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Emirates EK 432 SIN-BNE  
User currently offlineboeingdotcom From Singapore, joined Nov 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 18262 times:

Hi all!

This is my third trip report on the forum and it will be my 1st flight of the year. My trip to Australia consist of 4 segment,

1 -EK 432 from SIN-BNE
2 -QF 505 from BNE-SYD
3 -DJ 981 from SYD-BNE
4 -EK 433 from BNE-SIN

Background

Australia is a vast vast country, with spectacular views and exotic animals. Kangaroos, Koalas, Platypus, Black-widow... Planning however, was headache. To be honest, I was tasked to do the itinerary for my stay in Australia with my mother and the subsequent days without her. But I left it to my cousin to do it, who was studying in Brisbane. (I felt irresponsible for doing this and there were tension during my stay, cousin, if you're reading this, I am sorry for pushing my responsibility to you.)

The flight plan was simple. Emirates provide a direct flight from Singapore to Brisbane, at SGD$750. SQ was offering their flights at SGD$1000+, which was ex. Also, my cousin wanted us to help her to earn skywards, so I didn't consider other airlines.


Flight-plan
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7 September 2011
EK 432
SIN-BNE
Depart: 1520, Changi Airport Terminal 1
Land: 2230, Brisbane International Airport
BOEING 777-300ER (A6-ECA)

We came to the airport 2 hours earlier and had our brunch at Astons. The restaurant serve affordable western food and is located above the check-in counter at terminal 1. At 12pm, EK's check-in counter were open and we went to check-in our belongings.

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Not much queue

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Flights departing from T1

We passed immigration in less than 5 mins and had 1:30 hours to spend inside the airport. This was a good opportunity to use the tax-free shopping that Changi Airport offers. Firstly, we went to the RL shop which was just beside the immigration counter. Thankfully, mum knew her friend that was working there and had discount on the hoodie I wanted!

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The revamped RL store at T1

After that, we took the sky train to T2 and T3 and shopped around. Goods are really really cheap considering that there's no 7%GST incurred!

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T3, big but empty

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Mum needed a rest from shopping! Thankfully, she chose the seat that was hidden away

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Scene on the tarmac
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At 3pm, we made our way to the Gate, where on the screen, it was flashing "GATE CLOSING SOON", which my mum panicked.

We ran like running a 400m race, panting and sweating only to realise that there was a long, long queue at the security counter.

After the security check and boarding pass scanned, I took out my camera and snap the registration on the aircraft, it was a -300ER flight, and it was a -CA. Delivered in 2007, this plane is pretty new considering EK bought a lot of them in recent years.

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Loading up... let's go!

Boarding calls were made shortly and I was the first few to board... after Biz and First class...

On the booking, I chose the last two seat (49A and 49B). While we were on our way to the airport, my mum made sure that I didn't chose the last seat, which I was confident enough to assure her. When we got to our seat, *deng deng deng*, mum's face turned sour. She was so pissed that I had to calm her down so that she won't raise her voice, loud enough for the FA nearby to hear us.

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EK's 10 breast seating, however the last few rows had 8 breast seating


Pitch, width and legroom was really great for this flight considering I'm 170-ish m tall (Though, mum muttered killer words that sounded like *Idiot, why chose the last row, I can't RECLINE*)

Excellent flight to begin with nonetheless, I was served by Jackie, an Aussie FA whom was very friendly. Pushed back was delayed for about 15 mins.

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Jetstar International plane
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SQ bird parked, beside a Bae 146
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FX A310 taxi after us for take off
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Noticed the right engine was running and the left remained shut! I guess FX isn't doing well lately

Lined up, take off was uneventful. Moodlight was turned on, and we had a powerful takeoff.


Construction on the eastern side of Singapore
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We hit turbulence shortly after take off!
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IFE system on board
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First movie that I watched

The audio headset I was given wasn't functioning properly as I could only hear one side... Nvm, the service from the FA compliment it.


In flight, cruising around Indonesia
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Dinner, pretty much the standard for a Y class meal. Nonetheless, Yummy!

After dinner, I wanted to interact with the FAs, where most of them were having a conversation behind the toilet. It was abrupt for me to join their conversation but I soon found myself laughing with them. Many of the passengers were asleep at this point, and they were just bored. We had a chat on Singapore, the place they came from, how long they stayed in the island before flying again and how long they had worked. All of them were really kind, and of course, being first time in Aussie, I asked the Aussie FAs about the weather, culture and places of interest.

The next thing I know, I found myself talking to Vonas, a male FA from Ethiopia. He was really kind and easy to talk to, and since everyone left (as the chief pursuer asked them to prepare for another meal cart for the biz class), we had a conversation about Ethiopia. He turned to the storage cart and asked,
"Are you 18 yet?"
"Err.... erm.... yes?"
"Oh ok, here you go, an Australian wine, enjoy"
"Wow, thanks"
"Oh here, you will need a cup"
Just then, another FA came back and opened the storage cart. She grabbed chocolate biscuit and biz-class desert and told me "You can have them"

They are really really kind, and I really had a great impression of the crew's service. But, I was also quite confused as I did not know that EK serve alcohol drinks. But nonetheless, the wine made me slept for awhile on the plane.

Then... 2hours before landing

"Hey, hey, wake up, there's a bush fire over there"
"Huh?! Where?"
"Look, that red spot, that's the fire!"
"WOAH"
"It's hot and dry season here!"

The FAs woke me up during my sleep to tell me about that! It was around Alice Spring when we saw that red, burning light on the ground. Which I just stared at the glowing red light. It was impressive! Even more impressive is that the FAs were fantastic to tell me about it! (THANKS GUYS, you were GREAT!)

Awesome red wine

Bushfire in red
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Awesome back galley
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Last ray of lights!
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Last meal before descending

At 2206, the captain made a announcement saying that the aircraft is descending towards BNE. Shortly afterwards, EK began to play a message from the Australian Government warning us to declare prohibited goods like dried plants and animals. The regulation was really strict and followed us all the way through the Customs&Declaration goods

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BNE!

Landing was uneventful and we touched down around 0030 (Local Time). We taxi to our gate and I sincerely thanked the flight crew for their excellent service.


BNE! Most of the shops were closed as it was midnight!

Then, I had to wait for my cousin to fetch us to her hostel!

Conclusion
EK provides another alternative to SQ to BNE and at a great price. Although it may not be a 5 star airline, in my mind, that flight was beyond a 5 star experience. What matters is the attitude of the FAs, which was warmth and comfort. I really appreciate their effort to make EK a 5 star airline, even the FAs said that they are trying to compete with SQ in terms of service. I could see that this crew really made an extra effort to do it! (At least for me that is   )

Other Trip Reports
1 - To Jakarta (CGK) With AirAsia QZ7783 (09Sept09)
2 - "Thank You For Flying Cathay Pacific"


Never forget to be yourself.
10 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineboeingdotcom From Singapore, joined Nov 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 18123 times:

Sights and Scenes of Brisbane, Australia's New World City

I absolutely love this city, slow pace of life, culture, friendliness, everything! I wouldn't mind going to this wonderful great city that I so loved.

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Roma Street Train Station (Towards Gold Coast Line)

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Mt. Cook-tha Lookout (Entire Brisbane City Lights)

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Eagle Farm Weekend Market

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Eagle Farm Weekend Market (Tasty berries!)


Vital Connections (A group that feeds the homeless every week at Roma Street area. Volunteering!)

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Eagle Farm Weekend Market -Strawberry pancakes (Deliciousnesssss)

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Train ride towards Gold Coast (City View) [G James Glass]

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HarbourTown Shopping Centre (Gold Coast)

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Kangaroo (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary)

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Local Vineyard (between QLD and NSW)

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View from above the road (between QLD and NSW)

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Clock tower (Brisbane City, near to Central Station)

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Dried yogurt with assorted flavours (between QLD and NSW)

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Night shot of the sea (Most Eastern point of Australia)

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Story Bridge (View's greater if you climb the bridge!) (Brisbane City, near to Fortitude Valley Station)



Never forget to be yourself.
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 17008 times:

Hi Benjamin,

At the moment the photos aren't visible due to bandwidth being exceeded, but I will comment anyway.

Welcome to Australia. I hope that you enjoyed your stay.

Quoting boeingdotcom (Thread starter):
Black-widow...

?
I take it you mean the infamous "Red Back Spider". Don't worry mate, the bite is seldom fatal and we do have an anti venom if needed, so if bitten it is unlikely that you will die though the bite will be painful. 
Quoting boeingdotcom (Thread starter):
which I was confident enough to assure her.

Naughty boy!   But I can see that for some people, having only 2-4-2 is better than 3-4-3, even if you have no recline and are near to the galley and toilets.

Quoting boeingdotcom (Thread starter):
"Oh ok, here you go, an Australian wine, enjoy"

How nice that the crew were happy to let you join in the conversation and offer you little treats. EK has always offered wines and spirits on flights other than to Saudi (possibly one or two other destinations). In F and J the cabin crew offer a wine or cocktail before meals but in Y they come around with the cart and ask would you like a drink. Most passengers just see the fruit juices and soft drinks on top of the cart. The wines and spirits are below so you need to ask for it. In Y, with the exception of champagne, all drinks are complimentary. Did you receive a menu card? If so, it should have been mentioned in there.

I'll come have and have another look later to see if the photos are showing.

Thanks for sharing.



corrected spelling

[Edited 2012-03-06 19:54:22]

User currently offlineboeingdotcom From Singapore, joined Nov 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 15398 times:

Hello Quokkas!
Yeah, unfortunately I can't bypass the bandwidth limit, if there's anyway of doing so, please tell me!  
Quote:
Quoting boeingdotcom (Thread starter):
Black-widow...

?
I take it you mean the infamous "Red Back Spider". Don't worry mate, the bite is seldom fatal and we do have an anti venom if needed, so if bitten it is unlikely that you will die though the bite will be painful.

Yes, I was initially afraid of the black widow! But thankfully there won't any during my trip.

Quote:
Naughty boy! But I can see that for some people, having only 2-4-2 is better than 3-4-3, even if you have no recline and are near to the galley and toilets.

Yes, it is. I prefer to have 2-4-2 than 3-4-3, unless if my dad was on that trip, than a 3-4-3 will suit better.

Quote:
How nice that the crew were happy to let you join in the conversation and offer you little treats. EK has always offered wines and spirits on flights other than to Saudi (possibly one or two other destinations). In F and J the cabin crew offer a wine or cocktail before meals but in Y they come around with the cart and ask would you like a drink. Most passengers just see the fruit juices and soft drinks on top of the cart. The wines and spirits are below so you need to ask for it. In Y, with the exception of champagne, all drinks are complimentary. Did you receive a menu card? If so, it should have been mentioned in there.

Yeah, they were really nice, even more better than my trip to Turkey with Qatar Airways back in 2007. Yes I have the menu card, perhaps I just glanced at the food and forget about the drinks! But nonetheless, I really liked that they offered that.  



Never forget to be yourself.
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13466 times:

Hi Benjamin,

As promised I came back and found that your photos are now showing. So nice human interest shots there.

Quoting boeingdotcom (Reply 3):
Yeah, unfortunately I can't bypass the bandwidth limit, if there's anyway of doing so, please tell me!

With Photobucket, the only way that can guarantee it is upgrading to the paid version - about $40 for two years storage. Other than that, use your photo editing software to limit the size of the photos that you upload. For example a photo of Story Bridge is sized at 2556 x 1917 - reducing the maximum dimension to 2048 or less saves quite a bit of bandwidth being used and still results in a photo suitable for display in a forum like this. Alternatively, though many people don't like them, use thumbnails that readers can click upon to see the bigger picture. Not everyone will click every picture so that would also reduce bandwidth.

Best Regards.


User currently offlineba724 From Australia, joined Nov 2010, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13222 times:

Hi Benjamin glad you enjoyed your trip to Australia.That was really nice the way you were treated by cabin crew on your Emirates flight and thanks for that great shot of the galley,don't see them that often..regards David

User currently offlineboeingdotcom From Singapore, joined Nov 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12205 times:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):

Hello Quokkas! Thanks for coming back again! Yeap, thanks for that advice too! Now I'll take note for sure, and by the way, I have upgraded to Pro, because I planned to write more reports in the coming years!  
Quoting ba724 (Reply 5):

Hey David!
Yes, it is. I guess I am really really favoured to have such an awesome crew! They certainly went beyond airline expectation and went for the extra mile to put that something special  



Never forget to be yourself.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 11148 times:

Hi

Great report,
Thanks for sharing it. Nice to see you where lucky with the crew on your EK flight.
Thanks for sharing the Aussie pics as well.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10571 times:

Many thanks for the SE Asia - Australia trip report on Emirates.

I was lucky to non-rev on rather empty BKK-SYD-BKK where I've got the whole DEFG seats both way plus 6 Thai F/As in coach SYD-BKK, amazing trip on EK!!

The schedule might be bad for this EK flight but it's absolutely an alternative to same old SQ on SIN-BNE.

So you can't recline properly on the last row seats then? Many airlines still provide the gap and same seat recline even on last rows.

I don't like the over-the-top status of gate at SIN. It freaks me out every time. I once had to stop the idea of shopping for the sake of what if the status is not lying. But then same old story, I even went back to buy few last minute bottles!!

Anyhow, thanks again. I enjoy this trip report!!
net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineboeingdotcom From Singapore, joined Nov 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9997 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):

Hi Marc,
Thanks for reading   Yeap, I was very lucky to have an awesome crew on board. They were lively and easy going.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 8):

Hi net-hkt, thanks for reading  
It was a good alternative to SQ's flight, and it also used a B777-300ER! I think it didn't recline fully, but I am not too sure about that too. SIN is constantly upgrading, and shops over there doesn't have 7% GST charges, which is quite a good deal for me.  



Never forget to be yourself.
User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9344 times:
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Hi Benjamin,

Lovely trip report and thanks for posting.

I've done a LOT of flying on EK in Y class on the 77W and usually in the same seats as you - in the two most rear seats at any rate.

The back seats DO recline the same amount as the seats in front, so there's no problems with that. It just "feels" smaller as there's a wall behind you, but the recline amount is the same.

At $750 SGD, remember you're probably only going to get half the Skywards Miles as it was a "saver" fare. EK changed their FF scheme (in a really BAD way!) and now you only get half points by booking a saver fare. My last 3 trips to BKK on EK earned the same amount of points 1.5 flights did previously! I'm really miffed about it.

I'm glad you had such a great crew. EK can be REALLY hit-and-miss with their crew. In my experience, the Aussies tend to be great, the Eastern Europeans tend to be surly and the Asian crews can be a real mixed bag! (Speaking generally of course!)

With their 10-abreast seating on the 77W, halving the FF points on cheaper fares and crew that can be unpredictable, I'm ditching EK as my FF of choice as soon as I take one more flight and earn enough points for a round-trip Australia-Asia. After that.... I really don't care about FF points.

I'll book whoever is cheapest with the best times, and if I get points with a bonus.

I just booked SYD-SIN-SYD on SCOOT today for $550 r/t SYD-SIN-SYD. That's a bargain. I'll do a trip report after I've taken the flight. Exciting to be flying on a new airline, and as you're from SIN, I think it'll mean you're coming to Australia a bit more!

Thanks again for posting. Enjoyed it.


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