Wow my 2nd trip report in 1 day. Here is the Auckland-Sydney part of
my getaway with Emirates. Enjoy!!
Sunday 13th November 2005
- Auckland to SYD
Scheduled Departure Time: 1700?But The Actual Departure Time: 1655?
Aircraft: The brand new 777-300ER
After a long boring morning at work I couldn't wait to begin my trip
to Sydney. We headed towards the Business Class check-in where there
was no queue and were quickly checked-in. We also were able to pre
complete customs and go to a shorter queue at the departure area.
After security we went straight to the Emirates lounge which is their
own lounge been open about 5-6 months now.
Cakes and cold food items
The bar area and hot food to the far right
More seating and TV.
After drinking some champagne and a bit of nibbling we proceeded
towards the gate early so we could check out the new pier at
Auckland. Auckland Airport (for those who don't know) is currently
separating it's pier so that arriving and departing passengers can no
longer pass each other as they currently do.
The new departing level area
More of the new departing area
The new Air New Zealand 777 of to Brisbane and the special theme
Freedom Air Airbus 320
Today's aircraft to Sydney 777-300ER - This aircraft was not
configured with the First Class as advertised on the website (and
probably why I couldn't buy a first class ticket which I wanted to
do) Boarding began and we walked down the air bridge . Once at the
aircraft, there were no crew at the door to greet us. I have never
seen this happen before and was slightly appalled with such a lack of
welcoming. We walked in a little and turned left into the business
class section when 2 crew members saw us then ran out to greet us.
then one of them went to the door to greet all the other passengers.
A brownie point lost for Emirates! Once settled we were offered
champagne or juice.
I have the champagne, and my friend has the orange juice
Today's flight. The ICE entertainment system is very impressive. Easy
to use - A touch screen navigation instead of using the controller. A
massive selection of movies, TV programs and Audio. I tried the SMS
service and it sent them but after landing and talking to the people
I had messaged they never received them. After take off (and I love
been able to watch the forward view on the screen) canapes were served
Canapes with another glass of champagne and a bloody mary on the left