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Emirates ZRH-DXB On A 777-300ER  
User currently offlineamandeuce From Switzerland, joined May 2011, 13 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14295 times:

Welcome to 2012, A.netters!

First of all, I wish you a happy new year, and for aviation enthusiasts like us, many safe landings in 2012 as well!

This is going to be my second written report on A.net (+pics). I have been on several Emirates flights recently and the experience was a mixture between success and disappointment. My second last flight on Emirates, this one, from Zurich to Dubai, was acceptable. But I'll write about it later. The purpose of the flight was vacation with my family in the United Arab Emirates, where we stayed 2 weeks and traveled around the country. For those who know me a little, I used to record my trips and do a little video report about it. So that's why I do not have a lot of pictures for you. But since I started to write here, I decided to take more pictures on my upcoming trips. So that you have got more from my written reports! Here is the link to my video report:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yymr9sZbhw

Flight NR: EK 86
Zurich-Dubai
Plane: Boeing 777-300ER
Flight Duration: approx. 5h 30 mins


Since my mother flew business, I could enjoy some of the business class services as well, even tough I flew economy. A very nice service is the pick-up service from EK at your home if it is within about 50 km from the airport. I'm not sure about the distance. So here is our transfer to the airport, the car comes from SIXT car rental.Here we just arrived at the airport.
http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/4319/dsc04291s.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

I could use the business check-in as well and even got a priority sign on my luggage. We proceeded quickly through boarding pass control and landed in the airside center, where you have a very nice view of the new, recently opened Terminal B at Zurich Airport.
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/4901/dsc04301zt.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/4629/dsc04302o.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

We then had a snack inside beautiful airside center and checked the status of our flight. E53 was our gate, so we had to take the train to the midfield terminal.
http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/3439/dsc04310d.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

I do not have pictures from boarding or from the gate area, so the next one is right in the cabin. I really looked forward to this flight, and I as well checked the provided services on my flight on EK homepage. One of the services would be new ICE with widescreen, but when I boarded the plane, I quickly realised that this can't be the awesome widescreen EK has got.

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/4596/dsc04341jj.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

This was the first disappointment of my EK flight experience, but nonetheless, the old screens are still modern and compareable to other european carriers screens. As you can see here, I still could enjoy the flight and the IFE entertainment:
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/7866/dsc04345d.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

Even though it was about 23.00 when meal service started, I was happy to see some meal coming up, I'm always hungry   When they came to my row, and I was sitting in about the 10th row in economy, they told me only one choice is left. This happend on all my EK flights so far! The second disappointment during the flight. You can see the menu in my video report and some more of cabin and service.

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/5663/dsc04354ow.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

It was a night flight, therefore I wasn't really sure if I'm going to see the landing in the first light of the day or if it's going to be pitch black outside. I was relieved when I saw the sunrise about 45 mins before landing.
http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/4751/dsc04394b.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

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By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

Almost there and a shot from the map
http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/4889/dsc04398g.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

I really like to watch the wings working, like flaps and wingflex, ailerons etc.
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/5042/dsc04402s.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

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By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

After landing, we taxied not as usual to the Emirates Terminal, instead of turning right we turned left and I started to think were the heck we're going. It turned out that we will have a bus gate. That was the third and last disappointment during the flight, since it was a night flight and I was really tired I wasn't really keen on a long bus ride. The only advantage was the stunning view of our 777 on ground during disembarking. I simply love those huge engines!

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2276/dsc04419fv.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/7945/dsc04421u.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

After a 15 min busride, we finally arrived at the terminal, immigration went quick and we were picked up by arabian adventures, a tour operator in the UAE. Our first destination during our vacation was Abu Dhabi, after a 1 h 30 min drive we finally arrived at our hotel in Abu Dhabi. Here are some first impressions of Dubai and the UAE.

http://img807.imageshack.us/img807/8649/dsc04436b.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

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By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/9063/dsc04455ql.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

We arrived at about 9.00 AM at our hotel, so we decided to have breakfast. The hotel was Shangri-La in Abu Dhabi.

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/5162/dsc04458m.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31

With this last shot, I wan't to say thank you for reading my report and hopefully you enjoyed it!

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/2871/dsc04464w.jpg
By zrhflyer at 2011-12-31


Conclusion:
Overall experience was pretty good, except from the mentioned disappointments everything went well. Enjoyed the flight and emirates great inflight product, even in economy. What I really appreciate is the amount of food you get, you get an additional food box to the regular amount of food. Seat comfort was very good, leg room really nice. Cabin crew was friendly but disappeared right after meal service and didn't show up until landing preparation. I became really thirsty and asked myself why the FA's didn't walk through the cabin with water etc. Hope you enjoyed this report, more will follow soon!

Here again the link to the video report:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yymr9sZbhw



All the best for 2012! Again, wish you a happy new year.

Greetings, amandeuce

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User currently offlineB738FlyUIA From Kazakhstan, joined Dec 2009, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 14001 times:
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Hi amandeuce!!!

Thank you for sharing your trip and to post the video on youtube!!! Great stuff really!!!!

Really great to read about EK and and to see the service.... just only two days before your departure I was going to Moscow.. will post my TR soon and hope that you will enjoy it also...

Happy New Year to you!!!!!!

Cheers  


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 13654 times:
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Greetings, amandeuce!

Looks like you had a nice return flight back to DXB with EK. I'm always impressed by the level of EK's Economy Class catering; food looks really good!

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3463 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13636 times:
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Thank you for a very nice report, and the video was really good.

Hope you enjoyed(ing) your stay in Dubai. It is a great place.

Question please What is the music playing around 07.30 of the video, it is really nice?



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13633 times:

Very interesting video. Seems Emirates are copying the US airlines and SWISS with that cheap salad as a starter.

Would it not have been better to fly ETHIHAD straight to Abu Dhabi?

I need to buy a video camera. What make is yours? Thanks.


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 13388 times:

Cool trip report! I'm amazed at the amount of food you get in economy? How was the seat? I've been told that EK likes to cram people into their Y cabin....10 abreast in economy on 777 for instance!

Just started watching the video...wow 12 minutes! Will comment on the video on youtube!

[Edited 2012-01-01 17:14:51]

User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 13337 times:

Excellent TR, amandeuce! Great to see you on airliners dot net also! Happy new year to you!

User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 13269 times:

Great report, I'll be flying EK's A380 from AKL-SYD and am most certainly looking forward it. As others have said the food looks really good. Also your photo's of Abu Dhabi are great. I would love to visit the UAE one day!

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineamandeuce From Switzerland, joined May 2011, 13 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12301 times:

Hi B738flyUIA

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 1):
Really great to read about EK and and to see the service.... just only two days before your departure I was going to Moscow.. will post my TR soon and hope that you will enjoy it also...

Thank you for reading! I hope you had a nice travel too, did you fly aeroflot or SWISS?

Looking forward to seeing your trip report, sure gonna read it!

Cheers, amandeuce


User currently offlineamandeuce From Switzerland, joined May 2011, 13 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12295 times:

Hi SOBHI51

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 3):
Question please What is the music playing around 07.30 of the video, it is really nice?

The song is from the band Two steps from Hell, title is Protectors Of The Earth.

Thanks for reading!


User currently offlineamandeuce From Switzerland, joined May 2011, 13 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12285 times:

Hi burj

Quoting burj (Reply 5):
Cool trip report! I'm amazed at the amount of food you get in economy? How was the seat? I've been told that EK likes to cram people into their Y cabin....10 abreast in economy on 777 for instance!

Thank you for the nice words. Yes, food quantity is amazing on EK. Seat is also really comfortable, even tough they put 10 in a row as you mentioned. But I didn't really felt cramped into that seat.

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 6):
Excellent TR, amandeuce! Great to see you on airliners dot net also! Happy new year to you!

Thank you sfflyer123! Same to you, and I'm sure gonna stay here! Next trip already booked and report is gonna follow soon!


User currently offlineB738FlyUIA From Kazakhstan, joined Dec 2009, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11805 times:
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Hi amandeuce

Quoting amandeuce (Reply 8):
Thank you for reading! I hope you had a nice travel too, did you fly aeroflot or SWISS?

First was AB with HG in return... second was with SU all the way.... will try to get it done in next few day's....

Cheers
B738flyUIA - Z.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 11073 times:

Hi

Nice combined video/picture trip report! It was nice reading and viewing it.
It gives a different prospect of the trip.
3-4-3 seating looked cramped and I noticed indeed some details lacking, tough it still looks better than my average expercience with any US carrier.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineamandeuce From Switzerland, joined May 2011, 13 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9634 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
Nice combined video/picture trip report! It was nice reading and viewing it.

Thanks, was a pleasure doing it! Really glad you liked it!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
3-4-3 seating looked cramped and I noticed indeed some details lacking, tough it still looks better than my average expercience with any US carrier.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
3-4-3 seating looked cramped and I noticed indeed some details lacking, tough it still looks better than my average expercience with any US carrier.

Yes, indeed. I don't know how they do it but if you actually are in your seat, it doesn't feel that cramped anymore. But sure depends on how tall etc you are. You sure should experience Emirates once!


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9546 times:

Thanks for posting! Pretty generous food servings for a 8-hour flight.

You noted that you've had a mixture of succes and dissapoinments with EK lately, and this flight was acceptable. What made other flights better or worse?

Quoting amandeuce (Thread starter):
The only advantage was the stunning view of our 777 on ground during disembarking. I simply love those huge engines!

I wouldn't mind deplaning from a 777 at a remote stand!


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9195 times:

Thanks for the report, I must confess I didn't watch the video but I read here and saw your photos.
Of your disappointments, for me it's not so bad... I tend to put the IFE onto the map channel anyway, so that would be ok. True enough there were no more of your first choice meals, but the one you had looked good. And finally, a bus gate is a good chance to look at all the aircraft you pass! Though agreed after a night flight you just want to be there and out as soon as possible.
I've not visited Dubai (but have visited AUH - report somewhere on here!), so would be interested in more of your destination pictures too  
Thanks again,

signol



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