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#1 Finnair YJ & Emirates Y: HEL-MUC-DXB-BKK-HKG  
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

Hi, a new try, had some problems with the photos earlier.

I wanted to make a short visit to Bangkok, one of my favourite cities, in early Nov and also wanted to see Hong Kong. Finnair, with two daily departures from HEL to BKK, would had been a logical choice but the price wasn't right and I wanted to try something else - Emirates in this case.
I wanted to avoid the big hubs so I used my Finnair miles to get to Munich,
from there EK took me to BKK via DXB.
My choice from BKK to HKG was Finnair's biz class, their fares were very tempting, and also desired those double miles.


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Rudolph is always on duty at HEL



Helsinki-Vantaa had a busy afternoon, lot of transit passengers to/from Asia.
I had arrived early, check in and security procedures were quick and smooth, I had plenty of time for a coffee and snack. Finnair's expansion is making HEL crowded, but the airport still has a friendly and easy going atmosphere.


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2nd Nov 2006
AY807 1620 HEL - 1750 MUC
Flight duration 2:30
Finnair A319
Seat 9D Exit

After a 30 min delay the boarding finally started, the plane wasn't full so I got three exit seats just for my self. I was one of the last ones to board but still plenty of newspapers left. The cabin was clean and fresh, the seat was very comfortable.


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AY A319 seat 9D



Before we could take off, we still had to wait for a group of Japanese transit passengers. Tall, blond (AY likes blonds it seems) FAs looked very busy.
Then finally we took off, and as soon as possible the dinner & drinks were served. One choice only: beef, potatoes, beans, bread and Fazer chocolate.
Wine and beer were free, my choice was Chilean red wine.
The dinner was ok, nothing special, sort of basic Nordic stuff. Not bad for a short intra-European flight, have to be happy to get a hot meal these days.


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AY807 HEL-MUC Y-class meal



The rest of the flight went smoothly. The screens above the seats showed travel information and American sitcom, the pilot introduced himself and gave some details about the flight in Finnish, Swedish and English. Other announcements were made in Finnish, Swedish, English, German and partly Japanese.
After a short two and half hours the front camera was showing the lights of MUC.

A good flight overall. AY has a strong short-haul product: new planes, good seats, free meals & beer/wine, newspapers available. The service wasn't that personal or warm, though efficient and professional. I felt I was in good hands.

I had heard lot of good about MUC, but the transit area in Terminal 1 used by EK and AY was rather boring, later I learnt the new parts and especially Terminal 2 were much better, really nice actually.
I had a couple of hours to kill, tried to sleep, but that didn't work. Lot of Irish teens around, an Aer Lingus flight to DUB was soon departing.
And finally, so was my flight to Dubai.

EK052 2140 MUC - 0630 DXB
Flight duration 5:50
Emirates A330-200
Seat 18J

No delays, rather quick boarding. My seat was on the isle, not a big fan of window seats. The A330 looked worn out, the seat was rather uncomfortable, rather hard and narrow. And no ICE on A330, just an old style IFE.
But, all these little troubles vanished when I got my pre ordered sea food meal, just great.


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EK: Pre ordered sea food meal



The only minus was their bad coffee - on all four flights. The service was friendly and warm, the multi national crew looked very young.
My neighbour was on her way to Nairobi, she said EK was no doubt her number 1 choice for this route: good price, good service. The transit at DXB was no problem for her.
After the plenty and tasty meal I was ready to take a nap, it seemed the whole cabin was sleeping already. Despite the seat, I had a deep refreshing sleep, then watched some rather boring comedy and read my book. The cabin was very quiet.
A breakfast snack was served around a hour and half before DXB, good food again, though too much sweet stuff to my taste.


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EK: If you don't want be disturbed - use a sticker!



After a smooth landing, a bus transfer to the terminal. To my surprise, a bus was used every time at DXB, no jetbridges. On the other hand it gave me a chance to use my camera and to enjoy the lovely sunshine, it felt great after the Nordic November.
No trouble with the transit, more quick than I expected. DXB looked great, but it must be the most crowded terminal I have ever seen. No time for shopping but the packed shops weren't that tempting anyway.

3rd Nov 2006
EK386 0810 DXB - 1710 BKK
Flight duration 6:00
Emirates B777-300ER
Seat 16H


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Dubai


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Dubai



The boarding was slow and it was getting g hot, I wished I had something to drink. A bus transfer again - and there she was, a lovely B777, a pretty bird outside and inside.
So much better than their A330: more legroom, better seats (still rather narrow though), beautiful cabin and what's most important: outstanding ICE, the best of IFEs. ICE should be a standard on every plane. Those hundreds of channels kept me busy the whole flight, also sent a couple of emails, that cost a $ per message.
And good food a again, a brunch and a light meal were served before BKK, fish for me.
Ek served the best food I have ever got in Y class, plenty and tasty. Except that coffee...

Thanks to the ICE, the flight went really quickly.
I was really curious to see the new Suvarnabhumi airport. My first impression:
modern, minimalistic, dark. Long queues to the immigration, a bit difficult to navigate. After seeing HGK I thought they wanted to new BKK to be like HKG, but they didn't quite reach that, at least not yet.


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Suvarnabhumi BKK



That was to first part of the report, more coming soon  Smile

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Hong Kong harbour


Andaman

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User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6052 times:

Nice report. I had that exact same meal on AY on my last ZRH-HEL-ZRH run, both on the inbound and outbound leg Big grin I hope that's not all they have on offer on their intra-european flights.

User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6044 times:

Your lucky one... Rgds from Sweden!

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6031 times:

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 1):
Nice report. I had that exact same meal on AY on my last ZRH-HEL-ZRH run, both on the inbound and outbound leg I hope that's not all they have on offer on their intra-european flights.

They seem to have an other choice too, got pasta & ham on MUC-HEL  Smile


User currently offlineCraigW From South Africa, joined Aug 2005, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6030 times:

Great read, looking forward to the rest. Finair look like they have a really good product on their inter Europe service.

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6024 times:

Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 2):
Your lucky one... Rgds from Sweden!

Hej!

Many Swedes on AY's flights BKK-HKG-BKK. I heard a mature FA joking with a Swedish passenger in Swedish when helping him with seat: "Mamma hjälper!".."Mum helps!"


User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 3):
got pasta & ham on MUC-HEL

haha ok, I dont really mind anyways as far as there is that tasty little fazer chocolate, aah i just love fazer, and that coming from a swiss citizen DOES mean something  Wink


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5813 times:

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 6):

haha ok, I dont really mind anyways as far as there is that tasty little fazer chocolate, aah i just love fazer, and that coming from a swiss citizen DOES mean something

And Fazer chocolate family actually comes from Switzerland originally, their lovely sweet stuff isn't that deeply Finnish as we like to think here... it's more like a fruit of early immigration  Smile
Finnair must have some deal with Fazer, never seen other chocolates there.


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5812 times:

...sinai olet baha boika... or tütö... thats all i recall of the finish language.
i don't know if I have written it correctly but i hope you understand...
i think that AY still has a great European inflight product!! If I compare it with
LX, BA,AF or AZ were they only serve you a snack.
Again i am impressed with the plenty of food on EK!!! What a great deal!
I enjoyed reading your trip report and sure will read your return trip.


regards: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5804 times:

Quoting DALelite (Reply 8):

there are a few most important things you forgot: vittu, saatana, perkele and kaksi olutta kiitos  Wink


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5800 times:

Quoting DALelite (Reply 8):
...sinai olet baha boika... or tütö... thats all i recall of the finish language.
i don't know if I have written it correctly but i hope you understand...
i think that AY still has a great European inflight product!! If I compare it with
LX, BA,AF or AZ were they only serve you a snack.
Again i am impressed with the plenty of food on EK!!! What a great deal!
I enjoyed reading your trip report and sure will read your return trip.


regards: DALelite

haha.. ok, 'olen paha poika' (bad boy), a devil  devil  without the horns from HEL.. Just talked to a Irish friend who is learning Finnish, he said the language
that doesn't separate the genders must be a kinky one..  Smile

Oh yes, EK served great food, and it was good idea to pre order sea food meals, they were even better.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 9):

there are a few most important things you forgot: vittu, saatana, perkele and kaksi olutta kiitos

 eek  Oh dear, you have been hanging out with the bad boys in Finland!
I refuse to translate that  Smile


User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5776 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 11):

hahaha Big grin Actually, the first person who tought me that, on my first trip to finland, was a girl  Wink


User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1038 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5633 times:

Hey! I must say its a great report! Next time you head down to BKK try to get on a QR flight! I must say I was quite impressed compared to EK! Then again everyone has their likes and dislikes!

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5534 times:

Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 13):
Hey! I must say its a great report! Next time you head down to BKK try to get on a QR flight! I must say I was quite impressed compared to EK! Then again everyone has their likes and dislikes!

Thanks! Oh yes would like to try QR next, heard so much good about it.
I would guess they have better seats than EK? More personal service?


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1912 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5329 times:
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Good report and pictures!

Wow, Finnair serves pretty nice food on reasonably short flights!

767747


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8493 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5314 times:
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Nice report thanks.

I've only flown AY Business Class so have no idea of service down back, but that looked pretty good to me.

Nice EK report too.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

Quoting BA319-131:

Nice report thanks.

I've only flown AY Business Class so have no idea of service down back, but that looked pretty good to me.

Nice EK report too.

Rgds

Mark



Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
Good report and pictures!

Wow, Finnair serves pretty nice food on reasonably short flights!

767747

Thanks! Yes AY has a good Airbus-product in Europe, haven't tried their new Embraers yet.

[Edited 2006-11-25 19:06:20]

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