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Arabia & Thailand 2013 5: Catching A Whale To LHR  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11103 times:


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Maps generated by theGreat Circle Mapper -copyright © Karl L. Swartz.


Welcome all to the final part of my trip to Bangkok, Phuket, Muscat and Dubai, which actually took place a few months back now. If you missed the previous installments they can be seen via the following links:

Arabia & Thailand 2013 4:Back To DXB With Oman Air (by jwhite9185 Aug 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 3: BKK-DXB-MCT With EK/WY (by jwhite9185 Aug 6 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 2: Two TG Classic's To HKT (by jwhite9185 Jul 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W (by jwhite9185 Jul 9 2013 in Trip Reports)

And the video’s for this part:
Takeoff from Dubai http://youtu.be/er73yLa-aOU
Landing in London Heathrow http://youtu.be/uKRedQSk9x0

After a warm few days in Dubai, it was time to leave. As my flight wasn't due to depart until 15:45, it was a relaxed start. I headed downstairs to grab one of the cakes I had seen in the hotel coffee shop around 10 am.


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This cake was GOOD. A very moist stick to the roof of your mouth type!


After this, I went upstairs to get a bit of sun by the pool for an hour or so.

Views from the roof



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Around 11:50, I checked out of the hotel, and made my way to the airport, stopping once again at Deira city centre along the way for a bit of a wander and to spend my last few Dirhams on a burger.

Overview of the Flora Grand


Heading on to the Metro


A few moments I later arrived at the mall:


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Once I was done, I headed off to the airport on the metro.


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Approaching DXB



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Upon arrival, it was off to check in to grab my boarding pass.



It seemed like most of the self serve machines had problems, but I eventually found one that was working.


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I decided to have a look to see if there were any free rows further forward:



Looks to be a full flight, so I made do with my pre assigned seat.


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Following this, with not much landside, I headed through passport control. This was pretty slow mainly due to people waving goodbye to their families until the very last second.

Once through, I went for a wander to the end of the terminal I didn't see the other day.


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EK merchandise in the Emirates store



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As I hadn’t really brought anything for myself on this trip, picked up a souvenir from the official Emirates store along the way.



I then thought it would be a good idea to catch the train over to the gate after this.



Once at the A380 (and 777 and A340 terminal it seems), I headed off in the opposite direction of my gate to see as much of this area as I could. Although there wasn't as much to be seen in this part as there was the B gates.


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Once I had completed a lap, my gate was open, so headed in.


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Once downstairs, I found A6-EDL waiting, in service with EK since August 2010. Due to the layout of the terminal and this particular gate, it was impossible to get a picture though.



Boarding was called at 15:05 for business passengers and families, shortly followed by the various boarding zones.



I finally managed to grab a couple of semi decent pics


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11103 times:


EK005
DXB-LHR
11th May 2013
A380-861 / A6-EDL
Seat: 85K / Economy
Scheduled: 15:45/20:15
Off Stand: 15:45
On Stand: 20:01


I made my way onboard and was welcomed back by the crew at the door and directed to my seat. Once I reached my seat, I overheard one of the crew say this would be a pretty full flight.


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Legroom was decent, as on the flight from London



I noticed there was a slight difference to the seatback to the previous EK A380 that I went on. Most noticeably the headphone socket was now in the seat back, and there was a USB and power socket.



Most people in the rear section at least seemed to be Australian.


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This one made quite a bit of noise on start up


IFE set for departure.


After a while, two people came and sat next to me, however somebody else came along and claimed the aisle seat. Turns out they were in 85F and G. Then, a few moments later an Indian guy claimed the middle seat.

Mr. 85H (anybody know what happened to 85I?) was talking on his phone pretty much from boarding to takeoff, and the only reason why the call ended was because I suspect he lost signal - hope he had a UAE SIM card, otherwise that call would have cost him a fortune!

Shortly after, the French captain was over the PA saying that the flight time would be 6hours and 45minutes, saying that we would be flying at 38,000ft and that we would be flying over Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey before heading over Europe.

Once boarding was complete, the hot towels were handed out.



As expected, this flight was pretty full.

Pushback came exactly on schedule, and the safety briefing was played, followed by the introduction to the ICE IFE.



During the taxi out to the runway, the cabin crew came and said to the guy in the middle seat that they had found him another seat up front, so got up and moved - at which point both me and the guy in the aisle seat said to each other thank god for that - as he was a bit on the large side!


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There was quite a wait at the end of the runway for some unknown reason, but around five minutes later we lined up and made a very quiet amble into the air, at just past 4pm local.


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Shortly after departure, the mood lighting was set to the orange mode.



As there wasn't much to be seen outside, I decided to carry on where I'd left off with Curb Your Enthusiasm.


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And today’s dinner choice would be:

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Around an hour after takeoff, the drinks service was started.


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Following this, and an episode of Family Guy, I decided to see what movies I fancied. I went with Looper.


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I didn't get on with it though, and switched it off after a few minutes. I went with Robot and Frank instead, which was much easier to watch.


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Around two and a quarter hours after takeoff the meal service began. I chose the chicken (again).


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EK cutlery in Economy.




During the meal service, there was some light turbulence and the seatbelt sign was switched on. However not many people chose to take notice if this and despite further announcements over the PA people just didn't seem to listen. This must be so frustrating for the crew.


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I noticed quite a few other movements outside during the flight - a couple of freighters, an EK 777 and an LH A330 passing very close by indeed. Times like that I wish I had my camera to hand, but they pass by just too quickly. There were some nice mountains to photograph instead though.


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Following this, I was starting to feel the effects of my session by the pool earlier. I went to the galley and asked for some water and explained that I'd had too much Dubai sun, and the attractive young French flight attendant gave me plenty to keep me going, along with a reassuring stroke to the arm and said if I needed any more, ring the call button and she would shower me with drinks, although not literally I hope!



Following this, it was another movie.

I'm a big kid really! That and the fact I wasn't in the mood for anything too complicated.


Shortly after the film began, I noticed a young couple head down to the toilets at the rear with mischievous grins on their faces... And then return together more than a few minutes later. Hmmm! I'll say no more!!

As we passed Romania, there were some great views. However as my camera still wasn't behaving, as it should - and the battery was now dying too, there weren't any decent pictures to be had.


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With just over two hours before arrival, afternoon tea was served. Very good it was too! Not too little, not too much and keeping consistency with my other EK flights on this trip, it was of high quality. The Scones were nice and warm too and they also had their own dish – take note BA! Fed up with having to balance their bread rolls on the cheese plate…


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Catching up with the news mid flight.


Following this, once the film had finished, I just sat and watched the skymap for the final hour or so of the flight. At this point my SLR battery died, so it was on to the slightly rubbish pocket cam from that point onwards. Luckily, there wasn’t any more service to report on and as we passed Germany, it clouded over so no views to be had either.


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Something’s not quite right here?


Heading across the English Channel as the flight was drawing to an end.


Just before we started our approach, the South African first officer updated us with the progress. it sounded like a typical British spring evening - wind, hail and a possibility of a couple of storms that we might have to avoid - fun! He also gave us a couple of technical details, saying we would be landing on 27L and we had a landing weight of 386,000 kgs.



Descent into London started at 19:13, and almost immediately the turbulence started, although the approach wasn't as bad as the flight crew made out really.


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Slowing a little.


During descent, one of the crew members (the same French one from earlier) told the guy a few rows in front to put his seat upright. He did - for about 3 seconds. And the crew member spotted this. She once again told him to put his seat upright, and they ended up in quite a discussion about it that lasted a good five minutes about how the guy felt it was his right to be able to recline his seat, and he cant see why its such an issue. Once that was done, she then spotted somebody wandering around the cabin - and firmly told them to 'sit down now were landing'. She walked off rolling her eyes and letting out a big sigh. And I can understand why! That's something I had noticed about all my flights to/from DXB actually - the passengers just don't seem to pay any attention to the crew.


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Slightly iced up tail view on final.



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Touchdown was made just before 20:00, we made quite a long rollout as experienced in DXB, then made the very short taxi over to T3 pier 6.


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We pulled in alongside our sistership that departed DXB pretty much as our flight was boarding and two more A380’s about to head off on their long journeys into the night.


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Once on stand there was a good fifteen minute wait before anybody was let off - in which time the heavens had really opened outside.

On the way out, I noticed the first officer stood at the door, and I asked for a flight deck visit that was happily granted. No sign of the captain though – guess he had a bus to catch. The first officer was a very nice guy however and he was very happy to show me pretty much everything that was different on the A380 compared to the A320 and answer all my questions. I also noticed a plaque on the rear wall saying who this aircraft was leased from and that it was operated by Emirates airlines of Dubai. I commented on this and the first officer said that the amount Emirates are giving the mentioned leasing company, the chances are they pretty much own that too!

Unfortunately as my camera battery had long died, this was the best picture I could get



After this, it was out through T3. Amusingly, on the way out a girl saw me and asked if I had just come out of the 'pilot area' - I replied I had, and she asked me what it was like. I replied mostly computer screens and she thanked me for the smooth flight anyway!! Well, ok thanks. How the general public thinks! I’ve never seen a pilot wear jeans, T Shirt, trainers and generally looking bit hot and bothered before!


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On to the central bus station.


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Once back into the UK, I realized I had a bit of a wait for the next coach home, so I grabbed a bit to eat from boots and made my way to the coach station, arriving home at around 10PM – which I think is a pretty good time to arrive home from a long flight actually, as you can get in, shower, settle and then get to bed at pretty much your normal time without having to worry about staying awake for as long as possible like on the flights that arrive early in the morning.


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So what did I think?

Emirates

I actually thought they were pretty good, however after reading some reviews before departure maybe I was expecting a little much – meaning it was a bit of an anticlimax. However, I still think they were one of the better airlines I have been on, and I would definitely fly with them again. Their A380 is great, as are their 777’s, although my opinion may have been slightly tainted by the fact I had free seats next to me on all my flights.

Thai

Thai were also pretty good, despite the issue with the original aircraft on the BKK-HKT sector. I thought it was a good move by the flight crew to find us another aircraft rather than persevere with a plane that clearly had an issue. The aircraft swap over was relatively painless despite the language barrier.

The real star of the show that day though was the refurbished 747 on the HKT-BKK sector. Clean, modern, decent legroom and I wouldn’t be against spending a few hours on it, despite the full load.

The meal service on both flights was fairly decent too, as were the crew. I was impressed that a fully loaded 747 managed to get a fed and watered with a flight time of just an hour.

Oman Air

Despite having two sectors with Oman Air, it was really only the one as the DXB-MCT sector was effectively operated by Smart Wings / Travel Service. The hot meal service was impressive though, which is generally more than what you get on European sectors of twice the length.

The actual Oman Air flight I went on was also good – the IFE and dedicated business class cabin, despite being on a regional jet was impressive.

Next up are a few Euro-Trips, seeing me head to a wet Denmark, a baking Germany to meet a fellow a.netter, a last second trip to Stockholm and a frustrating trip to Edinburgh.

Previous trip reports

Arabia & Thailand 2013 4:Back To DXB With Oman Air (by jwhite9185 Aug 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 3: BKK-DXB-MCT With EK/WY (by jwhite9185 Aug 6 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 2: Two TG Classic's To HKT (by jwhite9185 Jul 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W (by jwhite9185 Jul 9 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 5: AA & BA's New WTP MCO-MIA-ATL-LHR (by jwhite9185 Jun 25 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 4: Heading South On A Mad Dog ORD-MCO (by jwhite9185 Jun 13 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 3: Almost A Disaster With AA DCA-ORD (by jwhite9185 May 29 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 2: BA A320/744 WTP CDG-LHR-IAD (by jwhite9185 May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 1: The Beginning BA LHR-ORY (by jwhite9185 Apr 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Comparing The Competition: BA/VS Inaugural MAN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Mar 31 2013 in Trip Reports)
Taking TAP To Portugal: LGW-OPO-LIS-LHR Feb. 2013 (by jwhite9185 Mar 10 2013 in Trip Reports)
Poland On The Dream)liner - LOT LHR-WAW-LHR In C/Y (by jwhite9185 Jan 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
A Speedbird & Titan 767 – LHR-LCA-LHR In C…ish (by jwhite9185 Feb 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
British Airways LGW-AGP-LCY 737/E190 Nov. 2012 (by jwhite9185 Dec 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 2: 5 Flights 3 Airlines MXP-ZRH-DUS-LHR LX/LH (by jwhite9185 Nov 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 1: 5 Flights 3 Airlines LHR-BRU-MXP In Theory (by jwhite9185 Oct 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cancellations, Widebodies And Iberia LHR-MAD-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic's New A330 LHR-JFK-LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Night In Amsterdam - KLM F70/738 LHR-AMS-LHR (by jwhite9185 Aug 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Flybe - LGW-BHD-GLA-BHD-LGW (by jwhite9185 Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Day Trip To MAN (by jwhite9185 Jun 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Nice, Monaco And The Great British Lounge With BMI (by jwhite9185 May 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
EI237/182 LGW-DUB-LHR And 2 Lounges (by jwhite9185 Apr 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
LGW-FRA-BRU-LHR With LH And SN (by jwhite9185 Mar 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
BA906/8735 LHR-FRA-LCY (by jwhite9185 Mar 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS015/016 LGW-MCO-LGW June 2010 (by jwhite9185 Jan 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS006 MIA-LHR A340-642 June 2008 (by jwhite9185 Feb 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic 747 To BGI - October 2007 (by jwhite9185 Aug 3 2012 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10785 times:

Awesome TR. Thanks. The pictures were great. Could you tell me the berand and style of your samera. Sorry people might have asked before but I didn't find it in other TRs. Thanks  

User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 10567 times:

Hi James,

Terrific report on the whalejet. I really like your stories, like the one about the mischievous couple or the girl thinking you were the pilot.

I am trying to plan a trip to Dubai for early next year so I'll be coming back to your series in the very near future!

Those self check-in machines at DXB are a bit strange--what's the point of showing just 4 rows at a time? Hm, also, when I checked-in online for my only EK flight, it didn't seem all that customer friendly. Maybe just my opinion...

Thanks for your report--greatly appreciated!

Cheers,
Alex


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9998 times:

Hi James !

Nice conclusion to your Asia long haul trip.

The flight seems okay and the food look nice.

I think you made the right selection for the main course.

Annoying with people trying to get up when the seat belt sign is on. Has happened to me a few times when flying to/from some Asian destinations.

Very much looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9934 times:

Hi James,

great last part of your series! EK looks fine as usual.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Approaching DXB

Always an impressive sight IMO.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Looks to be a full flight, so I made do with my pre assigned seat.

85K is nice - had that one on my very first A380 flight (A6-EDB).

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Due to the layout of the terminal and this particular gate, it was impossible to get a picture though.

That's what I dislike about DXB.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
This one made quite a bit of noise on start up

That's how it should be!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
And today’s dinner choice would be:

Sounds good as usual - but it's interesting that EK doesn't offer three main courses any more.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Around two and a quarter hours after takeoff the meal service began. I chose the chicken (again).

Great presentation - that beats numerous airlines' Business Class offerings.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
On the way out, I noticed the first officer stood at the door, and I asked for a flight deck visit that was happily granted. No sign of the captain though – guess he had a bus to catch. The first officer was a very nice guy however and he was very happy to show me pretty much everything that was different on the A380 compared to the A320 and answer all my questions.

Nice! I had always thought EK doesn't grant flight deck access, just like SQ.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
After this, it was out through T3. Amusingly, on the way out a girl saw me and asked if I had just come out of the 'pilot area' - I replied I had, and she asked me what it was like. I replied mostly computer screens and she thanked me for the smooth flight anyway!! Well, ok thanks. How the general public thinks! I’ve never seen a pilot wear jeans, T Shirt, trainers and generally looking bit hot and bothered before!

Congratulations on your new job!  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1713 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9853 times:
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Howdy jwhite9185!

A nice conclusive read to your Asia trip! Tbh I’m not a real fan of EK’s A380 cabin, it looks too soothing in a certain way with those pink, light purple and lilac headrest covers. Also the brownish seat don’t add anything extra. That aside, the seat does have good amenities with all those power plugs and stuff. On a positive note, well presented meals and nice to see the crew was on the more outgoing side.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
EK cutlery in Economy.

Impressive. Did you liberate any of those?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
This must be so frustrating for the crew.

I can imagine. Didn’t they tour the cabin to see that everyone was strapped in?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I'm a big kid really!

Coming out of the closet  Nothing wrong with being a kid  

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Heading across the English Channel as the flight was drawing to an end.

You flew right over my house there. Belgium that is, not the Channel of course...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8992 times:

omidp,

Quoting omidp (Reply 2):
Awesome TR. Thanks.

Thanks, no problem.

Quoting omidp (Reply 2):
Could you tell me the berand and style of your samera. Sorry people might have asked before but I didn't find it in other TRs.

Canon 550D body with a Sigma 18/250 lens. The later pics were taken on my Nexus 4 - not the best camear phone - I've since upgraded!

Alex,

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Terrific report on the whalejet.

Thanks,

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
I really like your stories, like the one about the mischievous couple or the girl thinking you were the pilot.

I only write it as I see it!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
I am trying to plan a trip to Dubai for early next year so I'll be coming back to your series in the very near future!

Ha, I do the same thing when I visit a place for the first time.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
when I checked-in online for my only EK flight, it didn't seem all that customer friendly. Maybe just my opinion...

Didn't notice to be honest. Just your typical OLCI procedure.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Thanks for your report--greatly appreciated!

No problem,

Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Nice conclusion to your Asia long haul trip.

Thanks,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
The flight seems okay and the food look nice.

Yeah it was pretty good. One of the better meals I've had on a plane although still didn't beat the meal I had on BMI last year!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Annoying with people trying to get up when the seat belt sign is on. Has happened to me a few times when flying to/from some Asian destinations.

I noticed that flying around the middle East. Nobody seemed to pay much attention to the crew.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Very much looking forward to your next report !

I started that before I'd actually finished this one!

PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
great last part of your series!

Thanks,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Always an impressive sight IMO.

It was - shame the zoom on my camera had given up.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
85K is nice - had that one on my very first A380 flight (A6-EDB).

I actually preferred the seats at the front. Although nether were bad as such.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
That's how it should be!

Yes - the one thing I don't like about the A380 is that its so quiet, it lacks character.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
interesting that EK doesn't offer three main courses any more.

This caught me out on the oubound flight where I didn't like either option.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Great presentation - that beats numerous airlines' Business Class offerings.

Sure does!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Nice! I had always thought EK doesn't grant flight deck access, just like SQ.

Didn't know that... I just saw my opportunity and went for it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
Congratulations on your new job!

Shame it didn't last all that long!

Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
A nice conclusive read to your Asia trip!

Thanks,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Tbh I’m not a real fan of EK’s A380 cabin, it looks too soothing in a certain way with those pink, light purple and lilac headrest covers.

Guess you could say its a little neutral.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
That aside, the seat does have good amenities with all those power plugs and stuff.

Think theres 3 different seat confings on the A380 alone now.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
On a positive note, well presented meals and nice to see the crew was on the more outgoing side.

Yeah the crew seemed more human on this sector than the LHR-DXB

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Impressive. Did you liberate any of those?

Might of...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Didn’t they tour the cabin to see that everyone was strapped in?

Cant remember to be honest. Nothing to stop people getting up afterwards though.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Coming out of the closet  Nothing wrong with being a kid

Easy entertainment.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
You flew right over my house there. Belgium that is, not the Channel of course...

I'd imagine I flew over a few a.netters houses as I passed Europe



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User currently onlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8233 times:
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Hi James!

Great last part of your series here. EK looks good as usual, the food looks delicious!
Looks like you had a relaxing flight with some nice crew  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
However not many people chose to take notice if this and despite further announcements over the PA people just didn't seem to listen. This must be so frustrating for the crew.


Some people will never learn!

Thanks for putting up yet another fantastic series here. I joined every one of them!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8215 times:

Hey, J.,

now that was for sure a good read and also conclusion about you´re series, well done.
Also the right amount of pictures closeby.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):

Next up are a few Euro-Trips, seeing me head to a wet Denmark, a baking Germany to meet a fellow a.netter, a last second trip to Stockholm and a frustrating trip to Edinburgh.

Ah, that sounds interesting to follow!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Capital travel on schedule!.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7864 times:

Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Great last part of your series here.

Thanks,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
EK looks good as usual, the food looks delicious!

Yeah both meals were pretty good.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Looks like you had a relaxing flight with some nice crew

The crew seemed more down to earth on this sector.

Wouldn't say it was an overly comfortable flight though as my legs were slowly but surely heating up after my hour in the sun earlier in the day. Although that was my fault rather than EK's!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Some people will never learn!

Or care...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Thanks for putting up yet another fantastic series here. I joined every one of them!

No problem, glad you enjoyed!

Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
now that was for sure a good read and also conclusion about you´re series, well done.

Danke!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Ah, that sounds interesting to follow!.

Yeah, nice to be writing about Euro trips again after two longer series!



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days ago) and read 7686 times:

Hello, nice report! Emirates sure seems like a decent carrier, and the A380 for sure is a great aircraft to fly on. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7406 times:

Hi James ,

Nice report. The A380 shuttle service to and from DXB seems pretty decent. I would have gone for the Lamb curry   I also like the idea of the afternoon tea which is a nice touch in Y !

Always nice to add to your model collection too !

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7394 times:

Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Hello, nice report!

Thanks,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Emirates sure seems like a decent carrier, and the A380 for sure is a great aircraft to fly on.

Yeah, a good combination.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Thanks for sharing!

No problem.

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Nice report.

Thanks,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
The A380 shuttle service to and from DXB seems pretty decent.

Guess it is a bit of a shuttle service now that you mention it!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
I would have gone for the Lamb curry

Two bad combinations there!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
I also like the idea of the afternoon tea which is a nice touch in Y !

That was better than the full service on some carriers.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Always nice to add to your model collection too !

True, but I'm rapidly running out of space.



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User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7191 times:

Hi jwhite9185,

Great end to your Arabia and Thailand series! What an exotic collection of airlines you got to fly on.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
I actually thought they were pretty good, however after reading some reviews before departure maybe I was expecting a little much – meaning it was a bit of an anticlimax. However, I still think they were one of the better airlines I have been on, and I would definitely fly with them again.

Same here, I had high expectations when I boarded my first EK flight from VCE. I guess because of that I was less "in-awe" of the experience, but yes, most definitely, they too are one of the better airlines I've flown with. The food looks great, too!

On another note, it looks like I took a very similar photo to yours when I was transiting through Dubai:


Again, great trip report!
-Ytraveller


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6827 times:

Hi James

Interesting report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Nice to see another A380 flight, I don't mind the EK colour sheme. I'm especially a fan of their moving map.
Catering looks superior as well.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6458 times:

Ytraveller,

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 14):
Great end to your Arabia and Thailand series!

Thanks,

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 14):
What an exotic collection of airlines you got to fly on.

That was the plan! Although all of the airlines operate into LHR so not out of the question that I'll fly them again at some point.

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 14):
On another note, it looks like I took a very similar photo to yours when I was transiting through

Looks more impressive at night!

Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Interesting report, thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks, no problem

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
I'm especially a fan of their moving map.

The IFE in general was pretty good,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Catering looks superior as well.

Very tasty! Even the afternoon tea was better than some airlines offerings.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5266 times:

Nice final report James! EK look pretty good - I really must try them someday! Interesting to see that champagne is for sale in Y. Other than on no-frills airlines, it's either free (e.g. QR), subsituted with cheap sparkling wine (e.g. BA) or not available.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
With just over two hours before arrival, afternoon tea was served. Very good it was too! Not too little, not too much and keeping consistency with my other EK flights on this trip, it was of high quality. The Scones were nice and warm too and they also had their own dish – take note BA! Fed up with having to balance their bread rolls on the cheese plate…

Catering looks very nice. Great to see scones on a London bound flight!



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
Nice final report James!

Cheers,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
EK look pretty good - I really must try them someday!

Cant believe you haven't already! Although I guess them not being in an alliance doesn't help - its the one reason why I'd look elsewhere unless they have a good deal on. Shame really, as they're very good. I was listening to a podcast onboard actually and their CEO seems to think they don't need to join one.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
Interesting to see that champagne is for sale in Y. Other than on no-frills airlines, it's either free (e.g. QR), subsituted with cheap sparkling wine (e.g. BA) or not available.

I guess its there for those who want it and they wont lose out by stocking something that they wont use.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
Catering looks very nice.

Yeah pretty good - top marks for presentation.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 17):
Great to see scones on a London bound flight!

I'm sure VS used to do them many years ago on flights ex UK.



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