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Emirates CDG-DXB

Thu Jan 03, 2002 7:30 am

First of all I'd like to start off this trip report by saying that Paris is an amazing city. It's definately unique. It's really something else!

EK024, Paris CDG-Dubai, Emirates Y class, A330
Sch Dep:1430 Act Dep:1503
Sch Arr:0015+1 Act Arr: 0000(+1?)
FT: 5hr 57mins

My family and I arrived at the aerogare 1 at around 1215 for the 1430 departure. It was a miracle considering we were shopping at 11 o'clock on the Champs Elysees and our hotel was in Port Bercy. Anyway the check in agent was nice but couldn't get us a window seat. That pissed me off but it wasn't her fault. The aircraft arrived 15 minutes late from Dubai at 1300 and boarding started at 1403. Boarding was scheduled for 1330 however. Inside the airplane we managed to get a window seat and that's when I knew that our flight would be one to remember. Pushback was at 1439. I got to see many airplanes at CDG including AF's new A330, B744's, B737's, B767's, A320's, F100's, CRJ's, Embraer's, CX 747, AA B767's, DL 777& 2 MD11's, AH B767, US A330, UA B777, CO B777, MU A340, AC A330, JAL B744, RO B73G, RG MD11, etc. CDG is truly an international airport. The airplane had 183 pax in economy, 42 in business class and 18 in first class; basically it was full in every class. However there were a few F/A's non-reving and the family of a pilot non-reving as well. Menus were distributed 20 minutes after take off. The cabin crew spoke the following languages; English, French, Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Italian and Slovaki. 15 minutes later, a drink service was started. Our route took us over Geneva then over to Milan, all of Italy (where it got dark), over the Ionion Sea, into Greece (just South of Athens), directly over the island of Milos, south of Mikinos(sp?), over the Mediterranean Sea, over Cyrpus, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi and finally over the Persian Gulf. 1 hour and 10 mins after take off the dinner service was commenced along with a drink service. Here's the menu:

Shrimps with fetta cheese
marinated shrimps served on orzo pasta salad

Seasonal Salad
served with orange and yoghurt dressing

Main Course
Lamb Tagine
a Moroccan style lamb casserole cooked with onions, olives and spices, accompanied with steamed basmati rice and sauteed vegetables


Roasted Chicken Breast
roasted juicy and tender chicken breast seasoned with aromatic herbs, topped with a red pepper confit, accompanied with fried potato cubes, broccoli and grilled corn

Vanilla Pannacotta
a creamy vanilla timbale, served with a rasberry fruit coulis

Bread and Cheese
Bread and Butter
Cheese and Biscuits

Beverages & Chocolates
Tea or Coffee

I had the chicken. The food was delicious and very filling. The F/A's kept coming around with drinks at frequent intervals. Cruising altitude was at first 37,000 feet but we gradually climbed to 41,000 feet. Our ground speed was on average 1,000 km/hr due to a (again on average) 100 km/hr tailwind. The flight attendants were great. All of them were friendly and I spent a lot of time in the back chatting with them, as well as with other pax. This flight was a great way to end a vacation. One of the flight attendants took a picture of me (with an instant camera). The friendliest one was the Iranian one, those Iranians are real polite people! We made up for the time lost and landed early at exactly midnight, 15 minutes ahead of schedule. At DXB there two Srilankan A330's side by side, plenty of EK planes, a Royal Brunei B767, PIA A310, GF A320, etc. The landing was the second worst landing I've ever experienced (1st was on BA). Well that wraps this trip report up. Thanks for reading it!

PS: I got hold of my first Euro coins and bills!
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RE: Emirates CDG-DXB

Thu Jan 03, 2002 8:00 am

cool trip report. I also hold EURO bills and coins on january 1st. Nice to see.
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RE: Emirates CDG-DXB

Thu Jan 03, 2002 8:53 am

Well done Marco...umm how did you get to know the exact number of pax in all classes?
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RE: Emirates CDG-DXB

Thu Jan 03, 2002 9:29 am


I asked one of the flight attendants who then asked the purser right in front of me. He was a very cool guy.
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RE: Emirates CDG-DXB

Fri Jan 04, 2002 11:28 pm

Marco: I was wonderin out of curiosity was it you who mentioned in an earlier report that the attendant refused to answer that very question because of safety concerns.....
By the way did you read my report on the trip i took about 10 days ago from BOS-KHI?
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RE: Emirates CDG-DXB

Sat Jan 05, 2002 1:02 am

Yep that was me KHI747, on a flight from DXB-MUC. The purser was very uptight and refused to give me the exact number for security reasons, which makes absolutely no sense!

I did read your trip, it was very good. Can't wait for the return trip report!

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RE: Emirates CDG-DXB

Sat Jan 05, 2002 2:50 am

Very good report Marco !

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