anyways , after spending an amazing one month in Dubai , it was time to head back to england .
ROYAL BRUNIE AIRLINES
DXB-LHR (DUBAI TO LONDON HEATHROW)
30TH OF AUGUST , 2002
BOARDING TIME 0115
SCH DEPT TIME 0155
ACTUAL DEPT. TIME 0230
SEAT NUMBER 14A
Buisness CLASS (upgraded)
ACFT TYPE : B767-300ER
I arrived into Dubai airport 3 hours before dept (10:30)
and made my way thru the terminal . the airport was UNBELIEVABLY CROWDED !
There flights coming from everywhere , and going to everywhere !
BA ,CX , Royal jordanian , GF, QR, AF, LH, royal air moroc, uzbakistan airways, Libyan airways, the NEW swiss airlines , THAI international , Syrian arab airlines , Royal Brunie , Loads of EK's going to Australia and fareast and ofcourse , Biman , PIA , and AI and sudan airways, and Czech Airlines and turkish airways , and royal jordanian.
and much more ..
Amazingly , the only flight that was abit delayed was Vietnam airlines coming from CDG (25 mins only)
Made my way thru security , and finally found the counters , which were next to Kenya airways to Nairobi (what a mess!)
i had previously booked a marhaba service with is about 12$ , where a women comes and takes your luggage , checks it in , take you to the Marhaba lounge and use the fast track immigration service.
Checking in was fairly quick , and had excess luggage but all went thru .got my boarding passes , and found out that i was upgraded to Biz class !in about 15 mins , i was doing some shopping at the duty free got a few CDs , magazines , food etc...
after that , went to the marhaba lounge , where i notices the flight swiss airlines to zurich was boarding , next to the British airways , to LHR , (final call). ironically , KHI747 was on the swiss flight to zurich.
the marhaba (which means greetings and welcome in arabic) was excellent !!there was an open buffet with loads of drinks , beds, a very nice arabian theme, and i massive 55 inch plasma screen where they were showing matrix.
after calling a few friends , speaking to my aunt in new zealand , and using free email and internet , said good bye to the staff and ran to gate 8
Then headed to gate16 to catch the glimpse of the new airfrance B777-200 , which looked stunning ! AF ground staff seemed efficient but slightly confused ( espc. the cabin crew) ...
announcements kept on comming , on final calls , gate change and late passengers.
Dubai airport was extremely croweded ! I have never seen soo many people in my life before ! i was really cool seeing people from china, japan , vietnam , australia and ofcourse , brits , and loads of german and french tourists.
Went to the plane and got greeted by a depressing ground staff.- security was very tight -i got checked twice .
the flight was 100% full in all thre classes , loads of australians and far easterns
the plane that came in from Bader was late , so the flight was slightly delayed because of saftey checks and cleanliness etc...
Next to us , was a veitnam (b767) to CDG (amazing livery) and cathy pacific B777-300, then i saw a sudan airways A300 trying to prak somewhere and an AI A310 standing still
I reckon all the jetways were in use at the period of the day ...
The plane looked very old , and no ptv's but very friendly FA's (who called me by my first name! - WOOHOO!), as we pushed back ,a turkish airways B737 parked using the same jetway.
the royal jordanian A310 was infront of us , and a Gulf air B767 was behind us .
as we waited to take off , i saw a JAS A300 cargo followed by a KLM B747 cargo . and an AF 747 cargo , plus loads of Private planes and random russian planes , old B707's parked at the maintance.
Cabin lights were dimmed , and "boiling towels" were handed out .Take off was smooth , and very graceful , Dubai looked beautiful at night , and very live ! even at 2:30 .... we then headed towords the arabian gulf . The TV programs commmenced , with elevator music and the captain started rambling on and appologising about the delay and how he will try to make up for it ) ,
i then fell asleep as they came with a hot meal (i was too full to have anything!)
Photo © Johan Ljungdahl
woke up 4 hours later , and breakfast was being served , with cornflakes as for starters , then fruit salad , then a choice of steak and potatoes , chicken ommlette and some other thing (sorry forgot)fruits , bread, croissants , jam , yoghurt , tea or coffee.
after reading the inflight magazine . The radio was quit good though , the quality was abit unclear .
the inflight movie was lame- so i didnt bother looking except for the maps and flight data.
The sun started to appear from my window , it was breathtaking , we soon arrived into LHR at 0635 in the morning (earlier than excpected)- had to wait for ages before landing as usual - could see laods of planes circling with us , including UA 777 and a BMI A320 .Landing was quite smooth . saw big ben and the millenium dome before landing.
when landing , saw the concorde at the maintanince hanger , plus loads of AC , AF LH , alitalia, UA ,AA and BA's and Qatar A330 (for the first time)
plus , also saw El-AL 747 parked in the corner next to BI A340 (VIP) and Virgin B747's
Photo © Bailey
very uneventful flight which was alright i suppose- excellent FA's (the best ive ever encountered)
baggage claim was a problem , had to wait 30 mins because of some technical reason , untill they unloaded the luggage.
left terminal 3 , which was a mess !! loads of missed luggage , most flights were from north amercia
sorry about the spelling and delay,