Date : 29th December 2002
Airline : Emirates
Flight no : EK016
Origin : London Gatwick North Terminal
Destination : Dubai
Aircraft type : B777-31H
Registeration no : A6-EMM (I flown on this a/c earlier on EK411 flight Singapore to Dubai )
Seat no : 37C ( Emergency row aisle seat )
Scheduled departure time : 1340
Actual departure time : 1410 (late departure because of late arrival of aircraft )
Total flight hours : 6 hrs 45 mins
Weather conditions : Windy with showers
It was a sad day for me because my hoilday in London has came to an end ,but I enjoyed myself especially the flights and spotting at Heathrow . I purposely choose Gatwick on my returning trip is because I wanted to see the likes of Easyjet , Air2000 , JMC ..etc .
Anyway , I left my sister's home at 0930 hrs , took the train to victoria station and catched the Gatwick express which left just 5 mins after boarding the train . The train ride took about 35 mins and by the time i reached there , the time was 1050 hrs . I went to the departure hall and searched for the Emirates counter . The queue was very long and it took me about half an hour to reach the counter . The nice lady took sometime just to find an emergency row aisle seat and her search was a fruitful one .Unfortunately , she couldn't assigned me a seat for my Dubai-Singapore trip (EK404) because the seats were taken and I had to settle for 29C (I wanted 49 or 48A) .
I went to the security check area as usual and the queues were pretty long but it was much faster then queueing up for the check in . When it came to my turn , it seems that my bag has something inside that caught the attention of the security guy who was looking at the x-ray monitor . I had to stand one side and allowed a security lady who approached me to check my bag . It took about 5 mins before i went to a restaurant ( near KFC i think ) and spotted planes .
This is what I spotted at the airport :
USairways A330 (Beautiful !! )
JMC B757, A330 (Stunning )
BA B777, B737-300,BAE146 ,B767-300
Monarch Airlines B757 , A320
Thomas cook A320 , B757
Emirates B777-300 (My plane )
Britannia OC B767 ,B757
Britannia NC B767
Air 2000 OC A321, B767 , B757
Air 2000 NC A320
Continental B767-400 , B777
Delta MD-11 Old-new colours and 2 Deltaflot
Air France ERJ145
Air Plus A310
Anyway , after a good time of spotting , its time to go to the gate for boarding . The boarding area was shared with 2 other gates and there were 2 other flights as well , Air 2000 flight to Turin (A321 ) and DL 59 to Atlanta (MD-11).There was a good viewing area to spot planes . The flight was slightly delayed and we started boarding around 1230 hrs .
I was one of the first few passengers to board the plane as I wanted to spend some quality time enjoying the atmosphere inside the Boeing Triple 7 Dash 300 . I purposely chose emergency row seat is to see how comfortable it was . The flight was a full flight , i had a good look around my surrounding and not a single seat was empty . A couple (Half British half French I guess ) sat beside me . Soon , the senior flight attendent informed us of our flight plans , we were to climb to FL370 and our duration is 6 hrs 45 mins .We were expecting to arrive there slightly earlier despite our late departure . I was pretty sure that the Captain and F/0 were busy thats why the Captain didnt make the annoucement .
Anyway ,the plane pushed back and the usual Roll Royce trent 892 engines were started up.I knew that Gatwick had only 1 runway, (runway ? ) I have no idea .We taxied behind 3 aircrafts , 2 Easyjet 737s and 1 JMC A320 before entering the runway and wait for about 2 mins before the plane had a long roll down the runway before rotating and heading towards our assigned attitute . Our plane turned left 360 degrees towards the south-east direction . The take off was pretty bumpy until we reached FL300. Anyway, I didnt take notice of the PTV as I was busy preparing a couple of stuffs ( flight information for this trip report ) .
After finishing my stuff , its time to explore my PTV inflight entertainment system . The shows were exactly the same as my previous flights and I didnt know what to watch. Apparently EK and UL changed the programmes every month . Anyway , I decided to watch Santa who ? While watching the show halfway , the cabin crews were preparing to serve us lunch . I was already feeling very hungry and tired too .
Anyway , this is what the menu consists of
Appetizer : Shrimps and Feta Cheese ( Pretty ok )
Salad : Seasonal Salad (I never fancy salads but it was alright )
Main Coarse : Choice of Butler Chicken or Rack of Lamb ( I chose the Chicken , it wasn't really nice because the chicken was pretty saltish )
Dessert : Baked Cheesecake ( I love cheesecakes , this is a nice touch after a saltish meal )
Bread and Butter (Yummy )
Beverages : Tomato juice with Tobasco sauce ( The crew was very nice to offer me the Tubasco saurce , it tasted very yummy )
Overall , I enjoyed the meal . When you are hungry , you can eat up everything , that is what i exactly do . Anyway , after the cabin crews cleared our trays and they switched off the lights ( so that some of us can sleep ) , I immediately took out my flight information form( for the captain to fill in the form ) and my Dragon Wings B777-300 model ( to get the Captain and F/0 to sign on the box) and went to the back gallery and approached to one of the air-steward who was free . He is an eurasian guy ( I can't remember his name ) but he was very kind to help me pass the form and the model box to the Captain for me , I was very grateful to him . You dont get better service then this . Even through the crews were quiet , they make a great effort to make the passengers feel at home and among other airlines I flown on ( BA , SQ , UA , MH ) . EK's services in my experiences so far is the best . I have no doubts about flying on EK in future . I went back to my seat and decided to take a rest for while , listened to some EK pop music . I heard songs like Robbie Williams -Feel , Holly Valance --Down boy , U2 - Electrical Storm , Avril Lavigne - Complicated ...etc . The songs definately making me feeling relex despite the occasional turbulence especially near Istanbul and Pakistan area .
The same air-steward who helped me with the form stuff came back to me and told me that the Captain and F/O had signed the box but didnt fill up the form because they were extremely busy in the flight deck . I was disappointed but was grateful to the air-steward . Less then 10 mins later , the same air-steward came back and told me that the captain has changed his mind and wiould helped me fill up the form . I was absolutely delighted . I will type out the flight information in my later part of my report . After that , I had a few hours of sleep before the crews served us snack before our arrival to Dubai airport . I must admit time has passed by quickly .
We were served with biscuits and chocolate plus a drink of our choice . I had Carlsburg because I wanted to feel warmer especially I was feeling a bit chilly as the air-con got colder . The snack meal was welcoming and as usual I ate everything up . The descending was very fast and smooth and soon we were on the approach onto runway 30R . It was an excellent landing , the best landing so far in my trip so far , I guessed the good weather is also part of the reason of the excellent landing . Anyway , we taxied pass a few aircrafts . EK A330-200s , B777-200 , B777-300 , Air France B777 , Cathay A330-300 , BA 767-300 and an unknown A310-300 ( too dark to see ) .
I was one of the last few passengers to leave the aircraft . I thanked the cabin crews ( everyone of them ) for the great flight I had . The service on this flight was fabulous as usual .I have to admit this has to be my best flight so far .
This is the flight information
First officer :Wilsorf
Off blox At : 1359
On Blow At : 2028
POB: 380 passengers
SID assigned : DVRSM
Flight level : 33/35/37
Squawk Code : 1452
Restrictions : 6000 initial
Airport : LGW
Parking Gate : A48
Fuel Load: 55.6T
Taxi Fuel : 792
ZFW : 208.9
TO Weight : 264.9 T
T/O EPR/N1 : 1.477
V1 Speed : 153
Vr Speed : 166
V2 speed : 179
Airways Used : UL650/UM223
Cruise attitute: 33/35/37
Cruise Mach : .85
Fuel flow : 7.4 T/hr
OPT level : F341
Max level : 431
Cost index : 142
Airport : DXB
Runway used : 30R
Flaps : 30
Autobrakes : 4
Reverser Setting : Full
Landing weight : 219.1
Vapproach : 148
Vref : 143
Approach type : ILS
Flight : 10/10 My best Emirates flight ( If i can give 11/10 , I will )
Cabin interior : 10/10
PTV : 7/10
Comfort : 10/10
Meals : 7/10
Watch out for my next trip report . EK404 (Dubai - Singapore) . Thanks for reading my trip report . Hope you enjoyed it .
Happy new year
Be good to yourself , Fly Emirates .
Airliners is the wings of my life.