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RTW Pt.11: Trying Out The Whale! DXB-KEF Final Pt.  
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 883 posts, RR: 1
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RTW Final Pt. (11): Trying out the whale! DXB-KEF with some stops

Introduction

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last part of my around the world series. The proposed route is below (courtesy of GCM):

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But the actual one ended up way different. As this report is also full of surprises, I’m not gonna post the actual map until the end of the report.

As you may remember, I was in Dubai at that time. On the way back to Europe the plan was always to try out the “whalejet”, the Emirates A380. On our day of travel, only FI Euro-destinations that had the 380 were LHR and CDG. We listed for LHR, but had CDG as backup if the Heathrow flight was full. For earlier parts, scroll down to the bottom and there they are (along with earlier reports). This report is definitely my longest so far. If you get tired of spotting pics or something else, you can just scroll down to a part you like.

Background

After years of planning, me and my dad finally decided to go around the world on ID/Standby tickets.
We decided to go to Machu Picchu, Peru in South American and then some Asian Cities.
This was the proposed flight schedule (B means booked):

Icelandair 631 KEF – JFK 30/3/2012 Boeing 757-300
United 1116 EWR – IAH 31/3/2012 Boeing 737-500
United 854 IAH – LIM 31/3/2012 Boeing 767-300ER
TACA Peru 7 LIM – CUZ 1/4/2012 Airbus 320-200 (B)
TACA Peru 101 CUZ – LIM 2/4/2012 Airbus 319-100 (B)
United 855 LIM – IAH – SFO 2/4/2012 +1 Boeing 767-300ER
United 837 SFO – NRT 4/4/2012 +1 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 503 HND – HKG 8/4/2012 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 701 HKG – SIN 10/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Thai 873 SIN – BKK 12/4/2012 Boeing 777-300
Cathay Pacific 751 BKK – DEL 14/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Air India 102 DEL – BOM 16/4/2012 Boeing 777-300ER (B)
Emirates 509 BOM-DXB 18/4 Airbus 330-200
Emirates 1 DXB – LHR 21/4/2012 Airbus 380-800
Icelandair 451 LHR – KEF 21/4/2012 Boeing 757-200

But as many of you know, you never know on ID tickets and the actual route has been way different then the planned one so far. Luckily I always made plan B and even C.

I was really looking forward and this was shaping up to be a trip of a lifetime!


The report
As you may remember, I ended the last report in the bed of our Dubai Hotel.

11am the following morning I woke up, got downstairs and had breakfast. Our Icelandic friend who lives in Dubai then came and picked us up on his Porsche and drove with us to a restaurant on the Palm Jumeirah.

Look out of our hotel room window, desert with Burj Al Arab in the distance
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And some tall buildings
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Curved building
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Burj Al Arab seen while driving past
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Ski Dubai
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I just had to try...   (with our friend)
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In the evening we then went to the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building, followed with a steak at a restaurant called The Meat Co. where I had he best rib-eye ever made! Delicious along with some béarnaise sauce.

Aquarium inside the mall
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Closeup
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And, in all its magnificence, Burj Khalifa
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Burj Al Arab all lit up
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Peaceful view while eating
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Inside a hotel near our restaurant was this nice chandelier
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After sleeping for some 6 hours we had to wake up at 5am in order to get the taxi to the airport for the 8ish departure bank to Europe.

Driving past the Burj in gorgeous morning light – someday, when I have enough time, I’ll come again and go inside!
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The nice terminal where EK is located
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We went to the check in desk to ask for our standby listing to LHR where we were told to go inside a special standby ticket room where we could wait and see our name on a screen. We were nr. 6 and 7 on the Heathrow flight. After waiting for 15 minutes we saw our names turn red (means we are a no go). It was especially annoying as nr. 1-4 got aboard (while nr. 5, us and nr. 8-10 didn’t get on). Luckily, I had thought ahead so we were also listed on the Paris – CDG flight (the only other A380 service going to Europe that morning). After some nervous 10 minutes we got a green light on the CDG flight (we were nr. 2 and 3 there), got our boarding passes and headed through security. We were airside 30 minutes before departure. Only downside of this was, that instead of having a relaxed 100 minute connection at Heathrow, we instead had a 30 minute connection at, of all places, the notorious Charles de Gaulle airport. And, even worse, EK uses T2D while FI is at T1 which meant a long train ride to get to the right terminal. We decided to relax while aboard the flight and let the troubles at Paris wait until we arrived there.

Our whalejet , A6-EDS, which is one of the newest A380s in the EK fleet
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Flight information
Date: 21. July 2012
Airline: Emirates (EK/UAE)
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Registration: A6-EDS
Flight number: EK 073
From: Dubai International Airport (DXB/OMDB)
To: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG)
Runway at origin: 30R
Runway at destination: 26L
Sched/Act departure: 8:20/8:19
Sched/Act arrival: 13:30/13:52
Blocked time: 7 hrs 10 mins
Flight time gate to gate: 7 hrs 33 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 6 hrs 48 mins
Seat & Class: 79K (Economy, Y)


Personal information

My 228th flight, 19th in 2012
My 1st flight on EK, 1st on EK 380, 1st on EK 388
My 1st flight on 380, 1st on 380-800, 1st on A6-EDS
My 29th airline


Our taxi was looooong and we had to wait even longer holding short for 3 EK 777s, a fellow 380 and a flydubai 738 before our turn. This cut down our connecting time at CDG even more (which was not needed at all!).

The massive wing seen out of the dirty jetway window
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A very big E!
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Our seats in the last row in the second-to-last cabin.
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Window view
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The 380 window is classy but not handy for phototaking…
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Enough legroom
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Tailcam
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Pushback
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Flydubai taxiing by
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FedEx and an EK 777 in the distance
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The home airline along with Cathay, Virgin and TAAG
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Flaps down
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Tailcam again, sorry for the reflection on the glass
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Speedbrake test
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Another whale – I saw around 10 EK whales and 50 EK 777s while taxiing!
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777
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343
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Another 777
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And another
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EK runs the show around here
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Another EK bird, this is a 340
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This wing is really big
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Nosecam shows us a nice 345 ahead
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And here it is outside our window
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Yet another 777
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And another one
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And another!
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Holding short
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More EK ahead
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Yes, I’m aboard the whale http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02533.jpg
Finally rolling onto the runway
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Takeoff video (at 4:03, listen to the languages spoken by crew!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT1hF7avz2M

Climbing out in some haze
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Blue skies here when we get higher
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Stylish menu
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Inside
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Closeups
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Wingtip and a blue sky – a nice combination for sure!
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Playing some golf against my dad – EK’s IFE really is on another level! (at least on the 380s/77Ws, my dad has flown their old 772 and 332 aircraft from/to CPH and say they’re quite old-fashioned, especially in J)
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Kish Island in the haze
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Nice breakfast
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Flight info
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Cabin shot – some slight moodlighting
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Taken during a loo visit, quite nice actually!
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Nice flight info feature for us a.nutters
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Middle-eastern desert
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Massive wing
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Snack and drink service
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Another cabin shot
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While over Turkey, breakfast was served. I chose Indian chicken which tasted delicious! Great meal and EK just keeps scoring. Seems like no one is left starving aboard Emirates. This flight just kept getting better and better, only downside was that time was flying away and now just right about an hour was left!

The very tasty and filling meal
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Over good ol’ Europe
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Descent started
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Cloudy France
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With some sunny spots though as seen here
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Nice weather… (not)
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Finally some sun…
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…that didn’t last long (notice the flaps going down)
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The engine seen between the wing and flaps
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Nice view on the tailcam
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Finally sun!
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Nosecam shows us on final
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Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKetVyCwo6o

Air Europa taking off
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Holding short for traffic on the parallel runway
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AF 319 nose…
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…and tail
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EZY 319
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Crossing the runway
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Interesting bird in the nosecam (Iberworld/XL 330)
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AF 319
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AF 777
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Interesting clouds up there
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DL 76W – massive winglet!
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SkyTeam at work with members from 3 continents resting together at the ramp
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Busy gate
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Leaving my seat where I had a blast the last 8 hours!
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Disembarkation took a looooong time and we weren’t landside until 14:03, 3 minutes past our SDT to KEF! As this is CDG, we hadn’t been so dumb to think that the connection was guaranteed, so we had us listed on AF for the short hop to Heathrow where we would continue on the evening flight home. We decided to go over to T1 anyway in case some delay was on the flight but when we arrived there we saw that the flight had left 8 minutes early (13:52), the same time as we stopped at the gate. Well, it was a long shot…

We took the tram back to T2 and got BPs (unfortunately middle seats, 10E and 19E) on the next Air France flight to London which departed at 16:10. That left us with an hour to spare, which was fine because after the long flight from DXB we needed some refreshments.

The best shot I could manage of our aircraft…
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AF 777
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I have to admit I really like T2 here in CDG, one of the few good things about this airport! Very stylish, bright and airy.
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AF A343 Caribbean bound (boarding for PTP)
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I was very happy when I saw F-GUGP, an A318, roll up to our gate. My first ride on the Babybus! I was very happy to get both the baby and the giant the same day! 
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Flight information
Date: 21. July 2012
Airline: Air France (AF/AFR)
Aircraft: Airbus A318-100
Registration: F-GUGP
Flight number: AF 2580
From: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG)
To: London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Runway at origin: 27L
Runway at destination: 27R
Sched/Act departure: 16:10/16:18
Sched/Act arrival: 16:25/16:45
Blocked time: 1 hrs 15 mins
Flight time gate to gate: 1 hrs 27 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 0 hrs 54 mins
Seat & Class: 10D (Economy, Y)

Personal information

My 229th flight, 20th in 2012
My 1st flight on AF, 1st on AF 32S, 1st on AF 318
My 25th flight on 32S, 1st on 318, 1st on F-GUGP
My 30th airline


This flight wasn’t special in any way, I was seated in an aisle seat and the only thing I remember is thinking how thin the AF seats are, not really comfy. Luckily the aisle seat remained empty, so I moved over to the aisle. The window seat was occupied by an elderly woman who didn’t do anything but read the whole flight.

Boarding
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Our bigger neighbor
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The sun suddenly showed up as we boarded
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Tight legroom
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Cruising between the UK and France
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Snack service
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Partners together here at T4 – KL 737 seen out the window before disembarkation
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Seats
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We got an email from our friend home in Iceland in the booking department saying that we were currently in seats 30A and C but he would try to get us to Saga Class or at least Comfort.

We took the fun bus ride from T4 to T1 which took us across the whole airport. I spotted some 30 registrations only in this 7 minute bus ride! I wouldn’t have minded to ride this bus back and forth all day!  

Air Astana 757 seen while walking to the bus
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Pushing back for Almaty
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PIA 77W seen from the bus – saw some 10 planes taxiing, but this one was the highlight!
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Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9616 times:

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We went to the FI ticket desk to get our tickets before heading to eat. We then went to this Italian restaurant in T1 that I never remember the name of. They sell some real good paninis though! Also, they have one of the best views that Heathrow has to offer. I took around 100 pictures there and will post some of them here.

LH ramp
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BA landing
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AA OW logojet taxiing by
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Another BA landing
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KL sending a 73G from Amsterdam this afternoon
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Virgin A340
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TAP landing from LIS
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Sadly, this view is getting rarer and rarer. A blue bmi bird.
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I’ve not seen many cargobirds land at Heathrow but RJ send their A310F here.
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BA 744 getting towed to T5. These, IMHO, are the most majestic birds in the skies. Maybe not the most interesting one, but those RR-powered 744s in this Union Jack livery are just so royal.
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TAP seen landing earlier taxiing in
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Swiss landing
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Germanwings landing – they used to operate from STN, but seem to have moved to Heathrow. One of the very few LCCs at LHR.
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Bmi Regional ERJ
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LX taxiing in
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9W 77W arriving from a country I now have visited, India. Beautiful livery on a beautiful bird!
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LH Regional pushing back for STR
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Another LH bird arriving
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Another Virgin A340
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Another LH bird – LHR is almost a mini Lufthansa hub!
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Getting crowded in the Hansa-pier.
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Another VS 340 landing
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And another majestic 744 of the British flag carrier.
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Qatar sending a very nice looking A346 from Doha
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LOT taxiing out for Poland
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South African A330 waiting for the evening flight to Cape Town
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Saudi Arabian (now Saudia) 777 arriving
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BA 744 arriving
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Aer Lingus taxiing out for Ireland
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Air Canada with a nice B767 – wouldn’t mind to ride one of their 767s again!
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BA 777
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Another nice blue bird
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Royal UAE 77L – maybe I should’ve hitched a ride on this instead?  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC02741.jpg
And this concludes the UAE sightings of the day – first EK, then Royal, and finally EY
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Another day is coming to an end at Heathrow
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EI with a smoky touchdown
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CA 330
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Another cargo visitor, this time from Korea.
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TG sending a 744 – I also saw this exact bird in Bangkok only a week earlier
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The golden dove makes an appearance as the LH A321 pushes back for Deutschland (Munich, DE to be exact)
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And the last shot before leaving for the lounge – OS (now VO).
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Unfortunately, the lounge FI uses in LHR isn’t quite good enough. It has drinks, snacks and such but no real meals. That was ok for us though as we were stuffed after eating some paninis and calamari.

Our place at the lounge
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We got an email from our friend in the booking department that 8A+C were confirmed (Comfort class). 5 minutes later, we got another email that we were now in row 6 and we should go to the lounge desk to get our new BPs for J class. We thanked him and followed his advice.

Soon boarding was called and we walked the long walk to gate 21. The load was around 70% (nearly all Icelanders) which is fine for a Saturday evening flight. I have to admit that after being away for almost 4 weeks, hearing people talk Icelandic felt good.

TF-FIR, the same bird that took us to YYZ at the very start of the journey, was here to bring us back home. I didn’t mind as I have flown all the FI 757 regs many times.
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Flight information
Date: 21. July 2012
Airline: Icelandair (FI/ICE)
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200/winglets
Registration: TF-FIR
Flight number: FI 455
From: London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
To: Keflavik International Airport (KEF/BIKF)
Runway at origin: 27L
Runway at destination: 2
Sched/Act departure: 21:10/21:13
Sched/Act arrival: 23:10/23:00
Blocked time: 3 hrs 00 mins
Flight time gate to gate: 2 hrs 47 mins
Flight time RWY to RWY: 2 hrs 23 mins
Seat & Class: 6F (Saga Class, J)

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My 230th flight, 21st in 2012
My 131st flight on FI, 127th on FI 757, 116th on FI 752
My 131st flight on 757, 120th on 752, 44th on 75W, 10th on TF-FIR


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The comfy seat
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Cyprian neighbor
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Logos of two very different airlines
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Menu
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Engine start – anticollision light on
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LH
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Bad pic of an El Al 744
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TAM 777
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NZ taxiing out for HKG
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Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N41RN8uK8ig

Snack service while climbing – I opted for Pepsi and salty.
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Over London
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And my meal, served 1 hour out of KEF. As you may notice in future intra-Euro FI flights, I always opt for the baguette if possible. Very tasty.
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And that’s it! The camera battery was out at this point.

Afterthoughts

You may remember the proposed route:

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Well, as I said, the actual one was way different. Here it is:

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EK offered me, honestly, the best flight of my life. Everything was relaxed, service was perfect, food was perfect, me and my dad had fun playing games and watching movies. The cabin crew went out of their way to make the flight more enjoyable for us which made it even better. For example, once on a loo visit I saw a crew member with hot chocolate. She saw I wanted some by the way I looked, asked if I wanted (which I replied positively) and 5 minutes later, when I return to my seat, a bowl with hot chocolate is at my seat! Great performance.

For AF, only one word: Boring. I’ve had more remembarable experiences on a bus. Seriously. If it wouldn’t have been for a new airline+aircraft combo, this flight would’ve been unbearably boring.

FI was good as expected and brought me back home relaxed.

My next reports will be in reversed chronological order. First will be my domestic flights of the summer of 2012, then my ski trip to the Italian Alps in February, then my football trip to England back in January, and finally my trip to Florida in October.

Cheers, and thank you very much for following the RTW series,
Sveinn Th.  

Earlier reports:
RTW Pt. 10: From BOM To DXB Direct? No Way! (by SRQKEF Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 9: Widebodies In India! CX/AI BKK-DEL-BOM (by SRQKEF Aug 2 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 8: Smooth As Silk To Bangkok! TG SIN-BKK (by SRQKEF Jul 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 7: Roaring To Singapore! TR HKG-SIN (by SRQKEF Jun 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 6: The 77Ws Older Sister! CX NRT-HKG (by SRQKEF May 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 5: 13 Hours In The Air! AC YYZ-NRT (by SRQKEF May 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt.4: Canada...again?! AC LIM-YYZ (by SRQKEF May 7 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt.3: Wonders Of Peru! TA LIM-CUZ R/t (by SRQKEF May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 2: I'll Get To Peru Somehow! QK/UA YYZ-LIM (by SRQKEF May 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 1: To New York...or What? FI KEF-YYZ (by SRQKEF Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Southwest To The Northeast! WN TPA-PHL-BOS+FI Flts (by SRQKEF Mar 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
To The Mainland For Sports! Pt 2 BA+FI MUC-LHR-KEF (by SRQKEF Mar 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Going To Mainland Europe For Sports! Pt. 1/2 (by SRQKEF Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9489 times:

Hi Sveinn!

Enjoyable report again. Glad to see you had a very nice experience with EK, I hear their product can be rather inconsistent.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Curved building

Ripoff of Turning Torso in Malmö!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The 380 window is classy but not handy for phototaking%u2026

True, that's pretty much the biggest downside I could find with the A380, based on my limited experience.

Martin


User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9402 times:

What an awesome set of trip reports! Shame you didn't try EK to MAN then MAN to KEF on FI you would have been in one terminal then! I personally don't like EK though two recent trip reports (including yours) have lead me to believe they've improved since I last flew them. I may consider a flight on their A380s but I don't think I'd manage on a 777 with them (again, 10 abreast is too cosy!).

What a fantastic experience and I hope you get to go on another one like it again!


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9288 times:

Thank you very much for sharing this last part of your very long trip!

Indeed, with 30 minutes in CDG, even if your flight would have arrived 30 minutes later, just counting the time to debark the whale and pass immigration, no chance to make this connection   But hey, good you had a plan B and it involvedthe baby bus as well, so that's cool. EK is indeed very good in Coach, meals are generous and tasty.

In AF's defence, this is a 45 minutes hop... That's the boring ultra short haul business here in Europe... LH, BA etc wouldn't have offered you anything more, I guess all flights less than 1,5 hours in Europe are that boring...

As for FI, I was a little bit suprised that this is all they were offering on an evening flight that last several hour in Business Class. Ok, granted Saga Class is not Emirates Suites, and the seat is not lie flat, but I believe for their premium product, catering is not classy and other airlines with "old" business classes (i.e.Condor, or Airberlin before they retrofitted their planes) where at least somehow on par with regular carriers when it comes to meals...


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1258 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8756 times:
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Hi Sveinn,

Thank you for taking us around the world. A such a wonderful series of reports from a nice young person like you. No attitudes, no drama, just the sheer excitement of it all resounding from every word on this report. Glad you had a fantastic trip around the world, though it had some changes along the way!!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
I just had to try... (with our friend)

It's funny how one really does not need gloves in there with it being just 3 degrees or something. Quite warm to an otherwise cold winter's day lol

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Aquarium inside the mall

I always dread to think what the outcome might be should those glass walls of the aquarium ever give way!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
We were nr. 6 and 7 on the Heathrow flight. After waiting for 15 minutes we saw our names turn red (means we are a no go). It was especially annoying as nr. 1-4 got aboard (while nr. 5, us and nr. 8-10 didn’t get on).

Wow that was pretty tight. I guess it would have helped to be earlier or probably one of the first four.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
After some nervous 10 minutes we got a green light on the CDG flight (we were nr. 2 and 3 there), got our boarding passes and headed through security.

Looks like your being earlier here helped

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
A very big E!

Congrats on your frist A380 flight. And that E must really be very big!!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The 380 window is classy but not handy for phototaking…

I guess being in the upper deck on other carriers that have Y up there, it must photo taking even more of an ordeal.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Takeoff video (at 4:03, listen to the languages spoken by crew!):

With 23 cabin crew on board an A380 and their being so multinational it is not surprising. Yes but 15 different languages on board is quite impressive.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
While over Turkey, breakfast was served. I chose Indian chicken which tasted delicious! Great meal and EK just keeps scoring. Seems like no one is left starving aboard Emirates.

You mean Lunch was served. Emirates food, especially the Indian options are great. And glad you liked the Chicken Tikka

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
My first ride on the Babybus! I was very happy to get both the baby and the giant the same day!

Wow you got both the Big Mama A380 and the Babybus A318 on the same day...Nice

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
PIA 77W seen from the bus – saw some 10 planes taxiing, but this one was the highlight!

I wish they would send the B77W someday to YYZ! Perhaps some day you can take a ride on it!!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Air Canada with a nice B767 – wouldn’t mind to ride one of their 767s again!

Those 767s seem so boring when spotting at YYZ. But I guess they must be really nice inside.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
TF-FIR, the same bird that took us to YYZ at the very start of the journey, was here to bring us back home

How wonderful to have the very same aircraft that brought you to YYZ was the one to take you back home. Always enjoy seeing the Icelandair coming in to land at Pearson. Gorgeous colours and those winglets are so awesome.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8733 times:

Hi Sveinn,

great last report of your series! I had been looking forward to this one. Good to hear you got the "excellent EK" and not the average one. The food looks great as usual.

My first A380 flight was operated by Emirates, too.

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

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
I just had to try... (with our friend)

Nice!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
We decided to relax while aboard the flight and let the troubles at Paris wait until we arrived there.

Good idea.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Our whalejet , A6-EDS, which is one of the newest A380s in the EK fleet

You were really lucky to get that new bird. But I wasn't disappointed either about getting the oldest one in May.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Our seats in the last row in the second-to-last cabin.

I also chose to sit there on my recent DXB-MUC flight. I took the aisle seat and the middle seat remained empty - excellent.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The 380 window is classy but not handy for phototaking…

  

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Another whale – I saw around 10 EK whales and 50 EK 777s while taxiing!

That's not surprising considering EK meanwhile operates 23 A380s and 112 (!) 777s.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Playing some golf against my dad – EK’s IFE really is on another level! (at least on the 380s/77Ws, my dad has flown their old 772 and 332 aircraft from/to CPH and say they’re quite old-fashioned, especially in J)

EK's ice is the best IFE system on the planet. The 772s have meanwhile been refurbished and upgraded.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Nice flight info feature for us a.nutters

  

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Seems like no one is left starving aboard Emirates.

Never ever!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Beautiful livery on a beautiful bird!

I can only agree!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Royal UAE 77L – maybe I should’ve hitched a ride on this instead?

That's A6-ALN, a 777-200ER operated by Presidential Flight Authority (Abu Dhabi).

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
EK offered me, honestly, the best flight of my life. Everything was relaxed, service was perfect, food was perfect, me and my dad had fun playing games and watching movies. The cabin crew went out of their way to make the flight more enjoyable for us which made it even better. For example, once on a loo visit I saw a crew member with hot chocolate. She saw I wanted some by the way I looked, asked if I wanted (which I replied positively) and 5 minutes later, when I return to my seat, a bowl with hot chocolate is at my seat! Great performance.

That sums it up well!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
For AF, only one word: Boring. I’ve had more remembarable experiences on a bus. Seriously. If it wouldn’t have been for a new airline+aircraft combo, this flight would’ve been unbearably boring.

Well, they have more to offer on long-haul routes, e.g. good catering!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8725 times:

Hi Sveinn

Great too see the final part of the series up!
Nice too see you managed to log the 380! One that's still missing in my log.
EK seemed to have delivered you a great flight, nice service and comfortable seating.

Nice to see the 318 as well, one I would like to catch one day!
Good you got an upgrade into Y+ on Icelandair, nice spotting pics as well

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7431 times:

Hi guys, sorry for the late reply!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Enjoyable report again.

Hi Martin, thanks for reading!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Glad to see you had a very nice experience with EK, I hear their product can be rather inconsistent.

I've heard the same thing.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
True, that's pretty much the biggest downside I could find with the A380, based on my limited experience.

Agreed.

Quoting planejamie (Reply 3):

What an awesome set of trip reports!

Hi Jamie, thanks for reading and for the kind words!

Quoting planejamie (Reply 3):
Shame you didn't try EK to MAN then MAN to KEF on FI you would have been in one terminal then!

Haha, I probably would have done that if only FI had flown to MAN that day! Unfortunately Icelandair only serve Manchester 3x or 4x weekly.

Quoting planejamie (Reply 3):
I personally don't like EK though two recent trip reports (including yours) have lead me to believe they've improved since I last flew them

Yes, I've heard some bad stories about them too.

Quoting planejamie (Reply 3):
I may consider a flight on their A380s but I don't think I'd manage on a 777 with them

Agreed, if I was going east and a EK 380 flight was an option I would choose it but if it was operated by a 77W then as much as I LOVE the triple-seven, I probably would choose another way rather than being cramped in 10-abreast for many hours.

Quoting planejamie (Reply 3):
What a fantastic experience and I hope you get to go on another one like it again!

I certainly hope so too!  
Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
Thank you very much for sharing this last part of your very long trip!

Hi reifel, thanks for reading!

Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
Indeed, with 30 minutes in CDG, even if your flight would have arrived 30 minutes later, just counting the time to debark the whale and pass immigration, no chance to make this connection

Yeah, it was always a slim chance.

Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
But hey, good you had a plan B and it involvedthe baby bus as well, so that's cool.

An extra flight is always good!  
Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
EK is indeed very good in Coach, meals are generous and tasty.

True.

Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
In AF's defence, this is a 45 minutes hop... That's the boring ultra short haul business here in Europe... LH, BA etc wouldn't have offered you anything more, I guess all flights less than 1,5 hours in Europe are that boring...

Yeah, that's true. I took BA on their 319 from MUC-LHR last year and it was also boring even though I flew Club Europe. I thoroughly enjoyed my LHR-FRA flight on BA though, but maybe that was just because it was operated by a 767!  
Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
As for FI, I was a little bit suprised that this is all they were offering on an evening flight that last several hour in Business Class. Ok, granted Saga Class is not Emirates Suites, and the seat is not lie flat, but I believe for their premium product, catering is not classy and other airlines with "old" business classes (i.e.Condor, or Airberlin before they retrofitted their planes) where at least somehow on par with regular carriers when it comes to meals...

Well, in FI's defense, the flight is only 2.5 hours and leaves at 21:30. Also, FI isn't looking for high-end premium passengers but more like average people who don't expect too much and can afford a little more for more comfort and better service across the pond.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):

Hi Sveinn,

Thank you for taking us around the world. A such a wonderful series of reports from a nice young person like you. No attitudes, no drama, just the sheer excitement of it all resounding from every word on this report. Glad you had a fantastic trip around the world, though it had some changes along the way!!

Hi flightsimboy, thank you very much for the kind words!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
It's funny how one really does not need gloves in there with it being just 3 degrees or something. Quite warm to an otherwise cold winter's day lol

Haha very true. Sometimes it's good to have artificial snow instead of real!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
I always dread to think what the outcome might be should those glass walls of the aquarium ever give way!

That would be horrible.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
Wow that was pretty tight. I guess it would have helped to be earlier or probably one of the first four.

Yeah, but we didn't know if we could use this flight until some days before the flight as all our other flights could go wrong and then we would end up with a standby ticket for the wrong date.  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
Congrats on your frist A380 flight. And that E must really be very big!!

Thanks! Yes, probably at least 10 meters high!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
I guess being in the upper deck on other carriers that have Y up there, it must photo taking even more of an ordeal.

True.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
With 23 cabin crew on board an A380 and their being so multinational it is not surprising. Yes but 15 different languages on board is quite impressive.

Yeah, that's a good point.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
You mean Lunch was served. Emirates food, especially the Indian options are great. And glad you liked the Chicken Tikka

Of course I mean lunch, thanks for correcting that. Indian food is always great! The Chicken Tikka Masala I got in Mumbai was the best chicken I've ever eaten!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
Wow you got both the Big Mama A380 and the Babybus A318 on the same day...Nice

Sometimes it's good to miss a connection...  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
I wish they would send the B77W someday to YYZ! Perhaps some day you can take a ride on it!!

Hopefully I will! Although riding their A310 would be even better!  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
Those 767s seem so boring when spotting at YYZ. But I guess they must be really nice inside.

Haha, I love the light blue colour of the fuselage! But I guess they get boring when you see them everyday. And they are truly great inside.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
Gorgeous colours and those winglets are so awesome

Absolutely. FI did the rebranding from the old white/blue very well with this livery.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):

Hi Sveinn,

great last report of your series! I had been looking forward to this one.

Hi PH, thanks for reading!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Good to hear you got the "excellent EK" and not the average one.

Haha yeah.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
My first A380 flight was operated by Emirates, too.

Nice! I read that report when it came out, great report! One of the best in a collection of many great reports of yours.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I also chose to sit there on my recent DXB-MUC flight. I took the aisle seat and the middle seat remained empty - excellent.

Nice, always great to have an empty seat next to you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
That's not surprising considering EK meanwhile operates 23 A380s and 112 (!) 777s.

Wow, that's impressive!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
EK's ice is the best IFE system on the planet.

Agreed.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
The 772s have meanwhile been refurbished and upgraded.

Oh, nice to know! Then CPH is again an option when going to DXB.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
That's A6-ALN, a 777-200ER operated by Presidential Flight Authority (Abu Dhabi).

Nice to know! On a closer look I see that's a 77E not a 77L.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Great too see the final part of the series up!

Hi Marc, thanks for reading!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Nice too see you managed to log the 380! One that's still missing in my log.

You will definitely fly it one day, no need to worry!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Good you got an upgrade into Y+ on Icelandair, nice spotting pics as well

Thanks!

take care,
Sveinn  



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7140 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 8):
Nice! I read that report when it came out, great report! One of the best in a collection of many great reports of yours.

Thanks, Sveinn!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 8):
Nice, always great to have an empty seat next to you.

  


What are your next travel plans, btw?


PH



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6934 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
What are your next travel plans, btw?

Nothing until my trip to Florida in mid-November using FI and DL. A reunion with the mad dog!  

Rgds,
Sveinn



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6324 times:

Cool report. EK seems to have done well on this occasion. Thanks for writing about it. That Indian food looks awesome!

Saludos,
A.

PS: As much as I dislike AF, I don't think you can judge them on a short cross-Channel hop  .



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 11):
Cool report.

Hi A., thanks for reading!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 11):
EK seems to have done well on this occasion.

Yep, they sure did.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 11):
That Indian food looks awesome!

It was awesome!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 11):
As much as I dislike AF, I don't think you can judge them on a short cross-Channel hop

Haha that's true. Maybe the fact that I didn't have a window seat didn't help...  

Best regards,
Sveinn  



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1931 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5984 times:
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Great report! I'd love to visit Dubai; definitely on my short list.

Food on Emirates always looks really tasty, and way more impressive than what Icelandair served in Saga Class? How strange of an offering on your flight to KEF!

Best,

Matthew


User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3245 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

Nice report Sveinn...good that you made it home in one piece, even if you had to add a few hours in CDG.Sounds like you had a nice RTW trip.


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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5675 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):

Great report!

Hi Matthew, thanks for reading!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
I'd love to visit Dubai; definitely on my short list.

You should, an amazing city for sure.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Food on Emirates always looks really tasty

It really is!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
and way more impressive than what Icelandair served in Saga Class? How strange of an offering on your flight to KEF!

Haha, I guess I should've explained that I chose the Y meal aboard  
My dad chose the Saga meal and got salmon.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):

Nice report Sveinn.

Hi Gabriel, thanks for reading!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
good that you made it home in one piece, even if you had to add a few hours in CDG.

Haha, in the end, the extra stop was good. The more flights the better!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Sounds like you had a nice RTW trip.

I sure did.

regards,
Sveinn  



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