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Emirates Business 777-300ER AKL-SYD With Photos  
User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 21710 times:

Hi everyone

Wow my 2nd trip report in 1 day. Here is the Auckland-Sydney part of
my getaway with Emirates. Enjoy!!

Sunday 13th November 2005
Emirates
EK419
AKL- Auckland to SYD- Sydney
Business Class
Scheduled Departure Time: 1700?But The Actual Departure Time: 1655?
Aircraft: The brand new 777-300ER
After a long boring morning at work I couldn't wait to begin my trip
to Sydney. We headed towards the Business Class check-in where there
was no queue and were quickly checked-in. We also were able to pre
complete customs and go to a shorter queue at the departure area.
After security we went straight to the Emirates lounge which is their
own lounge been open about 5-6 months now.
http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A6130776582611DA.jpg
Cakes and cold food items

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A6132F5A582611DA.jpg
The bar area and hot food to the far right

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A61346AC582611DA.jpg

More seating and TV.
After drinking some champagne and a bit of nibbling we proceeded
towards the gate early so we could check out the new pier at
Auckland. Auckland Airport (for those who don't know) is currently
separating it's pier so that arriving and departing passengers can no
longer pass each other as they currently do.
http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A6136DF6582611DA.jpg
The new departing level area

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A613844E582611DA.jpg
More of the new departing area

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A6135AB4582611DA.jpg
The new Air New Zealand 777 of to Brisbane and the special theme
Freedom Air Airbus 320

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A613986C582611DA.jpg
Today's aircraft to Sydney 777-300ER - This aircraft was not
configured with the First Class as advertised on the website (and
probably why I couldn't buy a first class ticket which I wanted to
do) Boarding began and we walked down the air bridge . Once at the
aircraft, there were no crew at the door to greet us. I have never
seen this happen before and was slightly appalled with such a lack of
welcoming. We walked in a little and turned left into the business
class section when 2 crew members saw us then ran out to greet us.
then one of them went to the door to greet all the other passengers.
A brownie point lost for Emirates! Once settled we were offered
champagne or juice.

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A613AD70582611DA.jpg
I have the champagne, and my friend has the orange juice

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A613C026582611DA.jpg
Today's flight. The ICE entertainment system is very impressive. Easy
to use - A touch screen navigation instead of using the controller. A
massive selection of movies, TV programs and Audio. I tried the SMS
service and it sent them but after landing and talking to the people
I had messaged they never received them. After take off (and I love
been able to watch the forward view on the screen) canapes were served
http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A613D28E582611DA.jpg
Canapes with another glass of champagne and a bloody mary on the left

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User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 21706 times:

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Appetizers: Oriental Beef - Served with oyster mushroom and ginko nut
salad, accompanied with a coriander and citrus mayonnaise. I had to
have this option as the last lobster went to my friend but we shared
with each other. Isn't great when friends share!!! Photo below

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A613FC26582611DA.jpg
Appetizer: New Zealand Lobster Medallions - Served with creamy potato
and celery salad, offered with marie rose dressing.

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Main Course: Poached Blue Cod (What I had) with scallops and prawns
on creamy Jacqueline sauce, accompanied with kolrabi, carrots, snow
peas and steamed rice.

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A6143326582611DA.jpg
Main Course: Eggplant and Braised Du Puy Lentil Moussaka (What my
friend had) fried slices of eggplant, topped with braised du puy
lentils, enhanced with a hint of cinnamon, spiced tomato and
capsicums, three cheese béchamel sauce and roast tomato coulis,
accompanied with brococolie and medley of mushrooms. - Say that 10
times fast. The other main option was Braised Lamb Shanks - braised
with rosemary and garlic, accompanied with caramelized pearl onions,
new potato wedges, green beans and roasted pumpkin

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Dessert: Glazed Raspberry Charlotte - piped sponge siding filled with
raspberry mousse - YUM!! Served with a tea or coffee and a chocolate

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The view ahead

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A6147250582611DA.jpg
The view below - Both boring.....

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A614C340582611DA.jpg
If I ever see this screen again I'll scream - it's so annoying
especially in the middle of mini golf!!!

http://homepage.mac.com/iansblake/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-11-18%2003.33.16%20-0800/Image-A614D60A582611DA.jpg
Flying over Sydney


This is all of the A380 I saw Sad

Once we arrived in Sydney our chauffer driver was waiting to take us
to the Hilton. A nice service offered by Emirates. Overall I was
satisfied with Emirates. The no greeting at the plane and a few other
things cost a few points but wouldn't hesitate flying them again.
Read the return part of my trip with Air New Zealand in Business
Premier on the new 777 here:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/67249

Again comments welcome. Thanks for reading!!!


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 21226 times:

Thanks for sharing this great trip-report: the lounge and food really look of high standards !

Looking forward to your ANZ return trip-report  thumbsup 



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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 21208 times:

EK's dining in J class put First Class on other airlines to shame !

User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1873 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 21153 times:

your 2 trip reports are very cool.
but could you tell us your preference?
teva



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12269 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 20932 times:
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In the EK lounge was the food and drinks free?

Quoting Eoinnz (Thread starter):
If I ever see this screen again I'll scream - it's so annoying

That passenger announcement system when I was on EK419 last month really started to drive me crazy, it was like every 30 minutes, and always happened at the worst moments during the movies. The different langauages during the announcements was interesting thou


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6645 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 20404 times:

Great report! Nice picture where you see all three (!!) EK aircraft in AKL at the same time....Amazing.

I would have gone for the lamb shanks, what you ordered don't look that great...

The777Man



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12269 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 20166 times:
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Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):

Great report! Nice picture where you see all three (!!) EK aircraft in AKL at the same time....Amazing.

If your flying on EK419 then you will always see it (2x EK B777s and 1x EK A345) in AKL. Its interesting when all three EKs are parked side by side at the gates thou.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 19858 times:
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Nice stuff!

Quoting Eoinnz (Thread starter):
there were no crew at the door to greet us

-I've never had that in all my years of travel, very poor indeed!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
I would have gone for the lamb shanks, what you ordered don't look that great...

-I second that! Smile

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4514 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 19827 times:

Excellent report - but from reading the both of them I preferred the NZ one.

Question - I assume there won't always be the option of flying SYD-AKL on an NZ 772 or an EK 77W...the NZ offering will likely be what, a 320 presumably? Do the 763s operate the Sydney route and if so, will the 777s start flying them once the 763s are phased out?



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User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19789 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
Question - I assume there won't always be the option of flying SYD-AKL on an NZ 772 or an EK 77W...the NZ offering will likely be what, a 320 presumably? Do the 763s operate the Sydney route and if so, will the 777s start flying them once the 763s are phased out?

I'm sure NZ 777's will make regualr trips across the tasman just not as many as they are now. EK has the 77W permantely on this route until they decide to change it. It was the Airbus 340-500 but that is now on the AKL-MEL route.


User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19780 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
I would have gone for the lamb shanks, what you ordered don't look that great...

Iit was delicious. I've never had Jaqueline sauce before (the yellow stuff!) but it was really nice.


User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2397 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 18742 times:
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I can never be bored when reading such reports !!

Many thanks for the input !


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User currently onlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3096 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 18698 times:

Wonderful report, and even better pics! You should post them also at airlinemeals.net. Anyway, never had an inkling that Emirates would have such a presence at AKL. Very interesting.


Finally made it to an airline mecca!
User currently offlineKennethsk From Thailand, joined Oct 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 18370 times:

GREAT report and Pictures as well....

Food looks outstanding!! It's brilliant what EK has done!
I always know EK has been the greatest airlines so far!!

I will have to try EK once myself soon



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