to go along with you for the trip on the Emirates A380 (at least in writing). And this being in economy it was something I can relate to as opposed to the usual reports in First class suites on this website!

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14348 times:

Hi byronicle6,

A really lovely TR to get your trip-reporting career going! It was really nice reading on EK's A380 flight, on a 5th freedom route nonetheless. Thanks for the nice photos of Sydney, really reminds me of the time I was there! Beautiful city!

Looks like Emirates lived up to its high expectations as usual! Like you, I'd always been fascinated by the diversity of crew members working together and nice to hear it was the same on your flight, or perhaps even more than usual with such a diverse range of languages spoken!

The meal looks great too and very nice that both options still were available. From TRs here and elsewhere, it seems like EK do run out of options often especially if passenger loads are high. Glad to hear it wasn't the case! How were the loads on your A380 flight?

The 3 cameras from the A380 are definately a wonderful entertainment option on their own and you must have enjoyed them thoroughly! I know I will!

Oh yes! I have encountered pretty grouchy immigration officers at NZ myself. Quite a poor first impression sadly, to such a beautiful country with so friendly people!

Anyhow, keep up the good work and nice photos you've taken!

Cheers,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2418 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 13206 times:

Quoting byronicle6 (Thread starter):
Please comment on how i can improve for next time but i will try my best

Sorry, can't see the picture - error: "pictures exceed bandwith"... Can you fix it?!


User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10502 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
very nice first report!

Thanks very much!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
And I almost had the same seat (85K)!

Wow! What a conidence!
My first EK A380 also. I read, any thoroughly enjoyed your report aswell!

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
Very cool for a first trip report!

Thankyouu!

Quoting burj (Reply 2):
I am impressed with the meal

Yes, it was very good. I have always found EK catering to be one of the best in the industry

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 3):
The 30 Kg allowance is enough to make me fly with them

Same here. We flew to MEL for a shopping trip in 2010, and chose EK solely because of the 30kg limit

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Nice first TR, thanks for sharing

Cheers!  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Interesting to note you have to put your seat number on the form.

Yes, it is. haven;t seen this required for any other country

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
not keen on the 'Ikea' look.

I don't mind it to be honest. Something a bit different to other carriers

Quoting qf002 (Reply 5):
Great report, and looks like you had a great trip

Thanks, and yes! it was fantastic

Quoting qf002 (Reply 5):
Not sure they have Ikea in NZ!

No we don't ... yet. There has been talk of one going in up at Westgate in Auckland though. Time will tell

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 6):
Hi byronicle6,

Great first report and thanks for the insight on EK. I'll be flying with them on the A380 to SYD early next year. Also great pics of Sydney, I'll be there for 5 days and am definitely looking forward to it!

Regards,
aflyingkiwi

Hi aflyingkiwi

Thanks! weather wasn't fantastic but still a good time had by all!
I read and poste don your report which i really enjoyed.
Looks like you has a great trip too!


User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10486 times:

Quoting AA94 (Reply 7):

Hey byronicle6,

Great TR! Nice to have another 16-year old here on the site.

Hi AA94.
Cool! There doesnt seem to be too many of us on here  
Quoting AA94 (Reply 7):
Looks nice, especially for a rather snappy 3-hour flight.

Yes, it is impressive that they can serve a whole A380 full of passengers, a hot meal on a flight less than 3 hours!. Tasted great too

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 8):
Many thanks for the trip report. Was really nice to go along with you for the trip on the Emirates A380 (at least in writing).

Thanks! glad you enjoyed it!  
Quoting Ps76 (Reply 8):
And this being in economy it was something I can relate to as opposed to the usual reports in First class suites on this website!

haha, yes i'm the same unfortunately. Most flights for me are in Y. Have only had a few J flights in my time

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
A really lovely TR to get your trip-reporting career going!

Thanks! a far cry from your trip reports, but hoping i can improve. Planning on doing another trip report in a few weeks on 6 NZ domestic regional flights

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Thanks for the nice photos of Sydney, really reminds me of the time I was there! Beautiful city!

Glad you liked them. I agree!, Sydney is fantastic. I like it so much, i'm hoping to move there for Uni in a couple of years

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
How were the loads on your A380 flight?

Loads were quite good. Around 90% . Not sure about J or F though

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
The 3 cameras from the A380 are definately a wonderful entertainment option on their own and you must have enjoyed them thoroughly! I know I will!

Yes, i always look forward to the cameras on EK!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 9):
Oh yes! I have encountered pretty grouchy immigration officers at NZ myself. Quite a poor first impression sadly, to such a beautiful country with so friendly people!

Yes, it is sad! Is a smile and a simple "Welcome Home" or 'Welcome to New Zealand" too much?


User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10482 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 10):
Sorry, can't see the picture - error: "pictures exceed bandwith"... Can you fix it?!

Hmmm, they seem to be fine now. But this also happened with some other photos i uploaded.
What does everyone else use to upload their photos ina trip report?
I am planning on doing a trip report for some NZ domestic regional flights i have booked in a few weeks WHK-AKL-WHK , TRG-WLG-TRG and ROT-WLG-ROT, on Beechcraft 1900D and Dash 8 aircraft , and so will need to know so that the same thing doesn't happen


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9289 times:

Hi

Great first report you have got there!
Nice to see you logged the 380!
Pics are not bad as well!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8619 times:

Hi byronicle6,

nice debut trip report, thanks!

Some good picture of Sydney, it's been a while since I was there (2002). I hope you enjoyed the concert.

The flight looks good, I've yet to fly EK but this offering looks well worth it.

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8157 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):
Great first report you have got there!

Thanks  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):
Nice to see you logged the 380!

Yes, have flown 2 A380 operaters now!

Quoting signol (Reply 15):
nice debut trip report, thanks!

Thankyou  
Quoting signol (Reply 15):
Some good picture of Sydney, it's been a while since I was there (2002). I hope you enjoyed the concert.

You should plan a return trip! Quite a number of noticable changes there in 10 years
Concert was sick!


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