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Emirates A343/A388 Venice-Dubai-Tokyo Business  
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 21937 times:

Hello and welcome to my newest report that will cover our trip to Japan. I travelled with my family and a friend so there were five of us going on this trip. My first choice was of course ANA and I tried to do a B77W/B787 combo via FRA and/or MUC, but their business class fares were really expensive (we were booking in June for flights in mid September). LH, OS, LX and all other *A options were also quite expensive. Then we found an interesting option from Venice with Emirates for half the price of any other option and the thing that got me most excited for this option was that DXB-NRT would be operated by their A380! Going via DXB meant that the total trip time would be around 30% longer than going through the usual European hubs , but it would involve four wide body flights and the A380 on two sectors so we settled on that.

Needles to say I was very excited form y first experience with Emirates, one of the A.net favorite airlines based on the number of reports   The good thing about the flights were also the timings – VCE-DXB departs in the afternoon and you arrive to Tokyo in the afternoon, and on the way back you depart Tokyo in the evening and arrive to Venice in the afternoon. The only downside was the rather long 6h40min layover in DXB on the way back, but lounge access should help with that.

So we were all set and on a sunny September Friday we set for Venice and reach the airport after just over two hours of driving from Ljubljana.



This was my fourth time this year departing from Italy and third time from VCE.



Venice Marco Polo is a really nice medium size airport. I had some problems here a few years ago when we waited in a long line for check-in and our flight was even delayed because of PAX being stuck in the line, but they seem to have organized a bit and during my last few times here I had no problems at all. Plus the prices out of VCE are usually a lot cheaper than from LJU. And it is only a couple of hours away.



We entered the terminal building and went to the Emirates check-in counters at the end of the landside area.



There were two dedicated business class counters and one for first class. Both J desks were occupied, but the first class line was free so we were called there.



Check-in was easy and we quickly got two pairs of five boarding passes for our flights to DXB and NRT. We proceeded airside, security took less than a few seconds and we were on our way to the lounge, bound for Dubai for the second time this year.



Stairway to heaven or to the business lounge in our case on the second floor.



Nice little airport.



Corridor to the lounges.



The lounge was a very pleasant surprise with some great apron views.



And the even have…



…an open air viewing terrace!



Great views, sounds and smells of jet fuel from up here.



Food offerings were rather limited with these cold pizza snacks and some croissants.



Back outside the weather was just perfect for some spotting with sun shining and temperature around 24 degrees Celsius.



Nice jetways here.



Venice look great in the background.



Volotea, now offering 9€ one-way flights from VCE. Maybe the time to try them out.



I'm pretty sure this will be the gate for our EK flight. Just two weeks ago our LH flight to FRA departed from this gate and there were EK newspaper racks in the jetway.



Another look at the very nice terrace where I waited for the inbound flight from DXB to land.



Meridiana MD-82



Qatar from Doha. Quite a long flight for this Airbus.



Swiss and Venice in the background.



This looks like a four holer.



Yup, our A340-300 from DXB is landing on 04R.



Not the best of landings.



Slowing down.



VCE ground crew already waiting.



Looks quite gorgeous.



Turning towards the gate.



Coming into the gate the plane was really loud. It was great watching it from up here.



Stop!



Just over two hours and this plane will be on it's way to DXB again.



After some more time at the lounge we did a few circles around the airport shops and then made our way to the gate. Flights to DXB and DOH were boarding from the same area, but it was not too cramped.



Economy class boarding from one gate…



…and business/first from the other.



Separated by a red line.



Boarding started in no time.



EK136 VCE-DXB 15:45-23:35 A343 A6-ERT



Walking down the jetway is always a special feeling.



The newspapers and magazine stand I saw two weeks ago when we boarded our LH A321 from the same gate.



Ready to start my first of four flights with Emirates.



We were seated in row 8 so we made a left turn after getting on board.



The first impression of the seat was – not a lot of storage room. Only the seat pocket in the seat in front of you. Otherwise it was ok, blanket, pillow, socks, eyeshades and headphones were already placed at every seat, plus a bottle of water.



Good amount of legroom, but once the seat in front of you has been reclined back and you are in the reclined position it is hard to get out of the window seat without disturbing your neighbor.



Orange juice, apple juice or champagne were offered as pre departure drinks.



The cameras are a great feature.



The load was very light. Out of 21 seats in our cabin only 10 were occupied. I'm not sure about the load in other cabins on this flight.



Taxiing to runway 4R.



Takeoff was quite bumpy and one of the overhead bins actually opened during the takeoff roll.



Here we go, airborne, next stop: Dubai!



Quite a nice day over Northern Italy today as we climb out of VCE and set course for Croatia.



We will only fly on quad-engine jets on this trip. First the A343 and then the A380.



I left the airshow map on for the first part of the flight.



The lights feel a lot fresher than the yellow ones LH has on their A343.



Before takeoff one of the FAs came to some of the PAX for their meal order, the rest of us were asked for our choices after takeoff.



Pula, Croatia. You can make out the ancient amphitheater a bit to the left from the middle of the picture. Later on this day a hockey game was played inside the coliseum between Medveščak Zagreb and our team Olimpija Ljubljana. Quite a spectacle, congratulations to everyone who helped organized it.



Interesting, LH served a very small snack on my MUC-DXB flight in J earlier this year.



Meal service started with warm and delicious mixed nuts.



Some more apple juice with ice for me.



Duck starter.



And the chicken main course.



In detail.



Today's flight was not that great for outside views as it was cloudy most of the way.



The meal was great as you can see.



Some great chocolate to finish the meal.



Cheese and fruit plate. Quite big.



Making our way over Turkey towards Dubai.



It started getting dark pretty quickly.



Nice view of the engines from my row.



My seat on the right in its fully reclined position.



Socks and eyeshades and headphones, all packed in plastic bags. Much better than LH headphones in business.



Stickers. Not hi-tech, but efficient.



I decided to watch Men In Black 3 as it was promoted in the IFE. It wasn't the best movie I watched but it helped time pass by faster.



We were making good progress.



I can think of at least one a.netter that is not amused by this kind of behavior   Luckily the man in front of me only kept his hands like this for a few minutes or so.



As on our LH flight to DXB in February we were treated with some interesting views of the oil rigs in Kuwait.



Unfortunately it was hard to make any good photos.



I think this might be the glow of Doha in the distance.



No holdings this time as we approached straight into Dubai.



Our connection flight at the very end of the page. Amazing how many departures to so many different places on Earth.



Lights of Dubai in front of us.



And spectacular views of the light-up city during our approach.



We flew past the airport and made a turn back to land on runway 30L.



Another look at the airport and the city.



Lights were turned off for landing.



So many lights outside.



Landing.



Almost there.



My second time in Dubai this year.



From this winter EK will start deploying the A340-500 to VCE, now that would be a cool plane to catch. Maybe a good excuse to go to DXB again  

I did not take many pictures of DXB on this layover, as we had an even longer one on the way back so I will write more detailed about our time at DXB in the next report. We spend some time looking at the shops, I bought a new point and shoot camera that started malfunctioning at the end of the next day   Then we made our way to the lounge.



The lounge was enormous, but also very crowded. We managed to find a table for five next to the children food corner, where we also got some pretty good hot dogs to eat.



Our gate was right next to the main entrance to the business lounge. Business and first class passengers can board directly from there.



A look at the gate area from above.



Boarding started more or less on time and we were directed to the elevator and instructed to go to level 2 by the not so friendly gate agent.



Boarding our flight to NRT, very excited at this moment   My third A380 airline after AF and LH.



EK318 DXB-NRT 02:50-17:35 A388 A6-EDN



The amazing seat.



The amazing J cabin.



The amazing minibar. On an airplane. Crazy  

The amazing ICE system. I promise to stop with the amazing from now on. But the first impression of the cabin was fantastic and I knew that this flight was going to be awesome.



Mood lightning in action.



The am… The best amenity kit I had gotten on any of my premium flights so far and it had everything you might need inside, including a deodorant, shaving kit,… it was also quite bigger than the LX first class amenity kit for example.



11K seat is a great seat to choose. Actually any A or K seat is a very good choice. I was seated on the J seat on the return flight and it has a few disadvantages compared to the K seat in my opinion. Although to say that these kind of comfort has disadvantages is a bit silly… But just by comparing the both seats I would say I would prefer the K seat.



Because two passengers failed to show up their bags had to be removed from the aircraft and we had a small delay, but nothing major.



Quite a long taxi followed to the active runway. It felt like we were moving really slow and there was very little noise in the cabin.



Waiting for another flight to land.



Turning onto the active.



Ready for takeoff!



Next stop: Japan.



We had some more nice views of Dubai in the night.



Almost 8000 km to go.



Nice info page on the Airshow includes the aircraft registration. A6-EDN was our plane today.



The great storage compartment at the widnow. Mattress, pillow and a blanket were already set at every seat.



That is what I liked the most of the seat compared to the previous flight – loads of storage space to put your stuff. Small storage compartments can be found everywhere.



I just received the new edition of Airline World on the morning of our departure day and it featured a nice article about the A380. It was very appropriate reading it on board EK A380.



I really liked the service concept on this night/early morning flight. Dinner consisted of 'light bites' that featured five cold or hot snacks – sushi, seafood pie, cheese tortellini or stir-fried chicken. I choose the chicken and it tasted amazing and the portion was just right.



What I liked most was that this way the service was very fast and you could go to sleep as soon as possible to get as much as you can. That is what annoys me on North America – Europe flights when the meal service takes more than one hour so you have very little time to sleep.



I skipped the lemongrass crème brulee and put my seat in bed mode after a quick lavatory visit.



Completed with a mattress and blanket. Looks very inviting and was comfortable to sleep too.



A really amazing way to travel.



Just as I was about to go to sleep I looked at the camera and saw this…and it completely messed me up. Back at home the time was just over 1 in the morning, and now sunrise already   but it did not prevent me of getting some hours of sleep.



I woke up as we were passing north of the Himalayas.



A bright new day outside.



The amazing bar at the end of the upper deck. As I took many pictures one of the FAs offered to take our picture. 'Step inside the bar, it looks really cool that way.' And it did, we have some very nice pictures from the bar area. Thanks to the FA for her nice gesture.



The whole crew on this flight was the best out of all four flights with EK we had. They looked excited to do their work and were very friendly.



The load was somewhere around 70-80% in J class on this flight.



Getting closer and closer to Japan.



Breakfast service was started 2 and a half hours before landing at NRT. A bit early if you ask me.



I explored the IFE options a bit more. I wasn't the best at mini golf so I soon gave up.



Plenty of music to choose from.



What I also liked was that there was no trolleys in the aisles. Every plate was brought individually by the crew.



Cruising at 40,000 feet.



Another look at the airshow.



Filling out the landing cards takes quite a lot of time.



Passengers started lifting up the window shades and cabin was soon filled with light.



And in no time at all we started our descent into Tokyo Narita Airport.



First sight of Japan. The strong sun on my side did not help in taking pictures at all.



Speedbrakes deployed.



Hello Japan!



And just like that another flight was coming to an end.



Nice.



There were quite a lot of spotter at one of the viewing decks just outside the airport perimeter.



And here we are, first touchdown in Japan for all of us.



ANA was the first airline to welcome us.



But this equipment was a bit more interesting.



I expected to see a lot of Delta, but this 757 was the only DL aircraft I saw during our taxi.



Turning to our gate. After we docked we found out that none of our phones was working. I read before departure that that will happen, but I read the same for the United States and I never had problems with our phones over there, so I was not sure how much truth it was in those warnings. Now I know   but I did not mind at all, I was actually glad so you can really relax without any sms or emails.



I was not able to get any good pictures of JAL planes next to us at it got really foggy.



One last look at our whale that got us safely from DXB to NRT.



Immigration was one of the quickest, most efficient and easy procedures I had ever encountered. The agent was shuffling papers like an experienced poker player deals the cards and in no time at all I had a new Japanese sticker in my passport, my photo and fingerprints were taken and I was good to go and pick up my bag. What I found interesting was that they had no electronic displays, but instead there was a bunch of Japanese girls holding signs like 'EK318 business class baggage claim' and they were talking to passengers and directing them to the right place. Soon enough we met our driver and we were on our way to Tokyo. Can you figure out what this sign means?



After settling into Hilton Sinjuku hotel we went for a walk to find some food.



After that we returned the hotel and got some rest as the next few days will be full of sightseeing.



What is this sign suppose to represent?



View from the hotel room.



Watching some Japanese TV in the morning.



A cool SQ A380 in the hotel restaurant. They had some kind of promotion going on.



First time using the Tokyo Metro.



A very efficient, clean and quick mode of transportation. If you know where you have to go.



Let's try this line  

If you can't get what you are looking for here…it does not exist.



Ginza.



Resting in the middle of the (closed) road.



EK A380 advertisement in the Metro.



Some thunderstorms around.



Walking towards the gates to the Imperial Palace in the worst heath. It was quite hot and humid during our stay.



Condomania and a fun shop.



Plastic food in front of every restaurant.



Lots of people.



Waiting for another train to Shibuya.



Searching for the Hachiko statue.



I don't know what exactly they were doing, but they looked very happy and proud.



Classic shot from the Starbucks.



More trains.



Watching some sumo.



Sunset in Tokyo.



Tokyo is a huge city.



I'll end the report here as it is getting quite long. I enjoyed my Emirates flights to Japan, the A380 was of course something special. But if the flights to Japan were almost perfect, the way back was a bit less great. But I'll save that story for the next report that will also include our Shinkansen trip to Kyoto, road trip to Nikko and of course the flights back.

Japan was amazing. Out of all countries I have visited so far I must say that Japan is the one that impressed me the most. I loved the polite, friendly and respectful people, great scenery, it was just something completely different than what I’m used to. I would love to visit again.

Thank you for reading,

Blaž

My previous reports:
Carpatair And Moldavian Airlines: VCE-TSR-KIV-VCE (by SloAir Jul 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
Air Dolomiti And Lufthansa, Trieste To Berlin (by SloAir Jul 7 2012 in Trip Reports)
LH Cheap Business Munich-Dubai A346 & A343 (by SloAir Mar 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
Singapore-Munich Lufthansa A340-300 Business (by SloAir Nov 28 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa Inaugural A380 To Singapore Upper Deck (by SloAir Nov 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia (by SloAir Sep 29 2011 in Trip Reports)
Adria Retro And Austrian B738 To And From Istanbul (by SloAir Aug 31 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The A.net Meeting At Frankfurt With Adria CRJ2 (by SloAir Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
LX Upgrade! Montreal-Zurich In First On The A333 (by SloAir May 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Swiss A330-300 Zurich-Montreal In Business (by SloAir May 1 2011 in Trip Reports)
Singapore B777-300ER Munich-Manchester And JP,U2 (by SloAir Apr 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
One Of The Last CO Trip Reports? IAH-LAS B753 (by SloAir Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
My LX A333 C Flight Cancelled LJU-ZRH-JFK-ZRH-LJU (by SloAir Dec 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
CO B767-400 BusinessFirst From Houston To Paris (by SloAir Nov 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Houston, We Have A Problem! 12 Hour Delay On CO 5 (by SloAir Nov 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Adria Airways New Airbus 319 (LJU-MUC-BCN-LJU) (by SloAir Aug 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
LJU-CDG-LHR-CDG-FRA-LJU On JP, AF(A380) And LH (by SloAir Jul 5 2010 in Trip Reports)


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User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 21561 times:
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Hello and thank you for taking the time to make this report!!!

I am very curious to see the sushi options aboard Emirates. Were you able to see the presentation or what is on offer from Dubai to Narita? I've had sushi just once on a KLM flight and it was delicious!!!

I am a foodie and I am looking forward to seeing your meal pix on the return!

Great report and wonderfully detailed!


Amazing!!!! =]


Air Afreak



Do you lead an Intercontinental life?
User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3477 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 21355 times:
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Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Can you figure out what this sign means?

It shows the road conditions around the airport and to Tokyo so drivers can avoid the congested one.


Excellent trip, thanks.
Waiting for the return.



I am against any terrorist acts committed under the name of Islam
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1939 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 21253 times:
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Great report, Blaz!

Emirates looks to have a really nice on both your flights! I'm always amazed when I see flight times out of Dubai as to how late the flights all depart. 2:05am?! Holy cow! It makes sense as to where they are located geographically, but it seems way early for me!  

Seats look a bit crammed in on the A380. Did you get that impression when sitting down?

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinebeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 734 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 20672 times:

Great report. Enjoyed reading it a lot.

User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1086 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 20600 times:

Great EK service as usual. Thank you for sharing.


Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinexjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2461 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 20269 times:

Excellent report!

Not sure what time you landed in NRT, but Delta only has two really big banks during the day. You start having intra-Asian arrivals around 1030 and those flights turn departures to the States by 1600 (with the exception of HNL) and roughly 1500 to 1800 you have your NRT bound US flights land and then depart to intra-Asian (including HNL) destinations through 2100. But it is relatively eerie to have both DL piers empty between the US departures/arrivals time-frame which lasts really for an hour or so.



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1202 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 20213 times:

I was not so crazy about Tokyo but Kyoto and Mt. Fuji were nice.

How many hours is the Dubai to Tokyo flight?


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 19715 times:

Hi SloAir,
Great trip report!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The lounge was a very pleasant surprise with some great apron views.

Excellent and even better with the viewing terrace. But is the lounge a shared one? The furniture and decor don't appear to be those of an Emirates Lounge.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Walking down the jetway is always a special feeling.

Good to see that they have glass walls and not those horrible enclosed ones.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
one of the overhead bins actually opened during the takeoff roll.

I wonder whether it was closed properly to begin with.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I left the airshow map on for the first part of the flight.

Shame that they never upgraded the A343s to the newer version of ICE, but I believe they are planned to be retired in the next few months.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Meal service started with warm and delicious mixed nuts.

The presentation looks good and your photo of the empty plate confirms that it tasted as good (unless that was because you were starving after the paltry offerings in the lounge   )

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The amazing J cabin.

I haven't yet flown on EK's A380 so I am not sure that I like the arrangement. I have no doubt that the space and storage are impressive but I don't like the chicken-cage look to it. I do like the ability to select a seat next to someone if travelling with a companion, or a seat by itself if not. And no stepping over anybody to get out of ones seat, so that's a bonus.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I woke up as we were passing north of the Himalayas.

Interesting route in that it avoided Indian airspace, making an obvious change in direction although not too far off the great circle route.
Good to see that the crew were friendly and appeared to be enjoying their work.
Thanks for sharing.
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineRJA321 From Jordan, joined Mar 2009, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 19541 times:

Thank you for your trip report! Emirates looks as amazing as ever   looking forward to your return journey!


Hurry up, before we all come to our senses!
User currently offlinej-bird From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 19500 times:

Another user correctly identified the traffic jams sign you asked about in the airport. The sign in Shinjuku with the elephant is a request not to litter. Why the poor elephant gets the metaphoric blame for being a litter-bug, I do not know! Probably just an attention grabber. Anyway, the sign is just a bit of a nag about not throwing cigarettes and gum around.

Great trip report - loved the pictures of the old hometown!


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 19163 times:
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Hey SloAir,

Great report!!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Needles to say I was very excited form y first experience with Emirates, one of the A.net favorite airlines based on the number of reports

I am not sure if all A.net EK reports have been favourable ones on here, but yes they do seem to be the favourite of many...I myself have had some stellar EK flights, while others have been mediocre.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
So we were all set and on a sunny September Friday we set for Venice and reach the airport after just over two hours of driving from Ljubljana.

I wonder if Emirates had this in mind when starting this route.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Coming into the gate the plane was really loud. It was great watching it from up here.

How awesome to hear and see your plane arriving, rather than not see it sometimes, or if one can it is usually behind a large window.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
We will only fly on quad-engine jets on this trip. First the A343 and then the A380.

Four engined trip indeed.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Cheese and fruit plate. Quite big.

That itself is a meal itself.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Luckily the man in front of me only kept his hands like this for a few minutes or so.

Or it could be the other way around, the passenger behind you holding onto the back of your seat and shaking it as they shook with laughter, while watching something funny on the seat back video. It has happened to me.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
No holdings this time as we approached straight into Dubai

Quite unusual that is their heaviest arrival time in Dubai.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
I'm always amazed when I see flight times out of Dubai as to how late the flights all depart. 2:05am?

And that time is their heaviest departure bank of out Dubai.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I just received the new edition of Airline World on the morning of our departure day and it featured a nice article about the A380. It was very appropriate reading it on board EK A380.

How appropriate indeed. Too bad it was not A6-EDA.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The amazing bar at the end of the upper deck. As I took many pictures one of the FAs offered to take our picture. 'Step inside the bar, it looks really cool that way.' And it did, we have some very nice pictures from the bar area. Thanks to the FA for her nice gesture.

Nice of the FA to offer.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The whole crew on this flight was the best out of all four flights with EK we had. They looked excited to do their work and were very friendly.

The EK A380 FAs are known to be a better bunch. But now with the A380 wing crack issues, some of the A380 FAs are working on the other main fleet aircraft.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Can you figure out what this sign means?
Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 2):
It shows the road conditions around the airport and to Tokyo so drivers can avoid the congested one.

Interesting to know

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
What is this sign suppose to represent?
Quoting j-bird (Reply 10):
Anyway, the sign is just a bit of a nag about not throwing cigarettes and gum around.
Quoting j-bird (Reply 10):
Why the poor elephant gets the metaphoric blame for being a litter-bug, I do not know! Probably just an attention grabber

Well it does mention it in English below lol. Does the Elephant probably represent the large cleaning machines that clean the roads, and the mentioned items perhaps cause damage to it when it use? Who knows!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Watching some Japanese TV in the morning.

Nothing like waking up in a foreign land, hearing a foreign language and know you are miles away from home!!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
A very efficient, clean and quick mode of transportation. If you know where you have to go.

Nice to see they have the barriers which hopefully prevents some from jumping onto the tracks

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
More trains.

I see uniformed conductors there. Do they help with pushing people into the train or is that elsewhere?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Watching some sumo.

The A380s in human form hee,hee...just kidding. No Disrespect to this Japanese tradition.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Japan was amazing. Out of all countries I have visited so far I must say that Japan is the one that impressed me the most.

Japan is one place I hope to visit someday!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I loved the polite, friendly and respectful people, great scenery, it was just something completely different than what I’m used to. I would love to visit again.

An off-duty FA on one of my EY flights left me with a very lasting impression of Japan and her people....Yes they are so polite, friendly and respectful.


User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 18441 times:

Hi guys,

nice to see all the comments, I really appreciate it.

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 1):
I am very curious to see the sushi options aboard Emirates. Were you able to see the presentation or what is on offer from Dubai to Narita? I've had sushi just once on a KLM flight and it was delicious!!!

Hi AirFreak, here is a (small) picture of the sushi snack on our flight:



My father had it, but I do not recall his opinion about it. Looks good though.

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 1):
I am a foodie and I am looking forward to seeing your meal pix on the return!

I have some more meal pictures to share  
Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 1):
Great report and wonderfully detailed!

Amazing!!!! =]

Thank you, that is very nice to hear.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 2):
It shows the road conditions around the airport and to Tokyo so drivers can avoid the congested one.

I thought it might be something like that. Thanks for pointing that out.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 2):
Excellent trip, thanks.
Waiting for the return.

Thank you, the return part will follow in a few weeks.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Emirates looks to have a really nice on both your flights! I'm always amazed when I see flight times out of Dubai as to how late the flights all depart. 2:05am?! Holy cow! It makes sense as to where they are located geographically, but it seems way early for me!

I was amazed at how many people were passing through at the middle of the night. It is quite strange to see so many different passengers from all over the world at one place doing different things at 1:30 am in the morning. I guess that it doesn't matter much for the PAX as they are all coming in from different time zones, but for the people working and living in Dubai it must be quite weird to work in the middle of the night.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Seats look a bit crammed in on the A380. Did you get that impression when sitting down?

No, not at all, it felt very private, even the aisle seat on the way back. Although I did thought that the aisle seat had a bit less legroom, but maybe that was just me.

Quoting beowulf (Reply 4):
Great report. Enjoyed reading it a lot.

Thank you, I'm glad you have enjoyed it.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 5):
Great EK service as usual. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for commenting  
Quoting xjramper (Reply 6):
Excellent report!

Not sure what time you landed in NRT, but Delta only has two really big banks during the day. You start having intra-Asian arrivals around 1030 and those flights turn departures to the States by 1600 (with the exception of HNL) and roughly 1500 to 1800 you have your NRT bound US flights land and then depart to intra-Asian (including HNL) destinations through 2100. But it is relatively eerie to have both DL piers empty between the US departures/arrivals time-frame which lasts really for an hour or so.

Hi xjramper, thank you for your feedback and the very interesting insight into DL operations at NRT. We landed at 17:30 in the afternoon.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 7):
How many hours is the Dubai to Tokyo flight?

A little over 9 hours. On the way back it was around 10 hours.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):

Hi SloAir,
Great trip report!

Thank you Quokka(s)!  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
Excellent and even better with the viewing terrace. But is the lounge a shared one? The furniture and decor don't appear to be those of an Emirates Lounge.

Yes, it is not an EK lounge. I know that LH also uses it as I saw some passengers with VCE-FRA-HKG tags on their baby stroller in the lounge.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
Shame that they never upgraded the A343s to the newer version of ICE, but I believe they are planned to be retired in the next few months.

They are quite old and outdated, I won't mind at all if they retire them.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
The presentation looks good and your photo of the empty plate confirms that it tasted as good (unless that was because you were starving after the paltry offerings in the lounge   )

I actually had a sandwich at the airport (love the VCE paninis) just before boarding, but the meal was still so tasty that I just had to finish it.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
I haven't yet flown on EK's A380 so I am not sure that I like the arrangement. I have no doubt that the space and storage are impressive but I don't like the chicken-cage look to it. I do like the ability to select a seat next to someone if travelling with a companion, or a seat by itself if not. And no stepping over anybody to get out of ones seat, so that's a bonus.

I think it is a very good arrangement, what I like the most is the ability of having a window seat and direct aisle access at the same time.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):
Interesting route in that it avoided Indian airspace, making an obvious change in direction although not too far off the great circle route.

On the way back we went on the other side more through the south and via India. Interesting.

Quoting RJA321 (Reply 9):
Thank you for your trip report! Emirates looks as amazing as ever   looking forward to your return journey!

Thank you for commenting, I'll try to have the return finished in a few weeks from now.

Quoting j-bird (Reply 10):

Another user correctly identified the traffic jams sign you asked about in the airport. The sign in Shinjuku with the elephant is a request not to litter. Why the poor elephant gets the metaphoric blame for being a litter-bug, I do not know! Probably just an attention grabber. Anyway, the sign is just a bit of a nag about not throwing cigarettes and gum around.

Very interesting, thank you for clearing that up.

Quoting j-bird (Reply 10):
Great trip report - loved the pictures of the old hometown!

Thank you!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Hey SloAir,

Great report!!

Thanks flightsimboy!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
I am not sure if all A.net EK reports have been favourable ones on here, but yes they do seem to be the favourite of many...I myself have had some stellar EK flights, while others have been mediocre.

What I was trying to say is that they seem to be the favourite one because there are so many reports about EK. Where those reports positive or negative is a different story  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
How awesome to hear and see your plane arriving, rather than not see it sometimes, or if one can it is usually behind a large window.

Yes, this was one of the highlights, hearing and watching the plane you are about to board from up close without any glass in between.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Or it could be the other way around, the passenger behind you holding onto the back of your seat and shaking it as they shook with laughter, while watching something funny on the seat back video. It has happened to me.

That does not sound good at all.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
How appropriate indeed. Too bad it was not A6-EDA.

Can you guess which frame operated the return flight?  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Well it does mention it in English below lol. Does the Elephant probably represent the large cleaning machines that clean the roads, and the mentioned items perhaps cause damage to it when it use? Who knows!

Haha, I was so intrigued by the elephant that I haven't even noticed the English version   Good eye!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Nothing like waking up in a foreign land, hearing a foreign language and know you are miles away from home!!

I always prefer to watch local TV, even if I do not understand the language.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
I see uniformed conductors there. Do they help with pushing people into the train or is that elsewhere?

I think that that is their job there. But since there was a holiday on that day they did not have much to do as the trains were not that cramped.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Japan is one place I hope to visit someday!

I can only recommend it.

Blaž



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 18037 times:

Hi Blaž ! ...this time from LJU ...

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
This was my fourth time this year departing from Italy and third time from VCE.

naughty naughty Blaž so that's why traffic falling at LJU airport  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Plus the prices out of VCE are usually a lot cheaper than from LJU

and this is a reason why I always fly from FCO ... cheaper tickets especially when I treat myself with business class

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Volotea, now offering 9€ one-way flights from VCE. Maybe the time to try them out.

next year we can go together to Spalato and back to ZAG from BWK

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
inside the coliseum between Medveščak Zagreb and our team Olimpija Ljubljana.

wow ... I didn't know that ... quite a strange idea
so you say ... "The amazing Emirates" hehehe ok let's see
reading...hmmm reading ... ah italian airports ... nice photos ... reading ... I'm not hungry... cheese snack njamiii ... no comment on the plastic interier ....hmmm .... beer yes please ...srk ... nice bar this is realy plus ... Japan must go there ... ok I'm not impressed with Dubai and Emirates ... but that's my prejudice ... so ... but "The amazing Blaž trip report " ... with that I am impressed ... hvala še enkrat ... stipica  



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User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 17391 times:
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Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Searching for the Hachiko statue

The statue of Hachiko is near the Hachiko Exit at the Shibuya Station. It is a popular meeting place, especially for young people. Do you know the story about Hachiko?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Tokyo is a huge city.

35 million people in the metroplex.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Japan was amazing. Out of all countries I have visited so far I must say that Japan is the one that impressed me the most. I loved the polite, friendly and respectful people, great scenery, it was just something completely different than what I’m used to. I would love to visit again.

I lived just outside Tokyo (Soka) for 4 years and I loved it. It became my favorite city in the whole world. As you could probably tell, the train system is very elaborate and it is easy to get around there.
I recognized many of the places in your pictures, and your trip report reminds me of my time there.
I have also flown EK 380 BKK-HKG-BKK. I was in Economy Class, but their service still is wonderful.

Glad you had a great time in Tokyo and I will look forward to your return trip report.



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User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 17096 times:

Hello Blaž, thanks for sharing.

EK is a well known product and a well known carrier. I must say I'm not a big fan at all of the J class interiors on the A388, it's a little bit on the kitsch side with all those wooden splashes, golden textures, pink and gray colours and the lot. On the contrary, instead, the choices on the 343 looked a lot sober even if it is a much older hardware. I loved the polished, white shell of the seatback and the dark wood finishing on the windows. Quite classy, actually.

Furniture aside, EK proves to be on par with other big carriers (European and other orientals alike) as far as service and drinks are concerned, even if the minibar is a big plus. What they simply stand in a class of their own is the hardware, that's where they show where the money is.

I really liked your photos from Japan, you've been on a tour similar to mine back in 2009 - I went to Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto on the Shinkansen (which didn't seem too different from the Italian AV, German ICE or French TGV), then Nara and briefly Osaka. Looking forward to read the rest of your trip!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 16855 times:

Hello Blaz

Great to follow you on your latest NRT trip. EK seems to be an ok carrier. The 340 looks a bit dated, the 7-abreast does not look like J at all. Thankfully the VCE-DXB leg was not as log as the leg to NRT on the better A380.
The 380 J seat and bar looks quite unique

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Our connection flight at the very end of the page. Amazing how many departures to so many different places on Earth.

Quite strange that LGW and DFW flights are listed on here? maybe some A.netters onboard as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 16813 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):

Quite strange that LGW and DFW flights are listed on here? maybe some A.netters on board as well

Not so strange. The software merely shows the available connections within a certain time span. It is not actually comprised from a passenger list of those on board a particular flight. If your connection is not within the time-space for which gates have been assigned it will not appear with a gate assignment on the list that is uploaded on approach to DXB. In such a case you will need to check with the transfer desk or will be advised of the gate in the lounge (if you have lounge access).

An example of this was a flight that I made from HAM to PER. The flight did not appear because the time of connection had been put back (which I knew about in advance) and was outside the normal range.


User currently offlinethegivenone From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16548 times:

Thanks for the fantastic report. I have flown EK Business Class on the A380 once before, and it really is something special. I still have some EK miles to spend and have promised a good friend of mine to visit her in Tokyo, so this report was definitely very incentivising  

User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15827 times:

Excellent report!
Venice looks like a nice medium sized airport indeed, and also very spacious compared to some other Italian airports. EK's J Class looks pretty decent too, especially on the A380!
Looking forward to reading about the return trip!


User currently offlineAMX748 From Mexico, joined Jan 2008, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 14853 times:

I loved it!!!

Very nice report. Full of very useful info.

Kind regards  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 14604 times:

Very nice report Blaz...looks like EK are still very good in the air.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I can think of at least one a.netter that is not amused by this kind of behavior Luckily the man in front of me only kept his hands like this for a few minutes or so.

I Hate it! Why do they do it!!!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The amazing bar at the end of the upper deck. As I took many pictures one of the FAs offered to take our picture. 'Step inside the bar, it looks really cool that way.' And it did, we have some very nice pictures from the bar area. Thanks to the FA for her nice gesture.

The bar area looks so cool. I'm going to have to book a flight on EK just to try it out!



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 13635 times:
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Hi Blaz,

Great report on your trip to Japan! Really enjoyed it and the nice pictures  
Interesting to see the difference between EKs A380 and A343 J class, the older and newest installation in their J class.
Looks like you had 2 nice flights especially the A380 one, now that is 1 luxurious and great way too fly! Food looks delicous. Nice to see you enjoyed it  
Love your pictures of Japan too, it looks great!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
…an open air viewing terrace!

Wow, now that is a perfect lounge for us a.nutters  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Pula, Croatia

Great picture of Pula, well done!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
My seat on the right in its fully reclined position.

Dont like angled lie flat myself

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The best amenity kit

Amazing amenity kit  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
What is this sign suppose to represent?

No elephants allowed on the street, is that so weird? 
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Resting in the middle of the (closed) road.

That is an interesting picture haha

Looking forward to part 2!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinebritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13214 times:

Hi SloAir,

Great report. Nice to see the Emirates business class on the A340.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Luckily the man in front of me only kept his hands like this for a few minutes or so.

This really, REALLY bugs me too! But I am never sure how to react. It doesn't really directly affect you so it is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that you object to. But it is really off putting when people do this.

Quoting j-bird (Reply 10):
Why the poor elephant gets the metaphoric blame for being a litter-bug, I do not know!
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):
Does the Elephant probably represent the large cleaning machines that clean the roads

Its a little tricky to explain unless you have some understanding of Japanese. But the last sounds of the sentence at the top (which is telling you not to litter) are also the same as the word for elephant. So its basically just a play on words.

Cheers

 


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 12035 times:

Hello Blaž!

Nice report!
Looks like EK treated you well, the cabin on the A380 looks great, and the seat very comfortable! Doesn't look as great on the A340. 2-3-2 configuration in Business class on a bird that narrow isn't very impressive. SAS has that for Premium Economy. Also the IFE looks very outdated.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Needles to say I was very excited form y first experience with Emirates, one of the A.net favorite airlines based on the number of reports

One of the worlds favourite airlines as well, based on the number of passengers.  
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
…an open air viewing terrace!

Very impressive and cool to have that in a lounge!

Martin


25 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Blaz! Great report and lovely way to travel the A380 and to Japan of course. Good writing and nicely detailed pix 41,000 feet. Eastbound high altit
26 knightsofmalta : Hi Blaz Thanks for the interesting report. The A 380 Business class product looks rather nice, and food looks absolutely delicious. The hardware on th
27 jwhite9185 : Great report there and some very interesting pictures from Tokyo. Good catch with the EK A343 as I believe they're all going to be phased out in the n
28 Post contains images globalflyer : Hey Blaz...as usual a great TR! Your pcitures were outstanding. I too love EK service. To me the food is not the best of the Business Class offerings
29 FLIEGER67 : Great story, Blaz, really worth the time to read. Congrats. Also the airline of choice here looks like great, especially the A380. Dislike, you know.
30 Post contains images SloAir : Hi everyone, sorry for my late replies, I haven't had much time for a.nett lately. But I promisse I'll reply more frequently now and I'll try to finis
31 EL-AL : Hey Blaz, Great report, thank you for shearing. I thought that A340 J class is always 2-2-2, I never saw a 2-3-2 configuration. The seat on the A380 l
32 Flying Belgian : Great report... result: Tokyo nostalgia !!
33 Post contains images SloAir : Thank you for commenting Jonathan! Well it was a late night departure and most of the PAX just wanted to sleep, so I think that this concept is a goo
34 PlaneHunter : Hi Blaž, great report with many good pictures! Very good idea to try EK Business, it's worth it as long as the A380 or a newer 777 is included in the
35 Post contains images SloAir : Thanks PH! You were right, it was posted very soon after you commented No, that will be pointed out in the next part, the coke drink from the minibar
36 babybus : That was an amazing trip report. In one of those meals I can see beef, but the other meat looks like pork. Was there pork on Emirates? I hope to exper
37 musapapaya : In terms of class, i still prefer the looks of the cabin of LX's J Class, and their food offering look a lot more to my taste. I am sure the seats on
38 airjamaica : Great TR. Always enjoy reading EK's reports. Seem to be one heck of an airline !!
39 SloAir : Thank you! I'm not sure, I don't remember there was any. I like LX business class as well, but their flight departs at around 13:00 and it is not ide
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