Greetings one and all;
I'm now back in the UK for the school term
. Firstly, before I begin my grand tour of my flight home, I would like to ask if anybody could help a little.
I have (what I think), are some superb photos of the flight I took from Colombo, all the way to Manchester. This includes shots taken both externally (of the aircraft), and internally (of the cabin, and a pair of very attractive Emirates flight attendants-there's the incentive to help!) Seriously though, I've never posted any photos on the web before. I don't have access to a scanner, so I'll process my film into that Kodak CD-rom thing, whatever that is. My question is: How do I get my photos FROM the CD-Rom INTO one of my posts? I remember Mirage took some shots and produced them into one of his topics.
I'll submit the really good shots into the Airliners.Net database though.
Anyway, our Emirates 777 arrived at Colombo from Singapore and Jakarta, and we departed on-time, and in light rain, bound for Dubai. Just before our Emirates flight arrived, another departed. This was also a 777, bound for Male, the capital of the Maldives Islands. Of course, I didn't catch the reg, due to the fact that I first spotted the aircraft whilst on it's take-off roll. Another 777, belonging to Singapore Airlines, and operating as SQ 401 to Singapore, was being pushed back, as our 777 nosed into it's allotted position. (Our flight was EK 077). As we taxied parallel to the R/W, we passed the floodlit AirLanka maintenence hangar, housing a TriStar and that newly-painted A340. Apart from that, no other special A/C were present.
Our aircraft reg. was A6-EKT.
The flight went relatively smoothly, there were some patches of rough air here and there; one such area required the seat-belt sign to come on for a while, but generally nothing too exciting. The cabin crew on this flight spoke Turkish, Israeli, Spanish, Polish, Swahili (spoken in East Africa), Zulu (South Africa), French and of course, English and Arabic. Amazing isn't it? I mean, how international can an airline get!?
We don't fly directly out over the Arabian Sea from Colombo though. First, after take-off, we turn northwards, direct Trivandrum (Southern India). I think this is some kind of Oceanic Clearence Centre, because after that, we flew out into the Arabian Sea, direct Muscat (Oman), and from there, direct Dubai. This was the description given by our Captain (Australian)-again!
The cabin crew were visibly tired; (well, this was a 03:30 departure, and they'd been on duty since taking over from the Jakarta crew in Singapore.) Due to the very difficult times this particular flight operates in, I didn't mind that the crew weren't giving it their usual 110%. (They usually do, you know).
You may (or may not) be interested to hear that should the seat-belt sign come on at any stage during the flight, a pre-recorded message is played over the speakers in Arabic and English. Saves the crew having to open their mouths! The IFE channels automatically pause, minus the "SkyCam" and "SkyData".
At Dubai, I saw a FedEx MD-11, an Ethiopian 767, a KLM 767, a TAROM A310-300, a Kenya Airways A310-300, a Pakistan 747-200, a Kuwait Airways A320 and a Royal Jordanian A320.
I'm an idiot because I forgot to verify the reg. of our A330-200 to Manchester-sorry. Most of the crew on this flight were British, the Captain being Jamaican. One of the FA's (I have pictures, don't you worry!) told me that a lot of the young ladies in our J-Class A330 were actually FA's on leave to see their families in the UK. Another point: a lot of the pax. in the Emirates safety videos are in fact FA's/pilots. I asked whether they were assigned to a single a/c or "multi-rated". She said any Emirates FA is trained to operate on any Emirates aircraft model, from the A310, to the 777.
Our A330 was in a J-Y config. The seats (as you will see, I hope) were really something. There's tilt this button and recline the other and lumbar support, and in-seat massage etc. You name it, they've got it! The video screens are pretty big, I wonder about their F-Class Videos on the A330. A match for SQ perhaps?
We reached a ceiling height of 39,000ft. and a max. speed of 1046km/h (approx. 630 mph). When we flew FROM Manchester though, we got up to FL410.
J-class on EK's A330's also offer a choice of 50 videos from the Video Library, in case 18 channels of T.V. and CD-quality radio bore you-I FELT SPOILT. The SkyCam was working beautifully- again, lots of photos, I hope at least some are clear! Apparently, there was another EK A330 ahead and below us, bound for Paris. I couldn't make the A/C out, but I saw it's vapour trail, we followed it for a while, until we altered our heading.
Here are the radio channels available, fleetwide:
1) Dubai Horizons-places to go, where to eat etc.
2)Popular Arabic 3)The Holy Qur'an 4) Fully Reclined-relaxation channel 5) Emirates Gold-old bands (beatles, ABBA etc.) 6)EKFM-Britney Spears and Co. 7) Carnival of Cricket-unless you're english, DO NOT tune in! 8) Hindi Potpourri 9) Euromix-popular, but less well-known bands 10) Thai Hits 11) Filipiniana-Phillipine hits 12) Nuansa Indonesia-same 13) Cantonese Hits 14) Mandarin Hits 15) Ghazals-Indian Pop 16) Global Jukebox-World Hits 17) Aria-Opera Music 18) Pure Country 19) Just Jazz-nice station, tune in! 20) Atmospheres-weird music/like Enigma I think 21) CD Reviews- a complete track run-thru of two CD's. This Month: Sixpence None The Richer and Vengaboys.
Menu on Emirates A330 services?: Take a peek!
A SELECTION OF COLD CANAPES
fatoush salad,moutabel,stuffed courgette, and spinach fatayer
GRILLED SEAFOOD PLATTER
ORIENTAL ROAST CHICKEN BREAST
Plus:Cappucino Brownies,Poached Pears, International Cheese Board (photo available!), Selection of Seasonal Fruit, Tea (lots of different types), Coffee (Starbucks!). Godiva Chocolates!!
At the end of the Menu:
"On Emirates 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft, Espresso or Cappucino coffee will be available throughout the flight."
I won't go on, you can see how much I enjoyed this flight!Champagne? New World Wines?of course I had some! What kind of non-alcoholic bore do you take me for?! O.K., so my mum and I did exchange death stares, but what the hell!!
In short this flight was HIGHLY EXCELLENT, the crew were CHARMING (in that very English way), they were good-looking ( I have proof!), the pilots did a fabulous job (an incredibly smooth flight), and I actually felt rather sad when the flight came to it's end.
May I suggest you guys go out and try this Airline, they are seriously good fun to fly with!
Well, I'll go out and process my film tomorrow, fingers crossed there should be some good shots to see!
Carry on sending your posts everyone, this forum is THE BEST AVIATION FORUM ON THE INTERNET. Am I right or am I right!
Cheers and good wishes to all,
P.S. Austin Powers 2 had the whole A330 in hysterics of laughter!! Questions more than welcome.