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Emirates Airlines A330-200 LHR - DXB  
User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 29769 times:

Trip Overview

Well I hadn’t been on holiday for about 8 months and was beginning to have withdrawal symptoms! I'd been working for BA for just over 6 months and my travel concessions had just started. The original plan was just to send my parents to Dubai for the weekend, as my mum had always wanted to go there. My parents then suggested myself and my sister join them, to which I happily obliged. So I got my ID tickets from staff travel and decided to list with EK rather than BA, as the BA loads looked really high and I didn’t think I’d have a chance to get on. EK however having 5 flights a day from LHR to DXB had one flight pretty empty.

This was only going to be a really short trip returning back on Sunday, so literally only a day and a half.

This trip report is my first so please go easy, also it's pretty long and has a number of pictures.

Friday 25th November 2005
London Heathrow (LHR) - Dubai International (DXB)
Emirates Airlines EK030
Aircraft Type: Airbus A330-200 (A6-EAF)
Economy Class
Seat 29A
ETD 1635 Local
ETA 0345 Local

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The day started off with me dragging my butt out of bed at about 9am, opened my curtains and I couldn’t believe it, it was snowing!! Slowly made my way to the bathroom and had a shower! Couldn’t wait for the 30C heat of Dubai!

Well anyway, the trip to the airport was going to be an interesting one, we've had bad experiences with taxi's in the past, either being really late, or just not turning up, and none of us wanted to deal with that, so we took the good old 140 number bus from Harrow to Heathrow Central Bus Station. My dad was working in the morning so he was going to take the 1325 Heathrow Express from Paddington to Heathrow.

We got on the bus at 12 and made it to Heathrow by 1pm, pretty good going for the 140 that takes you on a scenic tour of London before getting you to Heathrow. We made our way over to the Emirates check-in desks at Zone F in terminal 3. One thing I learnt that I didn’t know before was EK was handled by UA at LHR.


I went over to a lady and asked if myself my mum and sister could check in now, and pre assign my dads seat, so at least we could sit down and relax, she was probably the rudest person I’d met and just said "no wait till he comes, you cant come check in with whom you like" I had a right mind to tell her where she could go but decided not to and just went sat down with my family and waited for my dad.

Dad arrived at about 1345 and we all made our way back over to check in, there was no line at all so we went straight to a desk, thankfully to a nice blonde who was really helpful. She gave us seats 29AB and 30AB, Perfect!!

After check in we made our way over to Burger King were I managed to snap a shot of the T3 departures building.


After eating we went through security which was a breeze, no one in front of us again and straight through with no problems. Right in front of us then was the World Duty Free shop in T3 which is quite big.


I went over to the Burberry store and then got a coffee from Starbucks. After doing some shopping, our gate flashed up on screen and it was gate 14, dammit, that’s a bit of a walk, but oh well. Was about a 7-8 min walk and on the way got a shot of a JAL 744.


Upon arriving at gate 14 we were greeted by more UA ground staff. My parents and sister took a seat and I got a snap of the aircraft just before it started getting dark.

We were only sat for about 10 mins and at -25 we started boarding. We were greeted by two gorgeous crew members and made our way down to our seats. I took a shot of the new LHR control tower and seconds after I saw a Korean 777 and got a snap of her to, lucky enough with her beacon flashing as she pulled into the gate next to ours.



The Capt came over the PA system and let us know that we were going to climb up to 41,000ft en route and had a estimated flight time of about 6 hrs 20 mins, he also mentioned that was a pretty quick flight time.

We pushed back on time and headed over to 27L were we stood for about 15 mins. Unfortunately it was dark by then and no point in taking any photos.
We started our take off roll at 1655 and after a incredibly short take off roll were airborne. One thing I must mention here is how amazing the forward facing camera on the aircraft was! Watching the aircraft taxi from the pilots view and accelerate down the runway and lift off just incredible!!

We took a left turn after take off and watching the moving map looked like we flew the Dover SID. It was a clear evening and I got a magnificent view of Heathrow and then of London.

Anyway, we climbed up to 41,000ft. The cabin crew came round with a beverage service; I took a vodka lemonade (Vodka and a can of sprite not actual lemonade). The crew also handed out dinner menu's which I thought was a nice touch.

Dinner was then served; the option was chicken of beef. I went for the chicken.


It was possibly, the best meal onboard an aircraft I have ever had. Chicken was just right, and quite tasty and the cheesecake desert was just delicious!!

Leg room wasn't too bad on the flight either, quite comfortable.


The seats had some sort of airbag thing on bottom part of the back of the seat that you could inflate or deflate using another button next to the recline button on the armrest. I spent a few mins playing around with that. Pretty comfortable though so no complaints!

The IFE onboard was pretty good, EK have different sets 1 to 6 I believe and they were going to play 4 and 5 on our flight, I watched Red Eye first which wasn’t to bad and then got a couple of hours sleep in.

When I woke up we had just over an hour to run to DXB and the crew came round with tea and coffee. We started our descent over very dark landscape, nothing out the window but pitch black. This time the f/o came over the PA and told us they'd started their descent and that the weather in Dubai was 22C, and should put us on the ground at 0320am, 25 mins early, great going guys!

I switched on the air map and noticed we took a notable turn around Iraq to stay well clear of their airspace.

I turned on the forward facing camera and could see the lights of Dubai in the distance. We made a few right turns and lined up for runway 30R. It was incredible watching the landing on the screen and it was a superb landing as well.

As we taxied off the runway we held short of 30L and a Lufthansa 744 took off. We crossed the runway and saw a BA 744 taxiing out for departure back to LHR.

We came onto stand and the usual scrum for the exit started, everyone got up way before we had come to a stop.. Idiots!

My family and I always wait for everyone else to get off, makes life a lot easier. As we exited I asked if it was possible to speak to the Capt. I was taken up front and managed to speak to the guys up front. Capt Bruce was a really nice guy, he actually knew of one of my lecturers at University. He was also kind enough to have a picture taken.


After I said my goodbyes I caught up with my parents and sister. I walked up the jetty and into the terminal and WOW, it was spectacular. Only managed to take one shot but I took more when I returned on Sunday.


It was a LONG walk from the aircraft to immigration, took about 15 mins, it just showed how big the airport was. It was so clean and so modern, very very impressive, LHR take note!

Being 4am there were no lines at Immigration nor customs, we picked up our bags and were met by our driver who took us to our hotel.

In conclusion, It was a very very enjoyable flight, I had flown EK about 11 years ago, was a bit young to remember my experience, but they sure didn’t disappoint. Out of 10 I’d give 9 for the a/c and how clean it was, 10 for the food and 10 for the service.

Awesome Stuff Emirates!!

Stay tuned for my Return leg that I will be writing shortly!!

Thanks for reading guys, and thanks in advance to those who leave messages.

Forever Flight
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User currently offlineLeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 29753 times:

Impressive report and great pics - EK sound really good. Now when will you share your concessions with your friends?!  hissyfit 

User currently offlineYUL2010 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 29692 times:

Great report!!
It's really funny because I just called Emirates reservations to check their loads on LHR-DXB. I'm an Air Canada employee, and on vacation till Dec 20th, and I REALLY want to go to Dubai.

I have a couple of options, like the direct JFK-DXB, which is actually cheapest for me... BUT, the morning flight is the only open flight, and there's no way I can get to JFK from YUL for a 9am dep... unless I sleep at the airport, which I won't do lol.

So my next option is YUL-LHR on AC. Then first flight is EK008 830am, but that one is overbooked already for the date that I want (not surprised, it arrives at a very convenient time in DXB). Next flight EK002 at 13:45 is also overbooked. I didn't ask her about the 3 other flights, because she seemed busy and annoyed. But if you tell me that EK030 is usually pretty open (it has the nastiest arrival time in DXB), then I have hope lol... I really want to experience EK.

Of course I can also check out YUL-FRA-DXB or YUL-CDG-DXB, but for some reason, the ZED fares are more expensive...

Oh well, again, nice report, hope you enjoyed Dubai  Smile


"Hotel November Oscar clear to land runway 24L"
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 29564 times:
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Great stuff!

Quoting BritPilot777 (Thread starter):
It was possibly, the best meal onboard an aircraft I have ever had.

-It did look pretty good.

Quoting BritPilot777 (Thread starter):
It was so clean and so modern, very very impressive, LHR take note!

-Yes, airports such as DXB and those in Asia really show how bad LHR is.

Quoting BritPilot777 (Thread starter):
Stay tuned for my Return leg that I will be writing shortly!!

-Good, look forward to the return sector.



User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5243 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 29507 times:

Hi Moheet,
thanx for this enjoyable story.
Your LHR pix reminds me to my last time there in late August and your DXB
pics show me what I missed when I was forced to cancel my trip to DXB last week.
What about the load on your flight, was it as low as expected?
Markus (FLIEGER67)

User currently offlineKennethsk From Thailand, joined Oct 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 29400 times:

Quoting BritPilot777 (Thread starter):
Out of 10 I’d give 9 for the a/c and how clean it was, 10 for the food and 10 for the service.

It does look good for the food and seem they have very well-trained staff. I've heard it's great Airlines. So professional and so I'd like to work for them.


PS. Britpilot777, What do you do exactly for BA? I just have had my concession to fly with ID ticket too. And I'm going to Ho Chi Minh City.

Welcome to the REAL world! it SUCKS but you are gonna LOVE it!
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 29274 times:

Very nice report there. Great pictures as well!!!

User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3241 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 29119 times:

Great trip report! Nice photos, too. It is interesting to read how EK service is good and I hope I'd be able to fly with them some time in the future.

I can hardly wait to read your next trip report. Will that flight be also on 332 or on some other type?

User currently offlineJamman From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 28916 times:

Great report and pictures, the meal looks yum!


Phoning it in from a place with no phones.
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 47
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 28668 times:

Ahh another person happy with EK! That's what i like to see!

I flew EK to SYD and back from LGW in April, managing to fly the 773x2/773ERx1 and A345. Every flight was great and EK are truly awesome with their service.

I also agree about DXB. It's a massive and amazing airport. I nearly got lost at one point! Lol!

Such good shopping too!


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User currently offlineJetMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 28621 times:

Hi Moheed,

very interesting report and nice pictures!

Quoting BritPilot777 (Thread starter):
The crew also handed out dinner menu's which I thought was a nice touch.

I like those menu cards, something which is no more common on transatlantic flights...

Quoting BritPilot777 (Thread starter):
It was possibly, the best meal onboard an aircraft I have ever had. Chicken was just right, and quite tasty and the cheesecake desert was just delicious!!

Impressive meal!  eek  That looks so delicious and it's also very well presented. Did they also serve a snack later?

Quoting BritPilot777 (Thread starter):
Leg room wasn't too bad on the flight either, quite comfortable.

Looks very comfortable - what about the IFE boxes?

Quoting BritPilot777 (Thread starter):
I switched on the air map and noticed we took a notable turn around Iraq to stay well clear of their airspace.

The same with my flight from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt on Etihad in September. We flew "back" to Dubai, then headed to Iran and later turned towards Turkey, avoiding Iraqi airspace.


User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 28579 times:

Great report and fantastic pics!  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 28497 times:

Great report, the legroom looks fantastic!

Happy Flying,

Sam Smile

Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 28397 times:

superb report, Aint the A330 a great plane to fly on? It sure is my favourite  Smile

User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 28308 times:

Emirates Airlines B777-200 DXB - LHR (by BritPilot777 Nov 30 2005 in Trip Reports)

Theres the return leg Trip Report, Enjoy

Moheet  Smile

Forever Flight
User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2433 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 27887 times:
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Nice job for this report !!

BTW does KE operate to LHR with a 773 ?? On the photo I recognize a 773 !!


Life is great at 41.000 feet...
User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 26566 times:


Nice trip report. I even know exactly who you are, 'cos I work with you in T4!  Wink

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